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A deck made up of the faces of queer humans, this project is meant to facilitate community and connection through queer representation!
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Inspired by a conversation between the artist, Sam Kahn, and creator of the Explain to Me podcast, Bex Carlos, this deck showcases the faces of wonderful humans who identify within the LGBT+ community. We will also be donating a certain amount of the profits from this project to groups that benefit queer homeless youth. All of the models were given the choice of color from the original Pride flag they identified with, as the cards to which they felt a connection. Each card is thoroughly focused on the individual and completed through the use of flowers and other plants that emphasize the important features of the card, all of which will be explained in an accompanying website. The intention of this project is to facilitate community and the deep sense of connection found both within the queer community and a good tarot reading. Let the queer culture be your grounding, your guiding light, and your future!

 The selection of models is inclusive of all people within the LGBT+ community!


Tarot is a system of intuitive cartomancy which finds its origins in medieval Europe. Originally designed as a card game, Tarot began being used as a tool for reflection and divination throughout the centuries, finding its way to sitting parlors, street faires, and occult philosophers. Today, Tarot has found its way into popular culture in a multitude of ways, from archetypal psychology to video games and music, all while still holding its status and importance among the metaphysical community. With Queers and Queens, we wanted to honor the traditions of Tarot while showcasing its power and mysticism through the space of our community. The Art of Tarot reading is a purely intuitive one, with the symbolism of Queers and Queens being shown through facial expressions and sacred plants. 

Front of the deck!
Front of the deck!
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Cards from the Major Arcana are below!

Hannah, The Sun
Hannah, The Sun
Sam, Death
Sam, Death
Joey, The Emperor
Joey, The Emperor
Michael, The Fool
Michael, The Fool
Fabian, Strength
Fabian, Strength
Llewyn, Temperance
Llewyn, Temperance
Delia, The Empress
Delia, The Empress
Yim, The Magician
Yim, The Magician

 
The standards Tarot card deck consists of seventy eight cards split into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. The twenty two Major Arcana cards represent archetypes that exist in our lives, and reflect the Human Condition. These twenty two archetypes exist in all of us, however some may be more prevalent in our lives than others. The Major Arcana cards appearing in a reading imply that the message is “louder”, or the energies of the card are working powerfully in one’s life. The Minor Arcana consists of fifty six cards, divided into four suits. Each suit is connected to a different element (Air, Water, Earth, and Fire) and can be associated with “personalities”; feelings, ideas, and concepts that we experience in our journey through life. Each suit has cards one through ten, as well as four “Court Cards”. The Court Cards represent people, either within us or around us, who embody the principles of their element in different ways. The Minor and Major Arcanas combined into one divinatory tool paint a powerful picture of our lives, and how our identities shift and shape themselves in this life. Tarot is a reflection of the non-linear journey of life, and how we walk our paths to our own rhythms. With every Tarot card deck, one’s intuition is the guiding gift to divining our higher truths. Though most decks today are accompanied with information on card descriptions, it is important to remember that the power of Tarot lies in the gifts of the reader. Anyone and everyone is capable of accessing their intuitive gifts, and Tarot’s bright imagery and universal symbols are a great way for beginners to discover their inner light. In Queers and Queens, we wanted to emphasize the mutability of Tarot reading and foster community in both our models and the readers who use our deck. By using portraits of Queer Folx of different cultures and identities, we wanted our readers to connect and understand each card. To read our deck, simply look at the portrait on the card and picture the person sitting across from you. What is their truth? How do they sing their song or dance their dance? How can one see their own life through the eyes of another? With Queers and Queens, even those outside of the Queer community are shown our truths as Queer Folx, with the intent to foster a community and a connection that transcends sexuality and gender identity.    

Risks and challenges

If fully funded, this Kickstarter will provide us with the funds to print the first run of the deck! The artist will do everything’s possible to have the deck done by October 2019, if life gets too much in the way (as it does), the deck may be finished slightly later.

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    Aces and Aces: Website Thank You!

    You will be thanked by name on our final website! This website will also include descriptions of the cards, models, and symbolism involved.

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    Nines and Knights: Digital download!

    Get a digital download of the cards after they're finished!

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    Minor Arcana: Be a part of the deck!

    If you identify as LGBT+ and want to be in the deck, this reward is for you! Once you purchase this reward, you will be sent a link to a form which will include a place to upload your photos, a photo release, and the ability to choose your card and color. Please send me your wonderful faces!

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    Major Arcana: Already in the deck!

    Thank you, thank you for participating in this project already! This reward is meant for the 22 individuals who have already sent me their photos and been included in the deck. As promised, this reward includes 25% off the deck, as well as a few flowers stickers as an added thank you! In addition, you will be included in the explanation part of the final website.

    Those eligible for this reward are listed below. If you are LGBT+ and want to be in the deck, feel free to purchase the Minor Arcana reward!

    Michael Juarez
    Yim Register
    Delia Belladona
    Joseph Dragao
    Ben Adams
    An Ssripao
    Jameson Hampton
    Fabian Barch
    Zach Woodrow
    Robin Wiess
    Dean Black
    Lenny Brown
    Sam Lai
    Llewyn Marie
    Evan Eisenbarth
    Crystal Stewart
    Ashna Hansoti
    Kate Squires
    Hannah Joy
    Nicole Lamson
    Cassie Lynne

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    Sixes and Seeing: Custom portrait!

    Due to the fact that the deck is now full (which is amazing), I wanted to offer a custom portrait for anyone who wasn't able to purchase the Minor Arcana reward! With this reward, I will personally make a custom poster of you in whichever card you wish! You will also get a digital download of the deck.

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    Queers and Queens: 15% off a deck!

    Get 15% off the true retail price of the deck for being a wonderful human and early backer!

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    Kin and Kings: Silver Gilt Deck

    Get a specialty Queers and Queens deck edged in silver, only available in this Kickstarter!

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    Cards and Connection: Distance Reading!

    Get a personal distance reading from our very own witch/tarot reader in residence, Aerin Black! You'll receive a deck and a personalized package containing Aerin's interpretation of the cards as they pertain to you!

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