This miniature oracle has been designed not just as a divination tool but as a way for users to examine the self more deeply through their connections to each of the thirty-nine images on the cards. The imagery in this deck includes symbols common in “fortune telling” decks from the early the 20th Century, as well as new symbols of importance to the artist, Coleman Stevenson, all illustrated in classic oracle style.
Instead of the accompanying book providing meanings for the cards, it offers an opportunity for users to explore personal associations and feelings about each symbol before any cards are drawn. The meanings each user assigns to the cards, whether universal, highly personal, or a combination of both, will reveal the inner workings of the mind. Due to this, every copy will be slightly different based on the user's assignment of meanings. This is also a great tool for writers and thinkers, as the cards can be used for narrative prompts or to overcome creative blocks.
The Personal Oracle began as part of the artist's lecture on objects and symbolism at the Portland Art Museum in October 2017. Those in attendance received a hand-cut copy of 10 cards and a blank mini-booklet. The deck, still hand-made, was then expanded and made available in limited release. This version of the deck, now professionally printed, contains an additional twenty-nine cards and comes with an expanded perfect-bound workbook and mini-booklet for your notes on the cards