I have Isidore decks available again but only in a limited number. When this printing sells out I’m not sure when I’ll be able to order them again, but I’m working on that. You can grab an Isidore Tarot deck with full packaging here. For those who’d like just the deck you can pick that up here, there is also the option to add a book. These are available until I’ve sold out. And as mentioned in the previous post: These decks will come with my version of the Happy Squirrel card for tarot fans who collect decks with those. I’ve also listed them (at that link) for anyone who already has the deck and would like to add it to their deck. 🙂
So as I mentioned in my previous shoppe update there is an add-on card for The Isidore Tarot. I included it in the doll-size version of the deck (pictured here) and showed it off at my last convention and everyone loved it. I hadn’t included it originally because I didn’t have the space. I mentioned to a few people that I was planning to include it with the third edition of the deck that I would eventually publish. A few of my existing Isidore deck owners cried foul so I made a promise to make it available for anyone who’d like to add it to their deck.
So here it is! Since there are two editions of the deck I’ve made sure to order cards that have both card backs. These are being printed through the same printer whose cardstock and printing are pretty uniform. I’ve never had any decks that felt different than the others and the size is also uniform so this card should fit right into an existing deck. Below are options for each deck back. Select the one that matches your deck. Cards are a whooping $2 to cover the card, envelope, and stamps. Cards are printing and will be available to ship in two weeks. As for the card going into the deck, it will be available in every deck for the third edition and I will be including one in any second edition orders. Nab one by hitting that little more button.
Today’s card is from my Isidore Tarot and features my rather dapper Hermit. Dapper seems to be the go-to word for me with this deck! The hermit, as a card, is about soul searching and introspection. As we grow older many of us tend to desire a greater understanding of the world around us and not just as a living soul that is here to be a cog in the machine. You might want to look inward and see what makes you tick, what things do you desire to know or understand? Typically the card is read as one that suggests taking some time to yourself to think upon such things and, as said at the start, do a little survey of the soul. It’s a thoughtful card and one I associate with consciousness and spirituality. And once you’ve found your understanding or have come to see how you’ve grown more mature and wise through life experiences, it might be time to share that wisdom. 😉
The Happy Squirrelthulhu card in my Isidore Tarot’s doll size deck went over very well at the convention. I had random cards laid out for people who wanted to buy the small cards for their hats (yes, that is a thing for convention costuming) and H.S. cards were snatched right up. He is such a wonderfully dapper and quirky chap. I have been asked about regular size cards and yes, I am doing those. I’m having them printed so anyone with the rounded edges style cards from the first and second editions of the regular Isidore deck can order one to include with their own if they’d like.
Eddie says your heavy metal card of the day is BAD!!! \m/ \m/
Ha! I couldn’t resist. But seriously… the nine of swords, whether upright or reversed, is not a happy card. Because of this when I created this card for my Isidore Tarot I went for one of the more disturbing illustrations from J.J. Grandville. In the original Rider Waite card there is a woman in bed sitting up and covering her face as though she’s just woken from a nightmare. In my deck I made the slight change of having the nightmare represented; something unsettling and uneasy.
This card doesn’t necessarily point you towards the things going on around you, but what is taking place in your head. Anxieties, uncertainty, and those things that trouble you. Like all cards in the deck you should meditate on this card as you feel works best for you. Perhaps this card is asking you to stop a moment and take a look at what is bothering you and what you might do to move past it. Maybe you’re beating yourself up and need to exhale and take a step back for a moment. Or throw on some good old Iron Maiden and do a few head thrashes to dislodge those pesky dark thoughts! 🙂
I received my Isidore Tarot doll size deck sample deck today. It’s wonderful!! It’s so tiny! We have a new section we’re adding to The Attic Shoppe that is devoted to the dolls we sell at shows and craft fairs. I’ve been stitching together a quirky little fortune teller doll who needed a a deck to keep with her. My printer just started offering mirco-sized decks so I shrunk the entire Isidore deck down (I even added a Happy Squirrel card, well… Happy Squirelthulhu, you’ll see soon) and now I have a deck that is about one inch by one and a half inch in size. More to come.
I just okayed the proof deck for The Black Ibis Tarot’s third edition. It looks lovely and a preview can be seen here. This means I’ll be selling the last of the second edition I have in stock and tucking it away. Monday, in honor of opening day when I’ll be downtown in Cincinnati staring and the Reds parade, we’ll have a sale going on in the Attic Shoppe. This will include a just the deck quick buy and two of the very original Black Ibis decks. The first edition didn’t have a minor arcana and the packaging was pretty simple. I offer them now more as a collectable. There were only fifty of those decks originally printed years back. Sale info will be at The Attic Shoppe tomorrow. 🙂
I popped over to Kickstarter today to see if there was anything that caught my attention and I found the ArCANIS project. Oh this is a wonderful looking deck. I loved watching the artist drawing the artwork real time in the project video. Deck creator David DePasquale describes his deck as ArCANIS is a tarot deck and 168 page full color companion book that combines a love of animals with simple, modern character design. I just backed the project for a deck and companion book. His project has successfully funded with seventeen days to go. You can find the project and back it here!
The 78 Tarot Project takes 78 artists and pairs them with a card to create a beautiful tarot deck with a kaleidoscope of different styles and themes. The decks are funded through Kickstarter and can be readily purchased through the 78 Tarot Project etsy shop. This deck has a carnival theme and the above cards are just a sample. It was hard to pick just a few to show off the card artwork. Check it out!
The Attic Shoppe added Sepia Stains tarot art to their print shoppe. So if you’d like to have any of my lovely (though a tad scary if you’ve read their back stories) ladies on your wall, now is the time to get them. Follow this link. 🙂
Ugh, the two of swords… fitting. I hate to admit it right now, but it is fitting. It makes me reflect upon the fact that I’m getting sloppy around the edges, so to speak. Pardon me while I get a little wordy.
Almost two years ago I began a process to improve my health and curb my worsening weight issues. For a couple of years my gent and I let ourselves get far too comfortable with our bad habits. We considered it a winter funk and did everything to avoid admitting we were in a fairly serious depression after my (TMI alert) ectopic pregnancy. We both gained weight, but I seemed to be approaching it like an Olympic event. My daily habits were horrible. I ate little to nothing all day long as I worked my butt off, though that work typically was done from a desk. I made us a very large comfort foody type meal late in the evening when we sat down to watch our favorite shows. Typically we drank a few beers. It was just bad and I felt it in every inch of my body.
When there came a point where my gent needed to move down to Ohio, I realized I was barely able to get around on my own. I have a particular type of arthritis in my back that has bothered me since I was a kid. I spent a lot of time having my back manipulated so I wasn’t stuck in either a sitting position or standing. The more weight I put on that existing problem the worst the pain became. So I decided screw this. I’m not going to slowly kill myself because of bad habits. So I went to my doctor and started the process of taking rather drastic steps to fix myself. I won’t go on about that here (I actually tackle that subject in my portfolio blog) but the end result was I lost a good chunk of that weight, all of my weight related issues are null and void now, and after going through physical therapy and now being quite active, my back experiences nearly no pain. When it acts up a little heat and the wonderful kneading fingers of my gent can fix it.
So yay me! Right? Well that would be what it looked like if this was the closing of my television show. The truth is life rolls right along and the behaviors that were there before are always lurking and it gets really easy to fall back into them. The two of swords is me looking away from my slipping habits and finding reasons to rationalize why everything is fine. The truth is I’m a little stressed out and overwhelmed with the great amount of creative work I deal with day in and day out and trying to be a budding business woman. That is quite a bit for a woman who only a few years ago was a hardcore procrastinator and temperamental air fairy. Sometimes my desire is to address that stress the way I used to because it’s easy and what I’ve known for so long. The world has been trying to nudge me for awhile to get my poop back together and get back on track. It is far too easy to go back to the place I came from and I absolutely don’t want to do that.
In this card’s artwork a woman (or grasshopper here as this is my Isidore Tarot) sits blindfolded with two swords crossed before her. Each sword is perfectly balanced with the other one. They represent a stalling point for me. I need to push past that point and remove my blindfold and take a good look at my habits and make better decisions regarding them. Of course my friends tend to tell me I’m being hard on myself, but I tend to counter with: A personality that is all about obsessive behavior needs to keep a tight reign on itself. A personality that is able to rationalize away nearly anything needs to shut up and do better. That is my take on this card. There are additional meanings you can look up for it when you find it in your spread or card draw, each to be used for what you’re looking at the tarot for.
This is not a new deck in the making, but promotional cards for the upcoming convention I mentioned a few days ago. These are the final color versions of some of the black and white illustrations I posted earlier. I love this character! I made cards for her because I’m the tarot lady at conventions so it seemed fitting to advertise with her. If you happen to like her as I do, you can see a little more Bly artwork on my portfolio blog. If you happen to the attend the International Steampunk Symposium in Cinci the end of April, pop by my booth and grab a complimentary card! And say hi 🙂
Are you on Facebook? Are you following Attic Cartomancy there? If you’re not you might have missed this wonderful graphic my gent made for me that takes advantage of FB’s stop and start function for animated gifs. This post features the major arcana for the Isidore Tarot. Let the graphic roll and stop it to see your tarot card. 🙂
Today’s beautiful deck is the Mary-el Tarot. This is a gorgeous deck featuring original oil paintings by artist Marie White. From what I’ve read fans of this deck were able to watch its creation over a ten year period. It was published by Schiffer Books a few years back. Please take a moment to visit the Mary-el Tarot website here. She offers prints from the deck artwork. And you can pick up the deck itself here.
A few years back my shoppe prepared to offer the second edition of the Isidore Tarot. We did some fundraising to get the second edition printed and one of the options was handmade tarot bags in one of these materials, and hand painted Isidore prints. They were fun to make, but the size and scope of fundraising like that means A LOT of work at the end of the day. I got really sick of metallic paints for awhile there. :p
I’ve been systematically organizing my many external hard-drives and with that task stumbling upon past work. These were the first prototypes for the Black Ibis Tarot’s minor arcana. Specifically the King and Queen of Coins. I ended up nixing the idea because they looked very close to the Sepia Stain’s minor arcana, which wasn’t a bad thing. The Sepia and Ibis are companion decks from the same story so there are some similarities between them. I want the Black Ibis minor arcana to be more unique though, as well as more colorful. As a result my dark King and Queen went into the unused folder. One day I’ll make a bat-poop crazy deck that is made up of nothing but unused or left over art. 😉
Here’s an interesting find, though a bit dated as far as when the article was posted: Photographer Teams Up With Haitian Artists to Transform Tarot Cards Into Real Scenes. The photographs are wonderful. This is a good, wordy article with photographer Alice Smeets about this project.
“The creativity of some photographers astounds me. Just when you think you’ve seen every creative, strange, and unique photo idea, another comes along that would never have crossed your mind.
“That was the case with Ghetto Tarot, a creative photos series created by award-winning documentary photographer Alice Smeets and a group of Haitian artists known as Atiz Rezistans.
“These fascinating images transform the mysterious (and, depending on what you believe, prophetic) cards into real life scenes captured in the ghetto of Haiti, using found items that the Haitian artists themselves provided and created for the project.” – from article
Being a bit of a comic book geek I’m rather surprised I didn’t run across this deck sooner. This is the major arcana devoted to Marvel’s Avengers. It’s cute, whimsical, with just a dollop of the gratuitous considering some of our Avengers’ modesty is only maintained by a perfectly placed cloth. (See Thor and Captain America ;p) So far all I can find out about this deck is that Julia Cross created it and I can’t find a website for her, not even a deviantart page. It is readily seen all over pinterest and tumblr though. It’s very well done, but given that it’s a fan deck I doubt it would be readily available for purchase without some licensing hiccups. I’ve only seen nine cards so far so I’m not sure it’s complete yet.
Today’s card of the day is Temperance from my Isidore Tarot. This is actually the first version of the card. There are only a few special decks that included alternative versions of certain cards. There were very few card designs that were a challenge for me, but I struggled a bit with the Temperance card.
As for the card itself, I like to think of Temperance as the just take a moment to exhale and relax card. It’s about patience and knowing how to calmly balance things in your life. When I see this card it makes me want to take a moment and give thought to what is going on in my life and what it is I’m trying to achieve and am I still on track for that? It’s a card of quiet thoughtfulness.
I don’t actually know the proper name of this deck. It’s most popularly identified online (in searches) as the IONA Tarot but I’ve recently learned has a different names. This deck was designed and printed by artist Giona Fiochi and, given its printing process, was produced in really small numbers. It’s a hard deck to find. I stumbled upon this forum conversation about it where a collector managed to purchase a deck as well as show photographs of it. After seeing the actual printed cards it not only makes the tarot collector in me squeal, but the graphic designer as well. I’m not going to be a bad aetherweb person and reprint those photos here, so check out that link! It gives quite a bit of information about the deck as well. The full deck is mature in nature due to nudity and themes, but simply beautiful.