The Star of Sevens Oracle Deck

Time, Betsy James

Wild Card: Time, Betsy James

Wild Cards

A Berkeley psychotherapist, the late Dr. George Hersh, commissioned me to illustrate The Star of Sevens Oracle Deck, a 52-card divinatory deck of his own design. Because of its archetypal nature, the project became a collaboration between Hersh’s vision and my own. I tried to invite images that could be looked at for a long time, and that might have more than one reading.
Elements: Wood, Betsy James
Elements: Wood, Betsy James

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On The Star of Sevens Oracle Deck

Dr. George L. Hersh PhD

Divination is an essential function of the living brain.

Our nervous system coordinates and regulates our body for effective response to the challenges of the world. It binds together memories and information gathered by our senses into coherent maps of our surroundings. Using the clues of the moment to predict the future or to see the unseen is divination.

Living as diviners from moment to moment, we seek ways to reach out beyond our limited view: to see deeper, symbolic patterns that correspond to our questions and our needs. Typically, such systems display a randomizing element that allows chance to influence the outcome; some ambiguity of symbolic structure; and room for synchronicity–that is, for the events of the divination to be influenced by the large currents of the world.

Plants: Rose, Betsy James
Plants: Rose, Betsy James

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The Star of Sevens Oracle Deck offers one means of divination, a way to explore inner, outer, and other worlds. Its cards are evocative symbols, gateways opening from us to the boundless continuum that surrounds us and that permeates the deepest recesses of our being.

The deck carries a richly interconnected group of symbols. Each card bears a painting of an archetypal entity. Each suit card displays seven attributes: image, name, suit, cardinal number, color, position, and ordinal number in a 7×7 magic square. The 49 suit cards span the worlds of mythology and psychology, the soul and the mind: Elements, Plants, Animals, Birds, The Human Body, Tools, and Deities. The deck is completed by three Wild cards whose sole attributes are their identities: the Tao, Time, and the Void.

Dealing a spread of seven cards allows over six hundred billion possible outcomes, each with a unique set of interconnections. Because the cards offer so many possible links, they allow rich interactions with the unconscious mind. The Star of Sevens Oracle Deck offers a fresh—yet ancient—access to the deepest self.

©Text Dr. George L. Hersh PhD

Elements: Metal, Betsy James
Elements: Metal, Betsy James

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Tools: Scales, Betsy James
Tools: Scales, Betsy James

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Animals: Bear, Betsy James

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Wild Cards: The Tao, Betsy James
Wild Cards: The Tao, Betsy James
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With the exception of the essay by Dr. George L. Hersh PhD, all material on this page, both text and graphics, is ©E.Wylie James, and may not be used commercially without her permission. For permission from Dr. Hersh, contact Betsy James.

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