This project was born in 2004, with the idea of creating a FULL and COMPLETE book about Tarot: a book that could accompany the reader from the very basics to the most advanced readings and techniques. The challenge wasn't filling the book with articles and illustrations, the challenge was organizing all the information in a way that was easy to understand for the beginner and interesting enough for the Tarot expert.
We feel that we have managed this and have successfully shown the many different and fascinating aspects of Tarot.
The project took over 10 years to reach the point it has now. It took a lot of effort, a lot of time and energy, a lot of knowledge, competence, patience and research.
Today, it may not yet be perfect - Tarot stays a living thing, forever evolving and growing, always new, but never forgetting the old - but it’s a huge endeavor, unique, and the best we could do.
As with most labours of love, it seemed too big, too ambitious and too "special" for the market. But it’s a raw jewel, and we will now try to show you why and how.
Tarot Fundamentals, the first book in a series of three, is the founding stone of this project.
This volume has, of course, a lot of information useful to beginners, but it's also filled with interesting content for Tarot experts. The three volumes have a progression, that we can synthesize like this:
"Fundamentals" doesn't just cover the basics: it will be a stand-alone book, one of the more complete books ever published about Tarot. The other two volumes, Experience and Compendium, that we hope we'll be able to publish if the funding of Fundamentals is successful, will build on that and travel deeper and wider into Tarot knowledge.
Who is Lo Scarabeo?
Born in 1987 in Torino, Italy, Lo Scarabeo is now a leading international company in the mind, body and spirit health publishing, with a main focus on Tarot publishing. Lo Scarabeo is one of the most important Tarot publishers in the world.
Tarot decks from Lo Scarabeo are printed in several major languages, including English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Russian and many others. They are easily recognizable by their unique illustration and excellence in every detail.
Please join us in a short visit to our offices in this video:
WHAT YOU GET
A 560 pages volume, full color, 190x230 mm (7.5 x 9 inches), softcover.
You can look at the table of contents for Tarot Fundamentals here (please note this table of contents is not final and might be adjusted before actually printing the book):
And you can read, RIGHT NOW, a FULL CHAPTER, to get a taste of what you'll get by helping to fund our project:
or click on the sample page:
This is another sample page from chapter 6 (no link on this one).
We're very excited about this project and we would like to make it nicer and better with your help... let's make it happen together!
For Sasha, tarot is life, magic is alive and signs are everywhere if you know how to look.
After receiving her BA in Literature and Religion at Hunter College, Sasha began her tarot work. She opened a private reading practice. She quickly became a sought after reader for the fashion and media set, becoming a staple at Fashion's Night Out and serving clients including Burt's Bees, M. Missoni and Christian Louboutin.
Sasha conceived and produced tarot events at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library. She worked behind the scenes with curators and educators. Rare Visconti, Marseille and Minchiate cards along with uncut Italian card sheets were unveiled. These treasures, previously shuttered in museum archives and unavailable to the public, were examined and considered in a modern context.
Sasha is most proud of her Tarot Outreach Program. it was the first ever of its kind and was developed for NYC's at-risk, inner city youth. Working with kids who were transitioning out of the foster care system, Sasha used tarot and symbol as catalyst for nurturing personal intuition.
Sasha and her tarot books have been featured in documentaries and media outlets such as Sirius XM Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News and appeared on the cover of Crain's New York Business. She appeared regularly as a guest on the WPIX Channel 11 Morning News, reading tarot for pop culture topics and celebrities.
Sasha, her husband and daughter split their time between Manhattan and the eerily gothic, "Jane Eyresque" landscape of upstate New York. She is working on her third book for Llewellyn, due out in May of 2016.
In the early 1990s, at a party, someone put a tarot deck in Barbara's hands.
She's held on tight ever since. Tarot provides just enough structure so that we don't get lost as we explore the mysteries, plumb our dark corners, and find our paths in the dark woods.
Barbara has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She's published a number of books on tarot, including Tarot for Beginners, Tarot Spreads, The Steampunk Tarot, The Gilded Tarot, The Mystic Dreamer, and Tarot of the Hidden Realm. Writing is solitary work and is relieved by teaching tarot at conferences around the world.Barbara also loves working with clients, using the tarot to provide guidance and insight.
Mark is the author of Putting the Tarot to Work, Taking the Tarot to Heart, What's in the Cards for You?, I Ching for Beginners and The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tarot.He calls Tarot "the ultimate visual brainstorming tool," and shares techniques designed to help others ask better questions, see more options, and achieve their goals.
He holds a B.A. and M.A. in creative writing and composition from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has more than two decades of experience as a public speaker and corporate trainer. Today, he works as a writer, voice actor, and creativity consultant.
Marcus has been working with and teaching tarot for over thirty years. He co-founded the Tarosophy Tarot Association, the world’s largest professional tarot Association, with Tali Goodwin in 2009. His first book, Tarosophy, was called a “major contribution” to tarot by Rachel Pollack and his book co-authored with Tali, Around the Tarot in 78 Days, won the COVR Award in 2013. He lives in the Lake District with his wife, fellow author and editor, Brina, and magician’s cat, Alex.
Tali has researched and written about the tarot for many years and is credited with bringing the long-hidden Waite-Trinick Tarot to publication in Abiding in the Sanctuary (2012). She has co-authored innovative teaching books such as Tarot Flip, Tarot Life, and others which are regularly in the top ten best-selling tarot books on Kindle. Her book co-authored with Marcus, Secrets of the Waite-Smith Tarot has been described as "astonishing" by Mary K. Greer. She lives in the Lake District with her partner, leading Astrologer and author Lyn Birkbeck, and dog, Rufus Oakapple.
is an Italian writer, and one of the greatest international experts on the connection between art and esotericism. He is one of the most respected authorities regarding the history of Tarot.
is the chief editor of Lo Scarabeo for Tarot. He has worked with Tarot since he was very young (he still is in his heart) and had been involved in the creation of over 100 Tarot decks and books.
Some words from the authors and other personalities in the Tarot world
This is the full video with extended contents by Erik C. Dunne, Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin.
Risks and challenges
Lo Scarabeo has been publishing books and Tarot for 27 years, and River Horse already has a positive record of Kickstarter projects, so we are really confident this book will be printed.
Of course, there are always risks and challenges to be considered:
1. Possible delays from the printer. That's always a possibility. This is why we estimate we'll be able to deliver the books by October-November. We will post a timeline soon and keep it updated.
2. Shipping delays. We will try to ship the books keeping a reasonable compromise between shipping costs and timing. Shipments in the US and Canada will be handled by Lo Scarabeo's partner and distributor for North America, Llewellyn Inc. This will ensure a closer monitoring to North American shipments, to minimize delay risks. We will directly handle and monitor shipments to European countries and the rest of the world.
3. Technical problems. It's probably the biggest book ever by Lo Scarabeo but we're confident in our graphic department. There should be no problem at all.
4. External contributors. Some stretch goal will require external writers to send us additional text. Delay in getting these texts from the external authors might reflect in a delay to the whole project as well. Thankfully, we chose professional and dedicated people to write this additional content, but they might be delayed for unexpected reasons.
Anyway, we don't anticipate major problems and we have 27 years of experience about how to handle the unexpected!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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