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As foretold for 2016 e.v., the full color 78 card edition of Tabula Mundi Tarot is complete! Last year, after four years of intense concentrated effort, the pen and ink drawings for Tabula Mundi tarot deck were completed and the black and white edition, called Tabula Mundi Nox et Lux was successfully funded through Kickstarter. The Tabula Mundi Nox et Lux decks are now at the end of their print run and almost sold out, as they were a very small edition of 418. Now it is time for the color edition, right on schedule.
I’ve spent the last year immersed in completing the remaining color paintings. So as promised for this year Anno V ii (2016), here is the full color edition, called Tabula Mundi Tarot Colores Arcus edition, the covenant fulfilled. The art is complete, the boxes are ready, the books are done and the printing company is standing by ready to make the full color 78 card decks a reality.
Tabula Mundi means “a picture of the world” and Colores Arcus is Latin for “colors of the rainbow”. Painting the cards in colored inks involved immersion in the Golden Dawn color scales, a system of assigning color to the Tree of Life. The color system, like the rest of the structure of Golden Dawn tarot, breaks down fourfold, each path and each sephira having a color from each of the four worlds or the four suits, corresponding to the letters of the Tetragrammaton YHVH.
The term Colores Arcus also is meant to refer to the trump card Art (aka Temperance). This edition was named after this card for the artistic and alchemical process of the work and the colors of the rainbow. The Art card is attributed to Sagittarius the Archer on the Tree of Life, its path leading from the station of the Moon to that of the Sun.
This path is often associated with the formula of the “Veil of QeSheTh”, the Bow of the Archer that leads the arrow of the aspirant up the middle pillar on the path of Samekh. QeSheth in Hebrew means Bow, and refers to the three paths Qoph/Shin/Tau that lead from Malkuth and form the bow that propels the arrow. Regardie, and Crowley, refer to it as the “Bow of Promise” by which the Adept as arrow aims straight and true, “turning aside neither to the right hand nor the left”. Set the controls for the heart of the Sun and aim high!
Tabula Mundi is an esoteric deck based on Golden Dawn teachings as outlined in Book T. These illustrations are not clones of any other deck, but they follow the occult archetypes. I hope you will agree that the images are unique and non-traditional yet recognizably correct to tradition of the Golden Dawn based tarot structure.
Golden Dawn Color Scales for the Six of Wands:
The Six of Wands combines the color of the sephira (Tiphareth of Atziluth for the Six of Wands) with those of the related Majors
- the color of Tiphareth of Atziluth: Clear Pink Rose
- the colors of Leo: Greenish Yellow; Deep Purple; Grey; Reddish Yellow
- the colors of Jupiter: Violet; Purple Tinged Blue; Bright Purple; Blue, Rayed Yellow
The Minor cards are fully illustrated. The titles and attributions are from the Thoth system and the deck has Thelemic underpinnings but the pictures of the world are their own. They are not like the minors of the Thoth, and not scenic in the RWS sense of a person engaged in a single activity, which broadens their range of interpretation yet still is evocative of meaning.
The artworks are hand drawn and painted and not digitally manipulated. They are drawn on frosted acetate with permanent marker and then painted with colored acrylic inks in the appropriate colors per the Golden Dawn color scales. The color decks will have cards approximately 3.25x5 inches (same size as the black and white Tabula Mundi Nox et Lux edition) and will have rounded corners. The cards have minimal thin borders with the card title and the attribution symbols subtly placed under the image.
The Memory Palace of the Tabula Mundi Tarot Court cards:
Many tarot enthusiasts know that the Major Arcana form the basis of the Minor Arcana. Each of the "decanic" cards, or the cards numbered Two through Ten, are aligned with a decan, which is ten degrees of a zodiac sign. Each ten degree segment of a sign is influenced by a certain planet. Therefore each of the decanic minors is associated with a sign, and a planet, and thus with the two related trumps or Major Arcana of that sign and planet.
Similarly, the Knights, Queens, and Princes are assigned over three decans, and so have three related Minor cards. The Courts are within a Memory Palace, as their minors are encoded into the images.
The Princesses each have dominion over an entire quarter of the zodiac centered on the Kerubic sign of their element and are considered the “throne” of full flowering of the “root” first shown in the Aces, now fully unfolded and manifest. What I've done with Tabula Mundi is to code these relationships into the images.
Every court card bears a crest as described in the Golden Dawn's Book T. In Book M every court card has an explanation of the symbolism of the crest.
Court crest description from Book M:
The Princess of the Rushing Winds, Lotus of the Palace of Air, has as a crest the head of Medusa with serpent hair. The name Medusa comes from the Greek word for "guardian, protectress". She was a Gorgon, from ancient Greek word gorgós, meaning terrible or dreadful, that comes from the Sanskrit word "garğ" which is a guttural sound similar to the growling of a beast. The Gorgons were three sisters with hair of venomous snakes. Looking at their flashing eyes was said to turn one to stone. In ancient Greece, the Gorgoneion was a stone carving of Medusa's head placed above doorways and used as an apotropaic amulet to ward against evil. The Medusa head design also was used by Athena as an aegis on an animal skin mantle, and sometimes on a shield. The Aegis implied divine birth or protection; doing something "under someone's aegis" means doing something under the protection of a powerful, knowledgeable, and benevolent source. The Princess of Swords is the earthy part of Air, smoke, and she represents the wrath of the gods and the influence of Heaven upon Earth. She has the power of settling controversies, and is stern and avenging. Hers is the grounded action taken in response to Idea. Her battle is on the astral level; she is the warrior of the mind. She battles to liberate herself from delusion.
Liber Theta (the Thelemic version of Book T by James Eshelman) describes a process of meditation on cards that are related, for example by laying out the decanic Minor alongside its two related Majors. In order to obtain the ideas for the images of Tabula Mundi's Minors, I've reverse engineered this meditation by holding the images of the related Majors in mind along with the card's formal title and meaning, “surfing the aethers” until the image for the Minor presented.
I hope I have shown you enough cards so you can understand the deck and decide if you like it, but not show all of them so that you can have some fun exploring when it arrives. Some more of the cards will be shown in the updates!
TRUE METALLIC FOIL ACCENTED COLOR CARD BACKS? HOLOGRAMS?
The Colores Arcus edition will have new card backs in all the colors of the rainbow. Should we meet one of the stretch goals, they will also have metallic foil accents or rainbow flashing holographics. This differs from the Nox et Lux edition which had black and white card backs with subtle matte silver ink. While the softness of the silver ink was perfect for the Nox et Lux, the Colores Arcus with its jewel like color would look even more amazing with the flash of real metallic accents or with rainbow prisms! The new card backs are not shown so they can be a surprise, but they are based on the card backs of the Nox et Lux, just with color and possibly bling!
What does the money go? About 60% of the funds collected go to production of the rewards. About 30% goes towards shipping - both shipping the decks to me from the printer but mainly, shipping the decks to you all around the world. The shipping out money needs to be in the goal as what you pay for shipping goes towards the goal per Kickstarter policy. It also covers the international subsidized shipping that I pay to reduce the burden on international backers. The rest covers the Kickstarter and credit card processing fees.There is no money in the goal to pay for the time and work over the years. The card art has already been completed for all 78 and most of the work is done except for box making (and making some new not yet seen cards and extras!) This was a 5 year mission, to boldly go where nemo has gone before. It is hoped that the extra inventory of decks not rewarded through Kickstarter eventually can be sold and will provide something. But it was a labor of love, love under will.
The Tabula Mundi Colores Arcus box:
There is a 32 page “little white book”, beautifully presented on gloss paper with an embossed cover and a ribbon binding, that comes with the limited edition decks. The first 93 and a few select numbers will have a special embossed gold seal. The rest will have a different embossed cover.
The small booklet has a paragraph and quote for the Majors and brief oracular statements for each card including the minors. But the text is minimal in comparison with the 240 page softcover full guidebook. The book called Book M: Liber Mundi, is replete with unique takes on the symbolism, inspirations for the artistic process, and card meanings. On the way it touches upon various mythologies, poetry, folklore, alchemy, and just enough astrology and Qabalah to explain the concepts. The book truly adds to the full appreciation the facets of these Minors - you won't be disappointed in the writing as it is unlike anything else out there. It offers the singular point of view of the artist and describes another picture of the world.
Book M: Liber Mundi also has a section for each minor card that compares the symbolic images in the cards to those of the Thoth, the Rider Waite-Smith, and my first deck, the Rosetta. The sections on the Minors and Courts are as rich as those on the Majors. What I've posted below is only a portion of the text in each chapter.
First, a small bit of the text from the chapter on the Fool:
The Fool says “I will be”. He stands suspended in mid air, poised at the brink of an intra-universe wormhole in space and time, seemingly oblivious to the step he is about to take which will propel him within and through. The Physics of Stargates defines a wormhole as “a region of space-time containing a “world tube” (the time evolution of a closed surface) that cannot be continuously deformed (shrunk) to a “world line” (the time evolution of a point). This is the Fool’s Journey; the beginning of a passage ending, or re-beginning, in the tube torus of The Universe.
A wormhole is a hypothetical topological feature of space-time, like a tunnel connecting two universes. Traversable wormholes allow for travel in both directions from one part of the universe to another, or from one universe to another. Since they connect two points in space-time, theoretically they also allow for travel in time. Meditation on this in relation to The Fool will shed insight on its position and significance in the Tarot. The Fool can take you anywhere, to any point on the Fool’s Journey or all the way to the end. When you enter, there is no telling where you may end up. Or is there? Though the two ends of the wormhole may be in different areas of space and/or time, the inside, as a single piece of space-time, stays the same.
Since the Magus rules communication, here are a few more words selected from the chapter on the Magus:
The DJ's equipment includes headphones, or earphones. These are used to listen to one recording while the other recording is being played to the audience, or to listen to both recordings simultaneously. But misunderstanding is inherent in the act of confining a concept to words. When moving from the realm of the divine to the mundane, things can get lost in translation, modulation with distortion. The same things come with mixing music. Sometimes the distortion is noise and sometimes it is intentional. The key to harmonic ratios is hidden in the famous Pythagorean tetractys, made up of the first four numbers--1, 2, 3, and 4--which in their proportions reveal the intervals. Music, with all its passion and emotion, is based upon mathematical relationships. Such musical notions as octaves, chords, scales, and keys can be understood logically using mathematics. The most harmonic and magically effective music was said to use the golden ratio. The golden ratio is the most irrational of irrational numbers, an infinite series of ever diminishing fractions. This “divine proportion” was said to transmit the incomprehensibility of God. Thoth is the god associated with Mercury and was said to be the inventor of music, as well as mathematics, geometry, astronomy, astrology, oratory, writing, botany, medicine, theology – he pretty much is credited with every branch of knowledge, human and divine.
The golden ratio is also evident in the physics of black holes...Black holes and wormholes are similar and show the connection between the Fool and the Magus. But only wormholes are traversable. Black holes are tricksters, and unless you can travel faster than light, you just encounter a singularity.
The Magus wears the belt of the ouroboros portal from the Fool. The Magus is the first masculine emanation, as the androgynous Fool is separated into Magus and Priestess. The Fool has fallen through the wormhole and landed in the spiral galaxy in the Magus' hand. Where the Fool was silence, the indrawn breath before speech, the Magus is sound, the Logos. As breath activates words, the Fool activates Magus. The glyph of the planet Mercury has antennae, or horns. Mercury the figure wears the winged helm with a similar shape. With his antennae, Mercury transmits and receives transmission through the airwaves.
An excerpt from the chapter on the Eight of Disks:
The sun warming the Earth is a passive receipt; earth in its stability needs to do nothing at all in order to benefit from the warmth of the sun. Thus the card is one of prudence, of sowing the seed and waiting, of saving for a rainy day and accumulating interest, and of guarding one’s resources. With the Eight, one has learned from the errors of the Seven that things take time and care and cannot be rushed. With this care and labor comes fruitfulness. All in all it is a positive card, though there is some possibility of hoarding and being overly careful in regard to small matters, a trait of the sign of Virgo.
The related trump for this card is the Hermit, for Virgo. The Hermit’s staff is topped by an egg. Virgo is Yod, the secret seed of life, and here we see a nest with eight eggs that have been fertilized and are now being warmed by the Hermit’s lantern. Symbolically the lantern is that which lights ones path, and also the spark of life. It also has to do with diligence and intelligence, appropriate for the combination of Hod (Mercury), and the Sun. The card speaks of wise discernment and aptitude in material matters. In India, the lantern is associated with the festival of Divali and symbolizes knowledge. Divali honors Lakshmi, for wealth and prosperity, Ganesha for ethical beginnings, Saraswati for learning, and Kubera who symbolizes treasury, book keeping, and wealth management.
The combination of the Sun and Virgo suggests husbandry both of crops and of animals, as well as engineering. If one has ever raised birds from eggs, one knows that they need to be carefully tended, and kept warm and safe from predators. While they take time to mature to fruition, there is not much else one must do; the maturity happens on its own. But while one is waiting, there is not slacking, there is care and patient craftsmanship, and one must build and prepare for the hatching. The decan is ruled by the Sun, and thus from the Sun card we see that the flame within the lantern is actually the Sun, giver of life, depicted surrounded by the geometrical twelve pointed form from the card.
~All text from Book M: Liber Mundi copyright 2015 by M.M. Meleen
Why pledge now? These are high quality decks with artwork unlike anything else out there. Don't wait though as there are things only for the earliest backers and these prices are only available thru Kickstarter.
FREE GIFTS at many levels!
Gifts for first day backers! Periodic give aways throughout the campaign.
FIRST 93 limited edition decks come with a special gold seal!
Early backers getting any limited edition deck level may get get FREE Majors - color or black and white. Watch the backers only updates for other free gifts - some of them substantial and surprising!
Subsidized shipping rates for international backers: This time I wanted to offer something in acknowledgement to international backers and the higher shipping costs they have. So I have reduced shipping costs by 25 percent for international backers on some tiers. I still ship these rewards USPS Priority Flat Rate with tracking, but I will pay the shipping difference as a gift to you.
Want to own or at least glimpse the MOST UNIQUE AND ELABORATE DECK PACKAGING ever invented? Check out the reward tier "Who is HRU?" and the videos coming! Throughout the campaign I will reveal more of what is inside.
$$$$ Who is HRU? Are you crazy? These come with a color Majors deck inside the book, and I will include a Colores Arcus. There are 26 moving mechanisms inside, plus the book unfolds to reveal a stand up hidden panel with the Stele of Revealing. The text is a Suess-style prose poem asking and answering the question "Who is HRU?"
It IS crazy for me to make them even at this price as they take SO much labor, concentration, and skill plus all the high quality artist materials. Over 100 hours of work to assemble. Maybe I can get it down to 93 hours if I make a few more. These will be limited to an EXTREMELY SMALL edition less than or equal to 22, and I've only made two to date, and one is spoken for. I have three more of them in various stages of completion to date. I probably won't have the time it takes to make more for a while as they take too much work. They are probably the most unique deck packaging you will ever see though. If you are looking for something for someone who has everything, they won't have and can't get one of these. It is money well spent for a collector. Less elaborate books of this type go for well over a thousand dollars on art book sites, and they have a third of the mechanicals and do not include decks inside them! If this ONE goes I may add another but once these are gone they will only be by special order, if at all. So watch the updates as videos will gradually reveal the mechanisms inside. I hope to offer some similar but less elaborate constructions to backers!
ADD ON CHART:
Add any of these items to your pledge to combine rewards. As long as they fit into the same shipping package you will make the most of your shipping cost. If your selections require additional shipping I will contact you with the amount so you can decide.
- $1 Who is HRU printable pdf to frame
- $1 Field Guide to the creatures of Tabula Mundi, a pdf that prints in the size to fit in your copy of Book M
- $1 Treatise on the color scales part I - A pdf of the first installment of a multi-part article on the color scales
- $5 HRU is my muse bumper sticker
- $11 Extra large (4x6.25") black and white majors cards to use, frame or color yourself - a real deal for backers
- $14 A signed color 5x8 print of any card, printed in archival inks on high quality matte photo paper
- $22 Add a copy of BOOK M: LIBER MUNDI the illustrated 240 pg guidebook
- $26 Add a copy of Rosetta Tarot, my first deck, in a pocket sized tin
- $35 Extra large (4x6.25") color majors with silver foil attribution symbols
- $44 Get one of the remaining LIMITED EDITION of 418 Tabula Mundi Nox et Lux black and white decks while they last by adding to your pledge. Limited quantity subject to availability.
- $46 Add a LIMITED EDITION Tabula Mundi Colores Arcus deck to your pledge. A spare for you, or one beautiful gift for a friend.
- $156 The Babalon edition
- $211 A handsome folio of signed prints of all 22 Major Arcana cards
You can combine rewards this way too, subject to availability. Want something not on this list? Just message me!
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Love is the law, love under will.
Risks and challenges
Most of the risk is around the costs and complications associated with international shipping from the US. I've absorbed 25% of the what the rewards cost to ship internationally, for all reward tiers that mention international subsidized shipping in the description, so you are paying less than it costs. I'm paying the difference as a gift to my international backers. The rewards will ship USPS Priority with tracking but at buyer's risk for shipments outside of the US. I have shipped things to all sorts of locations and it is rare to have a problem. To my knowledge every reward from last year's Nox et Lux Kickstarter reached its destination safely all over the world, and every reward shipped on the EXACT DAY I promised unless I was waiting for survey info.
This is my 6th tarot deck printing. I've done the Rosetta Tarot and pocket size Rosetta, the Tabula Mundi black and white and color Majors decks, and last year the Tabula Mundi Nox et Lux through Kickstarter. The artwork for all 78 cards is done in full color, the books are written and printed and the boxes are already made except for the silk linings. The little booklets just need to be embossed and ribbon bound, and I'm working on some special extra cards and the new card backs. I've worked with my printers on several other projects and given plenty of time to deliver these on time or ahead of schedule, and they have promised an exquisitely printed deck on high quality stock. If anything happens to affect production I will update you but this is well prepared in advance so I expect it to go without a hitch. We are good with the power To Go!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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