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A stunning Tarot deck comprised of paintings by the Masters of Symbolist Art.

The Project:

The Symbolist Tarot deck is a curated deck comprised of masterpieces from the Symbolism Art movement.  My main goal was to build a cohesive and readable deck filled with stunning artwork.  This project was unknowingly researched over many years as my collection of the artwork from this era grew.  It finally clicked that these images can and will create a truly stunning deck.  The Symbolism Art Movement is far and away my favorite fine art movement and my hope is that this deck will create some new converts to these artists and their works.  With its dreamlike, fantasy, mythical and sometimes macabre imagery, Symbolist Art lends itself perfectly to the Tarot. 

Any and all help is amazing and appreciated; I hope that together we can make this project a reality. I will need to reach my goal of $8,000 in order to publish this deck.  I need your help, funding and sharing this project. Hopefully, we both can make this a reality and come away with a truly beautiful deck.

All Readers, Seekers and Artists will find this deck to be the perfect addition to their metaphysical cache.  Whether you are a novice, professional or mixed media artist you will be fulfilled by this beautiful deck.  Please take a moment to reward yourself, a friend, a relative, or your personal retail shop with this one of a kind deck.  

Follow the story and updates here at Kickstarter as well as the following:

http://thesymbolisttarot.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheSymbolistTarot

https://twitter.com/#!/SymbolistTarot

About The Art Itself:

The Symbolism movement was a late 19th Century Art movement that flourished across the UK, Western Europe and as far East as Russia. It influenced many different types of media including Poetry, Theater, Prose Fiction and most importantly, at least to this project, Painting & Illustration.  

Information about this gigantic and complex movement including specific artists and their influence can be found here: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolism_(arts)

Ace of Cups ~ Odilon Redon
Ace of Cups ~ Odilon Redon

Product Quality and Design:

  • Each card will be 2.75" x 4.75" (70mm x120mm) in dimension; the traditional Tarot standard.
  • Every card will be printed on the best 305 GSM "black core" playing card stock with a UV overcoat.  This is by the far the best quality available.
  • Every deck will come packaged in a beautiful full color "tuck" box.  
  • This Deck will be created with the Highest Existing Industry Standards.
Lady of Wands ~ Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Lady of Wands ~ Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Features of the Deck:

  • Full Color Front & Back Cards
  • 22 Major Arcana Cards
  • 56 Minor Arcana Cards
  • Booklet with Artist Credits and Tarot Interpretations
  • A Full Color Custom Designed Tuck Box 
The Star ~ Jean Delville
The Star ~ Jean Delville

How The $8,000 Will Be Utilized?

  • Funds received will be used to pay for a run of 2,160 decks or More depending on funding expectations.
  • Funds will be used to receive a licensing agreement for the very few pieces that are not public domain and copyright free. We believe that all artists and their estates are entitled to compensation.
  • A website will be designed for the Symbolist Tarot deck.  
  • All funding over the requested amount will provide working capital for an exciting future deck idea.  As a funder, you will receive exclusive information promptly after this campaign on the new deck. 
  • Also, if funding exceeds expectations ALL orders will be shipped with some exciting extras.  These will be announced only after funding has exceeded expectations.
The Magician ~ John William Waterhouse
The Magician ~ John William Waterhouse

FAQ

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for each deck will be $24.95. So for a pledge of $18 you will receive a deck. Benefitting you, my backer. The decks range from 28% - 50% off MSRP depending on level of contribution. This is a good way for a retailer to be the first to receive the deck at the cost of wholesale.

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    ANYONE PLEDGING MORE THAN $60 IS INVITED TO BELOW. THE MOST FABULOUS GIFT OF ALL! This Reward is only included for this level. You are invited to an intimate soiree in Portland, Oregon (transportation costs not included). This private social gathering will provide one-on-one Tarot readings by professional Tarot readers for you, using "The Symbolist Tarot". Food, libation, music and performance will round out this fabulous One of a Kind evening. You will also receive, a commemorative poster & Tarot cloth, ONE (1) Deck of "The Symbolist Tarot", A Custom Postcard of "The Symbolist Tarot" Back Image with a Handwritten Thank You. If you are unable to attend than Reward #3 will substitute with the monetary difference being refunded.

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