More from Paracelsus: Inheritance
A tale of strange technologies, transhuman dreams, and property rights. In the far future, when immortal humans live side-by-side with mighty machine intelligences, an artist's suicide leaves the world reeling... Read more
My celebration earlier may have been premature. I did not realize, once I had the product, just how hard getting it shipped would be. I've had some exciting adventures in... Read more
At Long Last
It is a day of glad tidings.
To start with the headline announcement: the New Tarot is finally finished and printed. The cards are sitting in some (massive, unmovable) boxes... Read more
Good news, everyone!
As of this morning, the art for the New Tarot is officially finished. Every card is done, and Leslie has gone above-and-beyond in making enhancements to the overall product: color... Read more
The final challenge.
XXXVII The Herois a symbol of courage, conviction, sacrifice, and martyrdom. Every worthy endeavor eventually leads to a crisis point, a moment where you have to lay everything on... Read more
Back to the Major Arcana.
XXXI Metamorphosis is a symbol of personal evolution, adaptation, flexibility, and receptivity. Sometimes, rather than striving to change the world, it is best to change one's self. This may be... Read more
...it's still Tomes Week, right?
ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: This is the last New Tarot update post that will be publicly available. All future deck updates will be backers-only. We have to save some surprises for the... Read more
Welcome to Tomes Week!
The Knight of Tomes is a man on a mission, and his mission is to understand. Like all Knights, he embodies the most active elements of his suit; thus... Read more
...and because you've all been so very patient...
The Two of Masks, sometimes called "Dialogue," represents the fragmented identities that we carry within ourselves...and the interactions, sometimes painful and sometimes enlightening, that arise between the fragments. We... Read more
XXXVIII The Mountainis a symbol of triumph and success, and of the unalloyed drive that it takes to achieve those things. You can scale the highest peak; you can... Read more
Were I a less churlish person, I would have noted --
The model for XXII The Wanderer is Tom Lotze. The model for XXIII The Oracle is Weiyi Guo.
Many... Read more
Also, the companion piece
XXII The Wandereris a symbol of skill, learning, novelty, and engagement with the world. He is the Fool's very first teacher in the New Tarot, and his lessons are... Read more
And we're back!
XXIII The Oracle is a symbol of competence, planning, organization, and foresight. Achieving your dreams is always hard, but you can make it infinitely easier by approaching them in a... Read more
A Major Arcanum
XXXII The Demiurge is a symbol of creativity, self-absorption, and pride. If you are strong enough and wise enough, if you have learned enough of the world's lessons, you can... Read more
These two cards are conceptual mirrors of each other, more parallel in their symbolism than perhaps any other pair of cards in the New Tarot, and so I am very... Read more
Some from the suit you haven't seen
The Ace of Chains represents the initiation of an interpersonal bond. It is the fundamental force of human connection, the power that makes you matter to someone else or that... Read more
XXXIV The Contractis a symbol of tradeoffs, of self-definition, and of hard choices that cannot be revoked...and also a symbol of the confluences of interest that shape human society. ... Read more
The Ten of Keys, sometimes called "Release," represents the ultimate consequences of innovation and discovery -- terrifying change, uncontrollable power, majestic danger. When you conquer all the locks and... Read more
The first (two) of many
The Ace of Keysrepresents the initiation of a discovery or a new idea. It is the fundamental force of curiosity, encompassing the drive to solve a problem that lies... Read more
Every proper deck has two jokers.
Well, we hit our $8K mini-stretch goal before the funding period ended. Many thanks to those who chipped in at the last minute.
I did promise an exciting surprise for... Read more
...and we're off.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we made it. Thank you so much for your interest and your generosity. Some of you have gone out of your way to support and publicize... Read more