את: a Netivot Wisdom Oracle deck will be the first oracle deck based directly on the teachings of Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute.
All of the cards for this deck are designed, and it's ready to be printed and brought into the world. The deck of 40 3.5"x5"cards will come shrink wrapped in an organza bag and with a guidebook in PDF format.
The cards you see in the video are just a beta-test version home printed on flashcards. It is neither the color nor paper quality that I plan on having for the final deck. Please read everything before backing this project, so you understand what this is, how it works, and what the rules are!
How Kickstarter works
Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform for potential projects. That means, if I reach my $4236 funding goal, the decks get printed and everyone gets what they wanted! If I don't reach the goal -- then the project doesn't happen and backers don't lose any money.
The goal is to fund a minimum of 250 decks.
10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Kohenet scholarship fund. If you donate more than the pledge amount for a reward level, more will go to the scholarship fund.
What are "Netivot?"
In the Kohenet movement, we understand the Netivot (singular נתיבה — Netivah) to be pathways or channels of manifestation of the Divine in feminine form. The Hebrew word נתיבות (Netivot) means “pathways” or “routes.”For example in modern Hebrew an airport terminal is called a “beit netivot” – a house of pathways. Sometimes these are faces of the Divine, and sometimes it is a way that a person is called to Divine service.
In the Kohenet movement, and this deck, there are 13 Netivot:
- Oreget - Weaver
- Na’arah - Maiden
- Immah - Mother
- Meyeledet - Midwife
- Chachamah - Wise Woman
- G'virah - Queen/Matriarch/Warrior
- Mekonenet - Mourning Woman
- Tzovah - Shrinekeeper
- Neviah - Prophetess
- Baalot Ov - Shamaness/Witch/Spirit Vessel
- Doreshet - Seeker
- Ohevet - Lover
- Leiztanit - Sacred Fool
The structure of this 40-card deck organizes the 13 Netivot into 3 suits: Vessels, Offerings, Allies.
Vessels: manifestations of Divine in human form. This may be work we do on behalf of the Divine, or ways the Divine appears in our waking/sleeping dreams – and in those all around us.
Offerings: these are gifts the Divine offers us and offerings we may give, or are asked to give to the Divine. Sometimes these are physical items and sometimes they are simply ways of being.
- Allies: animals, plants, places, objects — all of the non-human teachers and support that surround us.
In addition to the 39 Netivot cards, there is one additional card – the eht/aht (את) card, which represents the Divine Feminine in all forms.
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The images in this deck are digital art created from photographs I've either taken myself or sourced from Unsplash.com and a few Creative Commons photos. The guidebook that accompanies the deck will have credits for all the photographers.
Each card has a message on the top, an image to represent the Netivah in its Vessel, Offering or Ally form, the Hebrew name transliterated in English letters (center bottom), the English name (lower left) and the Hebrew name in Hebrew letters (lower right). You'll also see a circle with the letter V, O, or A to indicate the suit.
The goal is to present as diverse a vision of 'Womxn' and Feminine Divine as possible. The roots of this deck are in Jewish teachings, but I wanted to be sure anyone who identifies as a woman could see herself somewhere in this deck. It was also a priority to ensure that the deck was not just "Ashka-normative" -- meaning focused on just stereotypical imagery of White, Eastern European Jewry. Being Jewish can be a religious identity, ethnic/racial identity, and a tribal identity.
Any person you see in these oracle cards, whether the full person or just hands, could be Jewish. You can't tell by looking, and I personally know people who resemble (and in some cases inspired) these cards.
All of the "practices" you may see like the use of henna body art, or bread making (above), have deep and long roots in Jewish practice.
Not everyone or everything you see in these cards may resemble your idea of what Jewish looks like. And I hope if you aren't Jewish you see enough to help you engage with the Netivot through your spiritual lens.
These oracle cards have been developed from the teachings I learned in my training as a Kohenet nearly 10 years ago, as well as my experience of the Netivot and working with them.
Kohenet is a diverse community, so my vision of the Netivot won't be the same as anyone else's (necessarily). And don't need to BE KOHENET to be able to work with this deck. Just respect, acknowledge, and share where the wisdom comes from.
The guidebook that comes with the oracle deck will provide more than enough information to work with these cards -- but if you want to deep dive on the Netivot -- check out the book The Hebrew Priestess by Kohenet founders Jill Hammer and Taya Shere.
Unlike many oracle or tarot decks, this guidebook does not tell you what a specific card means in a reading. Rather the book and the cards help you to form an understanding and relationship with the Netivah so you can find meaning in that moment for yourself.
The oracle deck guidebook also provides insight into each card, describing the imagery and intent, as well as correspondences for each Netivah to help you work with them in meditation, ritual, and ceremony -- or just to enhance your readings.
I'm not sure what else to say about this oracle deck's art at this point - so on to the next topic!
Where the Money GoesMost of the money will go to printing and the rest to the usual places, plus 10% of the proceeds which will be donated to the Kohenet scholarship fund. That means if you donate more than the pledge amount for a reward level -- more will go to the scholarship fund.
As this is my first Kickstarter campaign, I have turned to the best to understand some of the challenges that can delay shipment of rewards to backers. Here are some tips to help you receive your rewards drama free.
- Make sure that the email you have listed on Kickstarter is a valid email that you check frequently.
- Your address will be copied and pasted EXACTLY as you fill it out in your survey. Make sure your address is complete and spelled correctly.
- No shipping to international P.O. Boxes. Sorry -- but that always adds delays and drama.
- Please make sure that your credit card information is up to date on Amazon.com. Credit card that can't be processed lead to delays and drama!
- Shipping is free with some rewards. But where it's an additional cost to you – Kickstarter still count it towards the pledge goal total.
- Where shipping is covered in the reward, I am not responsible for customs fees for international orders. Those may be additional.
Thank You!Thank you for your interest in this project!
Risks and challenges
What are the risks?
Well, this is "all-in" campaign - so you risk nothing unless the project is fully funded.
I supposed there is always a risk in the printing process taking longer than expected.
The biggest risk right now will be delivery by November 2018. I believe I can meet that date, but it is a goal -- not a guarantee. A specific issue will be getting the guidebook completed. It's 75% written, but not edited or in layout yet.
Time is my biggest challenge. Enough time to get the final art prep for printing, deciding on which printer, and then assuming funding getting the decks printed the bags in, all the rewards compiled and out the door.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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