The Wild Harmonic Divination Deck
The Wild Harmonic Deck is nearing completion! 81 cards of elemental relationships for esoteric reflection and reality play.
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This deck starts with a focus on the relationships between the five classical elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Spirit. It then extends itself by two further elements, Celestial and Dimensional, and two further elemental-esque aspects, Shadow and Vortex. This set of nine elements, each relating to one another, creates a series of eighty one relationships.
Why Elemental Relationships?
There are numerous reasons for a focus on elemental relationships. Here are a few of my own.
- In Western esoteric lore there is a common initiatorial practice known as the equilibration of the elements. It is through a mysterious process of contemplating and working with the inner and outer elements that we are able to bring the disparate parts of our being back into a recognition of wholeness.
- The ideas of the elements all come from Nature, and She is of the utmost importance to me (and I feel should be for you too). So it is my (not so) hidden agenda that these cards point the players towards a deeper, clearer and more visceral communion with Nature, inside and out.
- Each element can represent a lot of different things to a lot of different people. In the same way each relationship between each element and the others could be demonstrated in perhaps endless ways. I feel that by presenting my own visions of how these elements can conspire to reveal profundity it will inspire others to have their own visions, thereby enriching the world and assuring me that I have not simply added to the dogma of anyone’s experience.
Other Theoretical Underpinnings
This deck has numerous influences, all of which have been a part of my own enrichment and exploration of reality. Some of the most prominent are:
- The Seven Chakras
The deck maps itself well to a sublime layer of elemental energies of each Chakra. Read in a certain way, these cards can represent seven sub Chakras of each Chakra, similar to the idea of each Chakra having petals. In this case each Chakra is seen as having 17 portals through which it connects to each of the other seven Chakras.
- Western Ceremonial Magic
My elemental studies background is in the Western esoteric traditions of ceremonial practice. The main approach I have taken in “revealing” the visions of these cards to myself, in order to make them manifest as a deck, has been rooted in these traditions. This includes High Magick, Enochian Magick and various forms of Witchcraft.
- Sacred Geometry
While there are some overt appearances of this in the cards here and there, the influence of sacred geometry is really much more covertly present in the concepts behind the cards themselves.
This whole journey into the realm of divination started when I received my first set of runes at the age of 13. This deck reflects my curiosity of what I would see if I wounded myself with my own spear, hung myself upside down from the world tree, cut out an eye as an offering to the Ineffable and peered down into the river of life for a vision. I highly recommend it, though of course not literally.
- Shamanism & Warriorship
It is undeniable that everything in my life that I value comes from these. Each of the cards could have been presented in many ways, with various symbolic attitudes that could influence their meaning. I chose to portray them in a way that hopes to inspire engagement, embodiment, freedom and harmony in the reader.
- Vajrayana & Bon
Tibetan magic is by far the most complete and intact wizard system I have come across in my studies. The key word here is intact. In the West we are in the predicament of inheriting a mystical lineage that tried to destroy itself. I do not claim to be an authentic practitioner of either Vajrayana or Bon, but I do look to them for missing pieces that our broken lines are longing to reintegrate. My hope, which goes far beyond the scope of this discussion, is that in doing so I am contributing to the healing of Western spiritual dignity and the reemergence of the Western esoteric traditions as that which they were originally; something far more interesting, and potent, than religion.
I have studied “traditions” both old and new. As far as I am concerned there are no traditions that are not eclectic, originally. Yet I do hear well the caution about becoming too eclectic as a worthy point to consider so as to not reduce one’s cosmology to impotent self reference.
These cards are not an attempt to be either traditional or eclectic, though I figure they will most likely be taken as the later. In my view, they represent how many different ideas fit together in a way that promotes growth.
Why growth? Certainly there are many virtues which I might center upon, such as harmony, presence or inquiry. And I do. Yet when I look to Nature, She makes it very clear: the victorious one is the one that grows.