Rune Tarot Deck
Rune Tarot Deck
This is a deck of Tarot I've been building (on and off) for decades. It's finally ready for print!
This is a deck of Tarot I've been building (on and off) for decades. It's finally ready for print! Read more
About this project
The Rune Tarot
The Rebirth of Rune Tarot
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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2.75" X 4.75". Cards will be made of Plastic Coated Premium Quality Paper Card Stock.
The PDF documents have small pics of each card followed by an extensive desription of the image, its elements, and the esoteric meanings associated with them, followed by detailed divination meanings for the card and runes in the design. (example)
A tall, red skinned devil with large goat horns stands grinning as he holds the chains of two naked young people. The young couple are the same pair from the lovers, and clearly intent on each other, and not the monstrous devil who holds their chains. The man and woman both sport a pair of tiny horns as well, and while their chains are not tight about their necks, easy to slip free, they chose not to. Behind the devil shows one exit from this cold, dark place, and the way is solidly barred.
Upright: The devil indicates that you have something that has overcome your will, and it is dominating much of your life. This can be anything in the physical world from an obsession with monitary wealth, an insatiable lust, a drug addiction, alcoholism, an abusive relationship, or any habbit that compells you to do something your inner being knows is wrong. We all experience temptation, more or less on a daily, even hourly basis. The appearance of the Devil suggests that you tend to give in to this particular temptation far too much, and it is adversely affecting the rest of your life.
The Devil resembles a goat man, who could represent the god Pan. This nature god isn't considered evil so much as wild. He represents the untamed, beastial form of man, uncontrolled by civility, conformity, society or morality. His nature is to dance, play and fornicate. This suggests the situation is firmly in the base and physical part of your being. The wild side of you, unconcerned with the needs of others, has set you upon a pattern of behavior that has lead to addictive tendancies.
The goat can also represent the 'scapegoat' or a target for projecting all of our own failings and negative aspects upon in order to shift blame elsewhere. It gives the shadow side of your nature an excuse to continue with the destructive behavior a little longer. What you must realize however is that wise men have said for ages that evil lives within. The devil is not an external being or entity we must contend with. It is a part of each individual, and you must fight your own demons like everyone else.
The Devil represents a total loss of control, or at least that's how it is percieved. The Devil is described as the 'Lord of Lies' and a master of deception... that's why the young people here think they are held by the chains. Not because they can't get free, but because they don't have the will to escape. What is needed here is steadfast determination, and in some cases, help from others. The young woman might be able to slip her chains alone, but she could help her partner excape his easily, and vise versa. But first they will have to get their temptation under control. The first step in getting out of this trap is to acknowledge that you have a problem, and that it is affecting the rest of your life adversely. Then you will regain enough of your power to see the chains for what they really are, and slip them off so you can have control again.
Inverted: When the Devil is Inverted, it often indicates that you have become determined to break the hold these negative influences have over you. By no means is the struggle over, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and you have made the first critically important step of identifying that you have this problem. What is required now is for you to keep a positive attitude, and remove the chains a link at a time if needed. Stay focussed on the good feelings that getting free will produce.
If you have no chains that you can identify, the Devil may be a warning to resist falling into such temptations that could lead to addictive behavior. Conversely, it could indicate that you do have them, but haven't accepted that you have a problem yet. Be honest with yourself in either case. The deception of yourself can be very convincing, but it will not stand up to the light of honesty.
The philosphy of material detachment is the path of enlightenment, and this can be a very high aspiration to reach for. Such enlightened souls are very few and far between. However, becoming detached from the physical desires of this world could also leave you detached from humanity. This isn't healthy. Be wary that you aren't shedding attachments to those who are important to you.
Runes: You will note that the runes for Dagaz, Ehwaz, Wunjo, Isa and Laguz engraved on the great stone pillar are inverted. This is to indicate that when you are bound by these harmful influences, your world can be turned upside down.
Dagaz: Day, Daylight – When Dagaz is upright, it indicates a breakthrough, awakening, awareness, hope and release. The light of day banishes the dark of night. So when the Devil is inverted, this is a sign that you can emerge from your dark night into the light.
Inverted: Dagaz merkstave (when the Devil is upright). As Dagaz can't be inverted, the meaning gets influence from the runes in association with it. In this case, the reverse would show an ending, limitations, blindness or the inability to see ahead. Until you get out of this dark place, your options are few.
Ehwaz: The Horse – When merkstave, this indicates a lack of movement, being mired and trapped, lack of strength and being held back. All solid indicators of an addiction or negative influnce.
Inverted: Ehwaz upright (when the Devil card is inverted) indicates strength, movement, a change of direction, teamwork, the ability to overcome resistance. Once you've identified you have a problem, you can begin working toward overcoming it. It may require you seeking help, but help is available and can mean the difference between success and failure.
Wunjo: Joy – When merkstave, Wunjo indicates sorrow, strife, delirium, intoxication, possessed by higher powers. When you have an addiction, you are rarely in control of yourself.
Inverted: Wunjo upright (when the Devil card is inverted) indicates joy, happiness, hope, confidence, harmony, pleasure, prosperity. All of these are possible again when you have freed yourself from things that hold you down and hold you back.
Isa: Ice – Isa can't be merkstave, so this generally indicates a frozen state in either reading. When taken negatively, it indicates being held fast against your will, unable to get free. When taken positively, it indicates an opportunity to cool off, take assessment of your situation, and consider your options before making your next move.
Laguz: Water – When merkstave, Laguz indicates confusion, wrong decisions, the sense of whirling down a drain, stuck in a rut, madness, depression, despair, and hopelessness. This is the existance of one trapped in negative situations and addiction.
Inverted: Laguz upright (when the Devil card is inverted) indicates the sea, abundance, fertility, healing, life energy, dreams, the hidden and deep, psychic powers. Once you've taken back your power, and freed yourself, you have the ability to heal and even expand beyond what you were before. This is a time to be excited about your future.
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