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Book and Deck Review – Soulflower: Plant Spirit Oracle by Lisa Estabrook

Book and Deck Review
Soulflower: Plant Spirit Oracle
by Lisa Estabrook
Publisher: Findhorn Press
44 card deck and 176 page guidebook
Publication Date: March 29, 2022

 

 

“The one big truth that I most wish to share is that we already have, and always have had, everything we need to be happy, to be whole. We are not broke; we are simply disconnected from our hearts and the truth of who we are,” Lisa Estabrook writes in the preface.

She had lost her way in the culture of constant action, separation, scarcity, and elusive goals such as success and happiness. To begin listening to her heart and soul again took a return to painting, this time the plants growing around her. One by one, flowers presented their knowledge, awakening her wisdom, and leading her back to herself.

Each card has a drawing of the flower, a key word, and a paragraph about its message. The guidebook introduces each flower with a black-and-white version of the drawing and the words beneath it, and then dedicates about a page and a half going deeper into the flower’s message, ending with an affirmation. There are ideas about how to use the cards and suggestions on how to embody the lessons.

To prepare readers for the plant medicine, Estabrook uses the seasons of the year and the moon phase to illustrate the cycle of life in the garden, each corresponding to a facet of nurturing the soul. It made for a good introduction, especially for non-gardeners.

If you don’t have a connection with these plants, their messages may be very much what you need to hear. I have been in love with flowers since I was a child, and I have formed bonds with, and been allowed to draw on their energies. How I relate to many of the flowers is different than in the deck. My two favorite flowers were not included, but my favorite herbs were; the messages we received were similar in one, but not the other. Yet all the wisdom, guidance, and messages from the plant spirits are insightful, empowering, and uplifting.

“The Daily Practice Journal” is a guide Estabrook wrote as a companion to the oracle deck.

About the author:

Lisa Estabrook is an artist, wayshower, herbalist, and plant whisperer who has spent the last thirty years remembering how to create a meaningful, heart-led, healthy, and joyful life with plant spirits as her loving guides. The founder of the online Soulflower CommUNITY Garden, Lisa lives in Yarmouth, Maine. For more information,
visit her website, or her Facebook page.

Soulflower: Plant Spirit Oracle

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About the Author:
Lynn Woike

thewitchonwheels.com

All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.