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Robert M PlaceBy Robert M Place
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Robert M PlaceBy Robert M Place
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The Hermes Playing Card Oracle is a standard deck of cards that measures 3.5" by 2.5", with 54 cards, including two jokers, on slightly thicker paper. But a divinatory symbol is included on each card. It is both a collector's deck of playing cards and a divinatory tool.

MY STORY

I am an artist and a scholar. I am well known as the designer of eleven Tarot decks and three oracle decks, including The Alchemical Tarot. The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, and the Burning Serpent oracle. (You can see these decks by viewing my website, Tarot and Divination Decks with Robert M Place.) I am also a respected scholar on the subjects of divination, mysticism, and the occult. My book, The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, was recommended as one of the best books ever written on the subject, by the American Library Association, in a review in their periodical, “Booklist.”

In the 1980s, I had a series of visionary experiences that opened my eyes to the connections between alchemy and the Tarot and led me to designing The Alchemical Tarot. Since then, The Alchemical Tarot has become world famous, (the first edition has been resold for the highest price paid for a modern deck.) I have been invited to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Tarot Museum in Riola, Italy, I have curated an exhibition on the history of Tarot at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA, I lecture on the history of cards regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, and one of my decks is included in their collection.

Although at this time most people would associate The Tarot deck with divination and playing card decks with card games, this was not always the case. My research has led me to the realization that all card decks, including the Tarot and four-suit decks, have always been used for both games and divination. In fact, historically, most diviners were more likely to use a four-suit deck for divination.

In the late 18th century, this trend led to the creation of a plethora of decks that were designed primarily for divination. These decks were called sibilla or oracle decks. The most popular variation was the 36-card Lenormand deck, named after the most famous diviner of the Napoleonic period, and first published in Germany in 1847.

Each card in an oracle deck depicted an iconic symbolic image and included a small image of the playing card that was meant to relate to the image. Their popularity continued up until the mid 20th century when the re-envisioned occult Tarot deck began to take their place. It was the study of these oracle decks in the Metropolitan Museum collection that led me to a new appreciation of the rich history behind the images on regular playing cards.

For those of you who would like to delve deeper into the history of oracle cards, I recommend my article, The History of Oracle Cards, on my website:

A History of Oracle Cards in Relation to The Burning Serpent Oracle and a New Revelation About the Origin of the Lenormand.

MY INSPIRATION

I wanted to design a deck of cards that honored these connections, that could be used for both games and divination, and that was designed with an appreciation for the graphic beauty and simplicity of common playing cards. So I have turned the tradition on its head. I have designed an innovative deck of cards that has oracle symbols added to the cards, a deck that honors both purposes.

This is not my first oracle project. My first, was a deck that I designed with input from the noted Tarot author Rachel Pollack. It was called The Burning Serpent Oracle. I designed this deck and Rachel wrote the accompanying book. With The Hermes Playing Card Oracle I am including a small book that fits in the card box and explains the basics of divination with the deck. However, if you desire to delve more deeply into the mysteries of divination with the oracle, I recommend reading Rachel’s book. It comes with the deck that I designed, and I am offering the set together with The Hermes Playing Card Oracle as one of the perks.

The Burning Serpent Oracle perk
The Burning Serpent Oracle perk

NEW PERK

The Hermes Jokers Ceramic Mug
The Hermes Jokers Ceramic Mug

THE CARDS

 THE BOX

Risks and challenges

The Hermes Playing Card Oracle is now in production at the printers. It is scheduled to be here by February first, 2016. The minimum goal for this campaign is meant to cover some of the printing costs, but I will print this deck whether I reach the goal or not. I guarantee that I will mail out all perks.

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