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Divine Diversity Tarot deck. Created by artist and reader Joe Phillips. 80 fully illustrated cards celebrating the human experience.
Divine Diversity Tarot deck. Created by artist and reader Joe Phillips. 80 fully illustrated cards celebrating the human experience.
390 backers pledged $28,251 to help bring this project to life.

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The Ace of Pentacles
The Ace of Pentacles

I have been fascinated by the Tarot for over 30 years. For me, the cards told a story within a reading that I've returned to time and again. As an artist, I have always wanted to do my own version of the cards. Taking inspiration from traditional tarot decks, I wanted to expand and illuminate with my art more of an understanding of each card. 

For years I have been an illustrator in the comics market drawing for all the major companies from Marvel and DC comics to Dark Horse and IDW. I've created my own characters and Joe Boy books and drawn for national companies including Bud Light and Randomhouse. I feel I have reached a level where my skills as an artist and insight on the cards have brought me to this project I call the Divine Diversity Deck.

Queen of Swords
Queen of Swords

The initial deck of the Divine Diversity measures 4x6 inches and comes in a custom box, the deluxe pledges come in a special custom printed tin. they are printed on satin finished card for minimum glare and comfortable hand feel. I chose the large size to better allow the art to"Breath". I wanted the images to be viewed by the reader and seeker with nothing to obscure the meanings.

The Magician
The Magician

 Many decks with beautiful art sometimes have very little to do with the meanings behind each card, that has lead me on a path to make my deck focus on the human aspect of the seeker or reader. the images are filled with symbology and allegory to aid in better understanding of each card.

The Hermit
The Hermit

A unique feature of the Divine Diversity deck is I've included alternate images of both the Lovers and the Devil card to better address the sexuality and Identity of the seeker. Many times I have noticed the monoculture of many decks and wanted to make my images inclusive of different ethnicities and gender.

Justice
Justice
The Lovers
The Lovers

Another aspect of supporting this deck is you will have the opportunity to contribute creatively on choosing the back of the card art. I will share with the patrons my design an have a vote on picking the final design.

Final Back Cover design
Final Back Cover design

If we meet our production cost I hope to offer stretch goals. I would like to create a full-color book and expanded reading guide, coloring books, and Major arcana calendar for 2019. 

With regular updates I will share with you behind the scene images and production photos to view the process.

I hope you find a personal connection with this deck and it brings you and your clients many years of enjoyment.

The High Priestess
The High Priestess
Major Arcana images
Major Arcana images
Major Arcana continued
Major Arcana continued
House of Cups
House of Cups
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Risks and challenges

The risks are minimal, having done a successful Kickstarter before with my Joe Boy book project. I can anticipate and handle the various hidden points of production. Working with a great graphic and production assistant with 20 years extended production experience in trouble shooting and prepress will allow us to bring the project in on time and on budget. Our production will be handled by Shuffled Ink. That has a reputation for quality work and a resume of hundreds of decks.
I'm still working on the art for the poster and box art which will be finished soon and will share the art on Kickstarter.

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    Divine Diversity Thank you card

    5x7" postcard thanking contributors for making this project happen.

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    Major Arcana Mini Prints

    Set of 8x11" mini prints of the Major Arcana from the Divine Diversity Deck.

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    Divine Diversity Poster

    Original design poster for the Divine Diversity Deck. 11x17" on high-quality cardstock in vivid color. The poster shows members of each house on a journey of discovery embodying the essence of the divine Diversity Deck.

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    4 House Enamel Pin Set

    Set of 4, 1inch enamel pins from each house, Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles.
    Beautifully crafted to show your Tarot Love.

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    80 full colored cards of the Major and Minor Arcana along with instructional pamphlet.

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    Divine Diversity Tarot deck

    1st edition full set of Divine Diversity Tarot with pamphlet with signature card signed by the artist

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    Deck and Pins

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    Deck Bonus

    1st Edition full set of Divine Diversity Tarot with an instructional pamphlet and a signature-card signed by the artist+set of 12 Major Arcana Mini Prints

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    Deck with Tin box

    Full deck of 80 cards, Readers Pamphlet, Special Tin Box for Cards and signature card.

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    Double Deck (2 decks no extras)

    2 copies of the Divine Diversity Deck. 2 copies of pamphlet

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    Deluxe set of 1st edition full set of Divine Diversity Tarot with a pamphlet with a signature card signed by the artist in custom tin box +full sets of 12 Major Arcana mini prints. + set of 4 enamel pins

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    Double set+ Prints

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    Full deck + original Sketch Card

    1st edition full set of Divine Diversity Tarot with pamphlet with signature card signed by the artist +sets of Major Arcana mini prints. + exclusive posters, and stickers.+ And original hand drawn sketch card in full color inspired by the Tarot.

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    4 pack cards

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    Original hand painted collectors box

    Original art, hand-painted wooden box of a custom Tarot image ( your signifier card), with full deck and pamphlet+set of 4 enamel pins

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    Be the muse for the box art

    A unique opportunity to be drawn on the divine Diversity Deck Box art. A new piece of art will be created with you representing the "Seeker" on a quest of discovery. You will also receive 4 full sets of the tarot deck along with 10 copies of the images as a 11x17 inch poster, and an invitation to the Launch Party in September in beautiful San Diego.

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