This COLORING BOOK is adapted from the original line drawings from The Jade Oracle deck. The Jade Oracle is a powerful divination set consisting of 52 cards and a guide book for interpretation. It was created in 2017 by Veronica Iglesias & Anne Key and illustrated by Ramona Snow Teo. It features original artwork based on imagery in pre-hispanic statues, murals & codices. The Jade Oracle is a powerful tool that brings historic wisdom to a new generation, giving us a window to our soul and a new lens in which to see ourselves.
The coloring book includes all 52 drawings from the original deck and an interpretation guide printed on a heavyweight card-stock paper. After you color your cards you can cut them out and build your own deck! By coloring these cards you will create your own deep connection with each deity and symbol, in turn creating a unique and personal divination deck to work with.
We heard this phrase over and over after our presentations on the Goddesses from pre-Hispanic Mexico. But moments after the first time it was uttered, we knew that this would be a beautiful way to connect people to the deities and customs of a culture that we have given our lives to studying and practicing, a culture that is often misunderstood and little known outside of academic circles and initiates. A culture that is the heritage for many of us that live on the land and carry the ancestral DNA of ancient Mexico.
The sacred images of pre-Hispanic deities are very different than the sacred images of European culture, which we in America – and even Mexico – are far more accustomed to seeing. These images have unfamiliar symbols – green feathers, skulls, snakes, nose ornaments – and unfamiliar names: Xochiquetzal, Huitzilopochtli, Tecuciztecatl for example.
These sacred images and names open the door to a profoundly magnificent culture that reveres the connection of the earth and Her inhabitants, that celebrates the small and grand cycles – that infuses ritual and attention to the sacred in daily life.
B U I L D I N G • T H E • T E A M
Both holding advanced degrees in Mesoamerican studies and practicing priestesses, Veronica Iglesias and Anne Key could translate the beliefs and culture to a new audience, writing a divinatory meaning for each card. But to create an oracle deck, this project needed a visionary artist to design images that were true to their heritage yet inviting to the modern eye, and at some moment we both realized the one artist that we wanted to work with: Ramona Teo. Renowned for her graphic design, murals, and fine art, she was a perfect match for this ambitious project. Coincidentally, Ramona has a BA in Fine Arts with a focus in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Art & Art History.
Then the two became three, and the Jade Oracle birthed from an idea to reality. This is truly a story about the interwoven paths from Oregon and Mexico City that converged in Albuquerque, New Mexico, bringing us together to make magic.
This project was successfully crowdfunded through Kickstarter and we are truly grateful for our supporters who helped make it happen.
A B O U T • T H E • C A R D S
Like tarot cards, the Jade Oracle is a spiritual tool used for divination and introspection. The difference is they are not structured by traditional tarot suits. Each card brings a new form to a universal archetype, giving us a window to our soul, a new lens in which to see ourselves. We named this deck The Jade Oracle because exquisite green jade was one of the most sacred stones in ancient Mexico, as the color represented the teeming bounty of life. There will be 52 beautifully illustrated cards accompanied by a booklet that guides you through understanding the mythology and interpretations of the cards.
We feel that when we understand another culture, we understand ourselves in a deeper way and are one step closer to connecting with our global family and celebrating this magical land that we share. And for those of us with Mexican heritage, this is a path to understanding, and living, our lineage.