What’s an ORA+CLE Deck?
An oracle deck is similar to Tarot; an object of meditation that encourages its participant to explore and uncover truths about themselves. It holds the promise of a dynamic, positive, spiritual transformation via understanding our essential selves.*
Where ORA+CLE differs from an oracle deck or Tarot is that it’s a looser, more utilitarian exploration. Its scope encompasses the emotional experiences we have as designers*. There’s plenty of space for critical thinking with ORA+CLE. Developed pragmatically, intuitively, and yes, sacredly—ORA+CLE is meant to be used on its own as a way of deepening inquiry, or as a compliment to a Tarot practice.
Why an Oracle Deck?
The designer/client relationship is at the core of my professional and artist practice. How to purify and make these unions more perfect is rich with opportunity. The inquiry lights me up.
You see, cultivating the intimacy necessary for a rewarding designer/client rapport is often avoided under the guise of being ‘professional.’ This fiction results in distrust, disinterest, dissatisfaction. On both sides. My stance is more emotional investment, not less, is the only way to conduct business. ORA+CLE is a tool to harness a paradigm shift.
*I’m not a designer, is ORA+CLE for me?
Do you work with humans? Do you love a human? Have you been parented, or are a parent to a human? ORA+CLE is for you. A divination tool originally created with the needs of designers in mind, ORA+CLE works for anyone who interfaces professionally or personally with humans. So, pretty much everyone.
Why the name ORA+CLE?
The name ORA+CLE began as a typo, and I liked it. The typesetting is an aesthetic composition that also clearly identifies the nature of the object. Done.
Is there an intention behind the colors?
Yes, I chose the colors to pair with each card’s statement, purposefully. For me, intention often looks like intuition. It sometimes looks like editing—picking colors, then looking at the collection as a whole and switching it up. It’s rarely is pouring over a swatch library, hemming and hawing, about the right one. And even once, a color waved me over.
*The definition of oracle was liberally adapted from “Supra: The Hidden Path of an Oracle” by Linnea Gits.
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