Fox on an Island
The Fox Universe Tarot: A Self Care Oracle
Drawing on a decade of experience in social work, Taylor has written and illustrated a thorough guide to practicing self care in a stressful world. Learn to recognize signs of burnout and add some essential tools to your personal development toolbox with 80 illustrated cards to assist you. Each deck includes a 96 page guidebook that is filled with strategies for maintaining mental health and achieving balance in your life.
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde
The Fox Universe Tarot: A Self Care Oracle exists to teach you how to practice real, radical self care in a chaotic world. There are a lot of people out there taking baths (“For self care!”) but that is a pretty basic way to care for yourself when there are many more complex things at work inside you. You deserve more! It’s about structuring your life so you have enough leisure time to actually enjoy a bath, not the bath itself, that will relax you. In this deck I tried to get really specific about all the useful strategies to care for your mind and body but keep it accessible to a broad audience. I have tried to consider perspectives different to my own and be inclusive where possible. For some, practicing self care may be complicated by myriad barriers including (but not limited to) poverty, discrimination, disability, illness, racism, homophobia, systemic oppression, etc. For everyone fighting to practice self care despite adversity I see you too.
The idea behind radical self care is that you have the responsibility to care for yourself first before trying to care for others. Airplane safety videos always instruct you to put your oxygen mask on first before trying to help someone else, because if anything happens to you then you aren’t able to help anyone else at all. Caring for yourself first isn’t selfish, it is strategy to ensure you can continue offering your help to others. This deck is a great way to get to know yourself better and reflect on ways to improve your life and really thrive. Please note, however, that it is not an ideal replacement for counselling or therapy with a trained professional if you are really struggling to take control of your emotions, actions or relationships. It’s time to shed the stigma around speaking to someone if you need an outlet, or even if you want to take preventative measures to avoid overwhelm and fatigue. Sometimes it’s nice to just have somebody listen.