Taroetry is an illustrated book of rhymed poetry about tarot based on the structure of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. In making this book, we seek to make the ritual of self-reflection through tarot accessible to all.
This is the first publicly-available project from Arcana Obscura, an art collective grounded in tarot, poetry, and visual arts. (Find us on instagram! @arcanaobscura)
Poetry - especially rhymed poetry - is the stuff of magic in the same way as tarot is the stuff of magic. When you are new to reading tarot or when you’re reading for yourself, the right resources can make all of the difference in elevating your experience.
Hear more from Taroetry author Hannah Gatzka:
In our own practice and research, we have found that some books are too simplistic. For example, "the Three of Swords means you have been betrayed by a friend" does not leave much space for the intuition. Taroetry provides heightened language about the tarot, which allows a deeper, more personal relationship with the cards to develop.
This book will help those who are just beginning their tarot journey! All you need to read for yourself is Taroetry and a tarot deck.
However, it is also a useful tool for those transitioning into reading tarot without resources because it will help you begin to see patterns across the deck using numerology, color analysis, and symbolism. For example, “The Fool’s Journey” is an epic poetic narrative that describes the interconnected journey of the Major Arcana and unlocks new levels of understanding for these important cards.
Also, if you have a tarot deck and just want to have some fun with it, Taroetry includes several card games that can familiarize you with the deck and/or entertain you and your friends without a formal tarot spread!
Taroetry contains one-of-a-kind artwork by Cassandra Bowers, who drew inspiration from the archetypal imagery of the Rider-Waite deck. The symbols in the Rider-Waite date back centuries, and the histories of these symbols unveil the wisdom contained in each card and invoke surprising, visceral responses in a reader. The illustrations of the Rider-Waite simultaneously inspire both intuitive and intellectual responses.
While designing Taroetry, Cassandra worked to create simple yet evocative imagery, in order to enhance the reader’s understanding of the poetry created by Hannah Gatzka. Like in the classic Rider-Waite deck, one should find meaning both in their instinctive emotional response, as well as their deeper analysis of the images.
- An introductory verse that describes the essential structure of tarot
- “The Fool’s Journey,” an epic poem about the Major Arcana
- Quartets to define the Minor Arcana suites
- Couplets on numerology
- Songs for the court cards
- Quartets about color symbolism
- An encyclopedia of couplets on the meanings of tarot symbols
- A poem about how to navigate tarot’s gender archetypes
- A poem about reading card reversals
- Incantations to enhance your tarot reading experience
- And more!
The fundraising for this project will go into copyrighting our material, printing our first edition of the text, shipping our book and other rewards from this Kickstarter, and (if there are additional funds) paying for future editions of the book.
Additionally, we have a humble stretch goal: if we make $2000, we will be able to improve the quality of the cover, adding a soft touch finish, making the book more resistant to damage!
Risks and challenges
This project is independently produced, and this is our first project on this scale. Though the text is complete, we are in the process of illustrating, formatting, and compiling a final draft edition to send to the printers once we receive funding.
We are aiming to finish the project by September and have copies of Taroetry available for purchase by the general public by the end of 2019.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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