10 Questions with Tess Whitehurst

1. Out of all the themes for oracle decks, why flowers?

In my work with them, I’ve found that flowers are living sacred geometry, and that they’re completely attuned to vibration and emotion. Simply placing our attention on them and opening up to them allows us to receive an instant energy healing and wisdom infusion that is both gentle and thorough. I’ve also found that they don’t have to be physically present in order for us to receive these benefits: like angels or totem animals, we can draw upon their essence to gain insight and spiritual guidance. Plus, they’re beautiful! So they seemed, to me, the perfect choice.

2. In the introduction to the companion book you mention having spent a year communing with flowers. What did that entail?

I bought a membership to Descanso Gardens, which is a truly magical botanical garden in the foothills of Los Angeles. Then, 2-3 times a week, I spent time with the flowers, relaxing and opening up to their energy one at a time. Once a flower’s gentle wisdom and vibrational signature began to take shape for me, I translated it into English and wrote it down. That was the main research process for my book The Magic of Flowers, which was the precursor to the deck.

3. You discuss the cumulative benefits of working with the Magic of Flowers Oracle, versus perhaps a book. Why is that?

Magical consciousness speaks in the language of symbol, and by working with meaningful imagery, over time, it becomes a part of our own personal energy field. Connecting the wisdom with the images – particularly when the wisdom is relating to your own life – makes inroads into your magical and spiritual intelligence in ways that go beyond the simple accumulation of information.

4. How did you end up working with the artist Anne Wertheim on this?

Barbara Moore – the tarot and oracle acquisitions editor at Llewellyn – got me in touch with her. …And I’m so lucky she did, because I absolutely love the way Anne brought life to my ideas.

5. What influence did she have on the deck?

Besides creating absolutely breathtaking art for every single card, she also helped talk out some of my ideas and helped fine tune my visions in marvelous ways.

6. What is your favorite piece of art she created for the oracle?

The mermaid card! Also known as the Wisteria card. With every card, I chose images that spoke to my energetic experience of each flower, rather than the purely physical experience of them. So, obviously, wisteria doesn’t grow underwater! But it certainly feels watery, soft, fluid, and ethereal in precisely the way the mermaid card does. It is so wisteria energy! But I have to say that I have a lot of favorites. Lilac, Magnolia, Camellia, Bougainvillea, and Hydrangea are a few of my others.

7. What was the hardest part of creating the Magic of Flowers Oracle?

Before this project, I had never created anything visual before: all my previous projects were traditional books. So learning how to communicate my inner visions clearly was a new challenge for me. But for the most part, the process went surprisingly smoothly.

8. If there is one thing you hope people learn from using the Magic of Flowers Oracle, what would it be?

Always be gentle with yourself. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the flowers, navigating the changes of life never needs to be harsh, scary, or self-condemning. And in fact, everything always works better we’re sweet to ourselves.

9. Do you have any upcoming projects my readers should be on the lookout for?

Thanks for asking! Yes, sometime in 2016, look for a reference book about the magical properties of trees. The title isn’t set yet, but it may very well be The Magic of Trees.

10. Parting shot! Ask us here at The Magical Buffet any one question.

Oh ok, fun! What are your feelings on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? (It’s my favorite show.)

I actually have never watched it. I was never really a My Little Pony gal so I haven’t checked it out. However I DO love cartoons! I get ready for work most mornings with the Powerpuff Girls playing in the background and curl up for naps with Danger Mouse. And then there’s Futurama, Codename: Kids Next Door, Family Guy, Adventure Time, American Dad, Invader Zim…

About Tess Whitehurst:
An award winning author, feng shui consultant, and intuitive counselor, Tess presents ancient, sacred, and empowering wisdom in a friendly, joyful, and accessible way. In addition to creating the Magic of Flowers Oracle, she’s written six books that have been translated into nine languages, and her articles have appeared such places as Writer’s Digest, Whole Life Times, and Law of Attraction magazine. She’s appeared on morning news shows on both Fox and NBC, and her feng shui work was featured on the Bravo TV show “Flipping Out.” You can learn more at: http://www.tesswhitehurst.com/