Being a ‘divination diva’ I was elated to receive a copy of Fez Inkwright’s latest release ‘The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck‘ published by the lovely Liminal 11. Not only is this Fez’s first oracle deck but it’s also Liminal 11’s first-ever oracle deck published so you can imagine – I was super excited to grab a copy and to have a shuffle through the cards.
Liminal 11’s Perfect Packaging
The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck arrives in a stylish, sturdy, cardboard presentation box (with an inner liner/ container) featuring a magnetic-close base and detailed decoration.
Double The Detail – Guidebooks Galore
The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck comes with not just one but two guide books; one for dawn readings (to aid focus readings on new beginnings, new projects, new relationships, and revitalising oneself) and the other for dusk readings (for readings on more personal matters and issues regarding the body and mind).
Each paperback, colour-printed, guidebook contains a contents page, a foreword, an introduction, a quick reading guide (which is super handy when referring to the cards at haste), information upon the cards, a guide to the seasons, a double-page upon each of the cards offering a simple guide and artwork from the card, a short guide upon how to read the cards, information upon dawn vs dusk readings, a guide to reversals, six spread examples, notes on how to complement the Tarot, and information upon the author.
Though a lot of the text in the foreword, the introduction, and such-like does repeat from one book to the other, there are vast differences in the definitions and meanings for each card separating dawn and dusk readings.
Whilst I’ve become accustomed to Liminal 11’s lovely little hardback guidebooks, The Seed & Sickle Oracle is the first Liminal 11 deck that I’ve come across where the guidebook/s are paperback, that being said – there are two of them and if these guidebooks had been hardback they may not have fit as well in the packaging.
Fez Inkwright is an established author, illustrator, and folklorist who has spent the past decade working upon children’s books, greetings cards, and tattoo designs. Fez has previously worked with Liminal 11 publications to produce her two books ‘Folk Magic and Healing – An Unusual History of Everyday Plants‘ and ‘Botanical Curses and Poisons – The Shadow Lives of Plants‘ both of which I’ve had the pleasure to read and review.
Following her release of ‘The Seed & Sickle Oracle’ Fez now spends her time raising environmental conservation awareness alongside volunteering in wildlife rehabilitation.
Due to be released in November 2021, The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck features fifty-four, matt-style cards with beautiful blue and yellow floral reversible backs and plain white edging. Featuring a perfect pastel palette, The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck features an inner border (layered over the card itself) alongside subtle, simple titling.
Each card carries two meanings – one for times when moving forward is important, and one to help cultivate your own wellbeing.
The deck itself is a journey through the year, thus the fifty-four cards are divided into four seasons and readers may decide whether to separate their deck into four or whether to shuffle with the entire year.
A Walkthrough Guide
I created a short video walkthrough detailing and further explaining The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck if you would like to take a closer look at the deck.
Reading With The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck
The cycle of sowing and harvest is one that we can see reflected around us every day. There are times for action (productivity) and times for rest (and relaxing). The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck has been designed to encourage reflection upon both of these points. Each card carries two meanings; one for times when moving forward is important (dawn readings), and one to help cultivate your own wellbeing (dusk readings), and reversals may add even more relevance to readings.
I’ve spent the past fortnight working with The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck (mainly using dusk divination techniques) and thus far have found readings to be awesomely accurate. I personally tend to pair Tarot with Oracle and Rune cards to offer more in-depth, detailed daily readings and have used The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck to compliment and extend readings with great success.
Purchasing & Pricing Information
Retailing from £23.99, the standard copy of The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck is available to purchase online directly via Liminal 11. There will also be an exclusive, limited edition copy of The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck available to purchase for £75 released in November 2021.
This pretty, pastel-style oracle deck is ideal for readers of any level of capability. I particularly like how The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck may be used in a number of ways as the cards can be interpreted differently according to the placement, position, situation, or season. Whether you happen to be sowing seeds for your next big project or harvesting rewards for a time of rest, The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck is the perfect accompaniment to your journey.
For further information upon The Seed & Sickle Oracle Deck or alternative Liminal 11 publication visit www.liminal11.com
Disclosure: I was sent the above product for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.