I have created a deck of tarot cards that draws on my knowledge of Oceanography, but still feels true to the underlying structure of the historic tarot I have learned. Drawing on education and experience, I tried to find animals and ideas in the sea that spoke to me about the truths found in the tarot.
I draw with fabric and thread - landscapes like this:
As well as more abstract work, such as this series based on artificial geography and actual hydrology:
Using artistic skills developed over decades of practice, and knowledge acquired through study and curiosity, I am making a set of cards using both abstract and realistic imagery to allow people to explore the ocean and ocean processes and to help them unlock some intuitions about their lives.
In the Tarot of the North Atlantic, I chose animals (puffins, whales, an octopus) and processes (tides, whale fall) that represented to me the ideas explored in the traditional tarot. These became the Major Arcana, cards that speak to the biggest questions in life.
The Minor Arcana, or pips, are freely adapted from the alchemical basics of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. They are more abstract representations using stones, feathers, bones, and shells, all things found at the shore.
I started this project because I became obsessed with tarot cards and using them to explore and strengthen my intuition. I made the cards for my own amusement, and posted them on my blog. I heard a startling number of requests for the deck "when you're finished" and realized more people were excited about this project than just me! So here you are - and here I am - working together to get a deck of new tarot cards into the world.
Thank you SO MUCH for your support!
Risks and challenges
This is a small, short kickstarter - I want to get cards to the people that requested a deck when I was creating the images. The prices are set to be as reasonable as possible, and to provide a small number of carefully made sets of cards. The artwork is completed and photographed. The digital images are with the printer now. I need to get the decks of cards here and shipped.
The rewards at lower tiers already exist - I have postcards and note cards on hand, and they are ready to ship as soon as this campaign closes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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