Happy Friday, Tarot Geeks!
Here’s this week’s Top 5 Tarot decks available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter. I will share links to each deck along with why I believe they are worth considering.
First, for those who are not familiar with the platform…
How Kickstarter works
Crowdfunding is where you and others “invest” your money in an artist’s project. Most creators will provide rewards in return for different pledge levels, which gives the impression that you are purchasing a product by backing said project. At its core, crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter are a marketplace for venture capitalism, but instead of owning a share of the company or creative work you are promised a product upon the project’s completion.
Most projects will have a goal that is the minimum amount needed to complete the project (operational and production costs, and hopefully enough left over to pay their food and electric bills). Some projects will include stretch goals where the final product can be enhanced based on additional funds raised.
Want to back a project but don’t have the $$$ right now? No problem! You are not charged during the pledge period, and can change your pledge amount up until the pledge period ends. Your credit/bank card is charged once the funding period is over. I typically pledge my support early in the funding campaign, and make final adjustments during the last few days (when I have a better understanding of my budget).
Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of any of the decks listed. Please review the project’s description, including the Risks and Challenges section, before you back it. Click here to learn more about accountability on Kickstarter.
Geek Girl Tarot’s Kickstarter Picks
Pledge period ends September 24, 2018 at 12:30pm CDT
In the journey to make Tarot more accessible, we need to remember the importance of representation in art. Tarot readers need to be able to see themselves – as well as their clients – within the cards. For this purpose, I believe it is vital to support people of color who want to tell their stories through the creation of Tarot decks. Here’s the description of the deck from the campaign’s page:
The Afro Goddess Tarot Arcanas is a full 79 card (the traditional 78 cards plus an additional card), jumbo size deck (designed to be 3.5x5in.) in which each card has been studied, meditated upon, designed, and hand painted with the pure intentions to be the deck of the melanated Goddess’ dreams. It is full of a healthy mix of traditional tarot wisdoms, African ancestral insights, modern cultural references, and most importantly… 100% melanated characterizations.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the pre-order deck available at the $59 pledge level.
Pledge period ends October 1, 2018 at 2:50am EDT
Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead or All Souls Day) is an international celebration honoring the dead. This deck, created by a Filipino woman, draws upon themes from the cultures of Mexico, the Philippines, India, and Spain. This deck features gorgeous artwork (OMG – Coptic Markers!) that is loosely based off of the Rider-Waite deck. For a sneak peek at the cards, check out the campaign page as well as the artist’s Instagram page.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the deck available at the $40 pledge level.
Pledge period ends September 19 at 4pm CDT
This is a colorful, whimsical, and super-cute deck! People in this deck are depicted without defined facial features or gender, making this deck accessible to a variety of people. Here’s a description of the artwork from the creator:
The HeARTful Spirits Tarot began as simple sketches and eventually evolved into mixed media watercolor images. By mixed media, I mean that I utilized several different mediums to bring them to life. These included pencil, watercolor, ink, acrylic and finally digital enhancement. Each image is rich in color and you will see this reflected on each card.
The cards are based on the Rider-Waite deck, and backers have the option to decide whether they want hints (themes for the upright and reversed position) printed on the cards.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the deck available at the $35 pledge level. As of the time of this blog post, the campaign has already reached the first Stretch Goal tier, meaning that backers will receive a Sweet Heart Organza Tarot bag as part of their reward.
Pledge period ends September 26, 2018 at 1:25pm CDT
Do either you or your friends consider yourselves Goetia “geeks”? This may be a deck for you! The creator did a lot of research to correspond the demons and symbolism with the various Tarot cards.
Curious about the aesthetics? Here’s a description of the artwork from the creator:
The cards are aged with wrinkles, rips, and discoloration. Some cards have holes where fire or ash has burned through. One card is even spattered with blood, suggesting the conjurer failed to protect themselves against a violent demonic entity. These are all graphic enhancements, of course, the cards themselves are pristine!
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the deck available at the $60 pledge level. This campaign has achieved multiple stretch goals, including gold-gilt edges, custom tuck boxes, velvet bags, and all sorts of esoteric goodness.
Pledge period ends October 7, 2018 at 1:02pm CDT
One of my favorite art technique is chiaroscuro, which uses strong contrasts between light and dark. Hence, when I saw this deck, I immediately fell in love with it. The campaign page is full of video clips showing the aesthetics of the cards. I keep watching the clip of the card unboxing – it’s become a guilty pleasure. The cards are border-less, and when lined up, you see a panoramic view of each of the suits. Here’s a description of the aesthetics, from the creator:
Every detail has forged a living-breathing realm embedded with Magick unlike anything experienced before. The symbolism found within the cards draw inspiration from traditional decks, such as the Rider Waite, as well as introduce a number of expanded sources such as animal totems, sacred geometry, & esoteric knowledge to depict the resonance each card represents.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the deck available at the $60 pledge level. I’m backing this campaign at the rowd level because I not only want to see this project happen, but I am interested in seeing how the artist depicts my likeness & resonance in a Tarot card. If the deck reaches $15K stretch goal (currently getting close to the $11,1111 base goal), that card will also be included in every deck printed. I like the idea of being immortalized in a Tarot deck. 😉
There’s not a lot that I can say that can do justice to the amount of effort that the creator has taken in fleshing out their campaign page on Kickstarter. Seriously – go check it out!
Looking forward to sharing more Tarot Kickstarter goodness with you in a week!