1. A thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen.
2. The action of taking on power or responsibility.
Ten years ago I set out to make a deck of oracle cards. Something that did not follow any known suit or arcana. Something that was unique to both its creator and those who use it. A collection of surreal images that hold no true defined meaning, yet convey their messages to their reader. One by one the images came to me and were created and collected until each resonated with one other.
Originally this deck was meant to have no meaning. Or rather it was a blank slate for others to assign meanings to, much in the same way that Tarot cards began as playing cards, but were assigned divinatory meanings over time.
However, having no guidance or reference for a set of oracle cards leads to frustration for different kinds of people and it is certainly unfair for beginners. Thus, the deck contains The Guide of Suggestion, as a way to interpret the meanings of the cards.
Of the 42 cards there are few sets of similar themes that play off one another visually: Three king cards representing the use and misuse of power, four element cards which are represent boons to situations at hand, two heart cards of love and loss, Four opposing nature cards such as the sun, moon, forest and reef, and the four black cards which deal with endings and connections to worlds beyond ours. The rest are their own unique and individual themes for each card.
The trickiest thing about creating this oracle deck was deciding on its name. How do you name something that has such odd images? I started calling it The Oracle of Assumption, under the idea that the user would have to assume the meanings of the cards for themselves. However, over time the word assumption took on a much different meaning to the cards. It became more about being responsible for my creation and the certainty in its use by readers.
This is my first self published project, and it has been an experience of trials and errors for sure. However, I am greatly pleased with the delight it as brought its readers as the decks fall into more people's hands.