"It's not just Tarot, it's Art in your hands."
Based off the traditional Rider-Waite deck, my first tarot deck incorporates afro-Caribbean cultural/spiritual references, primarily from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. To reflect the influence of other cultures and countries on our traditions, I have also included references from Brazil, Latin America, India, and more. The Vudu Tarot Deck includes 79 different images, with 79 accompanying characters incorporating traditional Catholic saints as well as Afro-Caribbean mythologies, put into a tarot context featuring beautiful smooth, gold foil accents on the faces of each character. Afro-caribbean pictographic ceremonial drawings are featured in the background.
During my creative process, a secondary deck manifested itself consisting of characters outside of traditional Vodou. There are 79 cards (52 Minor Arcana Cards, 22 Major Arcana Cards and one Wild Card. This deck is inspired by the Cuban traditions of Santeria and Palo Mayombe, Brazilian Umbanda and Candomble, Espiritismo, Maria Lionza, Hinduism and Hoodoo/Conjure.
For someone who is not familiar with the tarot card tradition, or any new age tradition, this may be a foreign concept to you. But tarot is very simple. The deck is basically an advancement on the traditional idea of using playing cards. They are used as a divination tool to determine a set of circumstances, explain events, or offer advice on future experiences. The tarot card deck comes with set definitions that are adjusted based on the reader’s interpretations, intuition, experiences, etc. Each card has its opposing meanings, that can be interpreted by the reader to mean positive choices, or an experience that is best learned from or avoided. When in use, the reader shuffles and “deals” the cards in a specific pattern, usually one that is preferred by the reader, or one that has a particular significance towards the client, allowing the client to put them in a specific configuration where the placement of each card signifies a different event or meaning. A good tarot card reader, or diviner, is attempting to interpret a message from the universe around the client, be it influenced by a past loved one, spirits, deities, angels, or more. The diviner’s goal is to take this message and find a way to explain it the the client in a way they will understand and learn from.
I have worked a very long time on the creation of these tarot decks, and it’s a project that is very close to my heart. As a member of this community, I am saddened but emboldened by the lack of African inspired tarot card decks and representation of our traditions in new age society. When I have, rarely, come across a proposed “African” tarot deck, it includes images and cultural references determined by overseas tarot card companies that know very little about our traditions, and many turn up inaccurate or completely false. This gives our traditions a difficult public face to maintain, and is harmful to our traditions.
My tarot decks are unique, because it is not only one of the few truly racially and gender diverse decks, but also includes elements of fantasy and new age beliefs that are appealing to everyone. Despite its firm basis in the Afro-Caribbean tradition, this are definitely tarot decks that can be used successfully by a wide range of diviners, and can be appreciated by lovers of beautiful artwork no matter what their beliefs or traditions.
I have already completed the prototype design of the decks, and have talked to vendors and negotiated prices for printing, packaging and shipping. However, because I am going to put the decks fully into printing and mass production, I am in need of more funding than I could possibly contribute. I am asking for your help to fundraise a minimum of $9,000 to get the first printing production line going and ready for shipment to my customers.
Additional funding will go towards any additional costs or fees that I haven’t already budgeted for, as well as extending my rewards system, such as creating photo books based on the artwork featured in the tarot decks. Generous backers will be offered a selection of various reward options, that include owning your very own Vudu tarot deck, a limited edition expansion deck, custom artwork, wallpapers, receiving exclusive prints of the artwork, and much more! Please donate today!
My name is Monroe Rodriguez Singh. I am an exhibited artist, freelance designer, and Salesforce developer. I have also been interested in comparative religion, and have studied various mythologies of different cultures across the world since I was 8 years old.
Through my studies, I became fascinated with the ideas expressed in new age beliefs and religion, specifically the concept of tarot cards and tarot card reading, and was given my first tarot deck at the age of 11. Over the years I developed quite a collection of tarot card decks, amassing over 50 different tarot decks of varying styles, sizes, and themes. Not to be outdone, I sought out training in the field of tarot card reading, and become a Professional Tarot Reader 6 years ago, including a registered membership with the American Tarot Association, the Tarot Guild, the Tarot Association of the British Isles and the Tarosophy Tarot Association, some of the foremost organizations in the field.
After being initiated into Afro-Caribbean traditions 5 years ago, I discovered I related most strongly to these beliefs, yet there were very few tarot decks that reflected this aesthetic, or these belief systems. It came to me that, based on the demographics that are usually targeted for tarot card decks, it was up to me to get something done and start promoting our traditions through a different kind of tarot deck design.
Mwen rele Monroe Rodriguez Singh, e mwen se yon atis ak devlopè pa pwofesyon. Mwen se yon manm Asosyasyon Tawo Ameriken e Asosyasyon Tawozofi Tawo, e mwen li kat pou moun depi plis ke 6 zan. Depi lè mwen resevwa premye pil kat mwen kòm kado a laj de 11 zan, mwen te an amou. Nan tawo an, mwen jwenn yon plezi ke mwen pa jwenn lòt kote. Se yon gras pou mwen: Mwen retounen ladan toutan, e chak fwa mwen panse nan tèt mwen ke mwen finn aprann tout sa mwen genyen pou aprann de li, mwen sezi jwenn ke genyen plis bagay toujou pou mwen dekouvri. Nan jan sa, kat tawo yo paralèl ak lavi.Kòm yon moun ki soti nan yon fanmi miltikiltirèl, mwen toujou wè kòman kilti yo reprezante nan kat tawo ke mwen itilize yo. Poutèt mwen achte plis ke 50 pil kat diferan nan lavi mwen, mwen vinn familyarize mwen avèk tandans ak preferans ki jeneral yo. Yon bagay ke mwen te toujou wè se yon mank de kat tawo ki enspire pa Afrik. Pil kat sa yo ra pou jwenn, e sa ki disponib yo ou pa ka pran yo oserye paske referans kiltirèl la sinon pa finn korèk oubyen mal. Se poutèt sa ke mwen fè yon pil kat ki pral ranpli vid sa byen: Tawo Vudu. Genyen 79 imaj inik ki baze sou 79 karaktè inik, ke ou jwenn nan sen Katolik yo ak mitoloji Afriken-Karayib kontèksualize nan jan tawo a. Lòt enfliyans spirityèl-kiltirèl se Ayiti, Repiblik Dominikèn, Brezil, Amerik Latin, ak peyi Zend. Tawo Vudu a, baze sou pil kat Rider-Waite.Pil kat sa ap yon bèl adisyon nan nenpòt koleksyon e li bon tou menm pou moun ki fenk ap komanse. Kat tawo yo 70x120mm 350gsm, yo genyen yon fas ki lis, avèk yon fayans lò ki entegre nan kèk pati nan fas yo. Liv règ la genyen 100 paj de bon jan kalite, ki genyen menm lajè ak pil kat la e li ekri klèman. Pil kat sa ap emprime pa QPC Games, e liv la pral emprime pa Blurb. Tout bagay ap soti de Florid. Konya, mwen tounen a ou menm, Kickstarter, pou ka ede leve $9,000. Lajan sa pral ede kouvri depans pou emprime, pake ak delivre. Mwen deja fini desine pil kat la, e mwen deja genyen konpani ak emprimè ki pral fini rès la. Sèl bagay ki manke konya se lajan nesesè pou boul la deroule. Tawo se yon zoutiy divinasyon, yon zoutiy ki vrèman itil lè moun ap pase yon moman difisil nan lavi yo tankou divòs, retrèt, oubyen lanmò. Avèk kontribisyon ou, nap ka mete bèl pil kat sa nan makèt la e nan men moun ki kalifye ki ka byen sèvi avèk li. Mesi anpil!
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Risks and challenges
For the past 6 months, I have surveyed several Professional Tarot Groups for feedback, advice, vendor selection and any other suggestions that would make this Project a success. I have also reached out to other Kickstarter creators and consultants for advice. The only real obstacles with fulfillment are the holiday season and the time it takes the Vendor to print the decks. Upon notification of successful funding, I will submit the proofs and deposit to QPC Games so that they can start printing immediately. My Account Manager at QPC Games said that it may take anywhere from 8-12 weeks to print the decks but can be shorter. I set the fulfillment time for March 2016 so that there is enough room in the timeline for printing, limited edition deck printing, book printing and shipment. I will keep backers aware of updates in the process including any unforeseen bottlenecks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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