A few days ago I was reading Prince Lenormand’s blog where he was telling us about Soulcollage. I’ve heard about this before but you know what mostly happens: It was buried beneath a lot of other “great Idea’s for future times”. I am familiar with collage since I like to do art journaling, which for me is a combination between collage and painting. But Soulcollage is just you , some magazines scissors and glue.
You flip through the magazines, cut out everything that’s appealing to you and past it on a piece of cardboard. When you have several those, you’re starting to form your own deck which is a reflection of your soul and you're needs, wishes and desires. The real Soulcollage is also dividing the cards into suits and has more specific ways of making them and working with them, but I would rather just see my cards as my own oracle.
While flipping through my magazines I discovered that some pictures just work for me without adding anything else: what more can you add to a bear in the woods, or a hand with a tiny mindfulness cymbal. Sometimes I add a different background to a person or for instance some butterflies to a pondering woman representing clear thoughts.
The fun thing about collage is, you can always add more elements to a card. And for me it is very easy to start working on a card because if you don’t like it you can start over. Even when you are growing to dislike a certain card you can always put it aside for a while. It is also a learning point not to obsess about bulges, bobbles and glue stains, just to let go of my perfectionism.
It’s not necessary to add names and descriptions to the cards because the moment you start making them you know what they mean and why you’re making them. And without keywords the meaning can more flexible. I've made about eleven cards now and it is so good to just look at them and feel who I am. In time this will become a very personal customized oracle deck just myself. J