Explore the transcendent power of plant allies with Dirt Gems, a deluxe 65-card deck and illustrated guidebook set that harnesses the magic and mystery of the natural world.
What can we learn if we take the time to listen to the plants growing all around us? What messages can we take in, and what sense of connection to ourselves and the world around us can we cultivate? In Dirt Gems, author Anne Louise Burdett and illustrator Chelsea Granger seek to share the wisdom of our plant allies—in all their natural beauty and complexity. Divided into four suits—Ablaze, Afloat, Adrift, and Amidst—these lushly illustrated cards offer tools to tap into the inherent power, and magic, of the natural world. Dive deeper into the meaning of each card in the accompanying illustrated guidebook, whether you are pulling a single card, or creating a spread for further exploration.
Deluxe set: This package includes 65 fully illustrated cards (3 X 5 inches) in an interior travel case; a 168-page, full-color flexibound guidebook (4 3/4 X 6 inches); and a keepsake magnetic closure box.
65-card deck with vibrant illustrations: Each card highlights a single plant, from Calendula to Yarrow, with a vivid, whimsical watercolor illustration on the front, along with the plant's name and suit. A unifying card back illustration brings cohesion to this stunning deck, while sprayed metallic edges on the cards add visual interest.
Inspiring guidebook for further reflection: The accompanying flexibound book offers deep insights into the magic of each suit—including colors, elements, energetic signatures, weather, metals, emotions, and landscapes—and the specifics of each plant. Both deeply researched and soulfully written, these card-specific entries guide readers in developing a relationship with their deck.
Interior case for travel, exterior box for storage: Dirt Gems includes an interior, full-color cardstock box for holding your cards—perfect for bringing them wherever you want to go. Once you're home, store the travel box and guidebook inside the luxe magnetic closure keepsake box for easy storage and display.
A perfect gift for plant lowers and spiritual seekers: Anyone who connects to the natural world will find inspiration and magic in the world of Dirt Gems, as it blends plant knowledge and herbalism with the innate energy of all that grows from the Earth.
A note on packaging: In order to help honor our planet and reduce waste, we have only shrink wrapped the interior cards, rather than the keepsake box. Please feel confident that your product is not defective or used, but rather represents a step we are taking to protect our collective home. When you open your deck, you will find that the actual cards inside the box are shrink wrapped for protection and to ensure first use by the buyer.
Anne Louise Burdett is an agroecologist, conservation scientist, clinical herbalist, and educator. She has a background of fifteen-plus years working in plant conservation, alternative medicine, sustainable agriculture, and community organizing. Her experience working in different settings and communities to support resilience building and equitable systems has led to bridging her terrestrial work with marine science. Anne Louise is interested in working at the amphibious edges of land and sea, at the intersection of anthropogenic impact and changing ecosystems and their vulnerabilities and interdependencies. She has a master’s degree in marine conservation and coastal and ecological resilience. Her work is focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation and community-based natural resource sharing and management. Anne Louise is also a writer and dancer with works focused on land-based storytelling, stewardship, and play. She believes wholeheartedly in being true to oneself, acting from authentic desire, and in individual wellness being essentially and always tied to collective wellness. Her approach is through a lens of mutual aid, scientific literacy, and outright wonder.
Chelsea Granger is a multidisciplinary artist. Painting, drawing, illustration, murals, and tattoos are the foundation of her practice. She recently self-published a zine about death and grief titled So Many Ways to Draw a Ghost. After the death of her mom as well as a dear friend, she started seeing her art as a way to sing up life, with the hope that her art can act as a doorway to create conversations about death and grief. Chelsea’s art is of the everyday, inspired by the overlap of earth/spirit dimensions, and woods as church. She is interested in painting as medicine, painting as a portal, painting as a spell. Her work has been exhibited across the Northeast, and her murals exist across New England. For more than twelve years, Chelsea has collaborated with Thyme Herbal, making medicine posters and zines. Chelsea holds a bachelor’s degree in painting from UMass-Amherst and a certificate in therapeutic recreation from Gateway Community College. Her work celebrates life while honoring death and walking gently into the unknown.