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A visual introduction to the mystical world of the I Ching / Zhouyi: a limited edition deck of 64 vibrant cameraless photography cards.
A visual introduction to the mystical world of the I Ching / Zhouyi: a limited edition deck of 64 vibrant cameraless photography cards.
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I’m an artist, and’ve been creatively exploring the I Ching, or 'Zhouyi' for the past twenty-five years, developing a book and card deck based on it, called Becoming Visionary: creating a re-enchanted earth with the transformative power of Zhouyi.

 The home page of my site returntotheway.org will give you an instant Zhouyi reading if you want to dive in and explore the process: think of a question which feels important to you which doesn't have a yes/no answer and click here!

(If you get lost, just drop me a line on this page or to  shen@returntotheway.org and I'll see if I can help you through :)

Here's a brief introduction to the Zhouyi...

here's the beginning of my book and chapter excerpts from it...

And here are all the images you'll be getting if you buy a deck.

That page has 64 sub-pages, each of which gives you a big image of the front and back of each card. 

(The calligraphy beneath links to two other websites, each with written interpretations on the meaning of the hexagram.)


As I work towards getting a publisher to take on Becoming Visionary, I had the idea of creating a miniaturised prototype of the deck, which is what I’m offering you here.

The 64 6x6cm, full colour, double-sided cards will be in a limited edition of two hundred and fifty decks.

They’ll be in a handmade ‘medicine bag’ style wrapper, accompanied by a set of miniature wands inscribed with lines, along with blank triptych cards for you to create your own imagery on. Also enclosed is a simple start-up guide to using these different elements together.

You’ll be emailed a PDF with more detailed guidelines too, and access to a private facebook group for users of the deck.

I’m so excited to be finally sharing this…and really hoping you can join me as my project takes its first big step from the world of imagination into the world of reality!

The sequence of the hexagrams I'm using traces a journey from Earth, with all her lines responsively 'yin' or open...
The sequence of the hexagrams I'm using traces a journey from Earth, with all her lines responsively 'yin' or open...
...to Heaven, with all of his lines creatively strong, or 'yang'.
...to Heaven, with all of his lines creatively strong, or 'yang'.

Risks and challenges

I haven't done this before!

But many aspects are within my control and just need me to put the hours in. This being the first manifestation of my life’s work, I’m very happy to do so!

Having worked on the Zhouyi for so many years, I've become accustomed to doing lots of thing sixty-four times. This, of course, goes a bit beyond that ~ which is why, even if I get over-funded ~ the edition is definitely limited to 250: with all the hand-production involved, it's the limit of what I can realistically deal with producing myself.

If unforeseen obstacles come up, it's possible that the decks wouldn't be sent off in time for Christmas, which is my intent :)

How soon I can send off all the decks ordered also depends on how many are ordered: if fifty are ~ the minimum to let me reach my £1000 goal ~ I should be able to send them off by mid-December if I put in long days constructing all their separate elements (each deck will take at least an hour of work). If all two hundred and forty are, that deadline wouldn’t be realistic as it'd be a considerably bigger scale and more time-consuming undertaking!

If this is the case, one way I’ll ensure I’m not left with an overwhelming amount to do at the end of the project is by working on creating the decks while it’s live, as soon as it’s clear that the project will definitely be funded.

I'm also about to do a trial printing with the company I've earmarked for the printing, so I'll soon know how the quality comes across - and how accurate their production estimates are, keeping you posted as the process unfolds!

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    When I was a kid I was told to count the pennies and the pounds would look after themselves.
    In the same spirit, if you contribute a hundred (pennies, that is) you'll be a small but crucial part of making Becoming Visionary a reality.
    And you'll get progress updates first :)

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    If you choose this reward, I'll get a deck of 'Becoming Visionary' cards, as well as a £5 cash donation, to the project 'Help For Women In Distress' in Eastern Tibet, established by Dolkar Lhamo for the charity Rokpa. This aims to help and support Mothers who have borne children through being sexually assaulted, or who have been abandoned by their husbands. Please note the long fulfilment date in this reward, as to be safely delivered the cards will need to be taken by someone who's going there rather than posted, which at the latest will be next winter. I'll keep you updated though!

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    Pledge £22 or more About $28

    One of the strictly limited edition of 250 Becoming Visionary Mini card decks, numbered & signed ~ and including free UK delivery.
    As well as the sixty-four 6x6cm full colour, double-sided cards (each card unique on both sides), your reward will include:
    *a set of seven handmade mini wands, sourced with love and respect from local trees here in Dumfries & Galloway.
    * eight 6x18cm blank triptychs for you to begin interacting with the oracle in conjunction with your own inner truth.
    *a one-page introductory step-by-step guide.
    * a handmade fabric ‘medicine bag’ style wrapper to contain the deck, triptychs, wands and guide.
    * an in-depth guide emailed as a PDF.
    * ...and access to a private facebook group where you can discuss your experiences with the Becoming Visionary deck with other users.

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    Lucky dip!
    If the 'cameraless photography' aspect of my artwork intrigues you, you might be interested in owning one of my vintage cameraless photography images printed on genuine photographic paper.
    I haven't printed photographically for some years, so these will be early works. All of them are limited editions of some degree or other, mounted and signed and all around 10x8".
    Feel free to give an idea of what colour and 'feel' interests you, but also be aware this option IS a lucky dip!
    (However, be assured I'll only give out photos I still like!!)

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    Pledge £24 or more About $30

    This reward includes four high-quality limited edition round stickers, as well as one of the strictly limited edition of 250 Becoming Visionary Mini card decks, numbered & signed ~ and including free UK delivery.
    As well as the sixty-four 6x6cm full colour, double-sided cards (each card unique on both sides), your reward will include:
    *a set of seven handmade mini wands, sourced with love and respect from local trees here in Dumfries & Galloway.
    * eight 6x18cm blank triptychs for you to begin interacting with the oracle in conjunction with your own inner truth.
    *a one-page introductory step-by-step guide.
    * a handmade fabric ‘medicine bag’ style wrapper to contain the deck, triptychs, wands and guide.
    * an in-depth guide emailed as a PDF.
    * ...and access to a private facebook group where you can discuss your experiences with the Becoming Visionary deck with other users.

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    Pledge £44 or more About $55

    A signed 14x14" Giclée print on Hahnemuhle Bamboo of any Zhouyi image you choose. See update two for a sample print, & just send a message if you've any special requests.
    Includes UK postage.

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    Pledge £64 or more About $80

    A signed 20x20" Giclée print on Hahnemuhle Bamboo of any Zhouyi image you choose. See update two for a sample print, & just send a message if you've any special requests.
    Includes UK postage.

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    A signed 30x30" Giclée print on Hahnemuhle Bamboo of any Zhouyi image you choose. See update two for a sample print, & just send a message if you've any special requests.
    Includes UK postage.

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    Pledge £202 or more About $253

    A week’s stay with me from Dec 27th ~ Jan 3rd in my self-catering 17th century farmhouse next to a waterfall in southern scotland, in your own little single room with adjoining teeny-tiny 'mousehole room.'
    I look forward to sharing more of the process behind Becoming Visionary and where it's headed, and hearing your story, inspirations and feedback while sharing Hogmanay with you!

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    A week’s stay with me from Dec 27th ~ Jan 3rd in my self-catering 17th century farmhouse next to a waterfall in southern scotland, sharing a room with one other. (Or pledge twice and have a room to yourself or to share with a partner or friend.)
    I look forward to sharing more of the process behind Becoming Visionary and where it's headed, and hearing your story, inspirations and feedback while sharing Hogmanay with you!
    Each room has a double and a single bed: whoever books first will get the double.

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    Early bird special #1
    One of the strictly limited edition of 250 Becoming Visionary Mini card decks, numbered & signed ~ and including free UK delivery.
    As well as the sixty-four 6x6cm full colour, double-sided cards (each card unique on both sides), your reward will include:
    *a set of seven handmade mini wands, sourced with love and respect from local trees here in Dumfries & Galloway.
    * eight 6x18cm blank triptychs for you to begin interacting with the oracle in conjunction with your own inner truth.
    *a one-page introductory step-by-step guide.
    * a handmade fabric ‘medicine bag’ style wrapper to contain the deck, triptychs, wands and guide.
    * an in-depth guide emailed as a PDF.
    * ...and access to a private facebook group where you can discuss your experiences with the Becoming Visionary deck with other users.

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    Early bird special #2
    One of the strictly limited edition of 250 Becoming Visionary Mini card decks, numbered & signed ~ and including free UK delivery.
    As well as the sixty-four 6x6cm full colour, double-sided cards (each card unique on both sides), your reward will include:
    *a set of seven handmade mini wands, sourced with love and respect from local trees here in Dumfries & Galloway.
    * eight 6x18cm blank triptychs for you to begin interacting with the oracle in conjunction with your own inner truth.
    *a one-page introductory step-by-step guide.
    * a handmade fabric ‘medicine bag’ style wrapper to contain the deck, triptychs, wands and guide.
    * an in-depth guide emailed as a PDF.
    * ...and access to a private facebook group where you can discuss your experiences with the Becoming Visionary deck with other users.

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