Getting Started with the Community Suit in Your SoulCollage ® Deck
Our Community Suit will be as unique as we are. These SoulCollage ® Cards represent all the people, places and things that have made a significant impact in our lives. Your Community Suit may contain:
- celebrities, authors, politicians, religious leaders
- historical figures
- fictional characters
- as well as animals and places important to you
When contemplating what to include in your Community Suit, you can consider the following questions:
- What historical figure would you like to consult with?
- What is a place you have visited that continues to inspire you?
- What musicians do you seek out during particular periods of life?
- What animal have you always been connected to?
- What artist’s work always moves you?
- Who do you call when you want to go on an adventure?
- Who do you lean on in times of need?
- Who cooked you your most favorite meal?
On including challenging individuals in our cards:
Seena Frost taught that anyone in your life who has been of some benefit can be in your deck. This can include people who have been challenging or wounding to you. These people may have been the catalyst you needed to grow and can offer helpful feedback in a reading of their card.
DO NOT include someone who’s card will be continually toxic. If the only energy and feedback this person has to offer is painful and poisonous, there is nothing helpful they will ever be able to offer and it is better leave them out of your deck.
You can also “retire” a community card that is no longer serving you. If there is a member of Community Suit that doesn’t hold a charge for you (either positive or negative) and is not offering useful insight in a reading of their card, you can create a separate, sacred space to hold these retired cards. Most SoulCollagers are opposed to destroying cards, but if you feel moved to do so, it’s your deck, your cards, your way.
What Images to use in the Community Suit:
Most often, Community Cards include photos of the person, place or thing that the card represents. However, this is not an absolute rule. Cards in the Community Suit are only meant to represent the experience and feelings connected to who/what we are creating the card for. If your grandmother lived in a blue house, made the most amazing bread and always smelled of roses, you don’t have to include a picture of her, your card may only contain pictures of blue houses, fresh bread and roses.
Making SoulCollage® Community Cards
There are two types of SoulCollage® cards, those that you approach and create with a purpose to represent a predetermined aspect and those that you make with no pre-planning – allowing the images to come to you and the card to manifest from your intuition and unconsciousness.
Intentional: Making cards intentionally means consciously choosing what the card will represent. Creating a card intentionally would mean choosing to make a card that held a specific aspect and finding the specific images you want to use in the card. Community Cards, like a card for your childhood pet and Council Cards, like a card for “Birth” are most often created intentionally.
Intuitive: When you simply shift through your gathered images and find a handful that you are drawn to in the moment and then use those images to make a card, you are making that care intuitively. Most Committee Cards can be made intuitively as well. They often identify themselves as “I am the one who is your Playful Child” versus “I am “The Child” which can be helpful in identifying an intuitive card as a Committee Card.