From the pages of a Commonplace Book
This set of 30 cards originates from a commonplace book. That is to say it was formed from a collection of interlinked illustrations, sketches, old photographs, notes and observations gathered and brought together here for divinatory purpose and transformed into a set of small handmade lino prints. It is named ‘commonplace’ after the method of collation and as the pictures you will find on the cards, at first glance, may seem every day or ordinary.
About the deck
The deck reflects animals, plants, icons and stories known by the common man and woman and unlike playing cards or the Tarot they do not have a hierarchical structure to them depicting royalty, the clergy and nobility. All the cards are equal to each other and bare no numbers or text. Packs will come signed and boxed with instructions and simple interpretations, which will include information on a few ways to read a spread and make your own divinatory readings.
What are oracle cards?
As a long term Tarot user, I did not know much about oracle cards until a few years ago when I came across some Fatima Oracle Cards in a small tucked-away shop in the Isle of Wight. These cards were made at the beginning of the last century in Portugal, by an anonymous illustrator who decided to create them in honour of a personal devotion to the Virgin Mary. Over time, I have consulted oracle cards when I need a quick and clear answer, and where the traditional Tarot often weaves a comprehensive multi-layered narrative for interpretation - an oracle deck often provides a useful short, sharp shot of much needed energy and focus to a perpetual procrastinator like me.
What will the Commonplace Deck be?
Like other oracular collections, the Commonplace Deck is, at first glance, an assortment of seemingly unrelated imagery that holds big energy and hopefully opens doors to new patterns of thought, comfort and inspiration. There are only 50 editions of this deck being produced and they can be pledged for on Kickstarter in various different ways - either with accompanying prints and a project bookmark, or just on their own.
Please note, further pictures of the back print pattern of the deck and the project bookmarks will be posted here soon.
Although they show a personal interest in folklore, magic and the natural world they are designed to be deliberately recognisable and intuitive to interpret. Commonplace can also mean a memorandum - something to be frequently consulted or referred to, which is intended to be the case in this instance.
If this Kickstarter is successful it will provide funds for future projects such as a full Tarot Deck and a small publication on rune lore.
Risks and challenges
The timetable for the project will be to print the decks mid April with an aim to get them to backers by the beginning of May.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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