Welcome to the Wild Messengers Tarot!
Earth and its creatures are speaking… Introducing the Wild Messengers Alchemical Tarot + Guidebook: an 80-card tarot deck with a decidedly Animalistic twist.
These cosmic watercolor animal cards (and high-quality hardcover guidebook) are steeped in intention, crafted with precision, and they just might have you at hello with their glossy, textured snakeskin backs.
Born out of the intuitive gifts of Lola Pickett and Tanya Casteel and the graphical talents of Tigre Pickett, this project is steeped in love, integrity and playfulness.
Call forth your own wisdom and answers while awakening the wild within.
Included in this first-edition deck are all 78 suited tarot cards (re-named to be non-binary/gender fluid), plus two mystery “wild cards” to add whimsy and additional insight to your readings. Each card has been intuitively paired with an animal; adding specificity, nuance, and depth to the traditional interpretation of that card.
For tarot enthusiasts, collectors, and the tarot curious, we know you’ll appreciate the intention (ahem, obsession) with producing a quality deck: Thick (but not too thick) card stock and high-end printing; made for ease of shuffling and designed to last through thousands of readings. The seamless, reversible, textured backs hide reversals until it’s time to reveal them.
The cards and box have all been designed and are ready to order for printing! We're going to have our Guidebook's content complete before we close funding so all that we need now is YOU!
Before we dive into the art, meet the artist, Tanya Casteel!
The Major suit is emblazoned with our symbol for Etheric Spirit. These hallmark Messengers bear the booming voices of the Archetypes; expressions of quintessential components of every human’s evolutionary journey.
The Minor suits follow the process and elements of Alchemy, with the transmutation of Swords into Air, Wands into Fire, Cups into Water, and Pentacles into Earth. The Minor animals accompany you on a journey as you work daily to raise your consciousness, step into aligned action, open your heart, and ground into your purpose.
In your deck, you'll also find two mystery wild cards in addition to the 14 cards from each minor suit. These creatures will be revealed as an update to our backers!
- Card Size: 2.75" x 4.75"
- Paper: White 350gsm Fine Art Paper
- Printing: Full Color Front and Back
- Finish: Anti-Scratch Matte
- Extra: High Quality Embossed Snake Texture on Back
- Stretch Goals to Unlock: Higher Quality Card Stock, Tarot Cloth for All Reward Backers, Holographic Card Faces
- Style: Two-Piece Hard Box
- Box Material: 2mm Cardboard & 128gsm matte paper
- Printing: Full Color Front and Back
- Finish: Anti-Scratch Matte
- ★ STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! ★ Holographic Foil and Deboss on Box
Channeled guidance, prompts for self-reflection, powerful invocations, and more are shared for each card in our Heirloom-quality, hardcover guidebook. In addition, you’ll learn how to work with Alchemy as a tool for self-transformation and enhance your ability to understand all the Wild Messengers you encounter out in the world. We’ll share our favorite spreads, link to guided meditations on our website, and so much more.
One of our priorities has been to make this guidebook as robust and insightful as possible, so that even the most inexperienced reader can receive incredibly specific, actionable, and relevant guidance when working with this deck. Plus, the animals make the tarot so fun! We can’t wait until you see all they are sharing through this book!
The guidebook is nearly complete! We will be ready to order for print upon successful completion of this campaign.
Tarot Guidebook Specs
- Paper Size: 5.5" x 7.5"
- Paper: 80gsm offset paper
- Outer Printing: Full Color
- Inner Printing: Black Printing
- Hardcover Finish: Anti-Scratch Matte
- ★ STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! ★ Holographic Foil, Deboss
Funding this project will provide us the means to order all 80 textured cards, with unique, beautiful, and protective packaging, plus the hardcover guidebook. Hope we can capture that tarot cloth stretch goal, too!
And now... the goods! For backing us, what will you receive?
About the Retreat Reward Level
Make your deposit to join a Wild Messengers RETREAT with the whole WM team for 3 days outside Asheville, NC!
On April 18-21, 2019, you’ll join Tigre, Lola, and Tanya for 3 days of merry magic-making in the wild woods. You’ll experience playful tarot workshops, paint cosmic animals with Tanya, learn to interpret animal messages... and more surprises! This reward gives you the deck + book set PLUS secures your space with a (non-refundable, fully transferable) deposit to attend this retreat.
The deposit applies toward the backers-only price of $1,111; when the campaign closes, the price increases to $1,555. Once you make your deposit, the remaining balance will be due no later than 3/31/19 (payment plans available post-campaign!)
Deposits are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 2019 Wild Messengers event.
A few things to note:
Want to get more items after close of the campaign? We'll have our PledgeManager open for you to add items, add-ons, etc! Got the Early Birdy price for the deck but also want a book now? No worries! Just add it on in PledgeManager when completing your shipping info!
Everything shown here is 99.33%* of what you'll see when you receive your rewards in the mail, and we may be slightly tweak/improved upon before our final production run to ensure the highest quality product arrives in your hands! (* that's extremely not scientific)
Once we meet our initial backing goal, we’ll stretch for even more awesomeness to amp up your enthusiasm for these animals, and make the decks that much more infused with cosmic magic. Please keep sharing this project with your friends and get them pumped up to contribute!
These fantastical features will be unlocked with each stretch goal we hit:
★ UNLOCKED!! $16,666 ★ All Backers receive eBook on-the-go version of the Guidebook!
★ UNLOCKED $18,888 ★ All Backers eBook version of the Guidebook upgraded to color!
★ UNLOCKED $22,222 ★ All Guidebooks upgraded with holographic foil stamp on cover, deboss treatment on cover and higher quality paper!
★ UNLOCKED $26,666 ★ All Boxes upgraded with holographic foil stamp, deboss treatment and more durable box card stock!
★ UNLOCKED $28,888 ★ All Decks upgraded to casino-quality card paper!
⚠ LOCKED $33,333 ⚠ All Rewards Backers receive a FREE tarot cloth with their order!
⚠ LOCKED $44,444 ⚠ All Decks upgraded with holographic card faces!
⚠ LOCKED $55,555 ⚠ All Backers receive FREE access to eCourse on working with the Wild Messengers Tarot Deck + Understanding Animal Messengers in your daily life!
⚠ LOCKED $66,666 ⚠ All Rewards Backers receive free US domestic shipping and International orders receive $5 off S/H!
Please spread the word and support us in reaching our next goal!
Come find us in the wilds of social media and share the love!
- Step 1: Get Wild Messengers Graphics Here
- Step 2: Post why you love this project on Facebook or Instagram
- Step 3: Romp around hootin' and hollerin' like the wild animal you are!
After funding closes, you’ll be able to add on additional decks, guidebooks, and fun Wild Messenger Merch' like sticker packs, temporary tattoo packs, or intuitive readings when you check out.
Based on production timelines, we anticipate a shipping date of 2/22/19.
Shipping & Handling costs will be calculated at time of checkout via PledgeManager.
Tigre Pickett — Designer + Art Director — Instagram
(And many thanks to Jason Yocum for doing awesome book layout and design! 💕)
You can also listen to Tanya, Lola and Tigre discuss this project on the This Wild Life Podcast!
Got a question? We'll do our best to answer. Peep this area for updates as the questions roll in and we put the most commonly asked ones up here to keep things clear!
Will the guidebook be available for purchase on its own?
- Yes, after the Kickstarter is funded and the project is published we will have it for individual sale through our website. Guidebooks will also be available for individual sale after the Kickstarter closes as part of an "add-on" option. So if you ordered just the deck or the early bird deck there will be a chance to add on a guidebook at the end.
What if I want to order more than one deck and guidebook for friends?
- That would be great! Just add an extra $44 per deck, $22 per guidebook, or $66 per deck/book combo that you'd like to add to your pledge. Please message us on KS just to be sure we're adding things correctly!
xoxoxo - Tigre, Tanya and Lola
Risks and challenges
Producing a physical product has inherent risks and challenges, especially when it comes to fulfillment and shipping. We’ve been very selective of our vendors for that very reason! Should any unforeseen snafus arise, we’ll take care of them with the swiftness of a sea otter diving for clams.
USE AN EMAIL YOU CHECK OFTEN (AND WORKS): Backer surveys are sent after the project funding window has closed. Do this immediately! Don’t dally or diddle and miss out on some sweet, limited add-ons. We can’t deliver your rewards until you fill out your backers survey.
CONFIRM CREDIT CARD INFO IS UP-TO-DATE: If we can’t run your card, you’ll get booted as a backer. Let’s not do that, shall we?
TRIPLE-CONFIRM YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS: Check that it’s actually where you want your reward to arrive. Is it formatted correctly? Is it your full name (no handles, plz) Did you consult a dictionary for proper spelling? Bad addys mean sad animals. Where you tell us to send your reward is where it’s headed; so, triple-check it! Any returned rewards will be shipped (again) at your cost. Got an address change between funding close and ship date? No worries! Hit us up at hello [a] wildmessengers.com and we’ll get you updated.
ORDERS OUTSIDE CANADA or the USA: Your order may have customs and import duties applied to it. We can’t tell you what that cost would be as duties and customs vary widely from country to country and we have no control over those charges. It might be a good idea to contact your local customs office for more information on the current charges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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