About this project
Since 2003, Tarot has been a huge tool in my life for self-discovery, healing, shadow work, and fun! Divination with cards of such deep symbolism can be a powerful way for anyone to connect with themselves or with others. However, not everyone can find themselves in the imagery of most Tarot decks on the market today; although the landscape is changing, most decks are still extremely heterocentric, ciscentric, white, and feature thin able-bodied people only. It can be very difficult to find depictions of non-white, queer, disabled, and plus-size bodies in Tarot, which means that many readers and querents aren't seeing their lives reflected back at them in the cards--my queer, trans/nonbinary self included.
I wanted to create a deck that features ALL of these people, and does so in a way that's mystical, magical, and full of color. I also wanted to write a guidebook that is equally inclusive--so I did!
ABOUT THE DECK
The Numinous Tarot is a 79-card Tarot deck with fully illustrated pips and one extra card called The Numinous. The suits, court cards, and some of the Major Arcana have been renamed to fit the mystical theme of the deck and/or remove gendered titles.
The suits of this deck are:
Kings = Mystics | Queens = Creators | Knights = Explorers | Pages = Dreamers
The deck will be printed at a final trim size of 2.75"x4.75" with a satin matte coating and feature ~ * gilded edges * ~ ! The prototype in the photographs is glossy and doesn't have the gilding, but I will provide photographs of the actual finish when those proofs arrive.
ABOUT THE GUIDEBOOK
The physical Numinous Tarot guidebook will be 6"x9" and 128 pages. It features 1-2 page interpretations for all 79 cards, plus sections on Tarot reading basics, the Numinous Tarot suits and court titles, spreads, and more. It will be written using gender neutral language, from a queer, feminist perspective. My card interpretations also feature a particular emphasis on shadow work, mental health, self-discovery, and personal growth. Based on the Rider-Waite-Smith style of reading, but also fairly removed from it.
If you've never read Tarot before, you can start learning with this deck and book! Yes, it is different than many more "traditional" decks or interpretations, but if you identify with the values & message of the Numinous Tarot, it may be easier for you to understand and connect with than others.
P.S. The idea that it's bad luck to buy yourself your first Tarot deck is a myth! I bought my first one, as did many readers I know, and none of us have suffered any consequences. I suspect that this superstition was used back when Tarot was much less socially acceptable as a way to gate-keep the reader community and keep people safe, but it's not really needed today.
The Numinous Tarot deck and guidebook will be packaged together in one box sized to fit the guidebook. The deck will sit in a plastic tray that goes under the book. This was a decision made after getting the prototype copy of the deck that appears in the video & promo images, so that box is not an accurate representation of what's coming! Here is a "dummy" copy of the actual planned packaging I have received from the printer:
As such, the deck and guidebook will always be sold together, never separately. I will be releasing the full box & guidebook design as soon as they are complete!
REWARD TIERS & ADD-ONS
Here are the pledge levels and what you get with each one! See the following section to learn more about each reward in detail.
You can also add certain items to a pledge level if it doesn't include it; for example, if you pledge at the $150 level, you can add $10 to get the print set or the spread cloth as well (or $20 for both!). If the tier you want doesn't have these items, add this much money to your pledge to get one!
Please email me at email@example.com if you are interested in selling the Numinous Tarot in your shop! We can either arrange a specific Kickstarter pledge amount or I can put you on a contact list for when the deck is already printed & available in the future.
Free drop-off is available for shops in Seattle, WA! Currently unsure about wholesale in countries outside the US due to high shipping costs (the guidebook aspect of this deck makes weight a much bigger problem), but I'm totally open to discussion.
Digital PDF guidebook
Every backer over $10 will receive a free PDF copy of the guidebook in addition to their physical one! This way you can use it on the go or on your laptop if you so desire.
Aces print set
Glossy 5.5"x8.5" mini-prints of each of the Ace cards from the Numinous Tarot! Printed on 15pt cardstock and suitable for altars, framing, or simply tacking up wherever you want!
Hand-dyed spread cloth
A 16"x16" 100% cotton cloth for doing readings on! These cloths are hemmed and have been hand-dyed by me using natural, organic turmeric root and hibiscus flowers, creating bright yellow and pink colors that go perfectly with the Numinous Tarot. They will be blessed under a new & full moon before being shipped out.
Custom Tarot reading
In addition to being a deck maker, I am also a Tarot reader and have been reading for over 13 years! With this reward you can get a custom email Tarot reading from me using the Numinous Tarot, featuring beautiful pictures of the cards and a multi-page PDF writeup on what they mean. The reading will have at least 8 cards, usually more, which provides an in-depth response to your question. General readings also available if you don't have a specific question!
There will be specific rules regarding the types of questions I will answer; I am not a legal or medical professional, so please keep that in mind. I reserve the right to refuse to answer any question for any reason, and ask you for a different one or help you rephrase your question so that it's easier for the cards to answer. Full rules and guidelines will be given when I'm ready to start doing readings (probably in late September or October so please note that if you have a time-sensitive question!).
Original Numinous Tarot artwork
The Numinous Tarot was illustrated in watercolor and ink (some of it shiny and iridescent!) on 9"x15" high quality watercolor paper. With this reward, you get to purchase one of the original paintings to own and display in your own home! Every painting has been blessed on my altar and would make a lovely addition to your sacred space or framed on the wall.
AVAILABILITY: The following original paintings are NOT available under this reward: Creator of Tomes (Queen of Pentacles), The Moon, and The Numinous. These three cards have special meaning to me and so are not for sale.
Requests for specific paintings will be honored on a first-come-first-serve basis. The earlier you respond to the survey, the better chance of receiving the painting you want. You will be asked to list three in case someone else has already requested & received your first choice.
Tarot painting commission
For this reward, I will paint you (or a real person of your choice, or your original character) as a Tarot card in the style of the Numinous Tarot! If you know what card you'd be already, fantastic. If you don't, we can work together to figure it out! You will receive the original 9"x15" painting as well as several high-resolution digital scans of it to use for profile pics & such if you so desire.
Thank you so much for your interest and support! I can't wait to get this deck in your hands and create one more option for marginalized people to see themselves in the tools we use for a more magical life <3.
Risks and challenges
I have successfully funded and fulfilled two Kickstarters for my webcomic, Ignition Zero, first in 2012 and recently at the end of 2016. This has provided me with a lot of very valuable experience in regards to running a campaign and shipping rewards!
I have prepared as much of the materials as possible beforehand. The deck is already finished, so the most important part is out of the way, and I have received a quote from the printer about the cost of production. The guidebook is about 50% complete as of this moment, and will be finished by the end of July in time for printing. I have tested the creation of the spread cloths and there is plenty of space in the timeline for their production, as well as for custom readings and commissions, while waiting for the decks to arrive (printing & shipping from China takes about 3 months). Original art is already done and ready to ship. Domestic shipping for US backers is priority mail, so once they go out you will receive them ASAP.
Any delays or challenges that arise are bound to stem from:
- New packaging design & approval of proofs
- Printing delays
- Shipping delays (this is the first time I will have gotten such a large order from overseas & will be learning how to handle such a thing)
- Significant overfunding (more rewards take more time to fulfill)
- Unavoidable, unforseen life events
Therefore the most likely challenge, if any occurs, will be a delay in receiving rewards. I promise to keep everyone updated as transparently as possible about any such delays and what you can expect moving forward. I will also be sending regular updates in the case that everything moves as planned! You will be with me every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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