The Star Road Map Reviews
The Star Road Map is a 78-card divination deck, based on the worldview, deities and calendars of Mesoamerican cultures. The 78 cards are divided into gods and goddesses, the Cycle of Days, the Overworlds, the Underworlds, the Four Directions, and the Divine Intercessions.
Oracle Deck - 78 Cards - Schiffer Books 2013
Review by Bonnie Cehovet
We are born into community and exist in community.
We are part of the cosmos, surrounded by the Tree People, the Rock People, the Winged Ones, the Finned Ones and the Creepy Crawly Ones.
We are affected by the stars and the planets, just as the oceans and winds are, and our Ancestors are always around us.
Patricia A. Padilla
“The Star Road Map” is a 78 card divinatory deck and companion book, based on the ancient worldview of the Mesoamericans, and their use of a 260 day Sacred Calendar (in conjunction with the traditional 365 day Solar Calendar). Through viewing how the Mesoamericans perceived reality, we get a fresh perspective on how to view our own issues, and how the energy plays out in our life. You will be able to create a multi-dimensional picture of the energies affecting you and Mother Earth … in the past, present, and future.
The “believability” of this deck for me centers around the background of the authors. Patricia Padilla is a native of New Mexico, who was born into eight generations of Curanderas – a Hispanic healing tradition. She has worked as an acupuncturist and herbalist for twenty years. She also published and wrote for a local weekly newspaper for twenty-four years. She currently lives near Taos, NM, and continues to work with people, write, and paint.
Marlena Freelove was a child of immigrant parents, and traveled extensively through the Midwest with her father when she was a child. She worked for many years in the field of computer technology. After a serious accident at the age of 38, she had a dual career as a professional and as a spiritual seeker. This is how her path crossed with her co-author, Patricia Padilla. Freelove currently works as a writer, and continues to create art with a wide variety of paint, collage, and assemblage techniques.
The “Star Road Map” kit consists of 78 cards and a 200 page companion book. The companion book begins with a presentation of the cards, including text and a half-page black and white scan of the card. Each card of the first 22 cards is presented by Number, Title, God/Goddess/Glyphs, Key, Inspiration, Energetic, Goal, Light, Shadow, and History.
The first 22 cards are as follows:
00 Fool, Patecatl
01 Magus, Quetzalpapalotl
02 Priestess, Lady Xoc
03 Empress, Chalchiuhticue
04 Emperor, King Bird Jaguar
05 Hierophant, Tezcatlipoca
06 Lovers, Ometecuhtlis
07 Chariot, Quetzalcoatl
08 Adjustment, Law Giver
09 Fortune, Maize God
10 Lust Tlazolteotl
11 Hanged Man, Seven Macaw
13 Vision, Vision Serpent
14 Devil, Earth Monster
15 Tower, Fire Water Stream
16 Star, Lamat
17 Moon, Ix Chel
18 Sun, Quetzalcoatl
19 Stillness, Water Lily
20 Universe, Teotihuacan Spider Woman
21 Self Love, Xochiquetzal
Note: The entire first chapter (which describes the Star Road Map Cards, the World Tree, and the Fifth Element), as well as the write up on card 00 Fool, Patecatl, are missing from the companion book that I have. I checked with another reviewer, and their copy does have Chapter 1 and the description of the Fool.
From the book, for 01 Mgus, Quetzalpapalotl:
Inspiration: It is time to recognize that you are a magician, and can mold and transform any reality at hand by changing your perception of it. Do not rely on someone ele to identify who and what you are. You have the power to manifest what you desire.
Energetic: The use of will to progress the souls’ evolution according to plan. This card indicates the vital energy for transformation and suggests that we, like the butterfly, are at times in a larvae state deciding whether or not to let our wings unfold. The information and ability for flight is there, it is our will that determines whether we will fly or not. All that you need is available. Where is your will and what would you choose and why?
Goal: Your intention is to dance with the physical world as though you realize that you have the power to transcend any obstacle. Use your power for evolution and enlightenment. As you allow your wings to unfold, be conscious of where the newfound mobility can take you. If you feel stuck, change your conception of the situation, and how you relate to it.
Light: The evolution of the soul is an act of indescribable beauty and strength that serves the cosmos.
Shadow: You may be stuck I an unsightly cocoon, longing for fresh air and mobility. If this is causing you grief and frustration, remember that you have everything you need for transformation. Even in a jail cell, imaginati cannot be contained.
History: Quetzalppalotl (ket ahl PAH pah low tl) is the “Butterfly God”. Although little information remains about this god of transformation, there is a palace built in his honor in Teotihuacan. The image speaks to us of change and transformation on the deepest levels of physical and spiritual existence.
This image suggests the energy of a magician, one who serves by showing us many forms and manifestations of the same reality.
Isn’t it magic that we can evolve from sperm and egg into fully grown adults and then transform again into the “no-thing state” of etheric existence. It is as if the magician can play in both the Underworld and the Overworld and present a face for eternity in the Middleworld (Earth). We are always on the precipice of evolving into yet another divine expression of Creator. There is nothing that can interfere with this potential except our own will.
The card First Father is the highest spiritual card in the deck, with no negative aspect. The authors note that there is no need for a dualistic interpretation of this symbol, because it is the one artifact that suggests the end of the illusion of separation.
The next twenty cards represent he Cycle of Days. They are presented with a half-page black and white scan, the Energy, Day Name, Direction, Symbol, Challenge, and Solution. The Days are listed as follows:
Acceptance 1 Day
Expression 2 Day
Security 3 Day
Leadership 4 Day
The radiant sun god
Instinct 6 Day
Authenticity 7 Day
Moderation 8 Day
Persistence 9 Day
Authority 10 Day
Creativity 11 Day
Emotions 12 Day
Knowledgeable 13 Day
Wisdom 14 Day
Ambition 15 Day
Overcome 16 Day
Flexibility 17 Day
Share 18 Day
Curiosity 19 Day
Simplicity 20 Day
From the companion book, for Simplicity 20 Day
Energy: Artistic, dreamy, idealistic, romantic
Day Name: Ahua (ah-Haw)
Symbol: Sun, the radiant sun god, religion, and arts
Challenge: Learn to handle disappointments due to unrealistic expectations. Learn to toleratge unfairness in others.
Solution: Simplicity in all things in heaven and on earth.
The next thirteen cards represent the Overworlds. They are presented with a half-page black and white scan, Key, Traits, Energy, Maya Number, Ruling God, Positive Aspect, Negative Aspect, and History.
The card titles are as follows:
Initiation 1 Overworld
Duality 2 Overworld
Action 3 Overworld
Stability 4 Overworld
Empowerment 5 Overworld
Flow 6 Overworld
Reflection 7 Overworld
Balance 8 Overworld
Patience 9 Overworld
Manifest 10 Overworld
Clarity 11 Overworld
Transformation 12 Overworld
Completion 13 Overworld
The next nine cards represent the Underworlds. They are presented with a half-page black and white scan, Key, Energy, Time period, and Definition.
The nine Underworlds are as follows:
Cellular 1 Underworld
Mammalian 2 Underworld
Familial 3 Underworld
Tribal 4 Underworld
Regional 5 Underworld
National 6 Underworld
Global 7 Underworld
Galactic 8 Underworld
Universal 9 Underworld
The next four cards represent the Four Directions, and are presented with a half-page black and white scan, Power, Energy, Challenge, and Definition.
From the companion book for Muluc, North:
Challenge: Emotional entanglements.
Definition: NORTH dominates during the winter, in the northern hemisphere as the sun is pushed south. The energies are separation, sacrifice, and manifestation. The associated Day is Muluc (Water), the associated color is white.
The final nine cards represent Divine Intercession. They are presented with a half-page black and white scan, Power, and Definition, and Insight.
The card titles are:
Hand of God Intercession
La Reina Intercession
White Flower Intercession
World Tree Intercession
Templates presented include One Card, Three Card, and Six Card readings (with sample readings and interpretations).
The cards themselves are 3 ½” by 5”, on sturdy, glossy card stock. The backs show a ¼ “ dark border, followed by a thin white border, which is followed by a thin gold border. The inner image appears to be a type of mandala, with four red flowers with yellow stamens, surrounding a green inner circle, which in turn surrounds a gold circle, with an orange circle in the center, and green arms emanating from it. At the top and the bottom of the mandala there appears to be a stylized hummingbird. The cards are reversible.
The card faces all show a black border surrounding an inner image. The card title is centered across the top, with the card category in the lower left hand corner. The card number is also in the inner lower left hand corner.
For the first twenty-two cards, the faces show a black border surrounding an inner image, The card title is centered across the top and the bottom of the card. The card number is in the upper right hand corner.
The card imagery is very stylized, using intense primary colors. The images move between complex to simplistic. The first twenty-two cards represent archetypes, as with the Tarot, but are not presented in the same order, and are not presented in exactly the same way.
I found these cards relatively easy to work with, and the artwork acceptable, after I had worked with it for a while. This is a good deck for those looking for interesting art, and for a fresh perspective on the archetypes.
© Bonnie Cehovet
Bonnie Cehovet is Certified Tarot Grand Master, a professional Tarot reader with over ten years experience, a Reiki Master/Teacher and a writer. Bonnie has served in various capacities with the American Tarot Association, is co-founder of the World Tarot Network, and Vice President (as well as Director of Certification) for the American Board For Tarot Certification. She has had articles appear in the 2004 and 2005 Llewellyn Tarot Reader.