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AKAMARA Tarot + OKANA Oracle

Decks inspired by the diversity within the African Diasporic spiritual Practices, on luxury rose petal stock with gold & Silver foil

AKAMARA Tarot + OKANA Oracle

Decks inspired by the diversity within the African Diasporic spiritual Practices, on luxury rose petal stock with gold & Silver foil

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About

Meet Lolu

AKAMARA Tarot and OKANA Oracle started merely as a seedling of an idea a few tumultuous years ago. My name is Lolu, the resident 9th Generation Clairvoyant and Practitioner felt like there was a serious lack of authentic black influence in the modern world of conjure and the metaphysical community. I wanted to impart a sense of origin, soul and ancestral connection on this deck

The Conjuring (Magician)
Why I started this

Why these decks? What for?

These decks are an homage, collective admired portrayal, and gift of the divinity and variety in the spiritualities that make up the African Diaspora; from Nigeria to Cuba, the Carribean (West indies) to Haiti and African American rootworkers to the Dreamtime Aboriginals. I wanted decks we could SEE ourselves in, from my Iyalawos to my Santeras, Mambos, to the Voudouissants and Hoodoos any and everyone in between. 

The Majors
OKANA Oracle

I was once told that it could be a problem, mixing the influences from each practice, but make no mistake, this deck is not meant to teach the intricacies of each spirituality. It is meant as a way to connect us all, in a way that includes our faces, our words, and our "Asé". Taking influences from Ifa, Condomblé, Obeah, Santeria, Palo Mayombe, 21 Divisions, Vodou, Dreamtime, Hoodoo as well as many many other practices that I could spend hours nitpicking and explaining; the goal was a collection of inclusion of our differences, similarities and the lifeblood that flows through us all in these decks that are not only LUXURIOUS with the gold and silver ink embossed on 350gsm Card stock, to the classic minimalistic but powerful designs.

OKANA is a completed 25 card oracle deck with 5 cards in each element: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Spirit. This deck is meant to be used to get into the practice of asking your spirits what elements of your self need to be either nurtured or worked on. This is not a typical oracle deck, it has some deep shadow elements that serve to bring any repressed shadow work to the forefront so it can be dealt with. It does have a guide book to explain the proverb, the suggested meaning, and steps to apply the meaning in your life.

The indicative proverb within this deck is "Where there is good there is a drop of bad, and where there is Bad there must be a drop of Good." Paired with the AKAMARA tarot deck as a guide to detail the messages encoded here, the OKANA Oracle has proverbs commonly found within the sixteen houses of the Diloggún Divination system (Commonly known as the Cowrie shell - Ifa Orisa practice). 



Where am I on completion?

All 78 cards of AKAMARA Tarot and OKANA Oracle are complete, the guide books still need to be finished along with editing. The guide books are a matte black softcover guide book with gold foil title lettering and UV spot gloss detail.  That discusses why I chose the designs I chose, the inspiration, meanings of the cards as it relates to my subject matter as well as a few reading suggestions and a section for recording your personal spiritual journey and relationship with this deck.  

Book Mockup

The final book designs will be shown to all backers in a exclusive update! The ones presented here are just test mockups but I'm nothing if not a perfectionist, so the final design has yet to be discovered. I'm also under-construction on a companion app for those that want a community beyond Kickstarter and a compact way to keep up with the meanings of the cards on the go! 

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This is the skeleton of the app! I'm so excited and proud to offer a collective for those who seek a group of like-minded tarot aficionados to discuss the deck, readings, and any other spell-craft amongst themselves, as well as submitting posts, finding tarot meetups in your city, sharing images and other musings for the positive or insightful feedback from the community! :)

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UPDATE** The cards will be upgraded to ROSE PETAL FINISH! :D

UPDATE** This now also includes printing for the Oracle after having discussed the possibility of printing a limited initial run concurrently with my manufacturer. It is a GO!

Cost and Specs: 

These decks have been thoroughly touted to have the following:

- 350 gsm card stock (thick but not too thick where it feels like you're holding a brick, there are 78 cards and I wanted to keep in mind that rigidity and thickness CAN go against shuffling), they will have a matte rose-petal finish for easy glide when pulling cards.

- Gold and Silver foil embossing for the designs on the front AND back of the cards  (I'm going for luxury so I don't want to compromise the integrity of the designs when the metallic foil was the medium I had in mind while designing.

- Gold gilded Edges along the sides of the deck.

- A softbound book with matte finish and foiling. 

- A rigid box to hold the deck, book and tarot pouch. I'm leaning towards having the magnetic flip box as the standard deck box. That way it holds up over time and looks sleek.

Please keep in mind, these adornments come with the BASE Goals, not stretch goals. You all will be treated to luxury from the jump. Any subsequent stretch goals only cover more rewards that are apart from the deck itself. :)

The good Stuff

For everyone who buys either deck (or both), you will receive : 

Either One First Edition AKAMARA 78 card Tarot deck with Certificate of Authenticity with the first edition, hand-signed by me, or One OKANA Oracle (the choice is up to you! ^_^) or both if you fancy!  

Mockup

One SoftBound Message Guide Book. And! 

One AKAMARA Tarot Pouch...and? 

One Lemurian Seed Crystal...but what else?  

Used to keep your cards and tarot bag free from foolery

And last but certainly not least, a personally handwritten Thank you from me for supporting this dream. :) Thank you!

Please note to my Non-US backers, additional VAT, Taxes and Fees by DHL for customs will apply and have to be paid in addition, on your part, to your pledge to avoid any delays your country may have. 

Giveaway

Note: Decks with double or triple-digit angel numbers (ex. 77, 222, 333, 11) will be given on a first come first serve basis. Specify in your pledge if you would like one! :)

 Onwards! 

A Stretch Goal ($26,000) of mine is to upgrade the deck's guidebook from softcover to a hardcover and bound book that will stand the test of time. Plus get some die struck enamel pins made for those that love to adorn their book bags, tarot bags, jacket lapels and much more! 

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Next up, 

Stretch Goal number 2 ($30,000)

I think the designs would look absolutely outstanding on shirts, mugs, and hats. In fact, I made a few mockups to show you! The mugs can be used to charge whatever libation of your choice with intent. Think of the designs as sigils on your drinking vessel! 

Divine Feminine Shirt Mockup
Divine Masculine Mockup
Universal Crown Mockup
Conjure Cup
Sol Cup

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Stretch Goal #3 ($45,000)

The AKAMARA Deck (Ghede Edition) in white, with black foil accented designs. This version will be limited to a run of 500 copies, all signed with certs of authenticity, WHITE mesh tarot pouch, WHITE guide book, and the accompanying Thank you gifts. 

Decks with double or triple-digit angel numbers (ex. 77, 222, 333, 11) will be given on a first come first serve basis, as well.

Stretch #3
Mockup of the Ghede Edition

That's all folks! 

For now... ;)

Risks and challenges

The Challenge I face most is self-doubt and anxiety. I kept this deck to myself for an entire year before showing a few images on Facebook for feedback and being met with overwhelming support. I'm overcoming this anxiety by taking a chance on Kickstarter and sharing my work with everyone who will have me.

Secondly, it's the cost of production. I wanted a deck that was pure luxury, from the gold foiling to the metallic ink, heavy shuffle cardstock, rigid box, and softbound guide book. I am a perfectionist to the 9th power so the cost to produce such a body of work was really enough for me to let the deck collect dust since I don't have a huge social media following. I am overcoming this by posting in every group I can find that supports independent artists, Tarot design, African spirituality, and taking as many tarot reading gigs I can get my hands on haha.

Third Challenge involves packing and shipping, So far, it's me and my partner (who so graciously believes in me and is willing to help with fulfillment), from Chicago taking a leap of faith and pure grit to get this all printed, shipped and taking the time to make sure each and everyone who believes in me is met with a 1000% gorgeous body of work and is treated like family in this undertaking.

The fourth Challenge is the AKAMARA App, it's been many moons since I've made an app alone (and I'm moderately confident it'll be a success) but my main concern is with bugs and whatnot (that I will stay on top of) aside from that, I just want people to like it and make it feel like home.

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