“Yadda Yadda”! That was my first response to drawing this card from the US edition of the Oracle of the Shapeshifters (Beyond Words, 2013). This is one of the 18 cards that was totally re-vamped image-wise, and one of just two where every last thing seems to have been changed from the original version.
When I first saw this card, I wondered why such a huge change had been made. I liked the previous version, Poseidon’s Daughter (below from Blue Angel edition). And the title and tag, talk about cliched! You Are Unlike Anyone Else, a human snowflake, different but perfect in your own way, so don’t let anyone try to pigeon-hole you or tell you you’re wrong for being different, blah blah.
Yes, of course I believe that to be true: that we are all unique, and that we have the right to not only be contradictory and different, but to express that uniqueness. The companion book also says something along the lines of: if others tell you you’re neither this nor that (like the butterfly-frogs), and say you have to choose one or the other to fit their labels, tell them no. All well and good, but that is definitely a hard place to be.
Shapeshifters Australian Edition
And there’s the good bit about this card. Though the artwork of this deck may be dreamy and “pretty”, there are some real messages here. It isn’t easy to be considered strange, a freak, ugly, or just different. Yet, that shouldn’t be reason enough for us to try to conform to other people’s expectations.
It’s funny, too, the way that everyone seems to have expectations. In my day job, people expect rationality (I work with a lot of engineers and business types). In the esoteric community, you’d think people would be more loosey-goosey, more open to difference. Yet, my experience a few months ago was of being criticised in these circles for not being “traditional”. So, perhaps I do need this message that it’s okay to be neither this nor that, and just see where my butterfly wings will take me :D