{ Oracle Holiday Guide - Part 2 }

{ Holiday Gift Guide - For the Taxidermist }

Figures of Taxidermy - Perfect for the curio collector! We have specimens ranging from taxidermy, bones, and wet specimens. Have a fancy friend who enjoys wrapping themselves in furs? We got you! Can’t decide what to get? Join our Curio of the month club!

Our taxidermy tends to be a little bit more on the expensive side for our gift guide; with small specimens starts at $150 and our beautiful birds at $320. Hanging bats would be our best seller with our tiny new specimens starting at $30 (but they are selling out quick!)! If those don’t fit the ticket, we have a variety of furs and tails starting at $15, where you can choose from rabbit, fox, and even wolf! Of course, we pride ourselves at Oracle for working as ethically as possible, sourcing our specimens from local farmers, abatement programs, and natural death… so make sure to ask us and we can tell you where your specimens are coming from!

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{ Holiday Gift Guide - For the Osteology }

Figures of Osteology is one of my favorites with a variety of beetle cleaned skulls we do ourselves, skeletons, wet specimens, loose bones, and vials of bones, teeth, claws, and stones! These are perfect for the yearning scientist, beginning collector, or even the bone collector who has it all (secret to my own heart, hah)! Just like the taxidermy, we work as ethically as possible and do everything in house; come in and see the new skeletons and skulls we are working on… our pouncing bobcat will hopefully be ready by the holidays ;) And if you can’t decide, then Curio of the Month is the perfect solution, where each month we handpick items that suit YOU… and not to mention first dibs on new merch in shop shipped directly to you!

Arcana's Bug Club
from 30.00
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{ Holiday Gift Guide - For the Entomologist }

Figures of Entomology is perfect gift for the aspiring scientist. Our handmade frames and spread insects are done here at Oracle, sourced from farms in South America and Southeast Asia where not only do they wait for the specimens to drop naturally but also aids us to protect those beautiful pieces of rainforest… Our double glass frames are also made so you can see the specimens in the round (seeing the interior and exterior patterns of butterflies and those juicy fangs of those beautiful tarantulas). We also will be having a holiday class, Mimics and Disguises, where you can learn how to spread insects yourself! Or… if you are already an accomplished collector or want to practice more bug spreading OR just want to do it yourself, join our Bug Club!

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We are so thankful for all of your support and our community of science and occult enthusiasts! We wouldn’t be able to put this all together if it weren’t for you all! Thank You! And especially thank you to our local artists and artists we are honored to carry and work with at Oracle. There are so many things that sometimes it doesn’t get to our social media or online store, so definitely try to make it in… Our Holiday Party, Dec 21st & 22nd, is the best way to see all our goodies and meet all the cool people that make Oracle possible - hope to see you then!

Thank you & Happy Holidays!
- xo Oracle

{ Oracle Holiday Guide - Part 1 }

Having a hard time finding the perfect gift? Well you are in luck - check out our suggestions for that special someone in your life.

{ Holiday Gift Guide - For the High Priestess }

Figures of Rituals has a nice range and a little something for everyone; from someone who is just getting started, to the experienced magician. From ritual bundles that we can customize to pocket crystals - there is a lot to choose from! Click here for individual listings! But if you are still struggling to find the right gift - maybe a Witch Club Subscription is the answer - click here for more info.

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{ Holiday Gift Guide - For the Geologist }

Know a gem-hound? We have so many varieties of crystals, fossils, minerals, and geodes. I am really in love with our quartz geodes which are $35 for two halves and our pocket crystals. What better way to show you care by giving a hand selected group of crystals in a little velvet bag. Click here for listings!

…Stay tuned for more!

{ Oracles of the Month }

When we get asked, "what is your favorite thing in the shop?" we always get tongue tied, hah... It is so difficult to answer, since everything in our space is hand picked.... we love everything! Although depending on the month, we totally do gravitate towards different items or new things we manage to get in stock (which is always so exciting!)... SO! We are going to start a little monthly blog of what we are extra feeling this month. Most of the time they are items that get over looked... Others times they are awesome show stoppers. But want to know why they are extraordinary? Or who are those precious little gems we have been giving lovey eyes to? Or even crystals we have been working with for whats been going on in our own lives? Lets get weird, ;)  

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SPECIMEN OF THE MONTH
- Bats

Bats are unique, spiritually and physically. They are the only mammal capable of true flight. They are portrayed as messengers, gods, demons and familiars in mythology and folklore. There is also a belief in Chinese culture that says that seeing 5 bats flying together is symbol of the “Five Blessings”: long life, wealth, health, love of virtue and a peaceful death. Their use of echo-location makes them symbolic of perception and clairaudience. Bats are social creatures who stay close to their families making them a correspondence to community and nurturing.
- “I know Bat’s might be a little cliche for the month of October, especially if you are like me where bats are very much an all-year-long theme… but I have a soft spot for bats and especially, Halloween. No one can deny that their obsession of taxidermy and the macabre didn’t start here with all the pumpkins, bats, and cobwebs (and also can’t deny that they cut these iconic shapes out of paper and pasted it all over their rooms until I was able to acquire my own… i mean they… i mean I? i mean… who didn’t?).”

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MINERAL OF THE MONTH
- Hematite in Quartz

These Quartz points are filled with inclusions of powdered hematite. It gets it’s name from the Greek word for blood, ‘haima’ but it appears in a range of colors from metallic grey to red-brown. As with any inclusion, Quartz amplifies the healing properties of the Hematite making it a powerful ally for grounding and manifestation. If you need help getting your “head out of the clouds” this is a great stone to ground you in your body. Wearing a piece of hematite daily is one way to feel its benefits as it calls you to pull your dreams and aspirations into reality. Hematite also teaches us balance, courage through tough times and to seek the silver linings in life.
- “I use quartz as a catch all stone, always making sure that I carry one with me everyday. I especially love inclusions. Inclusions are when a crystal has impurities or other minerals trapped within its form - growing together - a natural fusion - enhancing one another.”

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH
- Amanda Lee of PleaseSendWord

Amanda Lee of Pleasesendword is an artist, activist and herbalist based in Kansas City, MO. She wildcrafts elixirs for our most delicate moments. The TAKECARE anxiety tincture is crafted with high quality spirits, this elixir uses the medicine of Milky Oats, Chamomile, Skullcap, Valerian Root and Lemon Balm. When you are feeling anxious and need help returning to yourself, take 2-3 droppers full of the tincture and you will quickly feel the benefits of these herbal allies. You can find more of Amanda’s carefully crafted work at pleasesendword.com.
- “This tincture is one that I am very proud about carrying in the shop. As a depressant anxious lady, I can say this one definitely comes in handy. Sometimes there is no time to take that breath to calm down or when anxiety takes over… this is where the tincture definitely does the trick. Highly recommended”

Let us know what you think! What is your favorite?
-xo Oracle

{ Unnatural Wedding }

We had the pleasure of being a part of Natalie & David's wedding, a little un-natural history museum sort of way wedding. Natalie has been a collector of specimens for her whole life, always gravitating towards insects and bird taxidermy. So when she approached us to make some centerpieces, we couldn't see how to decorate her a wedding any other way. 

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Paper Sun Photography captured the beauty and Fat Plant Society worked with us on the centerpieces, providing the moss and helping us stage the environment for each table. They turned out beautifully! No table nor specimen were alike, which gave the guests the feeling of walking into a personal museum. 

 

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Natalie had requested our double framed specimens, which we made her a special batch for her rental along with spread specimens to nestle around the moss and other tables...

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One high traffic areas, we made sure that the unframed specimens were safe... but at the end of the night, Natalie had planned to give those specimens to her bridesmaids! What great little additions to anyones curio cabinet (jealous)

 

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{ Oracles of the Month }

We always get asked, "what is your favorite thing in the shop"? Which we always get tongue tied, hah... It is so difficult to answer, since everything in our space is hand picked by us.... we love everything! Although depending on the month, we totally do gravitate towards different items or new things we manage to get in stock (which is always so exciting!)... SO! We are going to start a little monthly blog of what we are extra feeling this month. Most of the time they are items that get over looked... We have some awesome show stoppers, but want to know why they are extraordinary? Or who are those precious little gems we have been giving lovey eyes to? Or even crystals we have been working with for whats been going on in our own lives? Lets get weird, ;)  

 

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SPECIMEN  OF THE MONTH
-- Cottontail Rabbit and lucky rabbit foot talisman 

"Rabbits belong to the order of mammals called Lagomorpha. Working with the rabbit spirit offers an energetic but grounded energy. Symbolically the rabbit represents abundance, cleverness and spontaneity. Rabbits are known for their ability to procreate quickly making them a symbol of fertility. In our lives, fertility can represent not just children but also fertility in manifestation, and creativity. They correspond with the astrological sign of Virgo. "
- I love working with rabbit energy, less so for their symbol of fertility but their speediness and keeping the energetic flow fluid. Who can say no to their precious little faces, especially when they are being feisty. Kindness, love, change, luck, desire... but also depicted as a trickster god in folktales. 

 

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MINERAL OF THE MONTH
-- Rutilated Quartz

"Rutilated Quartz is a combination of clear or smoky quartz with inclusions of Rutile, which looks like fine metallic hairs or needles that are silver, gold or copper in color. Most Rutilated Quartz comes from Madagascar or Brazil. It is a stone that carries Storm energy activating transformation, cleansing and balancing. Rutilated Quartz is a wonderful stone to work with if you seek to deepen your connection to the Divine and spiritual awakening. It can aid in soothing dark moods and helps relieve fears, anxiety and self-limiting beliefs. This is an excellent stone for those who work as healers or in energetically intense environments because it draws away negativity and protects against psychic attacks."
- I immediately gravitated towards this stone when I saw it - I usually pick out stones without thinking of metaphysical meaning... I am, of course, a collector first. But this process usually works for me as it has weirdly turned into listening to my intuition. This stone took me by surprise as I have been deep diving into a spiritual reconnection to my practice and work; needing to connect the two together. And what were my hold ups? Self-limiting beliefs and negativity towards myself. Needing to reconnect with my guides. Well there you go, subconscious, I am listening...

 

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH
-- Kim Johnson of Chapora Magic 

Kim Johnson creates ritual salves for self-care and expansion. Johnson works with ingredients used in Egyptian ceremonies and Ayurvedic Medicine. She also intentionally incorporates the elements of electricity, ether, wood, air, earth, water and fire into each batch. In the shop, we have the mandrake root salve for tension relief and the blue lotus salve for deep dreaming. Each salve comes with a ritual card to guide you through the experience of working with the plant medicine. 
- I cannot recommend these salves more. I subscribe to Blue Lotus salve right before going to bed; putting it on my hands and neck for good deep breathing and sleep (*definitely put it on when you know you will have a good full nights rest... hard to wake up from if not, or maybe that was just some good deep dreaming?!) Smells divine (not over powering), every ingredient is sourced and mixed with conscious action and the back of each salve even lists what moon cycle it was made under. 

 

Let us know what you think! What is your favorite?
-xo Alessandra

{ Upcoming Taxidermy Classes x2!!}

We are so excited to announce... We had to add more classes because the classes below sold out within 48hours! So exciting guys! Glad to see so many people are as excited about these classes and for the talented Mickey Alice Kwapis coming to Oracle! So, what did we add??:

Raccoon class with some exciting techniques on how to professionally taxidermy your own shoulder mount... skinning, fleshing, the whole deal... learning how to do mammal taxidermy can be hard, but Mickey will talk us through it (and once you learn how to do raccoon, it is pretty easy to bring that knowledge to other taxidermy projects)! Then her final class is a Cabinet of Curiosities class, where students will learn a little of everything; starting with wet specimens, botany with pressing flowers, and then finish off by identifying and dissecting an owl pellet. This is a great classes for anyone who has been fascinated with a little bit of everything... and you get two great specimens for your curio collection ;)

Raccoon Taxidermy
Saturday, July 7th from 12 pm to 3 pm
Deposit $200 (total $400)

Cabinet of Curiosities
Sunday, July 8th from 12pm to 2pm
Deposit $50 (total $150)