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Vudu Tarot/Espiritismo Tarot - Caribbean Art in Your Hands

Indie Self-Publishing of 2 Comic Book Art Style Tarot Card Designs Based on Afro Caribbean/Latino Traditions, Stories & Mythologies.

Vudu Tarot/Espiritismo Tarot - Caribbean Art in Your Hands

Indie Self-Publishing of 2 Comic Book Art Style Tarot Card Designs Based on Afro Caribbean/Latino Traditions, Stories & Mythologies.

$10,412
pledged of $11,749pledged of $11,749 goal
167
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, December 1 2015 4:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 2, 2015

About

For relaunch please go to http://vudukickstarter.com
For relaunch please go to http://vudukickstarter.com
 

"It's not just Tarot, it's Art in your hands."

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78 Cards from the Main Vudu Deck
78 Cards from the Main Vudu Deck

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.

Major Arcana and Court Cards - 1st Deck
Major Arcana and Court Cards - 1st Deck
Swords Suit
Swords Suit
Wands Suit
Wands Suit
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Skulls (Pentacles) Suit
Skulls (Pentacles) Suit
Cups Suit
Cups Suit

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.

Limited Edition Cups Suit
Limited Edition Cups Suit
Limited Edition Wands Suit
Limited Edition Wands Suit
Limited Edition Wands Suit
Limited Edition Wands Suit
Limited Edition Swords Suit
Limited Edition Swords Suit

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.

Limited Edition Cards for Kickstarter Deck Pledges Only
Limited Edition Cards for Kickstarter Deck Pledges Only
Ceremonial Inspiration (Personal Collection)
Ceremonial Inspiration (Personal Collection)
Creative References include Catholic Saint Images, Haitian Vodou Drapo (Flags) and Rider Waite Tarot
Creative References include Catholic Saint Images, Haitian Vodou Drapo (Flags) and Rider Waite Tarot

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.

http://hedgemason.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-new-afro-diasporic-inspired.html?spref=fb

http://thetarotroom.com/2015/11/16/the-vudu-tarot/

Class with Tarosophy
Class with Tarosophy
Giving a discussion on Various Divination Systems Within Afro Diasporic Traditions
Giving a discussion on Various Divination Systems Within Afro Diasporic Traditions
Featured on Aeclectic Tarot Homepage and Newsletter
Featured on Aeclectic Tarot Homepage and Newsletter
Vudu Tarot is featured in the Next Issue of Tarosophist International
Vudu Tarot is featured in the Next Issue of Tarosophist International
        

http://www.thequeenssword.com/afro-caribbean-art-in-vudu-tarot-kickstarter/

http://tarotheathen.com/fab-five-friday-november-20th-2015/

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 $11,759 to get the first printing production line going and ready for shipment to my customers.

Funding Cost Breakdown
Funding Cost Breakdown

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!

FREE SHIPPING
FREE SHIPPING
Revised Rewards
Revised Rewards
                                                           
Cellphone Wallpaper
Cellphone Wallpaper
Cellphone and Desktop Wallpapers
Cellphone and Desktop Wallpapers
Custom Vector Headshot Illustration
Custom Vector Headshot Illustration
Custom Vector Fullbody Illustration
Custom Vector Fullbody Illustration
Magnetic Lid Box, Limited Edition Deck Tuckbox, Digital and Hardcopy Guidebook, 5 Limited Edition Cards, Artbook
Magnetic Lid Box, Limited Edition Deck Tuckbox, Digital and Hardcopy Guidebook, 5 Limited Edition Cards, Artbook
Become a Tarot Card
Become a Tarot Card
Become A Tarot Card
Become A Tarot Card
Limited Edition Vudu Tarot Spreadcloth
Limited Edition Vudu Tarot Spreadcloth
Limited Edition Vudu Tarot T-Shirt
Limited Edition Vudu Tarot T-Shirt
FREE READINGS FOR PLEDGES OF $50 and UP
FREE READINGS FOR PLEDGES OF $50 and UP
Custom Card
Custom Card

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.

If you can’t make a donation at this time, there are still ways you can help support my campaign! Please take a few moments to share my information with your friends and family via social media, email, and through word of mouth! Thank you in advance for your support and generous donations!

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http://facebook.com/monroerodriguezsingh

http://twitter.com/monroeforcemagi

http://linkedin.com/in/monroerjohnson

http://instagram.com/monroesingh

https://www.behance.net/monroesingh

http://vudutarot.tumblr.com

http://kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

For the past 5 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 February 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.

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    -The Limited Edition Cubano and Espiritismo Sets consisting of 79 Cards (56 Minor Arcana, 22 Major Arcana, 1 Wild Card): Cups (Orisha) Suit, Skulls (Palo) Suit, Wands (Umbanda) Suit, Swords (Hindu) Suit
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    -The Limited Edition Cubano and Espiritismo Sets consisting of 79 Cards (56 Minor Arcana, 22 Major Arcana, 1 Wild Card): Cups (Orisha) Suit, Skulls (Palo) Suit, Wands (Umbanda) Suit, Swords (Hindu) Suit
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    -The Limited Edition Cubano and Espiritismo Sets consisting of 79 Cards (56 Minor Arcana, 22 Major Arcana, 1 Wild Card): Cups (Orisha) Suit, Skulls (Palo) Suit, Wands (Umbanda) Suit, Swords (Hindu) Suit
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