Sigil Arcanum Tarot

by Taylor Bell

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About

The goal of this project is to create a tarot deck which can be read intuitively based on symbols and patterns instead of full illustrations. The project aims to provide a tool for beginners to learn tarot in a brand new way, and for experienced readers to garner a better understanding of the underlying symbols and elements behind the 78 keys of the tarot.

Symbolism is tremendously important because people can learn symbols easier than they can learn languages. Sigils are like a word in a language; they can be simple or complex, but they express meaning in just the same way, tracing our human understanding of concepts and communication back to the days of cave paintings or cuneiform. The best part is that they can be universal. A word of no language is a word in all languages.

The symbols used in this deck are based on hermetic and alchemical concepts.Over two years of research has gone in to making sure that each of the individual components are accurate; such as the alchemical process (or "magnum opus"), the four classical elements, the seven planets, the constellations of the Greek zodiac, the kabbalah, as well as the attributions of the Thoth tarot and the Waite tarot systems.

This deck can be considered a Thoth compatible deck since it follows the same order in terms of the Major Arcana, and all of correspondences match the Thoth system. This choice was made to ensure that the attributions are as close to accurate as possible, a task which turns out to be more difficult than it may seem at first, because many tarot decks deviate from standards, and the two primary decks of the modern day (Thoth and Waite) deviate slightly from each other.

Major Arcana

These cards feature unique line-art sigils which incorporate the alchemical, zodiacal, planetary, and elemental symbols associated with the Thoth tarot, compounded into visual interpretations of the majors themselves.

Minor Arcana

The aces feature the classical symbol for the element of the suit, in which is a line art drawing depicting the energy of that element.

The 2 - 10 of each suit features the elemental symbol as pips depicting the number of the card, as well as the roman numeral at the top, and a series of three symbols at the bottom: The planet, the element, and the zodiac.

The court cards feature a stick figure depicting their role, as well as the element for each position and each suit; e.g. the King of Wands will feature the symbol for Air with a K denoting King, and the symbol for Fire denoting the suit.

Colors

Each of the Major Arcana features a spectrum gradient of colors that relate to the energies of the card, and are particularly situated around each of those relative symbols; e.g. XVII The Star features a pentagram, hexagram, and double-heptagram. Inside the heptagram are the seven planets of alchemy, each colored according to their Sephirotic attributions (Mercury is orange, the Moon is purple, Venus is green, etc).

The First Five Major Arcana in full color
The First Five Major Arcana in full color

The Minor Arcana feature a two-tone color scheme to match the element. The core pips are the color of the element, and the special design is a shade darker, while the numerals and symbols at the bottom are white.

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The base deck will have 80 cards; the 22 Major Arcana, 56 Minor Arcana, a thank you card, and a special extra card which features the back image on both sides, representing the silence.

The standard box will be made of sturdy paper, and will have enough room to fit the deck and booklet. The booklet itself will be around 100 pages and will feature information about all symbols and cards, divinatory meanings, suggestions for interpretation, and an explanation of the forces of Alchemy.

The Blackout Edition of the Sigil Arcanum Tarot--which will feature all the same cards--will be printed with rich glossy ink offset on a substantial matte black paper stock. The result is a mesmerizing and sleek appearance which is best read by candle light. The deck appears entirely black on black, and you must shed light on the cards to reveal their hidden meanings.

The edges of the cards appear matte black due to the card stock, which adds to the dark effect. The box will be printed on the same matte black cover, with thicker, more sturdy paper, and will be printed offset to give the same illusory appearance. The booklet, however, will be printed normally, because let's face it, nobody would want an all black instruction booklet.

All tiers will have the option of either Full Color or Blackout Edition.

Quality Upgrade - $10,000

- Card thickness bumped up to 120 lb from 100 lb, which provides sturdier and thicker cards.

- Protective UV coating on cards and box (for colored deck)

Quality Overhaul - $20,000

This stretch goal will feature the upgrade of the previous level, plus:

- Box Upgrade to Magnetic clam-shell box

- Card edges gilded silver (black for the blackout deck)

- Booklet upgrade to perfect-bound mini-book

SPECTRUM Edition - $30,000

This deck will be printed on the same matte Black stock as the Blackout Edition, but printed with high quality metallic ink showcasing the color gradients in a splendor of light splashed across the darkness of the void, like stars shining at night (both the card fronts and backs). This Edition will be complete with rainbow spectrum holographic gilded edges, which has to be seen to be believed. The effect this produces is absolutely stunning. Photos hopefully to come soon!

If this stretch goal is reached, all tiers will have the option of the Spectrum edition for a few dollars more. Pricing is still being worked out.

Book

The book will be hardcover, and between 130 - 150 pages, and will go much further detailing the symbolism used in each card, the historical significance of each symbol, and more interpretations on symbolism and how to read Tarot cards, including a multitude of spreads (both static and modular), as well as a brief history of Alchemy and Tarot, and even rules for playing the classic tarot game "Tarrochi."

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