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I'm Stuart Palm and this is Palm's Oracle. Palm's Oracle is a deck of cards intended for divinatory practices and creative pursuits. I am an artist, an intuitive reader, a performer, a healer, a hypnotist, an author and a father. I also am the creator and illustrator of the Gnostic Playing Cards deck printed with Legend's Playing Card co. who will also print this project, and I am the author of "Access Your Psychic Self - Beginner Pendulum Magic." which is one of the rewards.
Creating this deck for me is an artistic practice and master work bringing together all of my professional practices. I have always drawn and painted and identified myself as an artist. I was blessed to grow up in an artistic family as my mother is a painter and printmaker, my father worked in architecture, and my Grandfather was a painter as well. I received a degree in fine art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001 and then changed my focus to psychic performance, metaphysical practice and hypnosis.
I began my study into metaphysical and occult practice at around eleven or twelve years old. This path began with Tarot and books on spiritual and occult practices and knowledge. I have followed both my passion for art and for spiritual knowledge since then. I realised that the call of an artists is in line with the call for shamanistic work. In my studies with a Shaman in Europe I was taught to always create the tools I use. Palm's Oracle is also a result of that mindset and the development of my thinking over the years on oracle cards and synchronistic systems.
I believe that connecting with our unconscious selves is the strongest and most direct way toward personal transformation and this deck is devoted to that act.
This deck is a synchronistic guide of symbols. Palm's Oracle will be printed on standard (or poker) sized playing cards using the best paper and card printing process available today. The deck will be printed by Legends Playing Card Co.
The above video shows a time lapse of my drawing the star card.
(I was impressed to find these compass rose inlays all over Scandinavia this summer. The star card traditionally shows hope, dreams, and success. In Palm’s Oracle it is also focused on finding your direction to achive unconscious goals.)
Palm's Oracle can be used in multiple ways. For the practice of cartomancy all 52 cards of the standard playing card deck are represented. The deck be paired down to the 36 symbols of the "Lenormand" deck and read in this way. For those who practice Lenormand regularly some of the playing card values paired to the symbols will be slightly different as I have designed the deck so that the symbolic picture meanings and cartomancy meanings are congruent. And it can be read as a full oracle deck either for the practice of magic, divination, or to seek the answers to questions.
There will be three extra activator or significator cards (jokers) for use in readings. (Not drawn yet, but I will add them once they are complete.) This idea came from Benebell Wen's beautiful and amazing tarot deck "The Spirit Keepers Tarot." One card will represent divination looking into the unknown, one will represent connecting with the spirit realm and using the deck for the practice of magic, and one will represent seeking answers to questions. When working with the deck I will add the significator for the act I am taking on.
The deck could also be used for any activity with a poker style deck of cards if one would wish to do so. I imagine the sprit of the cards would get a kick out of it.
Palm's Oracle deck will also include a small symbol key booklet that will fit inside the box giving the meanings of all the cards as well as basic layout suggestions. In the future I will also write a larger more in depth book on reading with Palm's Oracle. The box will feature an image of the cosmos or milky way galaxy printed in reflective foil and be designed with a new drawer box style box. You can see a sample or this in the video at the heading of this project page.
Also, The first 1000 decks will be numbered and signed.
The back of the deck features a design of clouds similarly to the back design I created for the Gnostic Playing Cards deck. The clouds are parting on one side from the sun, and on the other from the moon. This represents the opening and balance of consciousness. At the centre of the design is The Ouroboros, a snake eating it's own tail, a representation of infinity.
The colour scheme of the deck, as I'm sure you have noticed, is minimal. Palm's Oracle will feature Violets, Black and Metallic Gold Ink on the faces and Dark Violet and Metallic Silver Ink on the back and Silver and Violet in foil on the black box. Also, if the project reaches US$22,000 (HK$172,200) I will also print a second run of a thousand cards with the card backs in black with metallic gold. If this reaches US$31,000 (HK$241,900) I will print all the metallic elements on the cards with a special "Cold Foil" process that gives them an amazing and beautiful shine. I really hope we can get it there as it would be beautiful.
The choice in focusing the project colours on a range of violets is a personal one. This colour for me represents the deep unconscious and meditative state. When I am in deep meditation I move from a sense of blackness into a deep spectrum of violets. I imagine others must also experience this as this colour is often used to represent spiritual realms. The Crown Chakra is also represented commonly in this colour. Having this colour though all the cards helps me to create an atmosphere where the participant opens up to their unconscious and more clearly communicates with the deck.
Pledge US$32 (HK$ 250) Palm's Oracle Deck - This is the deck this is all about. If we reach first Stretch Goal you will also be able to choose between the Violet and Silver and Black and Gold card back.
Pledge US$ 45 (HK$350) 2X Palm's Oracle Deck - For this reward you will receive two copies of the deck.
Pledge US$ 45 (HK$350) Palm's Oracle Deck & Pendulum Book - You receive one Palm's Oracle Deck & a printed copy of Stuart Palm's book "Access Your Psychic Self - Beginner Pendulum Magic
Pledge US$51 (HK$ 400) Palm's Oracle Deck & A4 signed print - For this reward I will select a group of card images to create high quality A4 sized (8.267" X 11.692") signed prints and you will also receive a copy of the deck.
Pledge US$51 (HK$ 400) Palm's Oracle Deck & Amethyst Pendulum - For this reward you will receive Palm's Oracle deck and a beautiful amethyst pendulum as well as a pdf copy of Stuart Palm's book: "Access Your Psychic Self - Beginner Pendulum Magic"
Pledge US$64 (HK$ 500) Palm's Oracle Deck & A3 Signed Print - For this reward I will select a group of card images to create high quality A3 sized (11.7"x16.5") signed prints and you will also receive a copy of the deck.
Pledge US$64 (HK$ 500) Palm's Oracle Deck & T-Shirt - You receive one Palm's Oracle Deck and a T-Shirt with your choice of design from the deck.
Pledge US$185 (HK$ 1,450) Palm's Oracle Deck & Private Reading - You receive Palm's Oracle Deck and a private reading with Stuart Palm via online video chat.
Pledge US$191 (HK$ 1,500) Palm's Oracle Deck & Personal Sigil - You receive one Palm's Oracle Deck and a hand drawn and signed sigil created by Stuart Palm. Your sigil will help manifest and transform your life into the life you dream of having.
Pledge US$9000 (HK$ 70,598) Palm's Oracle Deck Delivered by Stuart Palm Personally - You receive one Palm's Oracle Deck which Stuart will bring to you wherever you live. You will also receive a personal reading with the deck and a short presentation for your friends.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is getting the decks out in time and all the rewards covered.
I am a one man operation so your patience is greatly appreciated! I will be completely transparent, posting periodical updates as this project progresses.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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