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Expand your creativity. Enhance your intuition. Discover more about yourself and your world with this crisp, minimalist tarot deck!
Expand your creativity. Enhance your intuition. Discover more about yourself and your world with this crisp, minimalist tarot deck!
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"...if it took anything else off, it would be on a public indecency charge!" — Alison Cross, This Game of Thrones

"...the clean design, bold color palette, and patterns throughout the deck really caught my eye." — K, Her Sixth Circle

"I found [the Locus Tarot] really innovative." — Chloë, TABITarot

Bridge the gap between truth and intuition with the Locus Tarot, a gorgeous, minimalist tarot deck that enhances intuition, creativity, and self-discovery.

The Locus Tarot steps back and lets the seer do the seeing, eschewing tradition by discarding the sea journeys and dark women of medieval peasantry, yet strengthening tradition by revealing the vast patterns of the universe the tarot has always held behind the veil. When you peer through the eye of the Locus, you see the vast architecture of reality exposed.

The Locus is great for beginners just learning the tarot, as well as for experts seeking mastery of it. 

Buy the Locus Tarot direct from the creator! (Starting June 2014.)

The Locus Tarot maps the overarching forces of our reality, taking shape where ancient wisdom meets modern thought. Requiring only a few simple theories to interpret, wielders of the Locus experience the tarot unobstructed, exploring the relationship between outer and inner, positive and negative, elements, and numerology in the macrocosm and microcosm alike.

I see the tarot not primarily as a method of fortune-telling, but as a means to self-discovery, so regardless of your background, the included 50-page booklet will likely be as refreshing as it is informative.

The booklet begins by delving into the essential theories of the Locus, namely the four elements, the ten numbers of numerology, and the three binary pairs—positive/negative, outer/inner, macro/micro. Understand these theories, and you can apply the Locus Tarot to every situation imaginable without having to worry about your perspective being swayed by misleading imagery or rote-memorized definitions.

The booklet continues with a selection of spreads designed to be as transparent as the Locus Tarot itself, allowing readers using any deck to introspect with even greater ease. Included in this section is a clarification of the classic Celtic Cross spread.

The booklet ends with a twist on the traditional card reference—rather than making any claims to describing a card's absolute meaning, we instead apply the cards to a set of problem domains as a way of helping readers learn how to use the theories of self-discovery seamlessly and artfully.

Cheat Sheet

Minor Arcana: The Minors represent 10 points of conflict along the Hero's Journey. The suit indicates how the reader stands to grow. Combine one of the ten conflicts and one of the four suits to interpret the card.

Royalty Arcana: The Royalty represent character archetype sometimes suggesting an outside influence, but sometimes suggesting an aspect of oneself. The suit indicates the character's external methods and the rank (Page as air, Knight as fire, Queen as water, King as earth) indicate the character's internal motivations.

Major Arcana: The Majors represent forces, theme, and preoccupations in one's life. Most are interpreted as a primary element (center disc) influenced by another element (tiny dots). The four majors with one element (the row beginning with The Fool) represent the element in microcosm, and the four majors with overlapping circles (the row beginning with The Bridge) represent the element in macrocosm.

To read the whole deck, you need only know the meaning of the ten numbers, the four elements, the inner/outer pair for Royalty, the macro/micro pair for the Majors, and the positive/negative pair for cards drawn reversed. 20 theories, 160 intersections, infinite meanings.

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The Deck

Inside the high-gloss box, you'll find your 80-card Locus Tarot deck and 50-page informative booklet. Readers will find the deck an exciting addition to their collection, novices will find the deck a wonderful learning tool, and everyone else will just dig the art.

The Collector's Edition Deck

During this campaign only, backers have the chance to buy a completely plastic deck in a high-quality box. These cards shuffle like fiber cards, but they last forever and they're completely waterproof. Whether you're super-clumsy, or you just like the idea of getting to play with an absolutely unique work of art, the elite deck is for you.

The Poster

The poster is a huge 42.5" by 39", depicting the 80 cards of the Locus Tarot in an infinite tessellation pattern. A perfect meditative mandala, and a great addition to any open wall.

The Button Pack

Wear your heart on your sleeve! Or draw a button at random and experience the world through that lens for the day.

Every $15+ backer gets one button at random for every $1000 the campaign earns, but supporters who buy the button pack get the entire collection of 80 buttons plus the extras!

The Wall of Thanks

All campaign backers (even those who contribute just $1) will be contacted to add a link with their name (or brief text) to the Wall of Thanks on the Locus Tarot website. Some donors will be allowed to add an image which will remain posted for one year.

The Locus Tarot is designed by Mike Stop Continues, an artist and truth-seeker from Brooklyn, NY. He came to the tarot very young and, having discovered the potential applications of this fascinating tool, set his sights on clarifying many of the tarot's patterns while at the same time curing readers of the many problems which plague the tarot's use.

This Game of Thrones interviewed Mike about the Royalty and the symbology of the deck.

Inner Whispers interviewed Mike about how tarot theory informs the cards. Chloë also did a Locus reading earlier this week.

The Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI) interviewed Mike about the inspiration for the Major Arcana. They also posted a Locus prompt earlier this week.

Her Sixth Circle interviewed Mike about the design process. Mike also gives a sample reading with the deck.

Thanks to Álvaro Galván RiveraD'ken Domondon, James Donovan, Michael Marino, Jamie GioeUmberto Eco, and Robert Ashley for inspiration and feedback.

Thanks to all the backers of this campaign! You rock!

Risks and challenges

I've minimized risk for this campaign. The deck, booklet, box, poster, and pins are all tried and tested. The printers are all lined up and ready to go. My schedule is open to ship all the goodies. If problems with any of these facets should arise, I'll be able to easily correct our course.

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