Interview with Kathy Crabbe, Creator of the Lefty Oracle Deck

Lefty Oracle Deck by Kathy Crabbe

Lefty Oracle Deck by Kathy Crabbe

An Interview with The Essential Herbal Magazine by Molly Sams

This interview was absolutely wonderful. I was able to sit in Mom’s kitchen on a warm sunny day and have a blast talking to Kathy about pretty much everything. As a natural lefty I find that my handwriting and drawing is already well, unique let’s say. I usually find myself cursing my hand or asking others if they can read my southpaw. Listening to Kathy discuss her lefty work, however, has given me more respect for my own appendages and makes me appreciate the work that I am able to accomplish with my seemingly wrong hand. Kathy has a wonderful way of seeing the possibilities as a whole and can create beautiful work based on nature and myth that is somehow playful and powerful all at once.

  1. How did you find confidence in your lefty artwork? Did you feel frustration when you started?

Kathy Crabbe began using her non-dominant hand almost twenty years ago when she felt artistically blocked. She had no idea it would have such a profound impact on her artwork but was thrilled to see the results. In the interview Kathy explained it helped her “slow down” and truly appreciate the creative process. She went on to explain that later on she learned that this is an art therapy technique called bi-lateral hand drawing that helps people slow down, calm themselves, and feel grounded.  Slowing down is a major challenge for this jump-on-in Aries Rising, but she found that by slowing down it, “helped balance everything out a little bit.”

Based upon Kathy’s experience using her left hand she was able to make an entire oracle deck based on her lefty characters that help people become more intuitive and work through issues. She says the most difficult part is actually printing with her left hand, but cannot deny the fact that this deck has helped others and herself.

Lefty Oracle Cards by Kathy Crabbe

  1. How have you changed as an artist over the 16 years you’ve been drawing with your left hand?

Kathy’s intuition has improved while working with her left hand and it has helped develop the non-dominant side of her brain. Kathy was also amazed by how well her soul readings developed after using her left hand. Before 2007 she had not done readings professionally. When she began working with her left hand she was able to build confidence to work on readings all over the world. While she does enjoy working with people in person Kathy began offering soul readings on Etsy and actually prefers remote reading because there is no other outside influence other than “just about the questions” received from clients.

  1. Do you every go back to your dominant hand (for personal work or other reasons)?

Kathy always uses her dominant hand when doing more practical stuff (bills, errands, etc.) and for writing her soul readings which flow quickly. At the moment Kathy is focusing on Project 52 for the Riverside Art Museum which will culminate in a mini exhibit  of all 52 originals from her lefty oracle deck.

Lefty Oracle Deck Spread by Kathy Crabbe

Lefty Oracle Deck Spread by Kathy Crabbe

4. How do you feel creating the oracle art and writing has helped you progress in your artistic dreams and/or aspirations?

“It’s helped me be brave and get into all kinds of adventures.”

One example that displays Kathy’s bravery is when Kathy brought  life-sized leftys to Hollywood for Women’s Day with activist and singer Michelle Shocked (her personal hero). Since then Kathy has started a writer’s group and zines with her lefty characters. With these characters Kathy has even made performance art and has created a community.

These lefty characters have “pushed me to try something new,” Kathy said.  She continues to work with her lefty art to make it more interactive and well, fun!

5. Does the landscape around you inspire you? If so, how?

Kathy keeps grounded and attuned with nature enhanced by her studies and training in Celtic Faerie Shamanism with mentor Francesca De Grandis. Kathy believes everything is grounded in nature and this has been a constant muse for every theme in her artwork as well as her intuitive work.

Kathy CrabbeKathy lives in sunny southern California secluded off a dirt road surrounded by the beauty of nature. She is still focusing on her oracle or lefty art and loves working with groups using her lefty deck. If you would like to contact Kathy for a soul reading or her artwork here is her link:

As Kathy says, Sparkly Blessings!

This article was written by Molly Sams,
Social Media Coordinator at The Essential Herbal

Scorpio Full Moon: how to dance to the beat of your inner heart drum

Dear Intuitive Soul,

I want to have a conversation about Spring and feeling good and empowerment. On April 21 at we celebrate the Full Moon in Scorpio and we dance to the beat of our deep inner heart drum in the quiet of a shared second. In the distance life goes on, but we are still in that moment charging our inner space with deep breaths, allowing our will to be set aside. It is from this place that I greet you today and welcome you home to yourself.

Cathann doin' the somnambulist twist by Kathy Crabbe (Lefty Oracle Card)

Cathann doin’ the somnambulist twist by Kathy Crabbe (Lefty Oracle Print)

Full Moon Lefty Oracle Card: “Cathann, doin’ the somnambulist twist”

As many of you know I’m going to be self publishing a Lefty Oracle Deck after eight years of using this deck for giving Soul Readings as well as in Moon Circles and classes offered at the Wise Woman University, Mt. San Jacinto College, Yoga For Life, Gypsy Luv and Inspire San Diego Studio.

What I’m working on now and what has stymied me for the past sixteen years is the writing to accompany the Leftys. Well, it’s flowing now with the help of several of my dearest friends who just happen to be amazing writers. The Lefty Oracle Guidebook is finally coming together.

This month’s Lefty Story comes with each hand signed Print and is available in my Etsy Shop.

Cathann’s Story:

I dream because I am.
And in this moment I am free.
I birth myself by the light of the night as Freedom dances me round and round.
Oh Mama, Moon Mama I answer your call with a twist of hip and a shake of thigh.
Born anew I breathe in YOU.

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Full Moon in Scorpio Altar by Kathy Crabbe

Full Moon in Scorpio Altar by Kathy Crabbe 2016

Build a Scorpio Altar*

Scorpio altar tips, affirmations, and suggestions for making the most of this watery and intense time will also be included in the Lefty Oracle Guidebook…here is a wee sampling.

  • Scorpio the Scorpion, Phoenix & Eagle
  • Time of Year – October 21 – November 21
  • Quality – Fixed
  • Element – Water
  • Planetary Ruler – Pluto
  • Anatomy – Sex organs
  • Natural Sign of – 8th House
  • Color – Blood red, maroon
  • Gemstone – Malachite, opal, topaz
  • Tarot Card – Death
  • Goddesses – Brigid, Hecate, Morgan, Selkhet

Scorpio Affirmations

  • I am motivated, resourceful and determined
  • I risk honesty
  • I transcend earthly concerns and soar to new heights
  • I am magnetic and mysterious
  • I am Phoenix Rising
  • I have no fear of death

Can You Feel It?

  • – Seek spiritual catharsis through sexuality
  • – Feel and sense the power of deep magick within you
  • – Feel burning desire in the heat of passion
  • – Focus on the goal as you rebirth yourself every day
  • – Relax into the warmth of the crone’s cave
  • – Live life to the fullest

*Excerpted from my upcoming Lefty Oracle Deck & Guidebook


I want to share with you several lovely comments I recently received about my readings. I am indeed blessed to have such wonderful clients and to be able to do the work I do; in service to the Divine and to you

RF, Attorney ~ St. Louis, MO (2016):I am totally satisfied and plan on using all this information to better understand my life and improve those areas which need it… God bless you again for your awesome efforts in compiling this information and the help you give others through your gifts! I appreciate your hard work and professionalism and will definitely contact you again in the future.

L.L. (2016): I read my reading several times and it does resonate deeply with how I feel and think about things. The reading is exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks!

My Art is Being Published!

I’m very happy to announce that my artwork and illustrations will soon be appearing in these hard copy publications:

Witches & Pagans Magazine, Issue 32, May 2016 – Website – This is the only hard copy magazine of it’s kind and I was honoured to illustrate an article in the upcoming issue.

Creative Cronies Moon Calendar and Moon Diary 2017 (New Zealand) – Website – My art was a part of the Moon Diary last year but I was thrilled to be accepted into both publications this year and with a lefty painting too!

Garland of the Goddess: Tales and Poems of the Divine Feminine, published by Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2016 – Website – One of my Lefty Paintings was chosen.

New website in the works!
After dealing with a site for many years I’ve decided to give the e-commerce platform Squarespace a try and in doing so I’ll be able to offer you all my oracle art AND readings in one place. This should make life easier for all of us!

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Sparkly Blessings!
Kathy Crabbe

Kathy Crabbe Bio PicAbout Kathy: Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

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What is Ethical Hand Mining of Crystals All About?

What is Ethical Hand Mining?

I recently spoke with Stephen Wells, the owner of Kacha Stones about the importance of ethical hand mining.

In terms of crystal mining, ethical means dealing with smaller scale miners that aren’t causing wholesale destruction. An example of this kind of destruction would be dynamiting methods used in Brazil for example, where a hillside is destroyed and the rubble sorted and sold for everything from jewellery to road fill.

I mine myself here in Wales and travel to India twice a year to collect my Himalayan and Tibetan quartz from people I have known for nearly twenty years. My other main item is Brandberg quartz where I deal directly with individual miners through another long term contact.  What these four locations have in common, is that the mining is done by hand and holes refilled. The only way you can have any control over this trade is by buying directly from the people digging, which is what I do wherever possible.

As these people work for themselves, the chances are they aren’t treating themselves unethically so other exploitation of labour issues – almost exclusively related to the mining of precious stones – don’t really come into play.

If you want to read more about Stephen’s journey check out this delightful interview I did with him a few years back.

Stephen of Kacha Stones - hand mining

Stephen of Kacha Stones – hand mining

Stephen of Kacha Stones Mining

Stephen of Kacha Stones Mining

Omapeleki Brandberg Quartz ~ NEW ARRIVALS!

 “If you haven’t got a negative, the Omapelekis are literally unbelievable, you could pick one online here, I recently bought this years find. It was like Christmas … but better.” ~ Stephen Wells

Here’s another beautiful Omapeleki. This picture (below) shows the refined internal layers of a skeletal face. Bottom right of the shaft contains a negative manifestation enhydro ~ a perfect DT crystal water pocket. This “inside-out” nature of the formation is why the photographic term “negative” was used.

Omapeleki healing crystal from Kacha Stones

Omapeleki healing crystal from Kacha Stones

Water Crystals
Another interesting feature of the Negative Manifestation formation is that the internal “crystals” (crystal shaped hollows full of water) always have angles parallel to the parent crystal, indicating their resonance with the whole. The water they contain is easily programmed, acting like a re-writable liquid hard disc. More Negative Manifestation Enhydros can be seen on this page.

Negative Manifestation Crystals ~ Omapeleki Brandbergs by Kacha Stones

Negative Manifestation Crystals ~ Omapeleki Brandbergs by Kacha Stones

Negative Manifestation Enhydros Photo from Kacha Stones

Negative Manifestation Enhydros Photo from Kacha Stones

Good for Scrying ~ Enhydro Quartz Smoky Flame Brandberg Crystal
We have seen a lot of the rare negative manifestation enhydros, but in the vast majority of cases, the water pockets are irregular and curved like in the picture (see below). The thinness of this hollow causes the bubble to sit at the bottom. One of the reasons crystals are used for scrying is that quartz naturally lends itself as a blackboard for our subconscious to scribble on. This smoky flame Brandberg is a good example.

Brandberg Amethyst from Kacha Stones

Brandberg Amethyst from Kacha Stones

Stonehenge Inner Circle ~ Preseli Bluestone
Preseli Bluestone is famous for its use in the original inner rings of Stonehenge. Approximately 80 of these bluestone columns, each one harder than granite and weighing about four tons, were transported over 240 miles (385 km) to Salisbury Plain. They originated, as do these, in the Preseli Hills of West Wales. Kacha Stones is within view of these ancient hills, giving us a special connection with this magical stone.

Bluestone was taken over 240 miles for a reason. There is archaeological evidence that small pieces were given to pilgrims visiting Stonehenge over 4000 years ago by the priests. Ancient Welsh folklore also attributes magical and healing powers to this unique stone.

Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain, 12th century
In Monmouth’s story, when planning Stonehenge Merlin suggests to Aurelius that he ought to send an expedition to the far West of Britain to fetch the stones. The King begins to laugh and asks: “How can such large stones be moved from so far-distant a country?” he asked. “It is hardly as if Britain itself is lacking in stones big enough for the job!” “Try not to laugh in a foolish way, your Majesty,” answered Merlin. “What I am suggesting has nothing ludicrous about it. These stones are connected with certain secret religious rites and they have various properties which are medicinally important. Their [giants] plan was that, whenever they felt ill, baths should be prepared at the foot of the stones; for they used to pour water over them and to run this water into baths in which their sick were cured. What is more, they mixed the water with herbal concoctions and so healed their wounds. There is not a single stone among them which hasn’t some medicinal value.”

preseli bluestone-a Pendant from Kacha Stones

Preseli Bluestone-a Pendant from Kacha Stones ~ click here

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Kathy Crabbe Bio PicAbout Kathy

Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non-dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

To order a Soul Reading please click here.

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How to make a simple oracle card spread for the Aries New Moon

I recently connected with Kristen on Instagram. She is a talented multi-oracle deck creator and intuitive reader who was inspired by my Aries New Moon Reading to create an oracle spread of her own using decks she created herself. Coming soon will be Kristen’s AMAZINGLY detailed and helpful article about how to make your own oracle deck so stay tuned! To receive my new moon readings monthly you can sign up here: New Moon Museletter.

Over the Moon Oracle Card Creatrix KristenNew Moon in Aries Spread by Kristen

This week, I’ve been chatting with Kathy Crabbe about making oracle cards, and I noticed she had a wonderful blog post on the Aries new moon. So, I decided to make a simple spread based on her post: How To Get Inspired and Fight To Win This Aries New Moon.

Card 1: What do you want more than anything?
Card 2: How to get it (by tapping into your Aries Fire).
Card 3: Affirmation to support your goal.

Here’s my reading

Kristen's Aries New Moon Oracle Spread

Card 1: Knight of Wands. This card represents a departure which I’ll be making very soon to live in a different part of the country. It also signifies the freedom and adventure I’m hoping this move will help me regain. I’m eager to start over and live life to the fullest.

Card 2: Have Fun. I get this card a lot as an admonishment because I’m always so busy working, creating, and trying to stay afloat. But this card shows that adding more fun to my days will help me live life to the fullest.

Card 3: I am joyous. Love this card! And it ties in nicely with the positive energy of the other two cards.

The decks used in this reading were the Tarot Everywhere deck, Oracle Everywhere deck and I AM Cards. They are all available for sale through my Printerstudio shopspace HERE

Over the Moon Oracle Card Creatrix KristenAbout Kristen

Kristen is a divination junkie and the creator of more than ten tarot and oracle decks. She instructs the online playing card divination course, Your Future Is In The Cards, and runs the blog Over the Moon Oracle Cards

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How to Get Inspired and Fight to Win this Aries New Moon

Aries New Moon Altar by Kathy Crabbe

Aries New Moon Altar by Kathy Crabbe

It’s the New Moon in Aries on April 7 and I sat down to meditate in advance so that I could channel messages for you while in a deep trance-state meditation surrounded by the Aries energy I had created to decorate my altar. I turned to my Goddess Zodiac Book for altar suggestions such as gemstones, plants, foods etc. which you can read about below and see pictured above.

Aries New Moon Inspiration Journal Prompt ~ A Dance with Grasshopper

What is it you WANT more than anything? Write it down in your Moon Musing Journal. Now take that desire into your heart and pray for guidance. Write down what you receive.

If you’re having a tough time doing this exercise then try to allow all your doubts and fears to simply flow in and out of you…release and let go. Next, envision a grasshopper extending his arm out to you for a dance. As you follow the steps and dance to the tune, let your body lead you and see what comes. Thank your grasshopper guide and move on – wake up – come back. If you feel like sharing any messages you receive please feel free to share below.

Lefty Oracle Card Guidance ~ Is this worth fighting for?

I also turned to my Lefty Oracle Deck which will soon be released for purchase as a 52-card deck and guidebook – yehhh! This is a 16 year journey for me and I’m happy to say that it’s finally going to happen. I’m working steadily on the writing that will accompany each card and I will be sharing it starting today in conjunction with the New Moon.

The Lefty Oracle card I chose to represent the energy of the Aries New Moon is a Fire Element card called “Is this worth fighting for?” Her/His story is included in the back of the prints I’ve just released in my Etsy Shop.

Is this worth fighting for? (Lefty Oracle Art) by Kathy Crabbe

Is this worth fighting for?  Lefty Oracle Art Hand Signed Print by Kathy Crabbe

Is this worth fighting for by Kathy Crabbe

Aries New Moon Altar Ideas*

Aries – The Ram

  • Time of Year – Spring, March 21 – April 19
  • Quality – Cardinal
  • Element – Fire
  • Ruler – Mars
  • Anatomy – Head
  • Natural sign of – 1st House
  • Opposite sign – Libra
  • Color – Red
  • Gemstones – Amethyst, diamond, fire opal, garnet
  • Plant/Tree: Dandelion, Thistle, Aloe, Holly, Mustard
  • Herb/Spice: Broom, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic
  • Food: Onion, Peppers, Radish, Rhubarb
  • Animal Spirit: Ram, Red Hawk
  • Tarot Cards – The Emperor, The Empress
  • Goddesses – Amazons, Fuji, Kali, Sekhmet, Valkyries

Aries Affirmations

  • I embody spring fire
  • I am true to my path and my inner convictions
  • I am erotic and independent
  • I am a primal, revolutionary rebel
  • I am adventurous, assertive and courageous
  • I am the Divine Warrior
  • I remember who I truly am even if it bothers others

Tap Into Your Aries Fire

  • – Take on any challenge
  • – Start a project
  • – Assert your rights
  • – Get creative
  • – Feel power, strength and vitality come alive within you

*Excerpted from my Goddess Zodiac Playbook available here.

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Kathy Crabbe Creative Soul Guide in Temecula Wine Country, CaliforniaAbout Kathy: Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non-dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves. Learn more here.

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