A unique, hand-painted divination deck that combines astrology and tarot into one extraordinarily curious collection.
A unique, hand-painted divination deck that combines astrology and tarot into one extraordinarily curious collection.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, June 21 2019 1:59 AM UTC +00:00.
The Story of a Deck
Hi, I’m the Curious Artist, the creator and artist behind Majorly Curious, a unique, hand-painted divination deck. By day I am an educator and by night I am a card-slinging intuitive that is always creating, drinking tea and seeking out new endeavors. I am….inherently curious.
I love working with tarot. I believe that it is a mystical and powerful tool that can help guide anyone who is willing to listen. I also love astrology for the very same reasons. The stars and planets are not just bright lights we see as we look up. They help us understand who we are and why certain situations unfold in the way that they do.
The manner in which you discover so much about yourself and your situation from either form of divination never ceases to amaze me. I love both disciplines but up until now, I have been hard-pressed to find cards that gave both disciplines their due process in a way that I could easily interpret, at the same time. That was, until the Divine began showing me the images for this deck.
Majorly Curious is unique from all the other decks currently available due to how it delivers messages from the Divine. Each card combines familiar Rider-Waite Smith (RWS) symbolism and methodologies with the constellations of the zodiac and astrological imagery, with just a touch of the Golden Dawn tradition peppered into the mix, creating one thoughtful and cohesive image. Different divinatory aspects are not just represented through a single symbol or word; they are embedded within the actual imagery.
At some point in our lives each one of us have craved a sense of direction, some soulful healing or even a bit of clarity. So when I was called to create this deck, I was guided to conceive a special type of hybrid, one that assists with each of these sensitivities through the power of visual artistry.
The imagery I was guided to develop enables anyone to instantly work with the cards, finding inspiration, encouragement, and support. For this deck I focused specifically upon the Major Arcana archetypes because they usually demand the most attention and promote the most personal growth and healing. Their messages are what we need to hear when faced with a difficult challenge. These archetypes are not just thought-provoking; they are powerfully cathartic messages.
To me, astrology and tarot are like keys on a spiritual piano. Each one is distinctly different but when used together, they make the most beautiful sounds. So, whether you are an astrologer who would like to incorporate the tarot into your practice, a card-slinger longing to integrate astrology into your readings, or even an intuitive looking to develop a spiritual practice, any reader at any level can begin reading these cards and receive guidance from the very first time they shuffle.
Deck Specs and Info
Majorly Curious is multi-purpose divination tool. It can be used like a traditional tarot deck, as an astro-tarot hybrid, or even in conjunction with many different astrological pursuits, such as a deeper interpretation of a person’s natal chart. The deck’s inherent duality enables the cards to be used in any way that the reader sees fit.
Because I believe that each backer should be provided with certain indulgences at no additional cost, I created the deck to incorporate every luxury.
- Deck is a standard (tarot) measurement size of 2.75” x 4.75” for easy shuffling.
- Cards are printed on 350 GSM, black core card stock with a matte linen finish.
- While this is a majors only deck, it is comprised of twenty six cards.
- Each of the twenty two Major Arcana archetypes are visually envisioned to incorporate their astrological counterparts.
- Four elemental cards are included to assist with aspects of timing and elemental dispositions.
- Those cards that incorporate the twelve signs of the zodiac feature silver gilded constellations.
- All cards feature lavender gilded edges.
- All card images are borderless.
- A mini guidebook (LWB) with full color jacket accompanies each deck, offering basic astrological and tarot associations for each card.
- Deck comes stored within a beautifully designed hard book-style box with magnetic closure.
Additional Deck Info:
For this deck, I was guided to use watercolors. All of the original images are completely drawn by hand and then water colored on archival paper using professional paints and ink. Watercolor is luminous, ethereal, and delicate. Because of these distinct qualities, it was very important that this soft, fluid aesthetic was preserved. In order for my original work to be ready for the final printing process, I worked closely with a professional graphic designer so these delicate nuances were maintained.
For deck production, I sought out the right manufacturer who would maintain my high standards of excellence, as well as companies who offer eco-friendly products and shipping supplies. My Virgo moon ensured that every detail was considered and perfected for the benefit of the deck and our environment.
Please be advised that I have insisted on using eco-friendly packaging where ever possible. While I cannot dictate what manufacturing companies do to ensure safe shipping on their end, I have ensured that no additional plastics and wrappings needed to be a part of my own shipping practices.
Each of the rewards offered for this campaign have been carefully selected and designed with all types of readers (and pocketbooks) in mind.
Majorly Curious Bookmark
Receive a 2” x 6” bookmark printed on high quality card stock paper with a gloss finish featuring the artwork featured for the High Priestess/Moon.
Majorly Curious Tarot Deck
Majorly Curious is printed on high quality 350 GSM black core card stock with a matte linen finish. It is safely stored within a sturdy, book style box with magnetic closure and interior ribbon for easy deck removal. Each deck comes with a small companion book (LWB) which contains basic tarot descriptions (keywords) and astrological associations such as ruling planet, elemental disposition and astrological houses.
Majorly Curious Reversible Tarot Storage Bag
This reversible wallet style tarot storage bag features zodiac imagery featured within Majorly Curious. This gorgeous, soft cotton blend bag is digitally printed using eco-friendly water-based pigments. Each bag is hand sewn and big enough to safely house your deck or whatever else you decide you want to keep safely protected.
Majorly Curious Reversible Altar Cloth
Take the art of astrology and tarot on the road. This Majorly Curious altar cloth, a 21” x 18” piece of soft cotton fabric, is digitally printed using eco-friendly water based pigments and features the astrological wheel and imagery from the deck. This cloth enables any reader to combine both astrology and tarot in one sacred space. Use it for tarot readings, intention setting, or even ritual work. This cloth is completely reversible. One side features the astrological wheel and house designations. The other side is a complementary solid color.
ADD ON: Majorly Curious Official Guidebook
I am really excited to provide this unique guidebook as an add on. Unlike the LWB included with your deck, the Majorly Curious Official Guidebook looks to satisfy all of your cartomancy and astrological curiosities.
This premium, perfect bound paperback features full color images of each card, along with their specific description and six astro-tarot spreads specifically designed for this deck. This is not a bigger book of definitions but one that develops your spiritual practice through the teachings of tarot and astrology. This guidebook delves into each individual world before blending them together into an easy-to read format. Important divinatory information is provided in a harmonious, story-like fashion so that both tarot and astrological instruction are easily understood. I also incorporated the importance of the elements, color associations and basic numerology into each description. Six different astrologically inspired tarot spreads are provided and outlined in detail for all types of readers. In other words, what you need to know about astrology AND tarot are all available in one easily accessible source.
Here’s a small sample of what you will find on the pages of this guidebook. These detailed descriptions will not be found in the LWB. These two small excerpts below have been taken from the pages featuring Uranus and The Fool, and Sagittarius and Temperance:
“Uranus spins on an axis opposite to all other planets, hence his eccentricity. While his daily rotations are quicker than Earth’s, his journey through the zodiac is slow and deliberate, taking seven years before entering a new sign. Much like the energetic of Uranus, the Fool beats to his own drum. Uranus is a rule breaker, which explains why he makes a perfect companion for the Fool.”
“Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, Sagittarius is both the philosopher and the explorer, who thrives upon a rigorous challenge. One of his greatest pursuits is in the quest to find the meaning of life. He finds entertainment and humor in every-day living and tempers his restless spirit with new ideologies. And if Sagittarius can have an adventure while gallivanting on this spiritual quest, he is greatly satisfied. While his body is big and brawny, his mind is just as strong.”
To add the Majorly Curious Official Guidebook as an additional add-on, simply add $29.95 to your total pledge amount. No extra shipping costs are necessary.
Want to gift this book to someone special or personalize this for your own collection? I am happy to personalize each book purchased. Simply note your exact request (and spelling) when completing your pledge.
My ruling planet of Jupiter is always looking to expand in a “go big or go home” type of fashion, so naturally I wanted to make additional enhancements available. I believe that you will love this deck as much as I did making it, so I am excited to offer the following curiosities as stretch goal rewards. Thank you in advance to all of you who decide to pledge NOW and support this deck.
Unlock Additional Cards:
There are many different areas of importance within an astrological chart, not just planets. Different asteroids and astrological aspects offer additional guidance and support. In honor of these different forces three different cards can be added to every deck as these individual goals are met. Artwork and updates will be made available in accordance with each goal.
$8,500 Goal: The first card to be added to every deck will be Chiron, the wounded warrior. Chiron helps to highlight the area within your life that is in need of deep, soulful healing.
$9,000 Goal: The second card to be added to every deck will be Dark Moon Lilith. Lilith was the first wife of Adam and represents our feminine sexuality. She longs to express what is suppressed and release negative emotions that hold us back.
$9,500 Goal: The third card to be added to every deck will be Eris. Eris was the sister of Mars and the goddess of strife and discord. She is a strong warrior who packs a punch, highlighting our rebellious side.
Unlock Additional Deck Enhancements:
$10,500 Goal: Why just keep the gilding to the edges and constellations? If we reach this goal I will add gilding to the front of all the cards in the deck, creating a shimmery cast to all visible lettering, numbering and symbols.
Funding and Timeline
You are investing your hard earned money so I believe you deserve nothing less than full transparency of how this project is being funded. While this may be my first official campaign, rest assured, I am a perfectionist! Aside from the stretch goal cards, all of the artwork is completed and scanned (if you want more, head on over to my Instagram the_curious_artist_ ).
Currently, my work is in the process of being digitally prepped for print. My manufacturing contacts are all set up and secure. I will be receiving proofs before I give the final thumbs up, ensuring that everything meets my standards. If everything continues to move smoothly, I should be able to send out decks about 3 months after the manufacturer has begun the printing process.
Since I already have an abundance of art materials at the ready, I did not incorporate time or supplies into the campaign, but I did factor in cost for graphic design (which I already paid prior to the start of this campaign). I also factored in the fees associated with Kickstarter.
Due to manufacturing, the deck is being ordered in one large batch. There may be decks available for purchase after the campaign has ended but there is no guarantee.
Here is the final breakdown:
- about 62% of the funding will go towards deck production, custom duties and taxes
- about 11% of the funding will go towards production of reward incentives
- about 10% of the funding will go towards graphic design
- about 10% of the funding will go towards required Kickstarter fees and other processing fees
- about 7% of the funding will go towards eco-friendly packing materials
Majorly Curious was born from my love of learning and the inner drive to evolve into something more. I am a creative fire sign (Sagittarius) who has been making artwork since I could hold a pencil and painting since I was in grade school. I use visual imagery to express what I cannot say in words because that’s what I love to do. And now I get to share this all with you, which is an absolute dream come true.
The cards found their way into my life and heart in my teenage years. Creating my own deck didn’t ever cross my mind until I experienced personal loss and the need to express what I felt in my heart. The experience was nothing less than extraordinary. I have been painting for years but these paintings are something special.
Today, I wear many different hats. One of them is that I read professionally. I am also a proud member of my local tarot tribe. I hope that when you back these cards and feel them between your fingers, you are afforded the same type of enlightenment I experienced each time I put down the brush to marvel at what was conceived through my hands.
Risks and challenges
Without proper funding, Majorly Curious will not enter the production phase. But I have put so much time, attention, and dedication to this campaign and project, I am confident of its success. I appreciate all of your support and the sharing of this campaign with everyone you know.
My estimated date of delivery was done with all heavenly transits in mind (I’m looking at you Mercury and don’t think I’m not keeping my eye on you too, Saturn). While I don't anticipate difficulties, when shipping overseas there may be an unexpected challenge. But rest assured, I will not stop until these decks and rewards are safely transferred from my hands into yours. After all, how can you satisfy your curious nature without a deck of cards to sling? Please see the FAQ section for additional shipping information.
That being said, if there are any unforeseen delays, I will constantly keep all of my backers up to date. I am committed to sharing the progress of the printing schedule, if there are any setbacks, as well as making sure you are happy with your rewards. Besides, we Sagittarians are known for our frank and truthful nature. I promise, you are in good hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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