September 21

Kickstarter Round-up: Top Tarot Deck Picks for September 21, 2018


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

#5 Many Queens Tarot Deck by Lettie Jane Rennekamp

Pledge period ends September 27, 2018 at 6:25pm CDT

If you are looking for a black-and-white deck that is full of meaning, check out this deck. Likewise, if you like drawings of people of different genders and body types and have a fascination with eyes, this may be a deck for you.

The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the deck available at the $30 pledge level.


#4 The Stolen Child Tarot by Monica Knighton

Pledge period ends October 17, 2018 at 9:58am CDT

This whimsical Tarot deck is inspired by the William Butler Yeats poem of the same name. The original artwork was done in acrylic ink and watercolor on acid-free bristol board. Check out the project page to see some of these pieces – some of the original art is available as a backer reward!

The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the deck available at the $45 pledge level.


#3 Women of Science Tarot Deck by Nadja Oertelt

Pledge period ends October 6, 2018 at 9:33am CDT

Even science nerds love the Tarot! Nadja Oertelt is a science media producer and cofounder of the science publication Massive. Matteo Farinella is an illustrator, researcher and neuroscientist. Together they are creating a deck that focuses on the women of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Here’s a note from the creators on how they see their deck being used:

The wisdom of lauded, forgotten, powerful and unknown visionaries in fields spanning the scope of human endeavor are captured in this new card game. Women who have shaped the way we see the world, create it, and imagine it appear on cards fashioned after traditional Tarot decks. Ask the cards and the women a question and use their knowledge of the four spheres of inquiry—the Nano, the Micro, the Macro and the Astro—to construct the answers that can guide you in your life or us a species.

The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the deck available at the $45 pledge level.

#2 Dia de Muertos Tarot Deck by Rose Hillen

Pledge period ends October 1, 2018 at 2:50am EDT

I shared this one last week. I want to give this project some more love because I’d love to see this one funded!

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.

#1 Synesthesia Tarot Deck by Jana Walker

Pledge period ends October 3, 2018 at 1:35pm CDT

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of color and symbolism in the traditional Rider-Waite deck? Are you a fan of minimalist design? Rejoice, because there is now a deck for you! I saw teasers of these cards on Instagram in the days before the Kickstarter launch, and I was drawn in by the linework and simple use of color (Major Arcana are black and white, Minor Arcana are colored based on their suit).

Jana, the creator of the Synesthesia Tarot, shared her design philosophy for this project:

Traditional tarot cards tend to be heavily illustrated. However, this deck stems from my desire to create a modern and unique tarot deck that anyone can connect to. The cards still retain the meaning of traditional tarot cards, yet strip away the extra layers with clean and simple line drawings. I used this deck as a chance to fuse both my love for design and tarot, and believe it can serve as a companion deck for avid users, an introductory deck for a brand new user, or as a statement piece in someone’s home.

The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the deck available at the $50 pledge level.

Looking forward to sharing more Tarot Kickstarter goodness with you in a week!


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