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Susan TowerBy Susan Tower
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About

The deck features impressionist-style oil paintings and research into the science and mythology for each sacred site, as well as an intuitive interpretation for the oracle.

This will be the first of three Oracle of Gaia decks! Each deck will have 48 cards (for a total of 144 in this 3-part series) and an illustrated book. The collections are meant to be both teaching and mystical. The oracle aspect is meant to enliven your intuition and awaken your alignment with the earth (Gaia). The Oracle of Gaia is written and illustrated by Susan Tower.

The Oracle of Gaia: A deck of paintings from sacred sites around the world, comprising stone circles, ancient ruins, temples and cathedrals.
The Oracle of Gaia: A deck of paintings from sacred sites around the world, comprising stone circles, ancient ruins, temples and cathedrals.

What does 'The Oracle of Gaia' mean?

An Oracle is defined as 'a priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical Greece'. The term has come to mean the voice of intuition or a story, sometimes coded, of the answer you seek. Gaia is the Greek name for 'Goddess of the Earth'. In modern times, the term has expanded to a concept which considers the earth to be a living being. The Oracle of Gaia is like the 'Voice of the Earth'. Here, Her story is told through fact, mythology and intuition.

The impressionist-style paintings of sacred sites of Gaia are meant to trigger your own remembering. The oracle deck can be used as a spiritual tool, much like a tarot deck, as easily as asking a question and drawing a card for an answer. This principle of divination is age-old and it works from the idea that All is in Divine Order, and the card you chose is the right one for this moment. Many ways to use the cards are suggested in the book.

What makes a site sacred?

Sacred Sites are places on the earth that hold unseen energy vortexes that can help amplify and expand one's consciousness. Around the planet, hundreds of places are distinguished by large stone structures, stone circles or earthen mounds and are places of ancient spiritual ceremonies, often found where the earth's ley lines (energetic alignments between sites) meet or cross, or where the larger, earth-grid lines intersect. By their exact geomancy (auspicious placement), the sites expand the natural vibrational energy to a higher frequency and are like earth's 'hot spots'. 

Sampling of the Oracle of Gaia deck by Susan Tower
Sampling of the Oracle of Gaia deck by Susan Tower

What if our ancient ancestors left us a message? 

An understanding of Earth's natural energy grids can be a basis of spiritual practice and meditation. Mythology indicates a vast, worldwide grid that was deactivated long ago to protect the planet from usurpers, and that now, with the rise in consciousness, the grid is being reactivated. The way to benefit from the wisdom of the Oracle is to use it in your spiritual practice to strengthen the earth's energy-grid, as well as your own! This can be accomplished by working with the Oracle of Gaia cards to access these ancient and powerful energies. 

Why are Sacred Sites important now?

There are many reasons. All are meant to trigger expansion and reconsideration of what we 'know'. They provide empirical evidence of technologies we cannot explain; the precision with which these sites are placed on the planet is only now being discovered and the enormous stones used goes beyond our understanding of what is possible. Historically, this evidence belies what we have been taught about ancient people. Primitive cave dwellers or even slave-owning kings, could not have created these sites even with technology we have today. The proof of an advanced ancient culture will have to claim its place in our accounting of the past, and each piece of truth helps us know more about who we are. It is also valuable to know the mythologies around these sites, as the stories hold many hints as to what may have actually happened or how the sites were made. On more than one occasion, a myth taken seriously led to a significant archeological find such as the discovery of the ancient Greek city of Troy in the 1870's. Studying the treasure trove of tales is like planting seeds in your mind from the field of all possibilities.

What are people saying about the cards?

"The Oracle of Gaia deck is a profound collection of images for an oracle deck. Each of these cards evokes a sense of discovery. It is a combination of energy lifting off each card, the beauty – everything here is compelling, and the feeling of gravity – in each scene there is a feeling of being at that place.  

"To embark on the invitation that these cards give is a gift to oneself, to go back into history, to draw on this spectacular human achievement of incredible mysteries and potential. Who knows how they did it? We still have a possibility to revive that potential, to engender a better world. That information is in our DNA memory. This is going to awaken people to their place in history.  These paintings are so richly observed and rendered and I can taste that water and I can climb that tree, I can feel those birds flying. I can access a deeper part of myself."  

 Steve MacDonald, professional psychic, Kansas City, MO

About the Artist, Susan Tower

Susan Tower is a professional illustrator and designer, with a long held a passion for both plein air painting (painting outdoors, on-site) and exploring ancient sites around the world. She combines the two whenever possible. The picture below shows her painting plein air at Machu Picchu, Peru. 

Susan Tower paints plein air at Machu Picchu, Peru
Susan Tower paints plein air at Machu Picchu, Peru
Below is the completed painting that she was working on that day.
'Ancient Passage' by Susan Tower at Machu Picchu, Peru
'Ancient Passage' by Susan Tower at Machu Picchu, Peru

Susan has been to many of the places represented in this collection and has painted plein air whenever possible. 

"My spiritual direction and intention is to offer my paintings as a doorway for others to the activations and blessings of each location."

Susan grew up in Michigan and was invited to the Kansas City area to work at Hallmark Cards, Inc. when she graduated from college. She worked there as a designer for seven years and left to be a work-at-home mom when her daughter, Sierra was born.

In 1990 she also began to work as an intuitive, doing spiritual art which she called 'Soul Paintings'. Over the years, she has done over a 1,000 of these intuitive readings. The feedback and popularity of this endeavor has given her the confidence and experience to include a thought-provoking intuitive voice for the Oracle of Gaia.

"This project is a culmination of over 20 years of study and focus. It is a dream of mine to complete this deck and offer my talents with full focus to the greater good. Your support for this project will allow me to share what has been inside of me to illustrate for a long time." 

The Budget

Here is what it will take to finish the project and produce the 1st edition of 48 cards with an illustrated book and box. The graph below shows how the money will be spent.

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My helper, Star. On the job at my desk.
My helper, Star. On the job at my desk.

Rewards for Kickstarter Backers

The full project of The Oracle of Gaia deck will be complete and ready for shipping in June of 2014. Many of the other products will be ready for the 2013 holidays. Products over the price of $29 include a digital version of the project (PDF or ePUB), digital wallpapers, project updates and a thank-you in the credits. 

Desktop Wall papers – access to a rotating archive of desktop wallpapers, project updates and a thank-you in the credits. $5 

Samples of desktop wallpapers.
Samples of desktop wallpapers.

A Hand-Written T-Y Postcard – Receive a hand-written thank you from the artist on a sacred site postcard. Your backing includes access to the digital wallpapers, project updates and a thank-you in the credits. $11.

Digital Book – You'll receive a digital copy of the fully illustrated book for the Oracle of Gaia in your preference of PDF or ePUB format. Also, you'll get desktop wallpaper, project updates and a thank-you in the credits. $17

The Oracle of Gaia Deck – A signed, first edition of 48 illustrated cards of worldwide sacred sites with a book to explain each site's unique qualities through science, mythology and intuition. Offer includes the digital book, project updates and a thank you in the credits.$35. (look for early bird specials)

Oracle of Gaia deck – 48 cards with a book and box
Oracle of Gaia deck – 48 cards with a book and box

2014 Calendar + Deck – Enjoy sacred sites all year long!This glossy calendar will be 8.5"x11" with a spiral-like binding. (shown below without the top binding). The calendar ships in November 2013. Offer includes a signed first edition of the Oracle of Gaia deck, the digital book, project updates and a thank you in the credits. $45. 

Cover of 2014 calendar: Sacred Sites of the World by Susan Tower. (Pictured is the painting: "Avebury Path 1", Avebury, England)
Cover of 2014 calendar: Sacred Sites of the World by Susan Tower. (Pictured is the painting: "Avebury Path 1", Avebury, England)

Laptop Cover / Electronic Sleeve + Deck. Choose your favorite two paintings and which size of Laptop, MacBook or iPad you want covered. Available for the 2013 holidays, these will not be in stores! Offer includes a signed first edition of the Oracle of Gaia deck, the digital book, project updates and a thank you in the credits.  $49.

Laptop Cover with Oracle of Gaia images on both sides
Laptop Cover with Oracle of Gaia images on both sides

Desk Art Print + Deck – A 'Desk Art Print' is an 8"x10" color copy, laminated onto foamcore and signed on the back. It is lightweight, easily portable and comes ready to display, without needing a matt or frame. Your favorite sacred site image can brighten your altar, desk or book shelf right away, and the Desk Art Prints will be available for the 2013 holiday season. You will also receive a signed first edition of the Oracle of Gaia deck, the digital book, project updates and a thank you in the credits. $53.

Desk Art Prints come ready to display, no frame needed.
Desk Art Prints come ready to display, no frame needed.

Gicleé Prints + Deck – The best quality reproduction available, these gicleé prints are printed onto stretched canvas and look remarkably like original paintings.  They are signed, limited editions, and are hand-touched with original brush strokes and texture added by the artist and available in two sizes: (small) 9"x12" $125, and (large) 16"x20", $195. (Look for early bird prices). This offer includes a signed first edition of the Oracle of Gaia deck, the digital book, project updates and a thank you in the credits.

Original Paintings – For Kickstarter backers only, I will recreate any of the sacred site Oracle paintings, at the 16"x20" size for only $1,250 each. (Look for early bird prices).

The Project So Far - The Cards. 

Below are a few samples of finished Oracle of Gaia cards, followed by a short summary of the location and meaning. 28 cards are done now, and 20 need to be painted to complete the set. Many types of ancient sites exist such as stone circles, mounds, labyrinths, navel sites, temples, oracle sites and pyramids. 

Stonehenge – Wiltshire, England   The most famous of the megalithic sites, Stonehenge is also part of a larger network of sites and is well established to accurately track both lunar and solar time cycles. Not so well known, is that Stonehenge is aligned with several other significant sites through great circles and a world grid. The book will have maps and diagrams to illustrate these connections. As an oracle card, this would indicate a very central, very ancient spot within you, one that is aligned to other locations – on the earth and in the cosmos.

Stonehenge is one of the most famous megalithic sites.
Stonehenge is one of the most famous megalithic sites.

The Stone Rows of Carnac – Carnac, France  (below left) Unique in all the world, this site is on the western coast of France. These stone rows are part of a set of stone rows that go on for almost a mile, and when viewed from Google Earth, one can see elaborate structures and staircases underwater, just off shore. As an oracle, it indicates an alignment with sacred geometry and proper proportion as well as accessible, previously hidden knowledge just below the surface.

Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris, France  (below right) A famous example of Gothic architecture, it is also an ancient Goddess location, as even now, its name reflects. Notre Dame means, 'Our Lady'; the site is now dedicated to the Virgin Mary. As an oracle, it indicates an alignment with the sacred feminine and its ancient roots in a matriarchal society.

Sample Oracle of Gaia cards from France
Sample Oracle of Gaia cards from France

Chartres Cathedral, France  Another magnificent example of Templar Gothic architecture, its art and carvings have long been examined for their esoteric symbology and hidden meanings. Deeper into history, this location was an ancient Goddess site and even today it is dedicated to the Virgin Mother and holds a remnant of cloth supposedly from Her, which has curiously survived several fires and destructive forces against the building throughout history. As an oracle, the labyrinth reminds us that the spiritual path in any journey goes back and forth as it meanders toward its completion. The cathedral itself represents hidden codes of sacred geometry and the perseverance of the feminine spirit, despite outer circumstance and persecution.

Chartres Cathedral is rich with its own history.
Chartres Cathedral is rich with its own history.

Angor Wat – Cambodia  Originally attributed to Hindus, it was later adopted for use by Buddhists. Measurements of lunar and solar time cycles can be found within its architecture that was overgrown with trees and vines. An unusual site, it is built with sacred geometric proportions, uses an unknown adhesive for the rocks, and notably, is oriented to the west (most sites are oriented to the east) and all rituals take place in reverse order. Experts postulate that this may have symbolized a funerary passage or the honoring of the Hindu God, Vishnu, who is associated with the west. As an oracle card, this location would indicate a reversal, a passage to another realm, perhaps seemingly not intended, and the benefits of meditation to transcend earthly issues.

Two views of Angor Wat, impressionist-style paintings
Two views of Angor Wat, impressionist-style paintings

Thanks for your time to look through my project!

Most of all, thank you for your backing! You're making this all possible.

Risks and challenges

My commitment to this project is whole and complete. Everything I have done and the places I've painted have culminated in the creation of this oracle deck, and support of the continuation of my purpose -- "to share the ancient wisdom of the sacred sites on earth with humanity in the 21st century." I have carefully analyzed the timeline, accounting for any unexpected delays in order to assure project completion by June 2014. This is my exclusive endeavor - creating these oracle cards for the world to enjoy. I so look forward to sharing them with you!

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