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The Sabbath Tarot

This deck captures familiar scenes from The Black Sabbath as well as other sights familiar to witches and their rites.

The Sabbath Tarot

This deck captures familiar scenes from The Black Sabbath as well as other sights familiar to witches and their rites.

$30,603
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 30 2019 5:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About


When we hear the word “witch” it typically conjures a specific image in our minds, often that of a cackling old hag with warts riding a broom. The word ‘witch’ is also stereotypically viewed by society as inherently female. This is reinforced by many historical events that focus on the persecution of women as witches. Many forget the thousands of men who died as witches, with some parts of Europe having almost the entire population of the accused being male. 

The misconception that witches are only women extends into our modern world as well, however, huge numbers of men identify as witches, rejecting the stereotypical labels such as ‘warlock’  that some embrace. The main inspiration for The Sabbath comes from these men, these witches, who history has persecuted, murdered, and those that practice their witchcraft today. This tarot deck and its forthcoming companion, The Sabbath photobook glorify the image of the male witch through a display of their power and authority. I have, however, included female representation in several of the cards as to not break with tradition and to make sure I give a nod to those women who endured the horrors of persecution, and those who actively carry on the tradition of powerful women of witchcraft today. Witch women, this deck is also for you! 

As a fitness photographer and witch, I use to keep my two worlds separate for fear of repercussions that would interfere with my photography business given that many of my models come from conservative Christian backgrounds. But over time I grew resentful that I had to hide this part of me away when it is such a huge influence in my life so I decided to start The Sabbath project to introduce both worlds to each other. 

By fusing fitness and witchcraft photography I am able to tell a story to each audience and aspire to awaken new ideas and concepts they may not have been familiar with. I have been shocked and blessed to have such a huge positive response to the project, and have attained many high-profile athletes to be a part of it. During the photoshoots, I am able to engage with the models, and I discovered that many of them have a profound interest in witchcraft. Some even asking for guidance on how to start the beginning stages of their practice. I have heard stories of mothers who read cards and performed rituals, grandmothers who spoke incantations, and friends and cousins who dabbled in seeking out the forces of darkness. I feel this project is lifted the veil that has shrouded witchcraft from most of our modern world, particularly within the male fitness community. I have also heard from witches that this project has inspired them to achieve their fitness goals, to ritualize their routines to make them sacred and a test of their personal will. 

These stories are why I am so honored to be able to create this tarot deck. My hope is that not only will it be a piece of art, but a functional tool that is used by my fellow witches, men and women of the Craft, to harness their power and speak to The Fates. 

The deck itself will be 88mm x 126mm (roughly 3.5x5in) and will be printed on 400 GSM Art Paper with a high quality soft matte finish to preserve the vividness of the imagery. The cards, book, and accompanying box will have a gold foil outlined pentagram and each card will contain spot UV details such as the elemental and astrological symbols, and the titles on the Major Arcana. This deck with have a rich matte red edge to enhance the aesthetic lending to its overall witchiness.  

(Currently still being worked on, some cards might change slightly)

The deck features the standard 22-card Major Arcana and 56-card Minor Arcana, consisting of Blades, Disks, Staffs, and Vessels. Within the Major Arcana some of the traditional names have been replaced with those more suited to the meaning of the project. This run also includes the deluxe box and hardcover guidebook that explains each card and its meaning as well as custom layouts to tap into the power of The Sabbath!   

 If you would like to view the cards at a larger scale visit www.thesabbathtarot.com

We are about 80% to our original goal! Now it is time to release the plans for the first stretch goal! If we can reach $30,000 we will include the exclusive Devil’s Arcana with every Deluxe Box Set! 

The Devil’s Arcana is going to work with the deck in a few ways, by giving the reader the opportunity to switch out the Lucifer card, or to keep all three in the deck for some amazing revelations. To make this infernal triad two additional cards will be added to the deck, each being named after an incarnation of the Lord of Darkness. Lucifer, already included in the deck, along with Diabolus, and Satan. Each will be inscribed with the astrological symbol of Capricorn and carry the number XV. If all three cards show up in a reading it signifies that person carries “the Mark of the Beast” 666 (15: 1+5=6). This means that a person is anointed by the Lord of Darkness and is gifted in witchcraft and the occult. This will help the diviner identify fellow witches whether the person being read knows it or not.

    When each card from the Devil’s Arcana shows up alone or in pairs they will have similar yet unique meanings based on each card. In summary Lucifer = Rebellion, Diabolus = Temptation, and Satan = Liberation.  These are qualities found in all witches: rebellion against oppression, temptation of our absolute free will, and liberation from those things that seek to confine us. Our card for this position, typically called “The Devil” in most standard decks, is a card of empowerment, action to better our lives, and each specific card in the Devil’s Arcana answers what the person needs specifically to better their lives and rid themselves of negative influence giving a more in depth and personal reading.

So please help us get to $30,000 so we can make this deck even more powerful! We appreciate all your support, you each have come together as one in celebration as a community, a part of one great Witch’s Sabbath!

*Every pledge of $65 and up (including the $50 Early Bird pledges and additional decks) will include the Deluxe Box Set that is funded through this campaign. Thank you again for all your help! 

The initial goal of the Kickstarter is to get the tarot deck and box set produced and shipped. If we exceed our goal I can start to include special features and look into additional perks. As of right now, this is a breakdown of the minimum needed for the project.  


Allan Spiers is a graphic artist, photographer, and occultist based in Chicago, IL originally from Lima, Peru. He has spent decades learning various aspects of cartomancy and witchcraft, and is a self taught artist who has done graphic design work for major US politicians, nightclubs, magazines, and organizations, and he has had some of his design art showcased in museums, attractions such as Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, and in various movies and T.V. series. As a photographer he has worked with some of the top fitness athletes and has become one of the most recognized photographers in the industry. His work has been featured in magazines, photo books, galleries, and advertisements worldwide. 

He is a Master Mason in Freemasonry, an initiate in Haitian Vodou, and co-owner of one of the world’s largest online occult stores, The Vodou Store. You can learn more about him at www.allanspiers.com and www.vodoustore.com.  

Risks and challenges

As with any project we expect it to be easy and on schedule. But there can be unforeseen circumstances that delay shipping such as customs issues, printing errors, etc. These events are outside of my control but I will do my absolute best to overcome them as quickly as possible with as little impact on my patrons as possible. This project is a part of my legacy and I will do everything necessary to see it manifested.

You can also be reassured that if we do not meet our goal all of your contributions will be returned so you are taking on very little risk for your investment. Be assured, however, that if this does work out there will be many more projects to come!

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