Common Questions for Theresa
Is it okay to burn white sage?
Yes and no.
It is best to burn other locally grown sages (rather than white sage) if possible.
If you'd like to burn white sage, please consider your source. Burn small amounts that are ethically and organically grown on a farm (such as Sage Winds Farm) rather than foraged in nature. Below is a message from their website: www.sagewinds.us
White Sage (Salvia apiana) has many excellent qualities. It has traditionally been used around the world by every culture that came in contact with it, especially in ceremonies with an emphasis on purification. This power to purify is said to be released from the plant by the burning of the leaves, which are typically bundled into a wand or stick.
We grow Salvia apiana in a sustainable manner on a 40-acre farm in eastern San Diego County, at the center of the small natural range of this rare and elusive plant. We cultivate and grow plants to their maturity in their natural habitat. No plant is harvested until it is at least 3 years old. Contrast ‘wild crafters’ who come from all over the U.S. to go out into the Southern California wild areas (often on public lands) to harvest and cut back the native growth of Salvia apiana for sale on an international market. The depradations of the ‘wild crafter’ along with other environmental stresses, such as drought, has every year put native Salvia apiana more in jeopardy of survival.
Do you do commission artwork?
Yes,Theresa can make you paintings for any room in your house. She starts with a short session to interview you about your interests, color palette and overall style. She then makes a few sketches and texts them to you for your approval. Theresa then makes a painting that can make your space shine! If you don't love it 100% no fee will be processed.
When will I get my decks that I ordered?
New Shipment just came in. Get 'em while they last!
I'm making them in small batches so you get them fresh off the press. It should be shipped within 7 business days, and you will get tracking information as soon as it ships.
What was your artistic process for making your decks?
Theresa spent 6 months painting all 78 cards for White Sage Tarot (Feb. 15- July 15, 2017) and another 6 months painting Land Sky Oracle (Feb. 10- July 10, 2018). The materials I used were a combination of Schiminke watercolors and gouache. Once they were painted, I brought them to a local print shop, Image Works to get them professionally scanned. They sent me digital images and I cleaned them up in Photoshop and sent them out to get them self-published.
Why the name White Sage Tarot?
While making this deck, I used white sage to help stir up creative energy in my home studio. As C.E. Lowman states, "Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or a space. While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has nevertheless been a shared practice in other cultures too. From ancient Celtic druids who used sage as a sacred herb alongside Oak Moss for burning, to the indigenous people of the Amazon..." If you'd like to find out more, please go to www.movingtowardspeace.com
The Land Sky Oracle was named after a meditation that influenced the creation of this deck. Ram Dass has a Soma Meditation on Youtube that inspired it. You can find the meditation in the booklet that comes with the deck.