Way of the Panda Tarot
A splash of Zen, a brush of Tao, a touch of whimsy, and tons of furry adorableness-a deck for tarot & panda lovers in dreamy watercolor
Way of the Panda Tarot
A splash of Zen, a brush of Tao, a touch of whimsy, and tons of furry adorableness-a deck for tarot & panda lovers in dreamy watercolor
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, May 4 2019 10:59 PM UTC +00:00.
The Panda Origin Story
While "utter cuteness" for me is enough of a reason to create a panda-themed deck, I created this deck because I wanted to capture the sweet, playful, introspective, and carefree nature of the panda spirit through the archetypes of tarot. I find panda's affectionate and happy-go-lucky energy perfectly suited for the intuitive and psychospiritual nature of contemporary tarot practice - they're innocently heartwarming and at the same time adorably wise when it comes to keeping things simple and being in the moment.
"What do you mean I'm wise? I'm just a panda!" is what I imagine pandas will say if you ever want to thank them for your cathartic moments. Accordingly to them, all they did was lazing around while looking cute and cuddly.
- 78 cards printed on high quality 350gsm cardstock paper with matte lamination
- Comes in a sturdy and beautifully designed top-down box (box & lid)
- Comes with a 70-paged (estimated) mini guidebook "Little Black & White Book"
The Major Pandas: The Major Arcana
This is where you'll see some "major panda philosophy" in action. Like the rest of the deck, the Major Arcana cards are Rider-Waite inspired, reimagining the tarot archetypes through the perspective of pandas, vivid scenes of nature as well as elements of magical realism.
The Elemental Pandas / Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana features the Elemental Pandas! Each Panda Tribe has a unique personality and temperament based on their element:
- Fire Pandas (Suit of Wands) are curious, playful and a little mischievous
- Water Pandas (Suit of Cups) are affectionate, loving and irresistibly cute
- Air Pandas (Suit of Swords) are witty, introspective and a little snobby
- Earth Pandas (Suit of Pentacles) are lucky, generous, and super down to earth
This deck will be panda-tastic for you if...
- ...you're looking for a child-friendly deck to gift to a young budding cardslinger or to start them on their tarot journey with a gentle but insightful deck
- ...you're looking for an intuitive deck that you can easily tune into + a deck that allows you to develop a personal connection and meanings for each card
- ...you are looking for something that has inspirations from both Zen Buddhism and Taoism - although, you should know that this deck isn't particular Zen nor is it completely Taoist. Some ideas from both practices sort of just organically trailed in alongside the pandas, but I never sought to make this deck strictly Zen or Taoist. It's quite open to interpretation and intuitive understanding.
Kickstarter Exclusives + Limited Edition
The Kickstarter edition of Way of the Panda will only be available to the people who have decided to pledge now to make this campaign happen! It'll be extra special + will include these exclusive panda awesomeness:
- A mystery bonus card infused with dream particles and stardust ;)
- The Caffeinated Panda Card (unlocked with Stretch Goal #1)
- The Witchy Panda Card (unlocked with Stretch Goal #2)
- The Stargazing Panda Card (Stretch Goal #3)
Special bonuses, gifts & upgrades that have yet to be unlocked:
- Free Precious Panda Paw Pouch (Stretch Goal #5)
- Storybook Deck Box Upgrade (Stretch Goal #6)
- Book of Pandas Paper Upgrade (Stretch Goal #7)
For full transparency: Since I'm ordering the decks in batches, there may be a very small quantity of Kickstarter edition decks available for purchase after the campaign depending on the final pledge count. The remaining limited edition decks will be priced much higher and probably only available during special occasions.
🐼 Way of the Panda Tarot Deck + Little Black & White Book
Receive a Way of the Panda Tarot deck which will contain 78 cards in a top-bottom box + printed on high quality 350gsm cardstock with matte lamination. Each deck also comes with a Little Black & White Book (estimated to be about 70 pages) which can be used for a basic introduction to tarot, a quick reference for card meaning, and adorable panda messages from each card to help you power-up "panda" style. (Get it? The Little Black & White Book - instead of the Little White Book? Cuz you know, pandas? Okay khem. Moving on!)
🐼 The Panda Art Print
Receive an 8 x 10 panda art print of any illustration featured in Way of the Panda Tarot. Printed on high quality print paper.
🐼 The Book of Pandas: The Official Guidebook
Receive a copy of The Book of Pandas - The Official Guidebook of Way of the Panda Tarot! This companion book is for tarot travelers who want to explore deeper into the world and philosophy of the pandas. The book contains behind-the-scenes panda lores, concepting notes during deck creation, symbolic breakdowns of each card, useful tips & journal prompts, as well an awesome collection of panda-themed spreads.
Unlike the Little Black & White Book (the mini guidebook included with every deck), The Book of Pandas focuses on exploring the panda as an archetype and engaging in deeper discussions about the creative process of each card as well as how each card can serve as a doorway towards greater personal power. So it's not a "bigger" book of definitions - it's a guidebook on leading an intuitive and psychospiritual practice through the lens of the panda archetype as well as tarot. This guidebook is estimated to be about 150 pages + A5 sized + softcover + with over 25 original panda tarot spreads.
🐼 Precious Panda Paw Pouch
An adorable canvas drawstring pouch with a colored string to keep your panda deck cozy and warm! The Precious Panda Paw Pouch features gorgeous panda ink art and measures 5.5 x 7 inches - just big enough to wrap around the deck box. Perfect for deck storage, or for protection against that mayhem that lurks in the bottomless pit of your purse. Or if you just want a pouch for your makeup or gel-pens or other panda accessories - or even your other tarot decks. I mean, if it fits, it fits!
P.S. Below is a MOCKUP + subject to minor design changes! The string is probably going to be pastel bamboo green. :)
🐼 Tarot Panda Sticky Notepad
A cute + functional tarot sticky notepad to track your daily draws, quick pulls and tarot notes. The perfect accessory for tarot journalers and paper-planning junkie. You can use this colorful little notepad to record the Question Asked, the Card(s) Draw, and Interpretation / Notes.
🐼 Way of the Panda Postcard Print
Receive a 4 x 6 panda postcard print featuring a selected card from the deck. It's probably going to be Page of Cups. She's too cute not to be on a postcard. Or the Knight of Wands. he knows kung fu and I'm sure he'll love to be a post panda.
🐼 Way of the Panda Bookmark
Receive a 2 x 6 bookmark printed on high quality stock paper with a gloss finish featuring the nerdy Page of Swords.
🐼 Tarot Courses + E-book
Outside Way of the Panda Tarot - I am actually super passionate about teaching tarot + creating literature / art / printables through the lens of tarot! Level Up Court Cards and Tarot Spread Machine are both digital courses that I've created on Teachable. Tarot Beginnings is an e-book that I wrote about learning tarot from a storytelling and slightly "literary" perspective. ***Please note that all 3 are digital products / access so no physical products will be shipped!***
Here is a quick look at the courses and e-book - for more information and everything on what the courses and e-book offer, please visit my website!
- Level Up Court Cards is a fun crash course that will help you memorize all 16 court cards in fun, organic ways through the lens of storytelling and critical thinking strategies. In this course, you will learn how to interpret them as characters that embody a role from a story and how to apply these insights during readings! Click here for more information.
- The Tarot Spread Machine is a unique creative-process course that walks you through the A to Z of creating an original tarot spread. If you want to create spreads that nobody else has or nobody else has seen before + spreads that you'll love / full of your personality - this course will teach you everything you need to know! Click here for more information.
- Tarot Beginnings is a 118-paged e-book that explores the world of tarot through the lens of storytelling, critical thinking, and tarot imagery / symbolism. I know, I know - sounds super literary. I studied English literature for my Bachelor's and I was an English tutor for 10 years. It got super nerdy when I wrote this book. Click here for more information.
Stretch Goals (UPDATED: APR 19)
Go big or go home, baby! With such a great first week of launch, I'm pumped to include free gifts + expand and upgrade the reward specs with each stretch goal so I can make this Kickstarter print as special and unique as I can to those who decided to pledge NOW to support the "birthing" of this deck.
Gathering maximum epic dream energy and shooting across the stars, into space!!!! LET'S GO PANDAS! This is what dreams are made of!
THE MAGICAL PANDA TRIO (KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE)
🐼🎉 !!!REACHED!!!🐼🎉 $20,000 CAD BONUS PANDA CARD UNLOCKED: a 79th bonus wild card, "The Caffeinated Panda" will be added to the Way of the Panda deck. This card is exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign and will feature a city panda holding a paper coffee cup with a laptop tucked to his side - all the while having his nose buried in the screen of his smartphone. Very first world looking, indeed.
🐼🎉 !!!REACHED!!!🐼🎉 $21,000 CAD BONUS PANDA CARD UNLOCKED: a 80th bonus wild card, "The Witchy Panda" will be added to the Way of the Panda deck. This card is exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign and will feature a panda having a magical moment - surrounded by tarot cards, crystals, herbs, incense, and a bundle of sage.
🐼🎉 !!!REACHED!!!🐼🎉 $22,000 CAD BONUS PANDA CARD UNLOCKED: a 81th bonus wild card, "The Stargazing Panda" will be added to the Way of the Panda deck. This card is exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign and will feature a panda holding a telescope and mulling over / marking on a star chart - contemplating over a bear's astrological destiny.
P.S. If all 3 bonus cards are unlocked - this is the ONLY time where you'll be getting 3 bonus cards in one deck! It'll be a Kickstarter Panda Special. ;)
PANDA POWER PRESENTS
🐼 $25,000 CAD PANDA TAROT CLOTH AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE: I personally don't really use tarot mats or any kind of underlays when I do readings for myself - so this wasn't something I looked into when I was preparing for this campaign. But I know a lot of tarot folks out there will love a tarot mat! If the stretch goal hits $25,000 CAD, I will work with my artist, Celia, to create a beautifully designed + illustrated + top quality panda cloth and make it available for the campaign!
🐼 $35,000 CAD FREE PRECIOUS PANDA PAW POUCH FOR ALL DECK PLEDGES: As the title suggests - a free Precious Panda Pouch will be included as a gift for everyone who has pledged for a deck (this includes the Kung Fu Pandas as well)! If you are already receiving a pouch as a reward from your pledge, you will receive an additional one - so two in total!
FURTHER INTO DREAMSPACE
🐼 $45,000 CAD STORYBOOK DECK BOX UPGRADE: a dreamy box that opens like a fairytale storybook (I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it! haha) - every time you do a reading, it'll be Once Upon a Panda and a Happily Panda After! 📖🏰🎍😍
🐼 $50,000 CAD BOOK OF PANDAS PAPER UPGRADE: a nerd's dream - the smell of fine quality paper and ink...mmmmmmm! The Book of Pandas will be upgraded from 90 GSM paper to 205 GSM (sturdy quality bond paper). Imagine it resting in your hands...the weight and wonders of a well-bound and well-printed book sinking in....ahhhhh. ❤️📗❤️📗❤️
P.S. I know this is kind of a long list, but what's a crowdfunding space odyssey without intergalactic panda treasures!!! LET'S GO FOR THE PANDA HOME PLANET, Y'ALL!! *panda war cry*
Where all the money is gonna go!
- 55% of the funding will go towards deck printing and custom duties
- 25% of the funding will go towards shipping / packaging and getting the deck to you!
- 15% of the funding will go towards deck accessories like the Precious Panda Pouch + Book of Pandas + Postcards + Bookmarks
- 5% of the funding will go towards Kickstarter fees
The "Panda" Behind the Pandas
Hey there fellow panda! I'm sooooooo excited that you're here! :D
My name is Kimberly M. Tsan, and I am the keeper" of Fables Den - a magical little corner for daring and dreamy adventurers to level up tarot & level up life. I am a cardslinger, intuitive & creative storyteller, teacher, doodler, poet, planner junkie, bubble tea addict, and royal cat slave to my ginger tabby, Professor. (Maybe bubble tea addict should have been top of the list, but oh well. Roasted oolong milk tea with tapioca pearls and milk foam, anyone?)
My Tarot Journey
I love tarot - to simply put. For me, the moment I set foot in the Tarot Kingdom was when my life really began. Personally, I find tarot to be a magical synchronistic space where creativity, imagination & storytelling meet intuition, spirituality and curiosity. There are many things in this world that act as a gateway to one's authentic power, and tarot is one of those things. I am very grateful to be traveling my life with a deck of tarot cards by my side.
Okay, technically - more than one deck of tarot cards by my side. Okay, multiple decks. Okay, okay. I have a collection *coughs* But none of those decks on my shelf are mine, aren't they? Way of the Panda Tarot is our main topic here. Panda on!!
Meet my incredibly talented artist from Spain, Celia Libelle!
Other than the gorgeous and dreamy watercolor you see in the Way of the Panda Tarot, Celia specializes in breathtaking, into-the-woods vibe line-art. Let's all bug her for a tarot or oracle deck! Haha. (I'm kinda serious. Let's petition her LOL)
It's been an absolutely amazing adventure and and I am sooooo grateful that my visions for this deck are realized and brought to life at the tip of her brush pen. The pandas chose her just like the pandas chose me - if you want to find out more about how we "met" in the vast grounds of cyberspace and read about the magical sychronicities that happened, click here for the once upon a panda!
I'm Celia, and I'm an illustrator from Barcelona. Since I was a child, my passion has been art. I spent most of my time drawing, even in the school, I drew everywhere (even when I didn't have a paper or notebook, I drew on the table).
I studied Fine Arts at UB (Barcelona University), majoring on illustration, and at the last course I realized that I didn't know what to do when I graduated. Finally I decided to continue studying... bakery! (that was just a hobby, but I thought, hey! why not?)
After spending two years of my life studying bakery, I had a revelation: I should have never left art! I discovered that art is and always will be my true passion, so I started drawing again, and little by little I think (and I hope) that I can make a living out of what I love the most: creating beauty.
Risks and challenges
1. The "Unfundability" of This Campaign
The most "immediate" risk and challenge of this campaign is obviously not reaching the designated campaign goal. Without the basic funding, Way of the Panda Tarot will not be able to enter its production phase. The pandas will be sad if that happens - however, I have planned well and hard for this launch and I am giving it my all to promote and advocate for this campaign as it runs, so I am confident that this will not happen. And of course, I appreciate all of your support if you could help share this campaign with your friends and family or any panda lovers you know!
2. Shipping Delays
The estimated shipping from the information above is already playing it safe. As this is my first time shipping decks from overseas, there may be unexpected challenges and glitches with the shipping process. Plus the Canadian borders are an alternative dimension with its own space-time when it comes to holding goods. However, as I see it, the chances of this happening are very slim. I will be enlisting the professional help of a reputable customs broker agency to conquer the beast of shipping. THESE DECKS WILL GET TO ME AND THEY WILL GET TO YOU!
3. Mercury Retrogradesque Malfunctions
Hopefully all internet communication does not break down like that certain Wednesday a few weeks ago where all social media platforms are drowning in a black hole of unpostable nothingness. This is relatively minor as I'm really fast and productive with e-mails - so I am sure that I will handle all the correspondences efficiently if all hell breaks loose with any online modes of communication.
I think that's it! I have planned long and hard for this campaign and every single process is diligently researched and I'm confident that everything will go awesome!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- All gone!