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About

The Spolia Tarot is a collaboration between artist Jen May and myself, Jessa Crispin. Jen and I had been working together on tarot imagery, she was illustrating a series of pieces I had written about specific cards, when we decided to work together to create a whole deck.

Jen's work, colorful and earthy, with a feminine vibe and pulling from many historical sources, seemed perfect for a tarot deck. (Also she is a Scorpio.) I had been working as a tarot card reader for about six years, and I was very interested in the history of the deck, the deeper meaning of the imagery, and how the history of not only the tarot but other forms of mysticism and occult study. We thought it would take us about a year to complete. That was three and a half years ago.

Jen works with collage, making the word Spolia appropriate for a title, as it means using rubble as building material. It also felt fitting for the time we are living in, as institutions, gender norms, religions, and ideas about how a society should function are all tumbling down and need to be rebuilt. We both believe that intuition and spirit are essential tools for guiding us through this process.

We use images from history, from alchemy and mysticism, from mythology and the natural world to create a lush deck layered with meaning. I have been studying the symbolism of the tarot for years, and we were meticulous about using the colors, flowers, crystals and stones, animals, and other imagery associated with each specific tarot card or its astrological associations.

The Minchiate inspired Elements cards
The Minchiate inspired Elements cards

As one of the decks I learned to read with was a Minchiate, an older Italian deck with 97 cards rather than the more standard 78 card deck, we added a few of the Minchiate's other cards, like one card for each astrological sign, and one for each of the elements. I find these cards very useful in my readings with clients, and with my own personal readings, and you'll find instructions on how to use them yourself in the 32 page manual I wrote that is included with the deck.

The Minchiate inspired Zodiac cards
The Minchiate inspired Zodiac cards

All of the artwork by Jen May is complete and the deck and packaging has been designed by Tara Romeo. We will be sending the deck to print as soon as the money has been raised.

Thank you for your support and interest. The Spolia deck has been a labor of love, we can't wait for all of you to see it, too.

the altar cloth/scarf available as a reward
the altar cloth/scarf available as a reward

 

the prints of The Sun and Moon available as a reward
the prints of The Sun and Moon available as a reward

 

Risks and challenges

There are few risks involved - The artwork is completed, the design and lay out of the deck is completed, and we have received a quote from our printer. Once the money has been raised we are ready to submit the files to be printer. It will take approximately 60 days from the day we submit the work to the printer to have the completed deck in our hands, which we would then send out to you right away.

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    PDF of the 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot.

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    Spolia Tarot Deck and manual

    One Spolia Tarot Deck - 94 cards printed on high quality card stock in a sturdy tuck box with gold foil with 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot.

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    Tarot Bundle Plus Altar Cloth

    One Spolia Tarot Deck - 94 cards printed on high quality card stock in a sturdy tuck box with gold foil with 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot + One cotton 22"x22" altar cloth/scarf with original Spolia Tarot design. Cloth will be screen printed by Flying Saucer Press in Brooklyn, NY.

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    One Spolia Tarot Deck - 94 cards printed on high quality card stock in a sturdy tuck box with gold foil with 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot plus 8"x10" digital print of the The Sun or The Moon tarot card artwork by Jen May printed on acid free archival uncoated matte cardstock and signed.

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    Tarot Bundle + Creative Tarot Signed

    Signed copy of Thea Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin plus One Spolia Tarot Deck - 94 cards printed on high quality card stock in a sturdy tuck box with gold foil with 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot + One cotton 22"x22" altar cloth/scarf with original Spolia Tarot design. Cloth will be screenprinted by Flying Saucer Press in Brooklyn, NY

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    Two Tarot Decks and Cloths

    Two Spolia Tarot Decks - 94 cards printed on high quality card stock in a sturdy tuck box with gold foil with 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot + two cotton 22"x22" altar cloths/scarves with original Spolia Tarot design. Cloth will be screenprinted by Flying Saucer Press in Brooklyn, NY.

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    Handwritten Three Card Draw reading by Jessa Crispin + One Spolia Tarot Deck - 94 cards printed on high quality card stock in a sturdy tuck box with gold foil with 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot plus 8"x10" digital print of the The Sun and The Moon tarot card artwork by Jen May printed on acid free archival uncoated matte cardstock and signed + One cotton 22"x22" altar cloth/scarf with original Spolia Tarot design printed by Flying Saucer Press in Brooklyn, NY

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    One piece of original artwork by Jen May from a limited selection from the deck, Handwritten Three Card Draw reading by Jessa Crispin + One Spolia Tarot Deck - 94 cards printed on high quality card stock in a sturdy tuck box with gold foil with 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot plus 8"x10" digital print of the The Sun and The Moon tarot card artwork by Jen May printed on acid free archival uncoated matte cardstock and signed + One cotton 22"x22" altar cloth/scarf with original Spolia Tarot design. Cloth will be screen printed by Flying Saucer Press in Brooklyn, NY

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    One hour Skype tarot and astrological reading with Jessa Crispin, two pieces of original artwork by Jen May from a limited selection from the deck+ Two Spolia Tarot Decks - 94 cards printed on high quality card stock in a sturdy tuck box with gold foil with 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot + 8"x10" digital print of the The Sun and The Moon tarot card artwork by Jen May printed on acid free archival uncoated matte cardstock and signed + Two cotton 22"x22" altar cloths/scarves with original Spolia Tarot design. Cloth will be screen printed by Flying Saucer Press in Brooklyn, NY + a signed copy of the Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin

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    We will take you to dinner at Three of Cup in NYC, where we would meet to discuss our work on Spolia Tarot (travel expenses not included) + One hour Skype tarot and astrological reading with Jessa Crispin + 1 handwritten three card draw tarot reading by Jessa Cripsin + three pieces of original artwork by Jen May from a limited selection from the deck+ Two Spolia Tarot Decks - 94 cards printed on high quality card stock in a sturdy tuck box with gold foil with 32 page instruction manual original work written by Jessa Crispin created specifically for the Spolia Tarot + 8"x10" digital print of the The Sun and The Moon tarot card artwork by Jen May printed on acid free archival uncoated matte cardstock and signed + Two cotton 22"x22" altar cloths/scarves with original Spolia Tarot design. Cloth will be screen printed by Flying Saucer Press in Brooklyn, NY + a signed copy of the Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin

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