The Majestic Earth Tarot draws on the power and beauty of nature. The deck is illustrated with landscape paintings from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. The artists worked in styles from the Hudson River School, Luminism, Romanticism, Realism, and the American West and imbued their art with inspiration from the natural world.
***Stretch Goal: Gilded Edged Cards***
If the campaign reaches $28,000, the Majestic Earth Tarot will have gilded edging. This will be a lovely addition to this borderless deck! Two mini-stretch goals on our way to gilded edges have already been unlocked: digital wallpapers and a tarot spread designed specially for this deck (backers can choose among several images for their individual cards).
About the Deck
Majestic Earth Tarot includes 84 total cards: 78 traditional tarot cards (22 Major and 56 Minor Arcana), 5 additional Elemental Cards unique to this deck, and 1 title card. The deck is accompanied by a small, bound booklet with descriptions of each card, astrological and elemental associations, keywords for divination, and image details.
Kickstarter backers will vote for the final images on the five Elemental Cards and for three Major Arcana: The Hanged Man, The Star, and The Moon.
The High Priestess: With quiver, bow and helm, the priestess-goddess glides through a clearing toward the horizon between water and earth. Like the unconscious, the wilds are pristine, but not without danger. The glassy water signifies calm, cool depth, and the mountains vast knowledge. Moon, Water. Knowledge, wisdom, sacred mystery, awareness, esoterica, guardian.
Storm and Wonder
The Majestic Earth Tarot draws inspiration from the transcendent power of nature. The subtitle, Storm and Wonder, is a play on Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress), an 18th century art movement that gave voice to the extreme, irrational, sometimes violent emotions people experience during times of change and uncertainty.
Storm and Wonder is a alternative response, evoking the wonderment we feel when we stand in the Earth's most majestic places. Storm and Wonder roots us in a hopeful, unifying and earth-based vision during stormy, turbulent times.
Death: A flood recedes, revealing a skull on a detrital ledge. Water flows into the abyss, symbolizing formlessness and unknowing, the well of pre-creation. Water also flows into the sunlit sea, toward the light of eternity and release. Inevitable change is beautiful and terrifying. Scorpio, Water. Dissolve, purify, subside, egress, change, end.
Majestic Earth Tarot: Style
The cards and suits of the Majestic Earth Tarot have similar meanings to other modern tarot decks, particularly those in the Waite-Smith tradition.
Majestic Earth Major Arcana
While the meanings largely remain the same to well-established modern tarot interpretations, I've changed the titles of several Major Arcana cards to better reflect the images and deepen the deck's theme:
The Tempest (The Devil): A dust storm swells over a rocky, anthropomorphic cliff, which seems to delight at the gathering menace. Unrestrained, nature is indifferent, impersonal and perilous. Facing our insignificance can render us powerless; or, we can harness our fears and ride them, rising and howling on the wind. Capricorn, Earth. Overwhelming, wild, untamed, severe, obsession, chaos.
Majestic Earth Suits
The names of the suits also reflect the deck's theme:
Ace of Clouds: Luminous clouds infuse the sky like abundant thoughts. Climbing a mountain is a metaphorical journey through the fog of intoxicating emotions and over boulders of subjectivity. The Ace reaches the summit, attaining intellectual clarity. The soaring bird symbolizes freedom of the mind, and the vista broad understanding. Crucible, Air. Intellect, zenith, intensity, elevate, penetrating, truth.
Majestic Earth Court Cards
The titles of the Majestic Earth court cards honor the “court of nature” (rather than a regent’s court). These cards use common, modern characteristics of the court cards, and relate them to the suit's element: The Steward (Page) learns from the element of the suit, the Rider (Knight) is driven to action by it, the Creature (Queen) is the living embodiment of the suit, and Spirit (King) is the element's influence in the world.
Spirit of Trees: Crowning a cliff, a lodge hewn from trees sits among clouds (wisdom) and protects against storms. Establishing the chalet took willpower, imagination, love for nature, and a measure of arrogance. Fall colors symbolize vibrancy, the cascading river deep feelings. To anneal with fire is to temper mind and soul in service of a purpose. Anneal, Fire. Magnanimous, persistent, expressive, vibrant, ambitious, honest.
Majestic Earth Elemental Cards
Elemental Cards are landscape orientation (rather than portrait) in homage to the landscape art and artists that illustrate the Majestic Earth Tarot. The final images on these cards (and for three Major Arcana cards) will be selected by Kickstarter backers.
The five Elemental Cards are:
- Earth (Suit of Stone)
- Air (Suit of Clouds)
- Fire (Suit of Trees)
- Water (Suit of Water)
- Union of Earth/Air/Fire/Water (all four suits)
Artists in the Majestic Earth Tarot
These are the artists featured in the Majestic Earth Tarot so far. The images on three Major Arcana and the five Elemental Cards (to be chosen by Kickstarter backers) may expand this list:
- Allingham, Helen (1848-1926)
- Bierstadt, Albert (1830-1902)
- Böcklin, Arnold (1827-1901)
- Carus, Carl Gustav (1789-1869)
- Church, Frederic Edwin (1826-1900)
- Cole, Thomas (1801-1848)
- Collingwood, William Gershom (1854-1932)
- Durand, Asher Brown (1796-1886)
- Fairless, Thomas Kerr (1825-1853)
- Friedrich, Caspar David (1774-1840)
- Gifford, Sanford Robinson (1823-1880)
- Kuhnert, Wilhelm (1865-1926)
- Martin, John (1789-1854)
- McEntee, Jervis (1828-1891)
- Moran, Thomas (1837-1926)
- Percy, Sidney Richard (1821-1886)
- Roberts, David (1796-1864)
- Robson, George Fennell (1788-1833)
- Savrasov, Aleksei Kondratevich (1830-1897)
- Shishkin, Ivan Ivanovich (1832-1898)
- Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851)
- Vedder, Elihu (1836-1923)
- Waite, Edward Wilkins (1854-1924)
Celebration Mini-Stretch Goals Unlocked!
UNLOCKED! To celebrate our way to the Gilded Edges stretch goal at $28,000, when the campaign reaches $22,000 all backers receive digital wallpapers, designed from artworks and cards from the Majestic Earth Tarot, as an additional reward.
UNLOCKED! When the campaign reaches $25,000, rewards will include a card with a tarot spread created specially for the Majestic Earth Tarot. Each backer will be able to select one of several designs for the back of the card. (This does not apply to the Nature Lover reward level, which is a digital-only reward level.)
Rewards: Tarot Bags and Spread Mats
A limited number of backers can choose a reward level that includes a handmade tarot bag and, in some cases, a matching handmade mat for tarot card spreads. Janet Brayson of Amaris Rising designed these beautiful, high quality, artisan bags and spread mats especially for the Majestic Earth Tarot, with fabrics I selected. The fabrics reflect the time periods of the art in the Majestic Earth Tarot.
Daughter of the Revolution drawstring bag:
Stroll through the Meadow wallet-style bag and spread mat:
***Please note not all Meadow options include a mat, due to limited amount of fabric.***
Prairie Flower Bouquet drawstring bag and spread mat:
***Please note not all Prairie Flower options include a mat, due to limited amount of fabric.***
***New Tarot Bags Added to Rewards***
At backers' request, I've added additional tarot bags and two new bag/mat sets. I'm thankful that Janet Brayson, Amaris Rising studio owner, has agree to accept more orders for this Kickstarter campaign! Because these products are handmade, the number she can make and the amount of fabric available are limited.
Red Carmen (c.1840-1875) tarot bag and spread mat:
Dahlia (William Morris design) tarot bag and spread mat:
Reward: Include 10 Tarot of Delphi Cards
A limited number of packets are available for Tarot of Delphi 10-card readings. The packets include 10 shuffled and dealt cards from my first deck, the Tarot of Delphi (also funded on Kickstarter, now out of print), instructions for the Tripod Spread, and a quick guide for card meanings.
I made these packets with good cards from Tarot of Delphi decks that I was unable to sell because of damage or manufacturing errors. All cards in the 10-card packets are in prime condition, but cannot be combined to create complete deck(s).
Risks and challenges
I funded and produced a tarot deck through Kickstarter in 2014/2015. I also have a professional background in publishing. These experiences help minimize many risks, because I can monitor quality from sourcing through manufacturing and delivery.
Manufacturing carries the greatest risk, because that's were the project temporarily leaves my hands. The main risk here is delay. For example, in my last Kickstarter project, I was unhappy with the first sample printing, so I repeated several steps in the production process to improve the quality (and ultimately chose a new manufacturer) before committing to the full print run. This delayed the project by a few months, but I made sure I was delivering a professional, store-quality deck, and I communicated with backers about bumps in the road. That deck, the Tarot of Delphi (now out-of-print), received a 5-star rating on Amazon.
Please note that the colors and tones of the images may appear slightly different to you than they will look in print. This is because of the differences in computer monitors, other digital screens (phones, tablets), and their settings. Before printing, I work with a professional colorist to make sure the images transfer from digital to print for the highest visual quality and beautiful color and tones.
Regarding the images, I've consulted with art museums and image resource centers to negotiate commercial printing rights to images that are not publicly available. So, all the images I am proposing for this deck are available either through licensing or public domain.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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