Sacred Path Cards by Jamie Sams
Jamie Sams teaches in the Senaca Sioux tradition of Native American culture, in whose belief system every thing is seen as living, and each living thing has a specific role as a teacher and storyteller. She is an accomplished author and teacher of the Wolf Clan.
These cards are quite beautiful and this is certainly my favourite oracle deck. Please do not confuse these cards with Tarot cards, as oracle cards are quite different. They do not follow the rules of tarot and rely upon their own ‘stories’ to guide the reader.
Lets start with the design, which features a black background upon which is painted a hide with a picture in the middle. Each of the 44 cards illustrates an important lesson to be learned on the ‘Good Red Road’ of this earthly life. There are no contrary cards, as the purpose behind this deck is self-development and coming to an understanding of your own personal truths.
The card stock is a little flimsy – my own deck bears the scars of frequent use. However, this is a small irritation, when weighed against the cards many virtues. I like to remind myself that all beings and things have their frailties, yet they also possess unique virtues and lessons to teach.
As with each deck you use, you will find some cards speak to you more than others. For example, I love the Sacred Space card, which I think is beautifully drawn and needs little explanation. Its keyword is respect, but the teaching reminds us that we should expect this for ourselves as much as for others.
Another card I really like is the Talking Stick, which has the keywords Viewpoints/Options. One of the most deeply held beliefs among Native American traditions is that each of us is entitled to our Sacred Point of View. This means that each person’s opinion should be considered before important decisions are reached.
Traditionally, at tribal council meetings, only the person holding the Talking Stick was allowed to speak, so that everyone would listen. Each person wishing to express an opinion was allowed a turn. Again it had to do with respect, but also about seeing things from different perspectives and not allowing yourself to develop tunnel vision; really considering all options before reaching a decision. This reminds us that in order to make choices with wisdom, we must really listen to all points of view, including our own.
This is a lovely deck and possibly not the most obvious choice for a beginner. However, if you love the use of fable and metaphor and enjoy learning about Native American spirituality and culture, then this is definitely one for your collection. Highly recommended.
Walk in Beauty – Freespirit
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Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related