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Elsie's Wheel Aquarius Deck & Guidebook

An inclusive, astrology-based oracle deck for self-reflection, empowerment, and creative social change.

Elsie's Wheel Aquarius Deck & Guidebook

An inclusive, astrology-based oracle deck for self-reflection, empowerment, and creative social change.

$224
pledged of $9,500pledged of $9,500 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 16 2018 8:05 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 16, 2018

About

For larger pictures of the cards, see www.studiogooz.com/elsies-wheel

The Elsie’s Wheel Aquarius deck is an inclusive, astrology-based tool for promoting self-exploration, intuition, and empowerment. The deck features the Aquarian themes of creative social change, building friendships, and strengthening communities. It is the first in a twelve deck series, with each deck focusing on a unique zodiac sign and functioning as a standalone oracle deck. As additional decks are released, you can use them individually or combine them to explore more complex themes. I chose to release Aquarius as the first in the series as its themes seem most needed at this time. When so much tries to pull us apart, focusing on our common ground is a way to bring us back together. Although the roots of this deck lie in astrology, no astrology background or Aquarius sun sign is necessary to work with this deck.  

About the Project

Hi, I'm Carolyn, a freelance illustrator at Studio Gooz. Over the past year I have been working on illustrating the Sabian Symbols, a set of phrases based on degree astrology. I currently have the 30 Aquarius degrees illustrated. I am raising the funds to print the deck and am very excited about moving forward with the rest of the series.

If you’re not familiar with them, the Sabian Symbols are a set of 360 insightful phrases, each one corresponding to one degree of the zodiac wheel. The symbols are grouped into the 12 zodiac signs with each sign having 30 symbols. Some of my favorite symbols are Aquarius 29 ‘The field of Ardath in bloom’,  Taurus 2 ‘Steps up to a lawn blooming with clover’, and Cancer 7 ‘Two nature spirits dancing on a moonlit night’. Although the phrases may seem simple at first, I have found them to be surprisingly deep and rich with meaning.

The field of Ardath in bloom
The field of Ardath in bloom

I first became interested in the Sabian Symbols through my astrologer friend, Tara,  who uses them regularly in her practice. Having little experience with astrology, I was surprised at how relatable I found the symbols to be. They reminded me of archetypes found in Tarot, but seemed more tangible and alive. To me, the Sabian Symbols seemed like a good way of exploring the complex nature of humanity.

As I learned more about each symbol, I started to visualize them in my mind. Eventually the idea for Elsie's Wheel crystallized and I planned to release the illustrated symbols as a set of 12 oracle decks, grouped by zodiac sign. Each deck will focus on the themes of its sign, for example social change, shared ideals, and new discoveries for Aquarius. With such universal themes, these oracle decks can be used by people of all experience levels, and though helpful, no astrology background is necessary.

Sabian Symbol History

The Sabian Symbols were channeled in the 1920s by psychic Elsie Wheeler, for whom this project is named. By incorporating her name into the title, I wanted to highlight Elsie's unique contributions to the Sabian Symbols, which have sometimes been overlooked in the past.

Although Elsie originally came up with the symbols, a number of astrologers including Marc Edmund Jones and Dane Rudhyar have made their own interpretations of them. I found that I resonated more with Elsie's initial symbols than with these other interpretations, so I decided to illustrate my own intuitive understanding of each symbol.  

Working With the Deck

This deck can be used like any other oracle deck, and no prior experience with the Sabian Symbols or astrology is required to use it. It is my hope that working with this deck will empower you to reconnect with your intuition and to reflect on your life and the world around you.  If my art resonates with you or you are interested in exploring the Aquarian themes of community-building and creative social change, this would be a good deck for you.  

This deck can also be used to complement an astrology practice. The illustrated symbols can help you gain greater insight into the individual degrees of Aquarius as well as the sign as a whole. As more decks in the Elsie's Wheel series are released, you can combine decks and use the cards as visual representations of the degrees in a chart.

Finding Your Personal Sabian Symbols

Sometimes the hardest part of working with the Sabian Symbols is remembering how to round a planet's position. In Elsie's Wheel we've done the hard work for you by shifting the symbol numbers so you don't have to round at all. To clarify, the Elsie's Wheel symbols number from 0-29 instead of the more traditional 1-30. To find your symbol, just look at the degree number of a planet's position, no rounding necessary. For example, if your sun is at 22°54'38”, just look up Aquarius 22 to find the bear waving its paws at you.

If you're interesting in seeing which Aquarius symbols are in your chart, start by grabbing a copy of your natal chart. You can get one online (just google 'natal chart'), but it is nice to support your local astrologer if you can.  Once you've got your chart, scan the planet positions for Aquarius, then look up the corresponding cards below. If you don't see any Aquarius in your chart, do not fear! The Elsie's Wheel Aquarius deck works well as a general standalone oracle deck.

Why Kickstarter?

Working with Kickstarter allows me to produce the deck independently so that I can maintain the integrity of my creative vision for Elsie's Wheel. As an independent artist, I lack the funds to print the deck on my own, which is why I am using Kickstarter as the platform to raise the funds for printing. 

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, meaning that if the funding goal is not reached, the deck will not be launched and backers do not owe any money. On the other hand, if the goal is reached, then the printing  will commence and you will soon have a copy of the Aquarius deck in your hands!

The Art

I like to channel my inner child by creating colorful illustrations in marker and colored-pencil. I hope that you enjoy my work and that it brings joy and positivity to your life.

For larger images, please see www.studiogooz.com/elsies-wheel

(0) An old adobe mission, (1) An unexpected thunderstorm, (2) A deserter from the navy
(0) An old adobe mission, (1) An unexpected thunderstorm, (2) A deserter from the navy
(3) A Hindu healer, (4) A council of ancestors, (5) A performer of a mystery play
(3) A Hindu healer, (4) A council of ancestors, (5) A performer of a mystery play
(6) A child born out of an eggshell, (7) Beautifully gowned wax figures, (8) A flag turned into an eagle
(6) A child born out of an eggshell, (7) Beautifully gowned wax figures, (8) A flag turned into an eagle
(9) A popularity that proves ephemeral, (10) Man tete-a-tete with his inspiration, (11) People on stairs graduated upwards
(9) A popularity that proves ephemeral, (10) Man tete-a-tete with his inspiration, (11) People on stairs graduated upwards
(12) A barometer, (13) A train entering a tunnel, (14) Two lovebirds sitting on a fence
(12) A barometer, (13) A train entering a tunnel, (14) Two lovebirds sitting on a fence
(15) A big-business man at his desk, (16) A watchdog standing guard, (17) A man unmasked
(15) A big-business man at his desk, (16) A watchdog standing guard, (17) A man unmasked
(18) A forest fire quenched, (19) A big white dove, a message bearer, (20) A woman disappointed and disillusioned
(18) A forest fire quenched, (19) A big white dove, a message bearer, (20) A woman disappointed and disillusioned
(21) A rug placed on the floor for children to play, (22) A big bear sitting down and waving all its paws, (23) A man turning his back on his passions and teaching from his experience
(21) A rug placed on the floor for children to play, (22) A big bear sitting down and waving all its paws, (23) A man turning his back on his passions and teaching from his experience
(24) A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed, (25) A hydrometer, (26) An ancient pottery bowl filled with violets
(24) A butterfly with the right wing more perfectly formed, (25) A hydrometer, (26) An ancient pottery bowl filled with violets
(27) A tree felled and sawed, (28) A butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, (29) The field of Ardath in bloom
(27) A tree felled and sawed, (28) A butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, (29) The field of Ardath in bloom

Wholesale

If you are interested in carrying the Elsie's Wheel Aquarius Deck in your shop, please email me at studiogooz@gmail.com . If you would like to pre-order we can arrange a specific Kickstarter pledge, or else I can add you to an email list to be notified when the deck is ready this spring. Free drop-off is available for shops in Asheville, NC.

Reward Details

Exclusive Kickstarter Mini-print

As a way of thanking you for backing this project through Kickstarter, each reward tier includes an exclusive mini-print featuring a design embodying the Aquarius sign. This print will only be available through Kickstarter.

The print will be a 4x6" (100x150mm) digital print including a 1/2" (12mm) white border on all sides, perfect for matting or framing! All prints are on high-quality matte, archival, fine art paper.

Deck Details

Please note that the decks used in the video were prototypes, not the final product.

Each deck has 30 full-color, heavy cardstock (310 gsm), matte,  2.5"x3.5" / 63x88mm poker-sized cards with a reversible back design. A smaller card size was chosen for this deck so it will be easier to combine with future Elsie's Wheel decks. Each card has the degree numbered 0-29 along with the image.

Guidebook Details

The guidebook is a 100-page black-and-white 4"x6" / 102x152mm booklet. The page for each degree features a picture of the card along with the Sabian Symbol phrase, 3 keywords, and guiding questions focused on the themes of the card. The questions are written in the second-person as if you, yourself, were embodying the card. It is my hope that through this format you will be able to see yourself in each card and in each other.

In addition to the card reference, the guidebook also includes an introduction to the Sabian Symbols and degree astrology, creative ways to work with the cards, and custom oracle and Aquarius-specific spreads. There is also a section on how to incorporate the cards into various spiritual practices.

Deck & Guidebook Packaging Details

The deck and guidebook will be packaged together in a sturdy box a little larger than the guidebook, 6.7"x4.7"x1.3" / 17x12x3.3cm. The box cover will flip open similar to a book. As soon as  I receive a hard-copy proof from the printer I will post an update with pictures. 

Art Print Details

Art prints are  8"x10" (200x250mm) digital giclee prints including a 1/2" (12mm) white border on all sides, perfect for matting or framing! All prints are on high-quality matte, archival, fine art paper.

I have already made some test prints of the cards at a local printer and they look great!

Shipping Details

Please note that if you order a print and deck together, the print will be shipped with the deck in May 2019. If you would like your print earlier, please choose a print-only option, which will ship in January.

Your address will be used exactly as formatted. As a backer, you are responsible for providing a correctly spelled and formatted address. The address must include your full first and last name. If your package is returned due to a bad address, I will contact you and you must repay for shipping.  If your address changes before rewards ship, please update your survey and send me a message. 

If you are an international backer, you are responsible for any customs fees that may occur. Customs vary widely between countries. Unfortunately I cannot estimate them for you beforehand. If you would like more information, please contact your local customs office.

Backer Requirements

Please make sure your credit card information is up to date. If it is out of date, your pledge will be declined when the funding period is over and you will be dropped as a backer.

The email listed on Kickstarter must be a valid email address that you check frequently. The longer it takes you to respond to your backer survey after funding has ended, the greater the delay in receiving your reward. 

Your address will be used exactly as formatted. As a backer, you are responsible for providing a correctly spelled and formatted address. The address must include your full first and last name. If your package is returned due to a bad address, I will contact you and you must repay for shipping.  

Please make sure your address is up-to-date. If you move to a new address after you fill out your survey, please send me a message.

If you are an international backer, you are responsible for any customs fees that may occur. Customs vary widely between countries and unfortunately I cannot estimate them for you. If you would like more information, please contact your local customs office.

Thank you for your interest and support!

Sabian Symbol Resources

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter campaign, but I have spent months researching and planning. The deck and guidebook are finished and are being formatted for printing. I have already received a quote from the printer about the cost and timeline of production. If this campaign is funded, I should receive a proof in November and the decks will go to print December 2018. If every goes according to plan, the finished decks should get to me around April 2019 and should be in your hands by May. The timeline is on the longer side due to the proof and shipping process with international printers. Shipping from the printer will take roughly 3-4 months. I have also included a cushion in the timeline in case of any delays.

Any delays or challenges are likely to come from proof approval, printing and shipping delays, or significant overfunding. The most likely challenge will be a delay in receiving rewards. In that event, I will post regular updates to keep everyone in the loop.

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    8"x10" print of the card of your choice

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    Deck & Guidebook Set + 8"x10" print

    One Aquarius deck & guidebook set PLUS one 8x10" (200x250mm) print of the card of your choice.

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