Green Oracles
1st Ed: Published by Museo dei Tarocchi
Concept & Execution by Ernesto Fazioli
54 Cards, Printed on Textured, Matte Art Stock
Leaflet by Ernesto Fazioli (in English for internationals)
Card Size Approximately 4 x 6 in (10 x 15 cm)
Card Back Design: Non-Reversible, (Shown Below)
Very Limited Edition of Only 50 Sets
Hand-Numbered & Signed by Ernesto Fazioli
In an Elegant Gift Box with Cloth Tote & Dangling Silver Charm
Published: Summer 2020
Price: €. 90.00 Euro + P&H from Italy
For U.S. Customers - Currently at a Special Price Shared Below

Green Oragle Signature Card Green Oracles is another beautiful, historically significant deck by Ernesto Fazioli. This time we forge the healing realms of herbs and plants, as compiled by a Greek physician from 2000 years ago, who traveled throughout the Roman Empire with Emperor Nero's army, collecting and researching local medicinal herbs everywhere they roamed. Between 50-70 C.E., the good doctor Dioscorides wrote his fundamental work, "De Materia Medica" (On Medicinal Substances) - considered to be the most important, ancient research on the healing properties of plants, that informed the work in this field for centuries to come, while also being expanded upon and translated into numerous languages. This was the predecessor of all modern pharmacopeias. But beyond its historical importance, it also shared knowledge on the herbs and remedies used by the ancient Greeks, Romans and other cultures of antiquity; remedies that, in many cases are still in use today.

To create this unusual oracle, Ernesto Fazioli carefully chose 54 images from the six hundred that were included in Dioscorides's life work. The explanations and suggestions of each plant’s essence and meaning work well with a clearer comprehension of their qualities, for a more profound, personal study and analysis.

Ernesto introduces his source in the accompanying 2-sided leaflet, and includes brief descriptions of the researched plant properties, which are numbered and in alphabetical order by their 'root' word (no pun intended), and how they can best be understood in readings or by other means. Here are three examples from his leaflet with the corresponding cards displayed below:

Green Oracle Card-backs 33 Melograno - Pomegranate

Renewal, union, pledge, inventory, cohesion, charity, love, mercy. Emotionally it represents union, marriage. Tip: Bring the many elements together in unity, while maintaining your individuality. Evolution: Deep connection with one's sacred world. Reversed: Envy, hatred, sexuality as an end to itself, feeling like hell, lost in a quagmire.

43 Papavero - Poppy

People, city, chief, sleep, calm, rest, consolation. In feelings it represents a tranquil or hypnotic kind of love. Tip: Ability to persist in your intentions, while facing obstacles. Evolution: Eliminate pain and hurtful memories. Reversed: Tyranny, forgetfulness, oblivion, pain, addiction, laziness, misanthropy, inconstancy, ignorance, indifference.

49 Sambuco - Elder

Nourishment, regeneration, renewal, healing, home care, music, shyness. In feelings it represents transitioning from the olden ways towards the new. Tip: Learn how to trim old branches of your existence, to encourage the growth of new shoots. Evolution: Relieve fears of the unknown and transcend towards the light. Reversed: Weakness, disappearance, inability to sever old ties, anger, resentment.

The backs of the cards in Green Oracle display a lovely sketch of a leaf and are therefore not reversible (shared on this page). The slightly textured, matte art stock is well suited for this deck and enhances the lush colors beautifully. The set comes in an elegant cardboard gift box with a title card attached on top, and a signature card found inside, numbered and signed by Ernesto Fazioli. The set also includes a cloth tote bag which has a charm dangling from the drawstring, which makes for a nice presentation. The titles on the 54 cards are written in Italian but the leaflet includes the English translation. It may inspire more research to discover details on each plant's holistic properties and be a meaningful deck for Tarot collectors and historians, especially those interested in the healing properties of plants and herbs.

A Brief Overview of Pedanius Dioscorides, the Father of Pharmacology
Dioscorides Pedanius Dioscorides was born in 30 A.D. in Anazarbius, Asia Minor, (present day Turkey). Around two thousand years ago, Dioscorides, a physician traveling the Roman Empire with Emperor Nero's army, would collect local medicinal herbs everywhere he went. Between 50-70 C.E., he wrote his fundamental work, "De materia medica" (On Medicinal Substances). Translated into several languages both ancient and contemporary, and supplemented with research by European, Middle Eastern, and Indian authors, it has been the prime authority and source work on herbs and other medicinal substances in the history of Western Civilization. Unlike other medical works by classical authors, De Materia Medica wasn't rediscovered in the Renaissance because it had never left circulation.

In sheer scale and thoroughness, De Materia Medica vastly surpassed all previous research studies on herbal properties and remedies. It discusses the medicinal properties of over a thousand natural medicinal substances; most of which are botanical in origin, though medicines of animal and mineral origin were also included. To put it in perspective, the entire Hippocratic Corpus only mentions about 130 different medicinal substances. Dioscorides listed over 4,740 different uses for the Materia Medica in his research, and included over 360 varieties of medicinal actions. In writing and compiling his research, he avoided the missteps of predecessors such as: incomprehensiveness, mistaken information, confusion over drug identities, too little testing and verification of medicinal properties, and poor organization. Dioscorides didn't accept anything on faith, or the reputation of established authorities, he tested everything clinically. He traveled and researched the local folk medicinal uses of every herb himself. And was the first to organize his gathered medical material into therapeutic groupings of drugs, based on similarities of medicinal action. This organizational format linked the science of pharmacy with the that of medicine. It also provided for the orderly placement of future drugs, once discovered, within this organizational framework. Dioscorides also maintained that this format, once learned, would facilitate the learning and retention of pharmacological knowledge. The presentations of every herb and medicinal substance included plant names and synonyms, detailed illustrations, plant habitat and botanical descriptions, properties, actions as well as a medication's potential negative side effects, if any, the administration and dosage recommendations, directions on harvesting, preparation and storage of said herbs and medicines.

12 card images from Green Oracles are shared below. For more, visit Ernesto Fazioli's site.

Green Oracles
12 of the 54 Cards Shown Below:
1st Row: Abete (Fir), Agrifoglio (Holly), Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle),
2nd Row: Anemone (Buttercup Family), Biancospino, Ciclamino (Persian Violet),
3rd Row: Cipresso (Cypress), Melograno (Pomegranate), Palma (Palm Tree),
4th Row: Papavero (Poppy), Sambuco (Elder) and Vite (Grape Vine).

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