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A full 78-card tarot deck illustrated with Neoclassical fine art from the Victorian era
A stunning tarot deck illustrated masterpieces from Pre-Raphaelite and other Victorian and Edwardian artists.
A stunning tarot deck illustrated masterpieces from Pre-Raphaelite and other Victorian and Edwardian artists.
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If your life were a painting, which would it be?

Curated with fine art from the late 1830s to the early 1910s, the Tarot of Delphi is like a mini-museum. You can wander through this captivating deck – exploring the imagery, absorbing the colors and light, envisioning the lives depicted – and imagine yourself within its mythic narrative. 

Each painting tells a story. As a tarot deck, these are your stories – the seeds for interpreting your past, your present, and your dreams for the future.

It is not necessary to have studied the tarot, Neoclassical art, or Greco-Roman subjects to enjoy the Tarot of Delphi. In fact, what is significant about art is exactly what is significant about the tarot – how it makes you feel, how you interpret it, and how it relates to your life. Both art and tarot help you unearth and articulate yourself.

I am excited and honored to be part of that journey.

Neoclassical-themed Deck

Celebrating the ancient world, the court cards are titled Devotee, Artisan, Hero, and Enchantress. Each Ace features a powerful female historical figure or goddess. And changes to several trump titles further play with the Neoclassical theme:

The Wheel of Fortune has become the goddess Fortuna; The Hanged Man is Orpheus as The Asundered One; The Devil, The Siren; The Tower, The Shipwreck; and The World, The Garden (of the mythical Hesperides). 

The reader can follow mythological stories through the trumps and into the suit cards. In addition, Tarot of Delphi largely reflects the images and/or meanings of the classic Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. 

Rewards

I’m collaborating with artists in my city, Stephanie Robb Jewelry Designs and fashion designer Maura Simmonds Price, to offer gorgeous, handcrafted rewards with Greek and Victorian themes inspired directly from the paintings. These rewards have been designed exclusively for the Tarot of Delphi.

GODDESS TAROT BAG

PEARL EARRINGS

 ANTIQUE VICTORIAN TAROT BAG – made with authentic Victorian 1870s fabric and pre-1910 button

GARNETS AND PEARL – Gemstones and Drop Pearl on Antiqued Sterling Silver Chain

GOTHIC VICTORIAN – Black Spinel Gemstones on Antiqued Sterling Silver Necklace. 

GOTHIC VICTORIAN SET – Necklace with matching Black Spinel Earrings. 

SIREN'S PEARLS – Akoya Pearls, Antiqued Sterling Silver, and Silver Pendants from Genuine Victorian Seals (compass on necklace; mermaids on earrings)

IONIAN GODDESS – Replica of dress and shawl from The Ionian Dancing Girl illustrating the Seven of Coins

Deck Details

The Tarot of Delphi is a fully illustrated 78-card deck. It includes 22 trump cards, 40 pip (numbered) cards, and 16 court cards. In addition, the deck includes one alternate card (to be chosen by a Kickstarter backer) and a title card. The four suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins.

Tarot of Delphi cards measure 78 x 128 mm (3.07 x 5.04 in.) with rounded corners. They will be printed on high quality, coated card stock of commercial quality tarot decks. Each deck includes a 32-page, staple-stitched, black and white booklet. The cards and booklet fit into a full-color “tuck” box.

The booklet includes descriptions of each card and information about the paintings. There are also THANK YOU pages listing Kickstarter backers. The booklet is also available digitally with full-color images of every card.

Images & Copyrights

It’s extremely important to respect the copyrights of artists and their estates, so I am working with a copyright lawyer to verify the copyright status of each image. So far, selected paintings are in the public domain in the United States. 

I have secured about two thirds of the images from open sources. The final third, however, are not available to the general public in high resolution. Private companies, museums, and other organization provide these images for a fee and sometimes sell limited rights to them (this is a slightly gray area of copyright/public domain law). In these cases, I have identified sources and costs for the images.

Risks and challenges

The design of the tarot cards is complete. Where I’m not fully confident in securing an image, I’ve selected an alternate that I’m positive I can acquire. So, the main risks for this project are in delays rather than completion.

Delays may occur if there are multiple corrections to the final proofs, if there is a significant wait to get into the printer’s schedule, and in shipping from the printer to me. I tried to build in time for potential delays by setting the delivery date in March 2014.

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    ART LOVER – Access to Members Area on Tarot of Delphi website where Kickstarter backers can help choose final images for several cards, including The Star, Death, Three of Coins, Ten of Coins, and Hero of Wands. Also receive a thank you on the Tarot of Delphi website.

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    DIGITAL TRUMPS – Full-color digital booklet of major arcana (the 22 trump cards), including descriptions of each card and information about the paintings. Also receive rewards at $5 level and an additional thank you in the digital booklet (including the trumps-only booklet that you receive).

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    DIGITAL BOOKLET – Full-color digital booklet of entire 78-card deck, including descriptions of each card and information about the paintings. Also get access to Members Area on Tarot of Delphi website where Kickstarter backers can help choose final images for several cards. In addition, receive a thank you in the digital booklet and on Tarot of Delphi website.

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    THE DECK – Tarot of Delphi deck. All decks are packed in a full-color box with a 32-page text booklet. Also receive rewards at $20 level and an additional thank you in the printed booklet.

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    PROFESSIONAL TAROT READER PACK – Tarot of Delphi deck, plus all cards as quality digital files for use in online, email, and other digital tarot readings. Also receive rewards at $20 level and thank you listings in the printed booklet and website, including a link to your site. All listings include premium placement.

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    GODDESS TAROT BAG – Tarot of Delphi deck arrives in a hand-sewn tarot bag made of a high quality fabric with Greek goddess motif. Also receive rewards at $20 level and a thank you in the printed booklet.

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    DOUBLE DECKS – Two Tarot of Delphi decks, rewards at $20 level, and a thank you in the printed booklet.

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    PEARL EARRINGS – Tarot of Delphi deck, plus pearl earrings made by local designer and inspired by "The Fisherman and the Syren" by Lord Frederick Leighton. Also receive rewards at $20 level and a thank you in the printed booklet.

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    ANTIQUE VICTORIAN TAROT BAG – Tarot of Delphi deck arrives in a tarot bag, hand-sewn from genuine, antique Victorian fabric (1870s) and button (pre-1910). Also receive rewards at $20 level and a thank you in the printed booklet.

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    GARNETS AND PEARL – Tarot of Delphi deck, plus antiqued sterling silver necklace with garnets and a drop pearl, inspired by "Cave of the Storm Nymphs" by Sir Edward Poynter. Also receive rewards at $20 level and a thank you in the printed booklet.

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    GOTHIC VICTORIAN – Tarot of Delphi deck, plus Gothic Victorian necklace (only) made with genuine black spinel gemstones and antiqued sterling silver, designed by local jewelry artist. Also receive rewards at $20 level and a thank you in the printed booklet.

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    GOTHIC VICTORIAN SET – Tarot of Delphi deck, plus Gothic Victorian necklace and earrings made with genuine black spinel gemstones and antiqued sterling silver, designed by local jewelry artist. Also receive rewards at $20 level and a thank you in the printed booklet.

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WHOLESALE – Receive ten Tarot of Delphi decks for resale (suggested resale value $35 US). Also receive rewards at $20 level, premium retailer placement on the Tarot of Delphi website, and a premium thank you listing in the printed booklet. ONLY AVAILABLE FOR RESALE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    SIREN'S PEARLS – Tarot of Delphi deck, plus antiqued sterling silver Victorian-style necklace and earrings of genuine Akoya saltwater pearls and pendants stamped from original Victorian (mid-1800s) wax seals featuring a mermaid (earrings) and a 16-point compass (necklace). Also receive rewards at $20 level and a thank you in the printed booklet.

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    IONIAN GODDESS – Tarot of Delphi deck, plus complete replica of the dress and shawl from Godward’s “Ionian Dancing Girl.” (The dress will not be sheer, and will be tailor-made in your size.) Also receive rewards at $20 level and a thank you in the printed booklet.

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    THREE PRIVATE SESSIONS – After you receive the Tarot of Delphi deck, we will schedule three 60-minute sessions (Skype or phone; in person if local). Whether you are new to tarot or a tarot professional, I will tailor these one-on-one sessions to you. Topics include the history of the paintings and artists, using art "criticism" (as in "critical analysis") to deepen your understanding of the deck, mythological themes, deck references to Greco-Roman history and literature, and (if desired) using the tarot for reflecting and creating. Warning: I provide a suggested reading list! Also receive rewards at $20 and $45 levels, a thank you in the printed booklet, and a total of 3 decks.

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    NINE OF COINS CURATOR – Choose the final Neoclassical Victorian painting for the iconic Nine of Coins – a card symbolizing refinement, accomplishment, and foresight as well as material success and love of nature – from the final selections. You will be credited as an associate curator of that card in the printed deck, digital and print booklets, and website. In addition, you receive eight decks, the complete digital booklet, and access to the private webpages.

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    QUEEN OF WANDS CURATOR – Choose the Neoclassical Victorian painting for the "Queen of Wands" – called the Enchantress of Wands in this deck and the "highest" card of the suit – from the final selections. You will be credited as an associate curator of that card in the printed deck, digital and print booklets, and website. In addition, you receive ten decks, the complete digital booklet, and access to the private webpages.

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    SELECT CURATOR – Choose a Neoclassical Victorian painting for any card in the deck, and the card will be included as an alternate. For example, if you choose the Ace of Wands, the deck will contain two Ace of Wands cards: the one you've chosen and my original choice. Readers can choose which to use, or use both. The image must be a Neoclassical Victorian painting that fits the deck style and organization. The image must also be available in high resolution for commercial use. You will be listed as an associate curator of that card in the printed deck, digital and print booklets, and website. In addition, you receive twelve decks, the complete digital booklet, and access to the private webpages.

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