Happy Friday, Tarot Geeks!
Here’s this week’s Top 5 Tarot & Oracle 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 15, 2018 at 11:00pm CST
The Wayfarer Tarot is a deck that utilizes art media to showcase the differences between the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The illustrations for the Major Arcana were done with oil paintings and the Minor Arcana cards were developed through pen and ink drawings. The artists recognized that some elements of the Rider-Waite deck may not connect with a contemporary audience, and thus have stripped away most of the religious symbolism from the deck. The Minor Arcana suits are based on the elements and each suit is connected by color scheme as well as common symbols (like ravens and birds in the suit of air).
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with deck available at the $50 pledge level. If you need to review the cards prior to pledging, they are all available on the project’s page.
Pledge period ends November 2, 2018 at 12:33pm CDT
The Cute & Creepy Tarot is a Rider-Waite based deck that showcases monsters and creatures of myth. The artist combines the creepiness of the monsters with an eerie cuteness through the use of vivid colors and large eyes (think manga/anime). The companion book contains each card’s meanings, the key symbols, and the folklore chosen for that card.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with deck available at the $35 pledge level.
Pledge period ends October 31, 2018 at 11:00pm CDT
The Adorabyssal Oracle features the cutest versions of mythological, supernatural, and cryptozoological creatures from around the world. This 36-card, borderless oracle deck includes the creature’s associated element (earth,air,fire,water) and a keyword based on the creature’s theme. The corresponding guidebook gives a brief summary of the creepy-cute critter’s folkore.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with deck available at the $20 pledge level.
Pledge period ends November 4, 2018 at 10:59pm CST
Beauty by Tarot is a Rider-Waite inspired deck created with photography. The deck is a celebration of the human body and showcases beauty across race, body type, and gender expression. Heads up, this deck does contain nudity – a decision that the artist does not shy away from explaining. While the cards utilize gendered titles such as “Empress” and “Emperor”, the guidebook uses gender-neutral pronouns and avoids gendering different types of energies.
I am a fan of the use of vibrant color and jewel tones throughout the deck. Each of the suits appear tied together through the use of a couple of signature colors – such as green and gold for the suit of pentacles and silver and crimson for the suit of swords. If you are like me and focus on color and lighting when intuitively reading the cards, this is a deck to check out!
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with deck available at the $35 pledge level. If you need to review the cards prior to pledging, they are all available on the project’s page.
Pledge Period Ends November 11, 2018 at 1:11pm CST
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If you like animal-based Tarot (think The Wild Unknown), this is a deck to consider. Wild Messengers Alchemical Tarot features watercolor images of animals that have been intuitively paired with the theme of each card. Wild Messengers is full of rich colors and galactic undertones, which adds an extra layer of nuance for intuitive readers. The deck takes a more contemporary approach to gender by renaming some of the cards to have non-binary/gender-fluid titles.
The campaign includes a variety of rewards, with deck available at the $33 pledge level. If you need to review the cards prior to pledging, they are all available on the project’s page.
Looking forward to sharing more Tarot & Oracle Kickstarter goodness with you in a week!