About Ana Cortez and C.J. (Charles) Freeman

Ana is co-creator and author of The Playing Card Oracles, and author of the newly released, Oracle Alchemy. She is a self described misfit, truth seeker, rule breaker, and freak for the supernatural. Her continuing passion is playing cards and the way they speak.

Ana grew up in a household where new ideas, mythic story telling, and creative thinking were encouraged. Her father (C.J. Freeman,) was an English major, self taught artist, and writer; and her mother (Nancy Backlund Freeman) is an interior designer and artist.

Ana’s father began creating all new images for playing cards when Ana was in middle school. It was then that he noticed an intelligence coming through his work, tremendous archetypal energy that surprised even him. This is when he began researching the history of cards, most specifically playing cards, to see if there could be an explanation for what was showing up on the canvas.

Ana and C.J.

Ana and C.J.

C.J. (Charles) was a natural mystic, having continuing communication with the spirit world throughout his lifetime. Often he painted without paint brushes, using only his fingers. Completely without formal training except a high school art class, his only self described technique was, “I let my hand move and see what comes out.” C.J.’s art legacy contains hundreds of images for divination with playing cards.

C.J. also wrote poetry, scripts for television,movies, and a novel primarily centered around the themes of dreams and playing cards for divination. Essays by C.J. can be found in The Playing Card Oracles, and other currently published selections are in the online store.

Ana and C.J. began collaborating in 1994 to further the techniques for Oracle work using playing cards that C.J. had begun at the time he created his first Oracle images. Together they created The Playing Card Oracles, A Source Book for Divination, and the accompanying deck, which chronicles their discoveries.

Ana and CJ Freeman

CJ and Ana at the opening for The Playing Card Oracles, in Boulder, CO.

The Playing Card Oracles: Alchemy Edition features the original images first created for divination by C.J. Freeman, now published under “Two Sisters Press,” which was founded by the father/daughter team. Their combined work can currently be found in Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return.

C.J. Freeman passed away from long standing illness in 2010 (1941 – 2010.) Ana lives in Santa Fe, NM, with her actor husband, Todd Anderson, and small pack of mighty rescue dogs.

ana and todd looking out back

You may contact Ana at: ana@anacortez.com