YOUR DAILY FORTUNE



















The Fruits of Labor Oracle aligns our personal afflictions with the ups and downs of a harvest, reminding us that we are always experiencing cycles.



THE STORY



The future isn’t set in stone, but soil.

From tarot cards to origami fortune tellers, humans have used tools to predict the future. Often, these predictions don’t come true. Occasionally, they do but in a roundabout way, barely fitting into our initial interpretations and surprising us.

Frankly, I don’t think that any of the aforementioned methods could ever fully predict the future. However, I believe that these futile, somewhat funny attempts are more telling of who we are right now than of our future. The fact that we would trust chance operations to ease our anxiety indicates a desperation to cope with life’s uncertainties.

As I sent applications to nearly a hundred companies and coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, I created the Fruits Of Labor Oracle Deck as a marker of my career’s uncertainty. I felt entitled to some kind of reward after four years of working incredibly hard to obtain an undergraduate degree.

When will I get to see the fruits of my labor?
Let’s ask the cards!



THE CARDS


The main component of the Fruits of Labor Oracle is the deck of 22 cards that is used to divine the future. Simply shuffle the cards with a question in mind. Or, you can scroll to the top of this page and get your daily fortune through an ~*algorithm*~ provided by the Internet.



Each card has an illustration, a name, a number, and a question. These all serve to make the meaning of the cards more accessible compared to traditional tarot and oracle cards, which are more esoteric in nature. The cards are also color-coded to match the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.



The order and symbolism of the cards derive from the harvest cycle, from seed to harvest to decomposition. Certain cards reference mythology. The Pomegranate card, pictured below, references the ancient Greek myth of Persephone, who was trapped in the Underworld after eating a pomegranate.



I did a Zoom fortune reading with my friend, Grace Young! The cards indicated that she needed to get out of her comfort zone in order to renew interest in her projects.

THE BOOK


The Fruits of Labor Oracle Guidebook offers information on using the deck to seek advice, divine the future, and strive for self-improvement.



THE APP



If the Deck + Guidebook are a supermarket, then the App is a convenience store! The Fruits of Labor App offers users information on the cards and two types of daily spreads to reflect on throughout the day: single-card and past/present/future. The app also lets users share their fortune with friends who have the app as well.