Otis Redding wrote and recorded this song in 1967 (along with Steve Cropper). It was released as a single in early 1968, about a month after Otis and members of his band were killed in a plane crash.
Otis had the idea for the song while he was staying on a houseboat in the San Francisco Bay, after his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, inspired by watching the ships come in and out of the Bay.
The song hit number one, and won two Grammys.
Many artists have recorded cover versions, including Glen Campbell, the Drifters and Sara Bareilles. It’s also made its way back onto the charts in versions by Sammy Hagar, Michael Bolton and the Reddings (a group that actually featured two of Otis’ sons).
I was inspired to include it in my Psychic Jukebox deck, for the Seven of Pentacles. To me, it’s about relaxing after you’ve done whatever you can do, and allow the Universe to take it from here.
And it’s inspired me to create a new deck, the first one Psychic Tapestry is offering for sale!
Like Otis’ song, I have often found peace near the ocean. It’s comforting, and so much more. I feel renewed after spending some time gazing into the ocean. Healed in many ways, with a restored sense of hope.
And that’s what I hope to covey in this new deck.
I call it Ocean Therapy, and it’s a very simple deck to use. There’s no book, and you don’t have to learn anything or have any previous card-reading experience. Each card has a picture of the ocean, and a simple word or group of words.
That’s it. The rest is up to you.
You can pull as many cards as you like, from one to one hundred and eleven.
Yes, one hundred and eleven. I felt that a deck inspired by the ocean should be massive. Like the ocean.
If 111 cards seems too big for you, I’ve also broken it down into two smaller decks of fifty-six cards each. The two smaller decks are completely different, each made up of one-half of the cards in the larger deck. Accept for one. Each of the smaller decks also has one card in common.
You can use any of the decks by themselves, or with other decks you already have. That’s also for you to decide.
The big deck, as well as the two smaller decks, will all be available in September. If you’d like to be one of the first to get one, you can pre-order them HERE or over on Etsy HERE.
There are many more Psychic Tapestry decks in the works, and while none of the others are close to ready, here’s a little tease of the next two, which I hope will be available in October.
Those are rough draft images, but you get the idea.
My goal in all of this is to continue to spread hope and healing, and if you decide to pick up one of these decks, that’s what I want you to find.
For more hope and healing, here is Otis Redding with “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Day”…
Ken Kessler has always been interested in psychic phenomena, and like Mulder on the X-Files, wants to believe. But like most, he tends to look for, and accept, rational explanations. (More)