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Natural healing practitioners will recognize cold hands as an imbalance of fire element. Acne is typically an imbalance of water element. If someone has unresolved emotions they have a buildup of chemical energy (water element). The art of balancing elements is an art of health, beauty, and well-being -- a concept tarot is well suited to communicate

Solanaceae’s Tarot will be a full color set of 78 hand drawn cards (ink). The cards are named for their backs which show two reversible five petal flowers. The deck’s theme will recognize the last European civilians likely to protect nature’s healing wisdom -- mothers, impoverished widows, and participants of secret forest gatherings

ELEMENT EXAMPLE
1. Space - ear canals
2. Air      - breath
3. Fire    - fever
4. Water - saliva
5. Earth  - bones


The following theories are the authors, any similarities or contradictions are unintentional:

The Fool. Gringonneur Tarot. The figure without pants (space element). One figure pulls down on his leg (gravity) - earth element. Figure in black shirt directs him to another location (conversion) - fire element ---while figure in blue shirt assimilates stones - water element. Figure in rear stumbles away (movement) - air element.
An image that invites contemplation of the elements can be helpful to an inquiry of natural law, which can lead to natural medicine, psychic development, and techniques for spiritual awakening. Complimenting this is Solanaceae’s orientation of color, which is attributed to health:

color type element characteristic card body entity
Green -  infecting - Space - communication - Fool - universe - silver
Yellow - kinetic - Air - influence - Magician - sun - gold
Red - piercing (cut) - Fire - seperation - High Priestess - moon - prism
White - festering (pus) Water - attraction - Empress - star - meteorite
Blue - pressure (bruise) Earth - hardness - Emperor - earth - diamond


The above supports the last cards of the major arcane, where the order of the elements in the creation of the physical universe becomes reversed:

16. The tower    Earth
17. The star      Water
18. The moon    Fire
19. The sun      Air
20. Judgment   Space .
21. The World  Air 2nd degree electrical influence

The Star dissimilates water.

To illustrate the stages of elemental balance, solanaceae’s The World card is second degree magician (second degree air element (electrical influence)). The aces are 3rd degree magician (Nature’s priesthood).

The Fool : Gravity before his feet - earth element. The dog joins him - water element. His feet step forward - movement - air element. The fool’s facial expression lacks fiery awareness - fire element. The tunic containing the fool - space element. The cloth bag over his shoulder suggestively contains the aces --the fool shows improper grasp on the elements, his dilemma is an imbalance of lunar energy (reflective awareness).


Until the last few centuries, European physicians were required to know astrology -- the solanaceae’s tarot will contain the accepted astrological attributions. The cards will be standard tarot size.


AN ESOTERIC GAME ACTIVATES THE TAROT

AND HERE IS MY CLUE TO YOU: A CARD IS MISSING BETWEEN THE HIEROPHANT AND THE DEVIL, FIND IT.

The Rider Waite Smith key to 2nd degree initiation -- four player tarot. A solitary game will produce the key. The correct cards show that one can speak TAROT.

As an independent investigator of the mystery, I am not aware of any secret gaming circles that may be established. I only wish to validate the title esoteric game activates the tarot. I will write it plainly: Tarot is host to an arcane puzzle inseparable from many old and even new decks.

Consider a deck of cards wherein a Lion was purposely missing or out of place. Those with knowledge of astrology would recognize their deck of cards was missing a Leo! Outrageous printing sir, but Leo was in fact hiding in the number zero. The process of putting Leo in his zodiacal pack produces a game board, which is the zodiac cross, on which Leo would “fall” and enter the underworld. Of course, the game today is no longer a story about the fall of the age of Leo, but on the fall of our current age Pisces, and the rise of Aquarius.  

The Hierophant to the Devil are eleven cards corresponding to the signs of the zodiac, missing one from their group: Pisces -- our current age. Pisces rules the feet, and the Fool -- that absent minded boy, better watch his feet. 

The key is as follows: The Hanged Man is a fallen star (meteorite), and three particular cards laid to the right extract something from the meteorite. Interestingly, if multi-player circles are calibrated to magnetic north before play, the Hanged Man will land in the south (pole).

Game pieces aside, whether it’s an archaic hoax, a beacon, or a repository for future generations; Tarot’s “missing” card is a passageway to an inner game that can still be played today. I want to make Solanaceae’s to shine another light on the enigma because the game is so old that I wonder if it is abandoned (I am a solitary inquirer who constructed the 3rd level board). Initiated tarot is an exciting ritualistic game where a circle of four gather to keep a secret order founded on celebratory reverence to Nature; for healing, wisdom, and protection (circles are gender biased). 3rd levels will construct a more advanced board wherein they play out the deeper processes of elemental balance. 

A $25 donation gets you a copy of the completed solanaceae’s tarot and small user’s book if I meet my pledge amount. Not knowing how to communicate my find, I have in the last year written in detail all of Solanaceae’s intended cards and user guide and will post updates of selected finished material. Solanaceae’s tarot is a tribute to the cryptic game, but will not spoil the challenge. The user guide opens with a rhyming story that refers to it’s players in title, key holders as Sepals, 2nd degrees as Corollas, and 3rd degrees as the Amborella, the sacred tree of solanaceae’s inner circle. To play 2nd degree tarot, it is important that the backs of each player’s deck are a different color. This is why Solanaceae’s will be printed in four decks of different color backs: orange, maroon, turquoise, and violet. Donations will be used for:

  • Art supplies
  • Photographs to aid some of the drawings
  • Printing, shipping
  • Limited edition items

All of my backers ($1 min pledge) will receive in PDF my rules for an aspirant tarot game I crafted and call Castles, which can be played with any 78 card deck and 4 players. Extra funds will be used to fulfill the printing request and to expand Solanaceae’s Tarot.

Perhaps you doubt that an ancient mystery game lurks in the shuffling decks of tarot, but Solanaceae’s is a tarot nonetheless, so the important thing now is my list of stellar rewards for backers that begins at the top right of this page.

Many blessings :)

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    A PDF file of instructions for my game Castles, which can be played with any 78 card tarot and 4 players. Castles plays out as an allegory on the life of a star - astronomers enjoy. Not only a fun way to learn a new deck, it’s designed in the interest of dedicated players -- making it a great forum to exercise your traditions.

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    A PDF file of inspirations for casting a Castles gaming circle (aspirant level), including compass making and use, candles, elements, an activation ritual, and incorporating self-made game pieces. Includes the above.

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    A copy of the Solanaceae’s Tarot deck in one of four colored backs with guidebook. In added appreciation I guarantee to these backers and higher, the offer of an email questionnaire with which I can choose the color of your deck for you, if you would like. Includes all of the above.

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    All four versions of Solanaceae’s Tarot, each deck has a different color back: orange, maroon, turquoise, and violet. The boxes are the same except for an element symbol on the side. Includes all of the above except single deck.

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    Poster print of the High Priestess. Includes all of the above except single deck.

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    Original artwork from Solanaceae‘s Tarot. Choose from seven: Magician, Hermit, Tower, Empress, Hierophant, Star, or Moon. Art comes with a letter of appreciation ideal for framing.

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    Print of a hand drawn lunar phase chart styled in solanaceae’s floral focus. Includes all of the above except single deck and artwork.

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    A spread cloth for studying individual and small groups of cards. Dupioni silk, has a large 8 point compass printed on it, with the elements and directions marked. Includes all of the above except single deck and artwork.

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    A black silk wrap for the cards, has a green amborella leaf printed on one corner. Includes all of the above except single deck and artwork.

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    A T-shirt with The World card in black and white. Includes all of the above except single deck and artwork.

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    Solanaceae’s tarot bag for your cards. Dark blue velvet embroidered with astrological glyphs, has oak engraved with planetary glyphs and willow burned in solanaceae’s floral focus. Includes all of the above except single deck and artwork.

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    A Black and White set of the wands suit (14 cards, printed before coloring). Appreciation item not useful in pragmatic game play. Includes all of the above except single deck and artwork.

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    Metallic deck -- Limited edition Solanaceae’s tarot with gold and silver leaf in the cards. Only thirteen of these decks will be made (one for myself). 23kt. Choose one of four colored backs or fill out my email questionnaire. Cards have no titles and come in a black box w/ silver foil moon on cover. In a 2nd level game, the brightness of a metallic tarot board is tremendous. Includes original user guide printed in red letter. Includes all of the above except single deck and artwork.

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