Friday, September 1, 2017

What Oracles Do The Silver Elves Use? Part 1 —Tarot!

"....certainly the tarot, which Zardoa first learned 
when he was about eight years old...."

     If you ask what oracles the elves use, then we suppose it depends upon the elves you are talking about. Surely we Silver Elves love all sorts of oracles and are always open to using and learning more. We enjoy creating and using some of our own unique divinatory systems like The Elven Star Oracle (invoking 88 major constellations) and the Elven Dream Oracle (with 360 magical dream symbols). And certainly, and perhaps most often, we read the tarot, which Zardoa first learned when he was about eight years old, although he didn’t really get into it deeply until he was in his early twenties. It is one of our favorites, as we expect it is for many elven. Zardoa taught Silver Flame when they first got together and she proved to be a natural.
     Although, if you ask what tarot deck we elven like best that again depends upon the individual. We’ve known elfin who loved decks that didn’t move us at all but which they found to be wondrous. For instance, a friend of ours loves the Xultun Tarot deck by Peter Balin based upon the Mayan World View but this has, for some reason, never spoken to us at all (although we still own the deck).
     For our own part, we like decks that are beautiful, that have a truly different picture or symbolic representation for each card (which is essentially the primary contribution of the Waite-Rider deck to tarot cards) and which tells us something unique or different that we can learn from or which evokes our psyche and challenges us, like dreams do, to understand their meaning. Most decks are actually a variation of the Waite-Rider deck, but there are some very good ones out there.
     One of the decks we love, even though it isn’t strictly a tarot deck, and there are more and more of these types of decks becoming available, is the Fortune Teller’s Mah Jongg by Derek Walters, which is an interesting oracle. We also love and use periodically John Matthews' the Celtic Shamans Pack, Phillip and Stepanie Carr-Gomm’s the Druid Animal Oracle, Liz and Colin Murray’s The Celtic Tree Oracle, Jamie Sams and David Carson’s Medicine Cards, Caroline Smith and John Astrop’s Elemental Tarot, Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger’s the Secret Dakini Oracle (one of our favorites), and James Wanless and Ken Knutson’s Voyager Tarot. And there is a deck we only use when the shit hits the fan and we don’t know exactly where we are going next or what to do and that is the Tele-Psychic Power Cards, which were printed in Singapore, but whose author is unknown. This deck is a set of affirmation cards that help us keep our heads together in difficult times, although they do tend to be a bit traditional at times, referring to “god”, etc. But that is no problem for these elves who simply say Divine Magic instead, making the deck suit our own needs and elven philosophy, as we do all things. And these are just some of our favorites.
     We even created our own tarot deck but because it is handmade it is a bit cumbersome to use. Instead, we wrote a book in which you could take any tarot deck or even a regular playing card deck and turn it into an elven oracle. In fact, we entitled it the Voice of Faerie: Making Any Tarot Deck into an Elven Oracle. And because we spent a number of years burning candles and drawing cards each day for magic (most of the decks we used for this were given to us by our daughter), we wrote The Elven Book of Powers: Using the Tarot for Magical Wish Fulfillment to help those elfin who wished to do the same thing.
     At one time we owned over 100 tarot and tarot-like decks, but when we migrated to Hawaii we reduced that number quite a bit. Most of those decks we had purchased used (or we suppose these days we should call them pre-owned) at a local Swap Meet where we sold used (pre-owned) hippie-gypsy-elfin-costume clothes for cheap, along with incense, oils and some imports, and did tarot readings for one dollar a reading (full Celtic Spread) for over 15 years. The photo above, "Tarot Readings $1," is of our actual sign (hand painted on wood) that we used for all those years.
     Our point is, however, that we love tarot, as do many other elves and are always open to new and interesting decks. And also that the deck that is best for a person, is the one or ones that speak to you. But there are other oracles besides tarot that these elves regularly use and we will get into that next time in Part 2.

The Silver Elves

"For the elven, the tarot cards represent magical powers and can not only be used as symbolic communication with the spirits but can also be combined to create various spells and formulas and cantrips."
—from Elf Quotes by The Silver Elves 

The Elven Book of Powers: Using the Tarot for Magical Wish Fulfillment  by The Silver Elves is a book for those who wish to use the Tarot for visualization and wish fulfillment. It describes the powers of each particular card in a traditional Tarot deck and how to use its powers to fulfill one's vision and achieve one's will, drawing to one the energies needed for success so all one's dreams will come true. There are also evocations, invocations and rhyming spells for each card to aid one in visualization.

The Voice of Faerie: Making Any Tarot DeckInto an Elven Oracle is designed to allow the user to communicate with the Realms and Spirits of Faerie/Elfin/Elfland, the spirits of the Nether Realms, sentient and intelligent beings of this and other planets, this and other dimensions, this world and the parallel worlds connected to it, using any tarot deck. The authors channeled it from those very spirits who are searching for their kindred on the planet.
    This is a Living Book. It is designed to be used in concert with any tarot deck so that their meanings and concepts can be easily and readily accessible to anyone interested in communicating with the elven and faerie spirits of other realms and dimensions. This book can be read from cover to cover; however, we think it best if you read bit by bit as the cards speak to you.
    While this book can be used with any tarot deck, you will note that there are additional and alternative cards beyond traditional tarots deck, which have 78 cards. Thus this deck can also be used with other decks that exceed the traditional card set up or you can create your own deck using it. 

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