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 November 3, 2018 at 12:15pm CDT
My first impression when I saw the cards was that someone did a (good) mashup of the Golden Thread Tarot and a tattoo themed deck. Turns out I was spot-on – the Gilded Ink Tarot features artwork inspired by traditional American tattoos (which in a sense are ‘gilded ink’ on flesh). The deck itself is printed on black paper with gold-stamped details. According to the portfolio website, the minor arcana appear to be pip-style cards with a few Rider-Waite based symbols.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with deck available at the $40 pledge level.
Pledge period ends October 18, 2018 at 9:09am CDT
“Theda was well versed on all religions. However, closest to her heart was her crystal ball, the Ouija Board, Tarot Cards and the spirits around her. She felt that her karma was from a former life. “ – Joan Craig, author of ‘Theda Bara, My Mentor: Under The Wing Of Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale’
The Theda Barda Tarot deck combines pictures of this silent film era actress with hand-written text for that card. For the major arcana, the creator used text from The Symbolism of the Tarot by PD Ouspensky published in 1913. For the minor arcana, the artist used text from the 15th century tarot poetry of Count Matteo Boiardo.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with deck available at the £39 (~$51) pledge level. There are a limited number of “early bird” decks available at £34 (~$45).
Pledge period ends October 17, 2018 at 11:00am CDT
The Major Barkana is a beautiful dog-themed deck. The intent behind the deck is to build awareness about service animals. The artists explain that the watercolor illustrations are based on actual dogs:
“Every single card features a real dog (or two, like in the Lovers)—immortalizing dogs that have crossed over and showing off newly adopted pups. Every single dog is placed on a card that their human selects—ensuring that the dog’s true personality shines in their card. We know you’ll feel this when you hold them in your hand!”
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with deck available at the $30 pledge level. This deck contains the Major Arcana only (22 cards). The artists plan to create a full 78-card deck over the next few years.
Pledge period ends October 12, 2018 at 11:44pm CDT
The Tarot of Magical Correspondences is a Tarot deck based on the Golden Dawn attributions published in 1909 by Aleister Crowley in his reference book 777. Each card feels like an artistic collage full of rich symbolism. The deck is gold-gilded with a luxury box and a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. The Tarot of Magical Correspondences serves both as a collector’s deck as well as a tool that you could use for ritual magic.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with the deck available at the CHF 50 (~$52) pledge level.
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 “Become a Tarot Card” 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. The project has already passed the $15K stretch goal, which means that card will also be included in every deck printed.
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!