{ Valentine Gift Guide For Black Hearts }

Valentine's Day is upon us, and for some of you, this fact may fill your black heart with dread. Admittedly, it's a schmaltzy holiday, replete with unwanted Teddy bears trapped in heart-shaped balloons, subpar chocolate offerings and heart-themed jewelry (as ubiquitous as it is repellent, shudder). If you have ever been on the receiving end of these crummy, landfill-destined gifts, it's possible you may loathe Valentine's Day just by that association.

I am here to offer several alternatives for those of you who like good presents and who want better things for your loved ones, to make Valentine's Day (or Friendentine's Day) great again (but for real, think Halloween For Lovers)!  

:: Framed Insects And Butterflies :: Each beautiful piece at Oracle is preserved and framed by the artists in the shop, making every single specimen a unique and special work. I am especially enamored of the dried flora pieces created by Alessandra Dzuba and Ash Miyagawa, they are romantic and timeless and would surely win the heart of the natural science lover that you know!

:: Jawbone Talismans :: Our jawbone talismans are intuitively created in shop and are imbued with blessings to bring protection and abundance to the recipient. Each piece is constructed with loving intention and care, and no one talisman is alike - perfect for the Brujas and Brujos in your life.

:: Witch Club ::  -  Witch Club is a monthly subscription box and makes an excellent gift for someone who is looking to amplify their spiritual practice! Available for purchase in monthly, three month and six month installments - each month our Witch Club members receive crystals, incense and resins, dried herbs and flowers, and a special, hand selected monthly bundle to incorporate into your ritual or meditation practice. Items are chosen with the lunar cycle in mind but can be used however you see fit! This is a wonderful gift that keeps giving into extra innings because Love should be celebrated all year round!

*We also carry specially crafted Witch Bundles which are available in shop and online, a wonderful gift on it's own!

 

++ It is our pleasure to recommend items from these other makers and sellers whom we love ++

:: Chocolate ::  Fatally Yours Vegan Treats - Holy smokes y'all - when you have a black heart but a sweet tooth this gourmet chocolate box is everything!

:: Divination ::  Vessel Oracle Deck - I am a huge fan of Mary Elizabeth Evan's Spirit Speak deck and I absolutely love her charming illustrations for this oracle deck. Mary Evans puts so much care into her work and her divination tools have wonderful energy - I want one (subtle hint *cough* gimme)!  - She Wolfe Tarot - This Tarot deck by Devany Amber Wolfe is beautifully rendered with photographs and digital collage - this potent, sexy deck makes an incredible gift for a witch you are into!

:: Jewelry ::  - Mercury Hour - Scarlett C. Dancer's work is so awesome, I would be hard pressed to choose just one piece, but her Love Ballad series is spot on for V Day. - Arcana Obscura -Kate Hockstein creates the most wonderful, occult-themed jewelry - each piece is a unique work of art, perfect for those who like to keep it dark, I love it all!  - Omnia Oddities Studio - Artists Keri Newton and Nate Allen have created this incredible jewelry studio and there is no shortage of excellent adornment here - seriously, have a look and try not to buy everything for yourself!

:: Perfume ::  - For Strange Women Perfume - Jill McKeever is botanical perfume genius, her scents are evocative of magical woods, fairy tale forests and the kind of memories you create by firelight. It can be difficult to buy scents for other people, so I highly recommend giving the gift of the Lunar Amulet series, in which the lucky recipient receives a new perfume every 29 days for 12 months to celebrate the new moon! 

:: Incense and Candles ::  - Ritualcravt - Literally every single thing in this shop is imbued with magic (made by witches for witches, y'all!) and you will find many beautiful offerings for your loved ones. Of particular interest for the upcoming holiday, is this sweet little Love Spell Kit - it has everything you need to bring love to you! That said, if you have gone through a breakup or just aren't feeling this particular holiday you will also find excellent potions for self-care and to mend a broken heart. Ritualcravt blends their incense, teas and dressed devotional candles in shop, by hand - and every single one of them is gorgeous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

{ Soil Collective x Oracle :: Preservation }

Preservation

The idea of preservation is an interesting one and something necessary and vital to Oracle itself. We as animal lovers have also been focused on the idea to support local farmers, local artists, and the preservation of the natural world around us. We have been itching to show that to you in a literal sense.... in food. January 21st & the 22nd we are collaborating with local chefs to investigate this to its entirety. Welcome to our good friends, Soil Collective:

Throughout the year preservation methods are applied to all types of ingredients through a variety of processes to ensure availability of these particular items when ingredients are scarce and the land is cold. Winter is a time of year that places importance on the success of the hunt, the preserved bounty from the seasons past, and the strength of the wine to get through the frozen nights. 

Oracle is a place that is also dedicated to preservation and the beauty of decay while still celebrating life, if even through death.  Please join us for this thoughtful and original dinner on January 21. Tickets are $70 (includes food, drink pairings & taxes)

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Soil Collective is a group of like-minded chefs dedicated to researching and exploring local ingredients, helping feeding those in need, reducing food waste, and forming meaningful connections with farmers and guests to provide a unique dining experience.

Join us for the experience. For January 21st dinner tickets, please click here xx

If you have ever watched Hannibal, there is a fine line of beauty and death - especially in food. Janice Poon made that a reality for the TV show. Her sketches are just... to die for. For more information and a peek into her brain (not to eat), check out her blog http://janicepoonart.blogspot.co.uk/   

If you have ever watched Hannibal, there is a fine line of beauty and death - especially in food. Janice Poon made that a reality for the TV show. Her sketches are just... to die for. For more information and a peek into her brain (not to eat), check out her blog http://janicepoonart.blogspot.co.uk/   

{ Oracle's Grand Holiday Party - Part 3 }

:: Dec 22nd :: 4pm-9pm :: Wanna know our line up for our Holiday Party?! Dang, I am excited - check out these women ::

 

Hungry Foxes

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Hungry Foxes is alternative folk artist, Hannah Albina. Her music is meditative yet raw. She sings from her heart and plays from her gut. Currently residing in Kansas City, Hungry Foxes is about to begin work on her first album.

hungryfoxes.bandcamp.com/music


Margo May

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“Inspired by everyone from Loretta Lynn to Lykke Li, Margo May has been writing songs since she was 15. Because she was underage at the time, May slowly gained some traction in her hometown, Kansas City, by playing whatever coffee houses and venues would let her on stage. That was a comfortable place for May as she’d worked in professional theatre as a kid. Now that she’s older, May balances her love of acting with her passion for pop, crafting songs than span a spectrum which mirrors her influences. “At the end of the day, though,” May has said, “I know my strength and it is folk music.” Despite appreciating the immediacy of pop, May also understands that folk music ages well. It’s also a lot more portable and playable for a solo artist on the rise, and it suits the sound of heartbreak a bit better.”  -The Blue Grass Situation, 2015

margomay.bandcamp.com

 


Teri Quinn

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A Northern girl with a Southern heart living in the Mid-West, Teri Quinn writes tunes that are sweet yet savory. With her clawhammer banjo playing and old time hollerin', she mixes an old fashioned sound with a modern grit. Drawing inspiration from moon phases and matters of the heart, her enchanting presence is sure to bewitch you.


Ana Maldonado

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Ana Maldonado will play beautiful music to make your heart sing.


See you all Friday the 22nd!

{ Oracle's Grand Holiday Party - Part 2 }

:: Dec 22nd :: 4pm-9pm :: If you saw our previous post, here is another sneak peak of the rest of the artists that will be attending our grandiose Holiday Party!  Come join us and these talented women for our extended holiday hour and last minute shopping that will be perfect for some  fun time and family friendly event (especially for those out of town guests)! We will be turning Oracle into a mini market of our local artists and locally made goods, along with live music of some super talented KC musicians! 

:: Here's a sneak peak of four out of seven local makers attending ::

 

Amanda Lee - Pleasesendword

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PleaseSendWord brings you small batch witch crafted herbal medicines. All work rooted in a belief in body sovereignty and radical autonomy. Self care as ritual / ritual as self care. for magic. for medicine.

She has spent years of study to come back to Kansas City with her knowledge of green witchery, salves, teas, and tinctures. More info here http://www.pleasesendword.com/home


Evie Englezos - Sweet Destructor

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Sweet Destructor is Evie Englezos,- printmaker turned ceramicist and volunteer wildlife rehabber. While working she thinks about earth and the natural world, the beauty of mystical thinking, death and humankind's desire to cheat it, past and future histories, ancient and recent mythologies, science and fiction and fantasy, the joy of creation and the necessity of destruction. You know, the regular stuff.
http://sweetdestructor.bigcartel.com


Teri Quinn - Rattlebone Design

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Sustainably sourced creations with natures curiosities. Teri Quinn creates works of art out of materials gifted to her by our sweet mother nature. From statement jewelry to wall art, she packs in her magic to grace your home or body. She will also be part of our magical musicians songwriters that will be playing for the evening, more info to come.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/rattlebonedesign 


Tara Tonsor - Lost & Found Design

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Midwestern vibes, nature-enthusiast, and a curious wanderer. This is Lost & Found Design. Tara Tonsor started this company in 2006, taking apart found jewelry, hand-me-down items like my grandmother's charm bracelet, and thrift store sales. Five years later, discovering laser cutting. Blending graphic design & illustration, she translates hand-drawn artwork into new technology techniques. Using natural materials such as wood, leather, and bronze paired with modern design, Lost & Found Design has now branched from jewelry into home goods, and can personalize items you see listed.
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See you all Friday the 22nd!

{ Oracle's Grand Holiday Party - Part 1 }

:: Dec 22nd :: 4pm-9pm :: We will be having a grandiose Holiday Party and extended holiday hour for not only last minute shopping but a fun time and family friendly event for the family! We will be turning Oracle into a mini market of our local artists and locally made goods, along with live music of some super talented KC musicians! 

:: Here's a sneak peak of three out of seven local makers attending ::

 

Laura Tyler - Sticks and Stones

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Laura Tyler, creator of Sticks and Stones Ceramics, is a Kansas City artist who is influenced by the desire to collect nature and to bring it into domestic spaces.  Laura grew up fascinated by her grandmother’s home collections, taxidermy covered walls, and plant filled rooms.  Now, as an artist, she finds influence from her grandmother’s home collections of nature.  Laura collects animal bones, arrowheads, shells, and rocks that act as references for her work.  These collections are manifested through Sticks and Stones’ sculpted clay skull mounts, dinnerware sets, and rock-like planters.  She strives to continuously find ways to bring Midwest flora and fauna into her ceramic work.


Andrea Bledsoe - Recrudescence

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Located in Kansas City, MO Andrea Minnette Bledsoe specializes in still/motion styling and jewelry design. She utilizes molten metals, electroplated flora, as well as vintage and modern elements to create limited runs of unique adornment. Her styling and design work has been featured in branding campaigns, music videos, runways and creative media content.
See more at.... www.ambstyling.com


Sandy Leppin - Rook and Owl Studio

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Rook and Owl Studio is a one-person operation producing artwork that is one part goth, one part nerd, and one part trickster for eccentric and curious souls. The Studio is run solo by Sandy Leppin, a multidisciplinary artist who has worked for years in various theaters across the United States as a scenic designer, scenic artist, and properties artisan. With her extensive background in combining craft and vision, she uses Rook and Owl Studio as a space where history, mythology, humor, and pop culture spark into life through fresh lenses. Leppin is an ArtistINC Kansas City fellow. She has also received two Kennedy Center Commendations for Achievement in Scenic Design, the Mordecai Gorelik Award for Excellence in Scenic Design, and was included in the Toronto World Stage Design Exhibition.
See more at.... http://rookandowlstudio.com

{ Magic Monday }

So, who here is still reeling from all that eclipse energy last week? It was amazing to get to experience it and it felt pretty incredible given the amount of personal change I've been dealing with lately. I've been feeling a little tapped out as a result, maybe you have too? Whether you are feeling supercharged or super-crashed, I think this week's reading can apply to all of us:

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- Four of Swords - This card is all about being in a state of rest and recovery - it begs us to withdraw for a while and get more introspective. In this solitude, we aim to heal our spirit and mind, it's also a good time to set boundaries so that you are able to function better in the eye of the storm. Stay calm, stay centered...let the chaos around you churn while you meditate and keep your shit together. 

- Eight of Cups - In which Tarot looked at the first card and said, 'I see your Four of Swords and I raise you this Eight of Cups...' It's all well and good to make space for self-examination, but you have been spreading yourself too thin and the sacrifice here is you. Time to stop fucking around - look at the amount of energy you put into tending your relationships, it's a lot, isn't it? It's time to start putting more energy into your own needs. To avoid feeling empty and emotionally exhausted, you need to become a better caregiver for yourself. Honor those boundaries you have worked hard to establish and stop giving your energy away to others. 

- The Sun - A card which symbolizes positivity and success in all endeavors, The Sun is representative of the vital energy of your true self. Once you are able to recognize your needs and tend to them, you will be making space for personal growth and happiness to come to you. I love seeing this card, Y'all - good things are on the horizon!

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*These tarot card readings are intended for us all as a community and are therefore broad. If you are interested in a more specific, in-depth reading - we offer individual readings at Oracle as well! If you would like to schedule an appointment for an individual reading, you can do that here or give us a ring at 816.982.9550. You can also join us for one of our monthly Tarot Workshop & Happy Hour events and learn more about cartomancy!