The Origin of Green Glyphs
Hello! My name is James R. Eads and this is my fourth kickstarter campaign and I'm so glad you could be here with me. Kickstarter has allowed me to create card decks beyond my wildest dreams so it is very exciting to anticipate what may come with Green Glyphs.
This is a really special deck to me, while it might not be my first deck, there is something about Green Glyphs that feels very true to who I am as an artist and as a person. It came to me during the winter of 2018 when I was going through another bout of physical pain and searching for solace in magical arts. I was immediately drawn to the storytelling aspects that come with reading Lenormand and the qualities it shares with Tarot.
What is a Lenormand Deck?
A Lenormand deck is different than a Tarot deck. Both can be used to do readings; Tarot helps to reveal your unconscious path and focuses on the mind, while Lenormand can tell a story, describe events and offer insight into people, places and timing. Lenormand is an oracle deck comprised of a set of 36 symbols that remains the same throughout all decks. Each card has carries it's own importance in telling a story. You can read cards in pairs or triplets or in groups, but the real magic of Lenormand lies in reading all 36 cards together in what is called a Grand Tableau. It can be an exquisite tool for storytelling and will keep your creative wit fresh. This deck can be used beyond readings: it can be used to play the Game of Hope, to spark poetry or to play Green Glyphs Bingo.
The best part about Lenormand is that these symbols are intuitive and many of them you will already understand their meanings - SHIP, for example, represents a journey, an adventure or leaving home. And just as COFFIN will represent an ending, CHILD represents a beginning.
These days there are more and more Lenormand decks out there, but not a lot that I have connected with personally. And knowing I love the challenge of creating a deck of magical cards, I jumped right in
When I first started learning Lenormand this idea of reading a Grand Tableau was daunting to me- 36 cards is a lot of information to take in at once. So I set out to create a deck that could be read quickly by color, giving the beginning reader an early advantage.
All cards that have a strong presence of gold or yellow are positive cards
while cards that are predominantly orange/brick red are unfortunate.
With this key aspect added into the deck, it makes it much easier to see clusters of positive or unfortunate cards. You will pick up patterns and situations with much more ease than with a standard Lenormand deck.
I've posted an update on learning the beginnings of Lenormand here. I won't go into reading a Grand Tableau yet, but it is explained in depth in the guidebook and a brief explanation will be added to the FAQ section soon.
What else is special about Green Glyphs?
I wanted this deck to feel like it came from somewhere else in time. It could be from 2018, but I'd rather you think you found an object from 1918 or 1818. For this to really feel timeless I searched for the highest quality, most buttery, thick matte cardstock, and I found it. The first sample deck is already in and it feels like smooth velvet on your fingers. The edges are finished with a bronze gilding that makes the green hues look stunning.
Another thing I wanted from this deck is for it to be universal among all people. The hetero-assuming/hetero-normative caucasian aspects that come included in most old Tarot and Lenormand decks is unfortunate. So I added four cards to this deck that will allow you to swap out the Gentleman or the Lady for another Man or another Lady or a Person (or two People). If you don't feel connected to the imagery of the Cross you can opt to use the Albatross instead.
Lastly, I wanted to add my own system of symbols that can be used to simplify the 36 cards even more. These glyphs are meant to be used as tools to remember the 36 symbols and you will find one on each card, along with other secret sigils and glyphs scrawled throughout the deck.
When it was done I sprinkled it with a hefty dose of good magic and I called it Green Glyphs.
What comes with Green Glyphs Lenormand?
The deck itself is comprised of 40 cards printed on 350gsm soft touch matte paper. The cards are standard playing card size (2.5 x 3.5 inches). These cards feel amazing to the touch and the matte finish gives them that timeless appearance that I love.
The special feature of the deck is The Green Glyphs Guide - An 80 page full color guide (measuring 4 x 6.5 inches) meant to offer a brief introduction for reading your Lenormand deck. It includes an introduction that answers some of your burning questions about Lenormand and 40 pages of card meanings and example combinations followed by a section that details how to read a Grand Tableau and instructions on how to play The Game of Hope a multiplayer game that uses all 36 cards as a board game!
The Box (measuring 4 x 7 x 1 inches) holds the deck and cards and is constructed with all paper cardstock. The interior has a paper 'tray' that holds the cards in place and the larger sized guide sits on top. The box closes with a magnetic flip top.
If you want a seriously in-depth look at the box, check out The Truth in Story's early deck preview.
So what's in this Kickstarter?
You'll find only a few rewards built in this campaign, and I will be using the add-on system to keep reward tiers to a minimum, unlike the Open Portals campaign, there are no variants in this campaign, making the deciding easier for all of us.
There's a reward tier for every Green Glyphs item with a deck, and a tier for the Lenormand Collector that includes everything from this campaign!
Now that we have reached all of our stretch goals, all orders for a Green Glyphs deck will come with five extra special cards:
1. Green Glyphs Lenormand Deck ($25)
The heart of this Kickstarter: The Green Glyphs Lenormand deck. The deck will normally be priced at $30, but as a kickstarter backer you'll be getting Green Glyphs at the lowest price it will ever be, with lowered shipping costs and all the goodies we may reach with stretch goals.
2. Green Glyphs Houses Cloth ($25)
This is my favorite addition to the deck. For those of you who are new to Lenormand and aren't familiar with the order the Houses fall in this is for you. The cloth is made of natural locally sourced muslin and hand dyed with black tea and screenprinted on in our studio in Los Angeles. The edges are left naturally torn and finished with a stitched thread border. The cloth is lightweight and can be folded up to the size of your Green Glyphs Box. Cloth measures roughly 24" x 34". For a more in-depth look at the cloth check out this update!
3. The Gilded Lily ($10)
The Gilded Lily is the feature pin of the Green Glyphs collection and shines like an elegant brooch. It's quite a large pin measuring at 3" long and is fastened with two backing pins.
4. Green Glyphs Bingo ($10)
This is something you can add on to your deck to expand Green Glyphs to play bingo with friends. Green Glyphs Bingo is a set of 8 cards (5.5" x 8.5") on heavy cardstock with a velvet green trim and an instruction sheet on How to Play with different variations. The Green Glyphs version is based more off of 'Loteria' and includes four rows and columns instead of the bingo classic 5x5.
5. Green Glyphs Correspondence for Any Occassion ($40)
A set of eight greeting cards with blank interiors paired with 8 high quality color envelopes with custom marbled envelope liners housed in a brown kraft box. The marbled envelope liners are created in our studio: We made about 50 different marbled patterns with traditional marbling techniques, then had them professionally photographed and printed on thin paper that is then cut to size and rounded and adhered to the envelopes.
6. The House Keychain (NEW!) $7
The House Keychain is a 1.5" Matte Gold Hard Enamel Keychain. "Green Glyphs" will be embossed on the back of the pendant and the keychain will come in a custom backing card, I'm only ordering 300 of these so they will be a limited run. At $30,000 this new reward tier was unlocked. If you would like a House Keychain you don't need to change your reward tier, all you have to do is hit "edit my pledge" and add $7. Post campaign you will fill out your specific rewards in the survey.
7. The Satchel (NEW!) $15
The Satchel is a new add-on item reached at the stretch goal of $40,000. The final design is still in the works but it is expected to be made of faux green suede and will fit a standard deck of playing cards. The satchel is designed as a fold-over closure with an extended flap to do quick 3 card readings on the go. Available as an add-on for $15 or at the new reward tier "Green Glyphs Lenormand + Satchel"
I appreciate each one of you helping bring this project to life, please share among your friends with the link below:
If you have any questions about Lenormand and what it is, check out the FAQ for answers to some of your questions-- like why is there a mini playing card in the center of every card? and what is the difference between Tarot and Lenormand?
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I hope you are excited as I am for the future of Green Glyphs.
If you are adding onto your pledge please find the menu below:
First, choose a reward tier and pledge. Once you have pledged for your main item you can click on the “Manage My Pledge” button and add the amount of your add-ons you would like. After the funding period you will be able to specify which add-ons you want. We will be using BackerKit for fulfillment as we did with the Open Portals campaign last year, so if there are things you might want to add after the campaign ends you will have another opportunity!
+$5 = Sticker Sheet
+$7 = Gold House Keychain
+$10 = Green Glyphs Bingo Cards
+$10 = Gilded Lily Pin
+$15 = The Satchel
+$25 = Another Green Glyphs Lenormand Deck
+$25 = Green Glyphs Houses Cloth
+$40 = Green Glyphs Correspondence Cards
As we get more backers, the Green Glyphs universe expands!
Please note, these are all mock ups and the final products may be subject to changes.
Thanks to the amazing backers involved in this project we hit all of our stretch goals!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk with this project is delivering in time for the holidays at the end of the year. I put estimated delivery date as January 2020 to give ourselves a little extra room, but we are ahead of ourselves this time and without anticipating too many hiccups we should be able to deliver well before December.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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