Introducing The Universe Has Your Back Card Deck!

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I’m so psyched to share my brand-new card deck with the Spirit Junkie community! It is my hope and my intention that this beautiful deck will offer you inspiration, guidance and support whenever you need it.

This 52-card deck includes affirmations, prayers and statements from The Universe Has Your Back paired with amazing watercolors by my best friend, Micaela Ezra. I was seriously blown away by what she created and I’m so grateful for her vision. This collaboration has been a long time coming.

Micaela and I first met more than a decade ago. We were both at the start of our journeys and we’ve been supporting each other through everything since we met. I was just starting to transition from my PR business into spirituality and self-help. She had just arrived in NYC from Sydney to start a career in fashion and design. We had instant friendship chemistry and I declared the night we met that we’d become best friends.

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Two days after we met, Micaela went back to Australia to wait for her visa. In the midst of moving she lost the business card I’d given her, so all she knew about me was my first name. But shortly after she came back to New York, the Universe reunited us on a West Village sidewalk, when I went running up to her asking why she hadn’t called me!

The rest is history. 🙂

I sat down with Micaela and picked out a few cards from the deck to ask her about what inspired her designs! Her responses rocked my world.

If you want to see Micaela and me talking about the deck on video, you can check out a Facebook Live we did together!



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I want to know your thoughts about the cards! Leave a comment and let me know what you’re excited about and what you think of the designs. And if you haven’t yet ordered your deck, grab it here!

What was your overarching inspiration for the designs?

Watercolors as a medium are great in terms of art therapy and the connection with the ethos of The Universe Has Your Back, because you can only control so much. Their beauty comes out in the moments when you mix them with the water and they puddle on the paper. You have to let go a little bit. The beauty that comes up is often so much more than what you’d anticipated. You put it down with intention and the color comes up in a way you hadn’t expected.

I wanted to convey the vastness of the Universe. On the one hand, the shapes can look like the edge of a continent, something huge. But at the same time, if you look with a different perspective, it could also be something cellular, really up-close.

The designs include a lot of totems and different people’s signs that were really potent, like the blue butterfly, the dragonfly, rainbows, the owl, the big eye. Astrological elements. Trees falling, regenerating. Rebirth, movement, cycles.

“When I think I’ve surrendered, I surrender more.”

It’s a dandelion. There is a Jewish teaching that you should be like a reed in the water. A reed in the Nile is very firm and strong but it’s also got malleability and elasticity — you can move with the times and adapt to the situation. You are grounded in your beliefs but flexible, not rigid. That’s what happens in surrender: the ability to let go.

You blow away the dandelion and release those pieces into the air and hope your wish will be carried on. The pieces that blow away with the wind, it’s an active metaphor for surrender, and it’s continual. It’s so simple and graceful and vulnerable on the page. The pieces of the dandelion are so delicate. We kind of have to be like that in order to surrender. You have to be willing to let parts of you be carried away with the wind and see where they’ll be taken.

 “Happiness is my birthright.”

So bright and vivid. Yellow is such a joyful color, so this phrase had to be bold and bright and completely uplifting. Proclaiming that happiness is our birthright is really owning the sense that we should all make it our mission to find meaning and joy. It’s deep-rooted joy that comes through purpose and meaning and a sense of belonging. Every human being should find that place within themselves and access it unapologetically. That is the essence of that statement to me. The color yellow also to me conveys that. The planets and the moon: Within the universe, the totality of everything, that is our purpose.

 

“Instead of praying for an outcome, I pray for the highest good for all.”

There’s a theme in the cards of a horizon. The pink moon indicates the presence of love, the sense of feeling dwarfed by the beauty of the world. In that moment, honoring and acknowledging the ultimate creator of the world, who gave us this beauty to hold and take care of. The highest good for all requires you to move out of your day-to-day existence and acknowledge your small part in a much bigger network.

It’s really beautiful and grand. The world is small and black-and-white. The pink moon is the overpowering sense of love, oneness, God, beyond what we’re experiencing here. What would normally seem tall are the trees, but the moon looms larger, representing more than what we have here. Visually, it plays with proportion and scale to reflect the juxtaposition of smallness and greatness.

 “There is a stream of love supporting my dreams.”

This was such a playful exercise! There is an experimental quality to watercolors. This was a beautiful, accidental evolution. I knew I wanted to convey a sense of water, but I added the pink strip on the right side later, to soften it visually. This design was subconscious for me. Now, reading the message again, I see that it’s about dreams, and that’s how it was meant to come together. With some cards I had a very striking vision of how I wanted it to look. With others it involved just being in the moment.

“When I lean toward love I am led.”

This was a bit of an experimentation as well, that led to the background red part. There’s also the story that the cards tell as a whole. The geometric network came about first in the card “Obstacles are detours in the right direction.” The triangle is a bit harsher, a contrast to the free-flowing form of the watercolor. The triangles created a channel — you hit an obstacle and it leads you in one way, then another, and then a channel opens. This coral color looks like clouds, or like a continent next to water. It could be on Earth or in the sky.

I wanted the cards to all work together. I wanted to tell that story of coming from something a little more challenging into the mindset of love. Moving from a place of difficulty into a mindset of loving-kindness. That peach-coral color is an embracing, warm and loving color, with a blue moon.

Grab your own deck here and leave a comment below letting me know what you think! 🙂


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