Hi there! My name is Monica and I'm the creator of The Empath Oracle — an oracle deck featuring 62 originally designed cards and a corresponding guidebook.
Most people know me as Monica the Medium, from the Freeform (formerly ABC Family) original television series.
But aside from being a medium, I'm also an empath.
And I'm sure many of you reading this are as well, since an estimated 15-20 percent of the world’s population is highly sensitive (HSP), and a lot of these people are also empaths (which means that in addition to being highly sensitive, they also tend to soak up the energy & emotions of others).
Maybe you can relate?
Are you highly influenced by the energy around you?
Do you absorb the feelings and emotions of others like a sponge?
Do people have the tendency to randomly open up and offload all their problems onto you?
Do you feel utterly drained and exhausted around certain people or in specific places?
Do you avoid reading or watching the news because of the emotional toll it can have on you?
Are you overwhelmed in crowded places and even smaller social gatherings?
These are just a few signs that may indicate you're an empath.
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Luckily, I've now learned how to better navigate life as a sensitive soul and I want to help others do the same. That's why I've created The Empath Oracle.
ABOUT THE 62-CARD DECK:
I created this deck for fellow empaths, sensitive souls, compassionate caregivers, intuitive healers, and the like.
(But even if you don’t fall into one of those categories, this deck can still offer you profound insights and divine guidance!)
By engaging with The Empath Oracle, you will:
- Better understand your unique ability as an empath
- Start to reclaim power over your sensitivities
- Receive practical and spiritual guidance from the divine
- Learn how to manage your energy and find balance
- Embark on a deeper journey of self-discovery
The 62 cards and corresponding guidebook provide a unique and accessible way to navigate everyday life as an empath and to start feeling empowered by your sensitivities, rather than overwhelmed.
ABOUT THE GUIDEBOOK:
The insightful guidebook (written by me, Monica the Medium) explains how to use the 62 cards in The Empath Oracle and provides a detailed description for each card to help you better understand and interpret its message. Through the various card descriptions, you'll receive tips and tools that will assist you in moving forward with confidence and clarity in your everyday life as an empath or highly sensitive person.
ABOUT THE CARD DESIGNS:
I always knew I wanted this deck to have a different look and feel to it than what's already out there. From the theme of the deck to the more abstract card designs—The Empath Oracle is definitely an oracle deck that is unique and fresh.
This deck features 62 unique and original designs. I worked with my Spirit Team of guides and angels to write the messages for the cards and guidebook.
Using these channeled messages as her muse, my artistic collaborator Rachel Fishman used hand painted textures, illustration, color, and geometric shapes to create the visual translation for each card. I knew from the moment I met Rachel that she was the perfect person for the job. She's a fellow empath and very much in touch with all things "woo-woo" and spiritual :) It was a beautiful collaboration, and I was part of the creative process every step of the way, making sure that every single aspect of these designs—from the fonts being used, to the colors, art, textures, shapes, and so forth—aligned with the vision I had for this deck. We went through several rounds of revisions until things were just right. The Capricorn in me definitely pays attention to the little details!
Rachel has said, "These designs were just as much channeled by Spirit through me as the messages were for Monica." I couldn't agree more. When I look at some of the designs, I'm really able to feel into the meaning of the message for that card in a much deeper way. I'm forever grateful to Rachel for her talent, hard work, and dedication to this project.
-Each deck comes with 62 cards
-All 62 cards are completely original cards designs (containing original artwork, various handmaid textures, and graphic design by Rachel Fishman & a message that was channeled and written by Monica the Medium)
-Cards will be 3.5" x 5" in size and have a 350 gsm premium card stock with matte finish, rounded corners, + gold gilded edging. (UPDATE: We're now upgrading the card stock to 400 gsm! The thickest and highest quality option available.)
-Each deck will come with a companion guidebook (written by Monica the Medium) that provides instructions for how to use this deck, along with a detailed description for each card. The perfect bound guidebook will be just about the same size as the cards (3.5" x 5"). I don't have an exact page-count yet, but each card description will fill up about a 1.5-2 pages (similar to what you saw in the guidebook mockup earlier on this page). (UPDATE: The guidebook descriptions are now going to be even more detailed, with most of the card descriptions spanning at least 2.5-3.5 pages)
-Each deck and guidebook will come packaged in a beautiful two piece rigid box with matte finish and metallic gold or gold foil details on the front and sides, as shown in the oracle box mockup images above. Box will be delivered shrink wrapped (with the exception of those who order a signed copy, since I'll have to remove the shrink wrap to sign it—but I'll make sure it's protected when it's packaged and shipped to you).
If We Raise Over $18,000
-STRECH GOAL UPGRADE: Thumb cuts will be added to either side of the box lid for easier removal (THIS GOAL HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN UNLOCKED ✓)
If We Raise $20,000+
-STRECH GOAL UPGRADE: Anti-scratch matte finish for the two-piece rigid box (as opposed to just matte) (THIS GOAL HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN UNLOCKED ✓)
If We Raise $21,000+
-STRECH GOAL UPGRADE: Metallic gold or gold foil detail added to the cover of the guidebook. If stretch goal is not meant, only the oracle box would have gold on it. (THIS GOAL HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN UNLOCKED ✓)
If We Raise $22,000+
-STRECH GOAL UPGRADE: Metallic gold or gold foil lines on the card back design as shown below (ie. the back of each card in the 62 card deck). If stretch goal is not meant, the card backs would not have these lines. (THIS GOAL HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN UNLOCKED ✓)
How We'll Use The Funds / A Note About the Cost:
We need $18,000 in order to launch The Empath Oracle. That will cover costs associated with the creation, production, and manufacturing of the deck, along with shipping, handling, fulfillment, labor, marketing, Kickstarter (5%) / processing fees (3-5%), and other related expenses.
Once production of the oracle decks has completed, I'm going to have a portion of the order sent from the manufacturer via expedited shipping, at which point decks will start being packaged and shipped to backers whose rewards include "1st Shipment". I'll be covering the cost of the expedited shipping, which is very expensive in comparison to regular shipping, but it will significantly reduce the risk of delayed shipping to the backers with an estimated delivery date of approximately one week before Christmas. As much as I'd love to offer an estimated ship date before Christmas for ALL backers, that would involve too much risk as it'd increase the length of production and require additional labor and costs. Because let's say this Kickstarter campaign suddenly explodes? While that would be great, it would also be very overwhelming for us if we were promising the same ship date for everyone, since our budget and timeline has been designed according to a set order quantity. If we suddenly have to fulfill 10x the amount of decks then we've budgeted and planned for, that'd be a heck of a lot more to coordinate and handle. That's why I've put a cap on some of the rewards and have also staggered the delivery dates — that way if we get hit with a huge demand, it'll be easier for us to manage.
If we exceed the $18,000 I am offering the stretch goal upgrades mentioned above. Anything past these goals will also further help me to offset some of what I've already invested into this project (ie. thousands of dollars in fees that I've paid to my designer for original artwork and graphic design services, to my editor/proofreader, assistant, etc).
While it may seem like $44 is a lot for an oracle deck (when you're comparing it to cheaper decks on Amazon), this is actually very normal and common amongst indie created oracle decks. The costs really do add up. Now that we're nearing the end of this project, I'm realizing that I'll be very lucky if after sales & income taxes I can break even when it's all said and done, let alone make a profit from this deck (and I'm not even factoring in the cost of my own time...if I added all those hours into my calculations I'd probably faint LOL). The reality is that creating your own oracle deck takes an enormous amount of time, energy, and money. It's definitely not some glamorous project! But at the end of the day, it'll have all been worth it knowing that it's going to help a lot of people.
Unfortunately we're not able to offer this deck internationally at this time. As a sensitive soul, it truly pains me to have to limit the shipping options to the United States for right now. I did not take this decision lightly, and had spent hours upon hours trying to figure out if it would be feasible for us to make this deck available internationally.
However, keeping it within the US was ultimately the best choice for me and my team, so that we do not become overwhelmed or let anyone down with making promises that are beyond what we can handle during this initial launch (#empathlife). I have a small team and can only take on so much. I'm also releasing my first book on November 11, 2019 (Messages from Above: What Your Loved Ones in Heaven Want You to Know). Between my book and oracle deck launch, my live Messages from Above events, and a series of other professional and personal demands in 2019/2020, I have to be extremely careful not to spread myself too thin.
I realize that it's completely different than my oracle deck, but if it helps to soften the disappointment at all—I hope my international followers will be happy to know that my book will be available internationally on Amazon and other online retailers :) And if this Kickstarter campaign far surpasses its goal and the deck is an undisputed success, then hopefully I'll be able to hire some additional support in order to make The Empath Oracle available for my international supporters one day, if and when we're ready.
What Happens If We Don't Reach Our Goal?
Kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising platform. If we do not reach the initial funding goal of $18,000 by the campaign deadline, then this deck will not be manufactured and/or released at this time and no money is lost from the backers (Kickstarter won't charge your credit card until the end of the campaign and will only do so if we've met our goal).
What Happens If We're Overfunded?
When a Kickstarter campaign is overfunded, sometimes backers will wonder: what happens with all that “extra” money? Does the creator get to pocket the additional funds they didn't ask for? Ie: If a creator has a funding goal of $5,000 and raises $25,000, what do they do with the additional $20,000?
Most of the time what seems like “extra” money isn’t extra at all. Ten times the funding often means ten times the backers. More rewards have to be produced and distributed, and creators need that funding to do it (and sometimes some of their own money too). However, overfunding can sometimes lead to better margins, which is why a creator might offer certain "stretch goals" that enhance the product (like I've done for this campaign).
Monica Ten-Kate is an extraordinarily gifted Spirit Medium and star of the Freeform (formerly ABC Family) original series, Monica the Medium.
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Monica was always an old soul with a sense of the world beyond her years. Around the age of 15, Monica began to realize that her empathic tendencies for the people surrounding her; friends, family, and strangers alike, was accompanied by a sense of feelings, signs, and symbols, which she later realized was Spirit communicating.
Monica's natural energy and presence makes her a relatable and lovable messenger for the Other Side. She’s not only a fascinating 25-year-old woman, but also a wonderful leader in her community as she inspires people to accept their gifts and works to heal people of all ages.
Additionally, Monica is the author of her first book, Messages from Above (to be released on Amazon 11/11/2019), host of the podcast Wine and Spirits with Monica the Medium, and travels to cities across the country for her live Messages from Above events. She also teaches online courses and workshops for fellow mediums and empaths. Follow @MonicatheMedium and learn more at www.monicathemedium.com
Make sure you're following @EmpathOracle and @MonicatheMedium on Instagram for the latest updates!
PLEASE USE AN EMAIL YOU ACTUALLY CHECK: If this project is successfully funded, backer surveys will be sent out approximately 14 days after the Kickstarter campaign fundraising period has closed. Please plan to complete your survey ASAP! This is how we'll confirm your physical mailing address to ship you the deck(s), along with your email and any other information we'll need to fulfill the rewards. There will be an option for you to edit your address up to a certain point, should you happen to move between the time the surveys are sent out, and when we ship the decks.
MAKE SURE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFO IS UP-TO-DATE: If this project is successfully funded, your card won't be charged until the end of the campaign's fundraising period. But if your card doesn't go through and your pledge can't be processed, then you won't receive your deck(s) or any other backer rewards.
Helpful Link for Backers:
You may cancel your pledge at any point during the campaign, in which case your card won't be charged at the end of the campaign if we reach our goal (but you also won't receive any rewards). After that, we cannot offer any partial or full refunds, returns, or exchanges on any of portion of your pledge, unless we cannot fulfill that reward AT ALL or if for instance, you received a deck that was the 1 in 1000 that somehow got botched during the printing process. Any unexpected production, manufacturing or shipping delays will not warrant any refund.
Please remember this is Kickstarter, not Amazon or any traditional retail or online store for that matter. Your pledge is what's making it possible for us to bring this deck to life. You aren't purchasing an existing physical product. For more information, please read the risks & challenges portion below.
By pledging to this project, you also acknowledge that the final product may vary slightly from what you see on this page. All images of the oracle deck, box, and guidebook are mockups. The finished product of the box will be a two-piece rigid box as opposed to a tuck box as shown in the mockups (the rigid box will be much sturdier & of better quality). Backers will be kept up-to-date of any minor changes that haven't already been communicated on this page. The overall design and theme will remain unchanged throughout the funding and printing process.
Will the decks be available after the campaign ends?
There might be a limited number of decks for pre-order and/or for sale after the campaign ends, but at this time we cannot make any guarantees regarding if, when, or where they would be available. Hopefully we'll be able to do another print run in the future, but we'll have to wait and see! That being said, make sure to pledge and secure a deck now while you can! And subscribe to the newsletter at www.monicathemedium.com for the latest updates.
Risks and challenges
As of October 7th (the last day of this Kickstarter campaign), the pre-production process is now 100% completed for this deck and we have all the print files ready to send off to the manufacturer.
Our main risk comes with the actual printing, shipping, and fulfillment aspect.
Our biggest challenge will be having the decks produced and shipped out on time to the reward tiers that include "1st Shipment!" (approx. 1 week before Christmas) since it'll be during the holiday season when production can sometimes get held up and shipping can take longer. I've padded in a few weeks of buffer time to the estimates I've gotten from the printer incase anything happens, but still, there's always a chance we may stumble across unexpected roadblocks or delays that are out of our control.
Our ideal backer is someone who's understanding of the fact that while we're going to make every last effort to have decks shipped out on time, we would never want to sacrifice quality in order to do so. So while we will do all we can to meet the estimated shipment, we cannot make any guarantees, and it's possible your shipment could arrive after the estimated date. If for any reason there ends up being a delay in production or shipment, we would be sure to send out a digital "On The Way" certificate to the backers who were supposed to receive their decks by Christmas, so that those of you who are planning to gift this deck to someone would at least be able to print out the certificate and add it to that person's stocking or put it in a box for them to unwrap!
For those who've selected the reward tiers that come with the later shipment date (late February), there's a significantly lower risk of delay. In fact, you may even receive your deck sooner than that. However, again, these are estimates and unexpected delays could occur that may result in you receiving your deck(s) at a later date.
Again, the risks mentioned here are worst case scenario. But I'd rather be fully transparent about the risks and challenges, so that everyone's on the same page.
I'll send updates along the way, so that there's no last minute surprises and you'll be kept in the loop!
Thank you so much for being a supporter of this deck!
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