The Sibyls Oraculum: Oracle of the Black Doves of Africa (Mixed media product)
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A system of divination inspired by the Libyan Sibyls, the African prophetesses of the classical world
• Includes 44 full-color cards in Latin and English with a comprehensive guidebook
• Details how to consult the oracle, providing in-depth write-ups about the meaning of each card and the symbolic language represented by their imagery
• Designed to directly address the spiritual lessons underlying the seeker’s query and facilitate self-examination and decision-making
• The cards feature full-color paintings in the style of the Libyan mosaics popular with the Roman elite in the 1st century B.C.E.
The Oracle of the Black Doves is a system of divination inspired by the Libyan Sibyls, the African prophetesses of the classical world. According to the Greek Historian Herodotus, two black doves flew away from the city of Waset (Thebes) and established the Siwa Oasis oracle in Libya and the first oracle in Greece at Dodona. These powerful Sibyls were consulted by all levels of Greek and, later, Roman society.
Created by tarot reader Tayannah Lee McQuillar, this contemporary oracle pays homage to the oft forgotten African founding mothers of the sibylline traditions. Drawing on both the African and the Classical traditions, it features full-color paintings by artist Katelan V. Foisy, who created the card art in a style reminiscent of the Libyan mosaics popular in the 1st century B.C.E. In the accompanying guidebook, McQuillar details how to consult the oracle, providing in-depth write-ups about the meaning of each of the 44 cards and the symbolic language represented by each card’s imagery. She demonstrates how there is only one correct way to phrase a question to the oracle, making it nearly impossible to receive a vague or biased response.
Designed to directly address the spiritual lessons underlying the seeker’s query, the oracle facilitates self-examination and decision-making, helping the seeker improve the likelihood of success in all undertakings and choose their best possible future by broadening their perspective of the situation. The author also includes a history of the Sibyls of the ancient world and explores the continuing Sibyl tradition in North Africa today.
About the Author
Tayannah Lee McQuillar is a tarot reader and researcher of religion, esoterica, and mysticism. The author of several books and divination decks, including The Hoodoo Tarot and The Sibyls Oraculum, she lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Katelan V. Foisy is an artist, circle leader, and tarot consultant who has been featured in the New York Times and Elle magazine. Her work has appeared in exhibits throughout the United States and UK. She lives in Chicago.
“The Sibyls Oraculum is exciting--not only because it is beautifully rendered, which it is, but because it expands and decentralizes our history of magic and mysticism. Tayannah Lee McQuillar and Katelan Foisy have created a work of tremendous intelligence and beauty with thoughtfulness and care, opening up new worlds and ideas for us in the process. This is a project I’ll be returning to again and again in the years to come.”
— Jessa Crispin, author of The Dead Ladies Project
“The Sibyls Oraculum: Oracle of the Black Doves of Africa is a beautiful exploration into a history that few people know about: the mythically shrouded women behind the founding of major centers of oracular divination in the ancient world. The artwork transports you back in time with its rich imagery that pays homage to classic mosaic and frescoes found throughout the Mediterranean. The system itself is timeless, providing a multifaceted tool for illuminating the inner psyche.”
— Laura Tempest Zakroff, artist and author of Sigil Witchery
“The Sibyls Oraculum is a brilliant and unique work of research on the ancient traditions of the oracles of the Sibyls and their true African origins. As a native of Rome and having done extensive research on the black Sibyls from Libya and Ethiopia in connection to the traditions of the Black Madonna in the Mediterranean culture, I found the accurate research conducted by Tayannah Lee McQuillar very informative and enlightening, on a subject that is hardly ever spoken about today in Western society, except among people who are in the classical studies. In my field research I also found that the beautiful mosaic of the black Sibyl from Libya on the pavement of the Duomo of Siena is the only one covered completely today, with no explanation at all. Thus bringing to light that the true tradition of these powerful oracles is indeed African will help shift the common belief of the ‘white Sibyls.’ Creating a special deck of oracles with Katelan Foisy’s powerful images is very helpful in today’s society to connect to an ancient but also new form of divination to bring clarity in our hearts, minds, and souls.”
— Alessandra Belloni, singer, author, teacher, percussionist, and artistic director
“The Sibyls Oraculum truly is unlike other divination systems I have worked with, not just in its images and symbolism, but in its clarity--there is no ambiguity or vagueness, no wiggle room to slant the interpretation to be what you want it to be, rather than what it is. I am intrigued by the Sibyl’s Oraculum, and look forward to working with it!”
— Anastasia Haysler, Walking in the Iron Wood blog and CEO of Tarot Media Company
This one needs to go up top. (John Dee and the Empire of Angels) "Written in breezy, informal prose, Louv’s overstuffed book will appeal to those interested in angels or the occult."
— Publishers Weekly
"On the surface, this deck appears to be a simple homage to the archaeologically-based history of ancient goddesses, but McQuillar quickly lets readers know that much more is going on here. Her deceptively concise history of the influence that Libya had on the ancient Greeks and Romans is an eye-opener. McQuillar, with the help of Foisy’s mosaic-styled artwork, reclaims the original symbolism and power of the Goddess tradition and its surviving inclusive, esoteric depositories of wisdom."
— Anna Jedrziewski, TarotWise.com