This week I have a fun and really different kind of oracle deck for you to check out. The Lefty Oracle by Kathy Crabbe is a deck that brings a fun and unique perspective on intuitive reading and growing your intuition.
The Lefty Oracle by Kathy Crabbe
? 54 cards featuring Kathy’s artwork
? 2 additional cards with mantras for each card
? A downloadable 92 page workbook with interpretations, stories, prompts, exercises and challenges
Let’s start with Kathy’s art because this is what really makes this deck stand out from many others.
The cards feature images of spirits that appear in many forms; fairies, angels, mermaids, little girls, grown women, wild teens, and odd, otherworldly spirits. Each card has something written or stamped on them, sometimes a name for the spirit or a message or both.
“The Leftys are spiritual guides that show us how to release perfectionism to make room for simple, mindful ways of being. They are teachers and bridge builders that guide us to our higher selves. They show us, by example a freer and more playful way to live.” – Kathy Crabbe on the intention of The Lefty Oracle
It’s different, and it’s something that may instantly draw you in or instantly push you away. Some people that I’ve shared this deck with just LOVED it immediately and others were not into it at all. And I have a theory.
The Lefty Oracle was created by Kathy through the use of her non-dominant left hand. She spent over five years painting this which lead to her creations coming through from her intuitive mind. She may have had an idea of what she wanted to paint but how it would actually appear would flow through her intuitively. She would allow the lines and shapes to form and let them guide her through the creation process.
When we let our non-dominant hand lead us in either art or writing, we’re allowing a part of ourselves that we don’t have total control over to take the lead. It also brings us in connection with our Child Self, which is less structured and less refined. We have to allow ourselves to trust and let our intuition show us where to go rather than guiding the process to create consciously.
So when I think of this and how some people have had some iffy or prickly feelings about this deck, I feel that it has to do with this connection to the non-dominant, intuitive energy of the Child Self. Some people really don’t like that energy because it’s “immature.” But this is an energy that can reveal so much to us. I feel there may be an instinct for some people to reject the images because that means having to listen to their own intuitive side or their Child Self. It also makes me think this could be an excellent tool for working with Inner Child healing.
In order to paint these images, Kathy needed to slow down, quiet herself, and listen deeply at a soul-level for what wanted to come through. It brought Kathy more into her spiritual practice which she has described as making her “a bit of a hermit.” She went through a large transformational period around that time that lead her into the world of professional psychic work which prompted her to turn her lefty artwork into an oracle deck.
I’ve been using the deck off and on for a little bit now and I’ve found that depending on how you approach the deck or where you are in the moment emotionally and energetically it can be incredibly fun or horribly difficult, but that’s a good thing! Spiritual guides and guided messages shouldn’t always be easy but they should be supportive, and that’s something I’ve always found with this deck.
Several cards have apparently chosen me and keep coming up for a little visit; Mantra, Genevieve, and Jolene.
Mantra has been reminding me “not my circus, not my monkeys” which is something that can be challenging for me. I never want to come off as unsympathetic to someone but I also am conscious enough of the health of my energy to know when I need to stay out of someone’s problems or create distance. Barriers are your friends, and I don’t have a problem with creating and holding mine, but I know some people can see that as being cold or uncaring. I also feel like Mantra would be a big fan of The Four Agreements.
Genevieve reminds me that bright ideas and creative inspiration are like lightning bugs…they come quickly in a flash and then disappear. You have to be willing to answer the call of inspiration when it strikes otherwise those comet-like ideas could be lost forever. And OH BOY do I know that pain all too well! I can’t tell you the number of ideas or intuitive messages that I’ve received and thought “Oh that would be a great blog post or teaching” and then because I didn’t act fast it vanished. So I’m much more aware of acting, even if it just means immediately writing down some notes and doing the creating later.
Jolene has been another stark reminder of my true self because it’s true, I am missing the embarrassment gene. But I have found myself in a place lately where I second guess myself more than usual. Jolene has been an ally to remind me that if it isn’t fun and isn’t true to who I am it may not be worth doing. In a lot of ways, she was a guide during my decision for walking away from my recent book deal.
This deck is fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously but also doesn’t forget the seriousness that can hover around different topics and issues. Personally, I believe that when we are light of heart, we heal faster. We are able to hear messages and guidance easier because we’re open to receive. And The Lefty Oracle doesn’t let you forget how important that is.
You can pick up a copy of Kathy’s oracle deck for $45 (plus free shipping) from her online shop at KathyCrabbe.com. Kathy also teaches a 4-week online course to help you get really connected to the cards and the energies that it brings to the table. Be sure to also check out Kathy’s Instagram so you can watch some of the behind the scenes of her artistic process.
Kathy Crabbe provided me with a copy of The Lefty Oracle Deck for this review. The opinions I shared about this book are my own, and Kathy Crabbe did not tell me what to say or how to say it, nor did they provide any monetary compensation for this review.