From the artist, Nicole of Leila + Olive:
An intuitive Oracle deck rooted in mythology and infused with plant magick, the Pythia Botanica offers 48 cards that have been tea-stained and hand-illustrated by Nicole Rallis of Leila + Olive.
We invoke the myth of the Pythia, an ancient priestess whose visions channeled prophecies from Hellenic gods. Also known as the Oracle of Delphi, her divinations were steeped in mystery and enigmatic wonder―a trusted presage that loomed in the hearts of all women and men who sought to persist against fate. Each card's meaning derives from mythology surrounding the adorning herbs and flowers. Read these cards in traditional Tarot spreads and allow the spirit of these plants to guide you.
The Second Edition of the Pythia Botanica Oracle will include:
- 48 hand-illustrated & tea-stained cards.
- Beautiful, durable cards with Antique Gold gilded edges.
- A 54-page guidebook that fits inside the box, with instructions on how to read these card, corresponding botanical illustrations and meanings.
- A sturdy, two piece keepsake box.
A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST
I embarked on this journey of creating the Pythia Botanica with an uncloaked spirit, open mind and hungry heart, lost in plant magick and guided by Mother Nature through the illustration of each card. From my earliest memories, I have felt a kinship with nature. Being amongst plants is where I am most at peace, most evergreen, most purely myself. Through this work, I have dug into my own Hellenic heritage, finding among roots of botanical enchantment a mythology both below and beyond where those first seeds were sown.
I hold Tarot and Oracle decks sacred, and truly infused my soul into the Pythia Botanica with the hope that these cards will bring light to those who read them. May you feel the heartfelt vision, love and journey behind these cards, the beauty of botanicals around us and the healing force within.
Love & light to you all.