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By Llium Stregormir Hernson
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About this project

The Rune Tarot

The Rebirth of Rune Tarot

Ace of Swords
Ace of Swords

This deck has been a very long time coming. It began some 25 years ago when I was working as a graphic artist and scratching out a living at jobs that didn't pay well. The work was less refined and I knew it would take a long time to get it all done, but there seemed to be a long life ahead of me. Then my focus went onto other things, and Rune Tarot drifted to the back burner for many years.

8 of Pentacles
8 of Pentacles

My career changed, and I began working in tech support, which was miles from where I thought I would be all those years ago. Eventually, new, cool programs emerged that let me keep my hand in the creativity and art I always loved so much, though they weren't easy to master. I spent years getting good with them, and building a library of objects, figures and settings. I knew it was just for my own entertainment, but that made it even more fun.

With the advent of social networking, a lot of old friends reappeared in my life, and one asked how the tarot deck was going. It was an "Ah-Ha!" moment. I made the instant connection between my long neglected Rune Tarot, and this new technology of 3D rendering, and that was it. I attacked the project with a renewed fervor that drove me to complete the initial work in a matter of months.  The writing up of each card turned out to be a longer process than previously expected, but no less rewarding.

Taking the leap

The Tower
The Tower

Once the cards were complete, and the writing was well underway, I sent them to Llewellyn Worldwide to see if they would publish them. I knew that if a big player in the market would buy in, then a lifelong dream will have been met. I sent it out in hard copy, and via email, just wanting to make sure they got it, and would review it. Well, they did, and I received an email with a form-letter rejection,

That wasn't an easy thing to take, but I wasn't going to let one rejection stop me. I sent the deck to more publishers to see if I could find someone else interested, and I began seriously looking at self-publishing. One way or another, the deck would make it to print.

About the deck

High Priestess
High Priestess

The cards of the Rune Tarot adhere to most of the traditional images of tarot, but with a sharp three dimensional realism only 3D modeling art can provide. There are a few exceptions to the typical tarot deck, particularly in the major arcana which reflect on neo-pagan beliefs and symbolism.

Adding to the depth of the divination provided by tarot alone, each card also incorporates a number of runes from the elder futhark. I also provide insight into the divinatory elements of the runes and how they support the imagery within each card. Even when the runes are identical from one card to another, the interpretation can vary slightly each time producing a unique meaning which balances with the card they support. 

8 of Wands
8 of Wands

The unmistakable clarity of each card will be familiar to any seasoned practitioner of tarot, while the novice will find the exceptional detail and symbolism invaluable for the learning process. Those who have a working knowledge of the elder futhark and the use of runes for divination will find the runes in the designs compelling as they echo and compliment the messages derived from the cards. Those new to runes will begin to see the connection of rune casting and tarot, like different facets of the same crystal, offering a deeper insight than either can provide alone. 

Intentions

Knight of Cups
Knight of Cups

I hope those who dare to explore the possibilities of divination with tarot or runes will find these cards enlightening, and supportive in their efforts. One of the reasons I got started on making the Rune Tarot was because there were so few types of decks out there. Of course, that's changed a great deal in the last 25 years from when I began. So when I revived the project and reviewed the work completed to that date, it made sense to rework the entire deck using some of the new tools available to me. 3D animation programs, more affordable computers, and other technology made this all possible. 

As you explore the Rune Tarot, you'll find the hardest part was working within the structure of traditional symbolism, while reflecting the neo-pagan beliefs and still leaving room to work the runes into the design. As such, the runes are often small and hard to find, but the booklet that accompanies each deck clearly describes each card, the runes it incorporates, and the divinatory meanings of both the tarot and rune elements.

The Moon
The Moon

And this is it. After considerable thought, I've decided on the option of self publishing.  Not only will it happen much faster, but it will allow me to have a lot more control over the final product, distribution, packaging, pricing, etc... This is the final leg of this journey.  The Rune Tarot was a dream that can finally become reality... with your assistance.  Everything is ready to go, all I need now is a little Kickstart!

Proof Deck and Tuck Box
Proof Deck and Tuck Box

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    Silver Broom Special – The Silver Broom in Sayville, NY is an education and religious center where all neo-pagan traditions are welcome. Every 3rd Thursday they host the Enchanted Evening, and members donate their Tarot, Reiki, and other skills, all proceeds going to the Silver Broom to keep this wonderful location open. This package will get you one signed and numbered deck of The Rune Tarot, access to the web site and online book, and a card for one FREE reading at any Enchanted Evening (regularly $1/minute) which I will donate on your behalf to the Silver Broom.

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    The New York Witch Festival: Bronze Package - ** One deck of the Rune Tarot, plus access to the Rune Tarot web site and online book. ** Plus a 15 minute Tarot Reading at the New York Witch Festival, October 27th, 2012.
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    The New York Witch Festival: Silver Package - ** One deck of the Rune Tarot, plus access to the Rune Tarot web site and online book. ** Plus a 30 minute Tarot Reading at the New York Witch Festival, October 27th, 2012. http://www.witchfestival.com/index.htm ** Plus preferred seating at the Rune Magic Workshop on Runes, Rune Magic, and the introduction of the Rune Tarot deck. ~ Note: If funding is available early enough in the campaign, the cards may be printed and ready to claim at the Witch Festival.

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    The New York Witch Festival: Gold Package (great for pairs) - ** Two decks of the Rune Tarot, plus access to the Rune Tarot web site and online book. ** Plus a 30 minute Tarot Reading for two at the New York Witch Festival, October 27th, 2012. http://www.witchfestival.com/index.htm ** Plus preferred seating at the Rune Magic Workshop on Runes, Rune Magic, and the introduction of the Rune Tarot deck. ~ Note: If funding is available early enough in the campaign, the cards may be printed and ready to claim at the Witch Festival.

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