About this Tarot
This is meant to be a deck that truly captures the meaning of an oracle card.
And, for once, something slathered in blood that looks nice in any home
My aim for The Tarot of Blood was to, have an occult item that is equal parts meaningful and morbid. Something with a true love for its subject matter.
I’m sure you’ve noticed it. Almost everything on the market that dips a toe into exploring mortality is… for lack of a better word, tacky. Usually the piece is stylized so that it isn’t too “creepy” but also exaggerated so that the buyer can still feel “hard core”. Nowadays, everything is mummified rats and cemetery soil. To me, this lessens the meaning of it all.
Where is the thought in a mass produced rat mummy?
Where is the love in stolen soil?
My answer to this all is The Blood Tarot. Completely self-produced, no rat farm required.
The design is meant to highlight and compliment the natural beauty of blood. The photos have been in no way been retouched other than to bring out the color. These are all truly produced, not digital paintings.
I made well over two hundred pressings in my search for the perfect image for all major and minor Arcana. (a little goes a long way) . In each pressing I let the design be completely left up to fate, and let the splashes and sprinkles fall where they would, folding each paper to see where it would flow.
I wanted to let the blood tell a story.
The result completely blew me away. The way the blood pooled and how many layers there were in each picture. That’s not even mentioning the designs. Many of them are surreal in how perfectly they fit their card.
The Power of Blood
For the first 12 years of my life, I practiced Santeria with my mother. She would often take me to parties where there would be food and dance, followed by ritual animal sacrifice.
One thing I’ll tell you. When there is an ingredient that someone wants so deeply that they will twist the neck of a cockerel until it pops, you pay attention to what that ingredient is.
My mother would tell me that the blood is a symbol that a life was given for this. It was a sign of respect to the spirits, a gift of the most precious and irreplaceable thing we have. This message stuck inside of me and tore me apart. Because, surely, if this was the most precious thing in the world, no trivial magic I could want to cast could ever be worth it being wasted.
I became so frustrated that other people couldn’t see the paradox of worshiping death but not respecting life. What meaning does one have if the other is not sacred? This thinking led me away from blood magic, and away from the life I had.
And now, to illustrate my point I’ve decided to do a little sacrifice of my own, and bring back the visceral connection to its power.
The Tarot of Blood is meant to balance the thin line between the trivial and the sublime. The most precious gift I have to give, the very essence of life, used as a paint. But is this not the amount of respect that should be given for a tool of divination?
Isn’t any other material completely divorced from the GRAVITY of attempting to change fate?
Where your money goes
The costs of the Tarot of Blood will be in the production. I want this card to be perfect, preferably with gilded edges and trim. There is a local printer, who I am eager to produce these cards with, but to do this project with high quality it will not be cheap for me to produce.
- GOAL MET - I will immediately order a deck to be printed so that everyone can see the finished product
- 10,000 - printed instruction booklets with every deck
- 200 Decks Sold- Gold Gilded Edges
Risks and challenges
My one concern is shipping. As I live in the UK, Shipping costs to the rest of the world are quite high. I also worry about the amount of time it may take orders to reach countries such as the USA and Australia. Still, I want backers to get their decks as fast as possible, and this will be working to get them out the moment they're back from the printers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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