About this project
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.
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.
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
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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