OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yy0RG…
Here’s the final preview of the Tarot deck before it launches. :3
I’ve spent well over four years on this project, doing it and redoing it until I got it right.
In total I’ve made and scrapped over two hundred cards I felt weren’t up to snuff.
Hell, I started this project before I even began work on the Psychonaut Field Manual.
My goal was to focus on the more esoteric aspect of the Tarot, to make clear in
plain language, what has been long forgotten by even the most knowledgeable magicians.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with divination, far from, I encourage it. Kick ass. Chew bubblegum.
But even the most seasoned Tarot enthusiasts seem to be oblivious as to Tarot’s true
underlying machinery and thus, blind to it’s true beauty.
To put it plainly, the Tarot was created as a decryption key for dozens of
interweaving occult systems that could be hidden in plain sight as a deck of
playing cards so that it could be studied and spread openly while it’s owner could
avoid being burned at the stake.
It is a grand, fantastical labyrinth, that when solved, reveals the heart and source of
the Western Mystery Tradition itself.
So how do we restore the Tarot to her former glory? I aim to hit the reset button.
I do not mean to run a bulldozer through the labyrinth itself, but rather illuminate
it’s hallways so that they are made clear. Moreover, I mean to point a big sign towards
the entrance thereof and I mean to kill the ticket master.
So, some highlights:
After launch I will post easy to print templates online so that anyone can print and share their
own decks for free should they choose to do so. As long as you don’t sell it, it’s all gravy.
I have a job and am not at all interested in making a profit from this. Rather, I aim to spread
this deck as widely as possible. It will remain free, forever.
Because so many people have requested a Thoth version of the deck, I decided to include
both Rider/Waite and Thoth major arcana variant cards in the same box so that people could
customize their deck as they see fit. You do you bubby boo.
Finally, I’ve interwoven Eight Circuits of Consciousness functionality alongside the traditionally
interconnected occult technologies. Believe me, that shit wasn’t easy. I’ve seen many attempt it
before, but in doing so they had mistakenly broken some of the other technologies in their
effort to do so. The Tarot is a very delicate ecosystem. Fuck up the balance, even just
a little, and the whole thing falls to shit.
If you plan on making your own Tarot deck, feel free to copy my methodology if you’d like.
Illumination should be free.
Anyhoo, I’ll be announcing launch dates as soon as I figure out logistics and shipping junk.
When I do so I’ll provide an e-mail for those who pre-ordered the special edition so that they
can send me their mailing address. For their patience (seriously, thank you for putting up
with my retarded perfectionism) I’ll also be sending them the very first physical copies of
the complete Psychonaut Field Manual for free several months before they go on sale (with
a cool bonus to boot).
Oh, and by the way, I’ll be posting a four page preview of the 5th chapter in the
Psychonaut Field Manual in 2ish weeks. Stay tuned!
Lurv you guys! :3
Great work, as always. I only got one request, and I found a mistake.
The request is if you could add the astrological associations to the lesser Arcana (2 of Cups is Mercury in Cancer, 5 of Cups Mars in Scorpio &c.)
The mistake is with the Thoth version of trump 11. Since Lust and Strength switched places the hebrew letters switched too. Lust, XI, is Leo, Teth, while Adjustment, VIII, is Lamed, Libra (which fits the meaning totally). In RWS it's the same, VIII, Strength, is Teth, Leo; XI, Justice, is Lamed, Libra. Both cards also change position on the Tree of Life.
It's different with the Emperor and the Star. In both the Thoth tarot and the RWS both cards keep their numbers, Emperor is IV, the Star is XVII, but in RWS the Emperor is He, Aquarius, while the Star is Tzaddi, Aries, and in the Thoth tarot the Emperor is Tzaddi, Aries, and the Star is He, Aquarius. They also change position on the Tree of Life.
Thanks for your work and your consideration!
93 93/93! <3
I'm interested in your thought process, the art you use in your deck intrigues me... The symbolism in it is mostly lost on me, it seems like you're drawing from something completely unique vs contemporary decks, so I'd love to hear your reasoning. For context, the only deck I use personally is the Hermetic (though I am familiar with the symbolism of the R-W deck).
To be clear, I love your artistic style, it's very unique, my fascination lies in how different your interpretation of some of the symbols is. The three of swords is very classical, but most of them feel very different and I'd love a dissection by the creator after four years of perfectionism.