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Odin and the Nine Realms Oracle
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About The Book
• 2020 Coalition of Visionary Resources Bronze Award
• Includes 54 full-color cards depicting Norse deities, runes, and mythic beings with a message from the Nine Realms and a book offering guidance and card spreads
• Draws on universal themes, present in every culture or tradition, such as love, fear, purpose, power, medicine
• Illustrated with the author’s original artwork, inspired by her upbringing in Native American and Norse cultures and based on her interpretation of Norse mythology
Norse mythology is rich with meaning and symbolism carried down through the ages. Diving deep into the profound wisdom of the Nordic traditions, Odin and the Nine Realms Oracle presents a unique divination tool created by mystic and healer Sonja Grace. Inspired by Sonja’s ability to communicate with the Norse gods and spirit travel back in time, this deck of 54 cards features the famed Norse gods Odin, Thor, Loki, and goddess Freyja alongside some of the lesser known but equally powerful deities such as Frigg, Rán, Tyr, and Baldur. The cards evoke the mysteries of the Nine Realms of Asgard, Midgard, Vanaheim, Jotunheim, Nlflheim, Muspelheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim, and Hel. These nine worlds are held in the branches and roots of the great tree of Yggdrasil, the World Tree located at the very center of the Universe. Also depicted in these oracle cards are 24 runes, among them Gebo (gift), Naudiz (need), and Wunjo (joy), each one with a meaning and purpose that can stand singularly and in combination with other cards drawn from the deck.
The cards touch on universal themes such as love, fear, purpose, power, medicine, and energy, revealing new insight into and understanding of the enigma of life. Each card’s illustration is based on a hand-drawn original by Sonja Grace, representing everything from the sacred waters of the Norse, to the dwarves, elves, giants, runes, and gods. The cards’ powerful imagery allows you to deepen your connection to spirit and discover the hidden meanings of both direct and reverse placements of the cards. The included book shows you how to work with a range of different spreads, giving clearer insight and divine guidance on single questions as well as on more complex issues relating to past, present, and future.
Imbued with the knowledge and the power of a strong tradition, Odin and the Nine Realms Oracle can help clarify your path and provide guidance for your life’s unfolding.
My father came from Norway, and the influence of the language, culture, and foods was an integral part of my childhood. I went to Norway to visit my sister and see a site I had previously spirit traveled to when I wrote my book Spirit Traveler. Stoplesteinane is an ancient stone circle located on a steep hillside and marked by 16 stones. Called there by the energies contained within I sat in the center. I am a mystic, healer, and spirit traveler. I see all levels of the unseen world--from angels to demi-gods, and my encounters with the Norse gods have given me a lifetime of experiences. As I melted into the energies of the circle, the demi-gods appeared tall, strong, and with piercing blue eyes. Odin, Thor, Freyja, and Loki brought messages and urged that I deliver the true meaning of the myths and legends of Asgard through my art and my intuitive abilities.
How to Use the Cards
The cards carry messages from the nine realms, the sacred water, dwarves, elves, giants, gods, and the runes. They have information for the user and touch on love, fear, purpose, power, medicine, energy that help to unfold the mysteries of the nine realms. When we look to the past, we can learn what our patterns have been and how we repeat them, not only as individuals but also as a collective. This knowledge is authoritative in identifying our attachments, emotional wounds, and karma. The present moment is where we can redefine ourselves, become aware of our feelings and learn how to manage them. The future is in a liquid state. When we focus thoughts and energy on what we want to create the future begins to align with the vibration. Karma is a significant factor in how the future unfolds. If our desires are too future-focused, we can get caught not being present.
The three-card spread below represents the past, present, and future. It will help you understand what you may need to work on, your current emotional and spiritual status and what the future potentially holds.
For example, the first card drawn is Odin placed in the position of the past. Odin is the most powerful of the Norse Gods. He is the ruler of Asgard and husband to Frigg. Odin understands the nine realms and the true nature of humankind whose earthbound experience is measured through the duality of good and evil, right and wrong and keeps us from finding our true inner peace. Odin wanders betwixt and between the nine realms. He believes in the truth inherent in each person’s soul. This card is about picking a side and Odin’s belief that it is best to be centered, standing in the middle and choosing observation over judgment. Go within and find your center. Release your attachments to either side. Meditate. You will discover the journey you long for is within.
If drawn in reverse the card indicates that you have taken a side and perhaps rooted yourself in something you no longer believe. Take time to examine your thinking and ask yourself why you are so attached to this particular point of view. The universe is made up of infinite possibilities. Through meditation release your attachments into the Earth and feel what it is like to be free.
The present card is next. In this example, the card is Freyja who is the only female named for the Vanir: a group of demi-gods that represent fertility and once rivaled the Aesir, a dominant group of gods that included Odin and Thor. Freyja is desired by the giants. She embodies love and fertility. She is a powerful shaman who knows and practices the magic Seid, which gives her the ability to determine the fate of men and women and to arrange death and even cause ill health. In drawing this card, you are invoking a powerful goddess known throughout the nine realms for her sexual prowess. Pulling this card puts you on notice that your sexual energy needs to be grounded and not misused. The greatest magic is our ability to embody divine love. Do not mistake your power as that of a demi-god. You are responsible for your karma and soul’s journey. Freyja teaches that love is the most potent magic throughout the realms.
When you draw Freya in reverse, it suggests you are misusing your power and manipulating others. You must take care to set your course on integrity and truth and make sure you do not act recklessly or irresponsibly in your desire for things outside of yourself such as power, money or love. Freyja drawn in reverse comes with a warning to switch your focus to the highest vibration of love and transcend your Earth-bound experience.
The third card drawn in this spread represents the future, and in this example, it is the rune Jera. This rune is about the fruition of your labor. You have planted your seeds and cared for your field, and now you have a plentiful harvest. The only way this happens is with focus and diligence. Jera is natural law. It is the fruition of your hard work. Freyja is related to this rune as she represents fertility and harvest. This rune is about being in alignment with Creator and the Earth. When we are present, we witness the cyclical nature of the universe and experience natural law. There is no reverse to this rune, only the mindfulness to not be impatient. Your process is your harvest.
This three-card spread represents the relationship between past actions and your possible future self and where there is work to be done. Look for further messages within the artwork; note how Odin is rooted to the tree of knowledge, Yggdrasill; that cats pull Freya's chariot; and that the rune, Jera, displays sturdy stalks of corn and a fruitful harvest. Only you can interpret the messages these cards hold.
- Publisher: Findhorn Press (August 20, 2019)
- Length: 144 pages
- ISBN13: 9781620559130
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Raves and Reviews
"Quality magnetic flip top box containing a set of cards and instruction book. The images are hand drawn and painted and have a beauty and power within their simplicity. An interesting deck!"
– Wendy Stokes, Mind Body Soul Reviews
“Odin & the Nine Realms Oracle by Sonja Grace is a delightful mix of intuitive and traditional deck design. The art is done by the deck’s author/designer and is an inspired mash up of her Norwegian and Native American heritage. The deck features 54 cards of well-known Norse deities like Odin, Freya, and Thor; an assortment of runes, and of course the Nine Realms of Asgard, Midgard, Vanaheim, Jotunheim, Nlflheim, Muspelheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim, and Hel. As with all oracle decks, my preferred method of use is the single card draw. And since the deck comes with a substantial book, featuring card images for each card in the deck, looking up card interpretations is easy. It also features 8 spreads that work with the deck. The companion book is sturdy and will hold up under repeated use and the book and deck fit into a solid cardboard box that has one of those nice magnetic closures...Odin & the Nine Realms Oracle is a unique and interesting take on the oracle deck. Its obvious audience is anyone interested in Norse mythology, but is wonderful for anyone looking for something different to add to their collection."
– Magical Buffet
"This deck and accompanying 144 page guidebook comprise this visually striking divination tool containing images and channeled information from Sonja Grace’s spirit travels with the Norse gods. She describes her spirit travels to the Nine Realms of Norse cosmology and her meetings with the gods in the guidebook’s prologue, then she brings the gods and the Norse world to life in the cards with her simple yet iconic, bold and gorgeous art work. I drew Naudhr, Hel and Dagaz - right on the money!! There is a description of each card’s interpretation, both upright and reversed, except for the runes which cannot be reversed. The set comes in a nice heavy box with a magnetic side closure. If you are interested in exploring the Norse cosmology and the runes, this deck is a good, inviting place to start to start or deepen your connection to these archetypes."
"Regardless of what seems to be a fairly high interest in Nordic mythology, there aren’t many decent oracle decks out there to depict the Old Norse tradition in a way that suits my fancy. I should know, because I’ve been looking for them high and low. It was with great pleasure then, to receive Sonja Grace’s oracle deck Odin and the Nine Realms. Being both the creator of the deck itself and the accompanying booklet, Sonja has a knack for going back to basics with 54 full-color cards depicting Norse deities, runes, and mythic beings with a message from the Nine Realms and a book offering guidance and card spreads. Sonja’s presentation of this ancient belief system is well balanced and very straight forward. I recommend this deck to anyone interested in knowing more about Nordic mythology, and who wants to try an interesting version of divination."
– SOFIA KARIN AXELSSON, The Echo World
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