Sibyls Oraculum - Oracle of the Black Doves of Africa by Tayannah Lee McQuillar, with artwork by Katelan V Foisy
Reviewed by Wendy Stokes
There will be a coming of the day when that which is hidden shall be revealed - The Libyan Sibyl
The author, Tayannah Lee McQuillar is a cultural anthropologist, scholar of religion, esoterica and mysticism. She hails from New York but conducted her research in Brazil and New Orleans and has shown great expertise in her knowledge of divination from earliest antiquity in this North African study and uniquely developed card system. She is the author of 'Rootwork'.
The card artist, Katelan Foisy, works with multimedia and has produced cards which have an authentic look and the beauty of ancient Mediterranean mosaics with flowers, animals, fruit, gardens, objects, but no people! She is known as the female 'Jack Kerouac' and a modern day 'Francesca Woodman'. You are invited to experience the card images as closely as you can to form a close connection to them.
Greek and Roman mythology imbibed a great deal from the North African Sibylline spiritual tradition which had a highly developed culture, especially amongst wise women who were knowledgeable about mathematics, astronomy, dreams and the art of divination. Information is provided on the inspiration for the card deck, how to read the cards, how the oracle works, the spiritual structure of the cards, the use of epigrams (inscriptions) in a reading and information on what to avoid, where and when to conduct the reading. It is suggested a journal is kept. There are 3 examples of readings given along with the questions asked. Advice is supplied about creating a Mission Statement and creating a Personal Motto. I very much liked an ethical explanation that underpins the readings. There are 6 steps to a reading which are explained, with 3 sets of cards: the Core Issue Cards, the Projection Cards, and the Action Cards.
If you really like to be able to provide a reading with a difference - one that marks you out from other oracle deck readers, this deck has definitely something special to offer. I found this deck powerful, deep, and offering a healthy direction, erring on what is best and for the highest good. Due to the card images having an antique finish, a magnifying glass is recommended to fully enjoy the images.
Pack contains 44 cards and comprehensive information book. £16.99, published by Destiny Books.