About the Cards
The Angel-Evoking Tarot is nothing like a traditional deck of “Angel Cards.” The 72 Angels of the Kabbalah (or Shem HaMephorash) are extremely powerful heavenly beings that provide assistance to mortals while also ruling over their Hellish counterparts, the 72 Demons of the Goetia.
When summoning an angel, their sigil (a kind of esoteric calling card) is supposed to be drawn on a piece of pure virgin parchment in red ink. To echo this color palette, the cards themselves are made to look like fresh, pure parchment that has just been cut from the skin of a newborn lamb. The borders of each card are deep crimson, which creates a striking contrast.
The magical symbols are real.
The artwork is hauntingly divine.
These aren't your Aunt Doreen's angel cards...
Those who backed the last set of Tarot cards I released on Kickstarter will recall my skill at sourcing images in the public domain, cleaning them up, and making them look like the diabolical spirit they represent. With angels, it was a lot tougher!
There were plenty of public domain images of angels available for me to use, but there was a BIG problem: they all look very similar, or they're just plain boring. Besides, would you really want an entire deck of 78 cards depicting winged women wearing togas? Of course not!
Thanks to the success of the last Kickstarter, I was able to invest a considerable amount of money in commissioning original artwork for 43 cards. The rest of the pictures were sourced from occult books dating as far back as the 1500s. These were cleaned up extensively, and in some cases, modified and enhanced to better fit the description of the angel or its relation to the Tarot.
In November 2018, I traveled to Paris, France, where I successfully passed a three-part screening interview (in French) and was granted access to never-before-published occult books of angel magic from the 1600s and 1700s. These books are so old and rare, they don't even have listed authors and were written entirely in Latin and French.
The Marquis d'Argenson, a former owner of one of the books, wrote on its title page: "A book of magic so black, it could not be moreso."
In addition to the three unpublished grimoires, I also utilized the following texts in creating the Angel-Evoking Tarot:
- De Arte Cabbalistica (1517)
- Three Books of Occult Philosophy (1531)
- The Magical Calendar (1582)
- The Grimoire of Armadel (1600s)
- Oedipus Aegyptiacus (1652)
- La Science Cabalistique (1823)
- Clefs Majeurs et Clavicules de Salomon (1860)
The sacred seals used to summon the 72 Angels of the Kabbalah originated in a book of black magic from the 1700s. My chief task was to find and photograph each and every seal in that grimoire, then draw the summoning sigils in a method faithful to the Solomonic magical texts. Additionally, I was surprised to discover a separate set of angel sigils known as the “Pentacles of Tozgraec.”
Despite the extra work involved, I photographed and re-touched all 72 angel seals as well as the 72 mysterious Pentacles of Tozgraec. Each card in the Angel-Evoking Tarot deck contains one summoning sigil and one pentacle which enables the Tarot reader to bring the angel into your presence to do your bidding.
Not only are you divining the future, the angels are helping you alter its course.
These two sigils are combined with a powerful invocation on the back of the card, as well as the Great Pentacle of Solomon, to protect you from summoning any unwanted spirits.
The Nine Choirs of Angels
Here's a big surprise: Angels aren't all beautiful blonde humans or mischievous chubby babies. Historically, angels have been described in some pretty strange ways: Flaming wheels covered with eyes, four-headed beasts with six wings, a man with a face like lightning, and even a giant eye surrounded by wings.
Most decks of angel cards fall short when it comes to the visual depiction of angels. They fail to show the nine choirs of angels as they truly appear, because some of them are bizarre, or even downright scary.
It's a fact that angels in the Bible frequently caused fear, and throughout the Old and New Testaments, their first words to mortals were usually: “Fear not!”
The Correspondence System
Early esoteric philosophers did an excellent job of assigning astrological significance to the 72 Angels of the Kabbalah. For this reason, you will find the clear astrological meaning of each angel printed right on the card. I did my best to make these Tarot/Angel connections as accurate as possible, but obviously, not every single one will fit perfectly. Even I can't dictate the movements of the stars!
In addition to the 72 Angels of the Kabbalah, I selected 6 Archangels to fill out the remaining six cards in the deck. You can see an example of my Tarot / Angel correspondence system below.
The Angenomicon - A Grimoire of Angel Magic
Considering the amount of unpublished material I was able to study and photograph, it made perfect sense to collect that material into a book of its own. But just publishing a basic mass-market paperback would be a violation of the spirit of the magicians of antiquity - the ones who spent days writing and binding a single copy of their grimoire by hand.
The Angenomicon (From the French ange meaning “angel” and the Greek nomios meaning “law.”) contains the collected information gleaned from five grimoires of angel magic. To my knowledge, it is the single most complete source for angelic magic that has ever been written in the English language.
Because of the importance of this book, three limited editions of the text with three different bindings will be made available for this Kickstarter, and then no version of it will ever be published again. All versions of the Angenomicon are 80 pages long. The three editions are:
- A hand-bound book with Coptic binding. The pages are vegetable-based virgin parchment with a red buckram-wrapped cover and hand-applied brass leaf gilding. The small size of the book and the binding method are authentic to the period when many ancient grimoires were written. This version will be strictly limited to 100 copies.
- A hardcover book wrapped in red linen. The pages are full color. This edition will be limited to the number printed to fulfill the Kickstarter rewards. The books will be individually numbered.
- A softcover book. The pages are in full color. Like the hardcover edition, this edition will be limited to the number printed to fulfill the Kickstarter rewards. The books will be individually numbered.
If you wish to purchase multiple editions, the hardcover and softcover versions will be available as add-ons to your pledge.
Here's Where Your Money Goes
The biggest expenses will be printing and shipping the Angel-Evoking Tarot, and the majority of your pledges will be covering those costs. The last Tarot deck I sold through Kickstarter cost over $20,000 just to print and ship. That's not including packaging / packing costs!
Other large expenses will be the printing and binding of copies of the Angenomicon. The virgin parchment I'm using is expensive and difficult to work with. Plus, the effort involved with printing and binding 100 books by hand is no simple task. However, I'm partnering with an experienced book-binder to make sure the finished product is of the highest quality.
Needless to say: your money will be well spent!
GOAL MET! $10,000 SILVER-METALLIC GILT EDGES: All decks will receive premium silver-metallic gilt edges.
GOAL MET! $15,000 ANGEL STICKER: Anyone receiving a reward via postal mail will also get a free sticker of the angel Mebahel - a cherub carrying a severed head. I think it pretty well captures the spirit of this project!
GOAL MET! $20,000 CUSTOM TUCK BOXES: Instead of plain white boxes, all decks will come in cool custom tuck boxes.
GOAL MET! $30,000 CUSTOM VELVET BAGS: Backers will be polled and given the chance to vote on color options for the velvet bags and a custom esoteric symbol that will be placed on the velvet carrying bags.
GOAL MET! $35,000 DIGITAL IMAGES OF CARDS: Images of all 78 cards will be added to the basic digital instruction booklet that is sent to backers who pledged at $10 and higher.
GOAL MET! $40,000 PHYSICAL BOOKLET: Instead of just a digital instruction booklet, all backers receiving a full deck of cards will receive a physical copy of the instruction booklet with their deck.
GOAL MET! $43,000 FREE BLOODSTONES: Every backer who pledged at a level of $45 or higher will receive a free bloodstone with their package.
GOAL MET! $50,000 DIGITAL COPY OF THE Angenomicon: A digital PDF version of the Angenomicon will be sent to all backers who backed a full deck of cards.
GOAL MET! $65,000 ANGELIC PAGES: Anyone who pledged for a full deck of cards will also receive a single page pulled from the Angenomicon and printed on virgin parchment.
GOAL MET! $70,000 HIGH QUALITY PDF OF THE SIGILS: Anyone who pledged for a full deck of cards will also receive a digital PDF containing high quality images of all the summoning sigils for all 78 Angels and Archangels as well as the 72 Pentacles of Tozgraec! This is the first time these sigils have ever been made available anywhere.
GOAL MET! $80,000 TAROT STORAGE BOX: All backers who pledged for a full deck of cards (or above) will also get a velvet-covered wooden storage box to hold your cards. The Kabbalistic Tree of Life is decorating the lid of the box.
GOAL MET! $90,000 MINI-POSTER OF ANGELS: All backers receiving a full deck of cards (or above) will also receive a 7in x10in mini-poster featuring a selection of the angels printed genuine aged parchment.
GOAL MET! $100,000 GIFT TO THE WORLD: I will release high quality versions of the sigils of all 72 Angels into the public domain for anyone to use for any purpose.
Want extras? Check out the Optional Add-ons!
Risks and challenges
I am extremely proud of the way I ran my last Kickstarter. Customer service and quality of product were my strong points: I did my best to address any concerns, answer questions, and provide frequent (at least weekly) updates so my backers know what the heck is going on behind the scenes. Without my awesome backers, I'd just be a guy with a great idea and nobody to share it with!
I've already sourced an excellent printer and will be utilizing the same companies to manufacture the cards, the velvet bags, and the parchment, that I used to create the Demon-Possessed Tarot deck. The relationships I've built with these companies will help speed up the basic printing process and save a lot of time when we're ready for fulfillment.
The timeline for reward fulfillment is realistic and probably a little conservative. By handling fulfillment of all rewards myself, I have a significant measure of control over the shipping process and can provide accurate assessments of how long it will take to get packages out the door.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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