A jumbo sized deck revealing the mysteries of the night sky. Have you ever looked up into the stars and wondered, wished or dreamed? I have and this is where my inspiration started. I have been fascinated by Myths and legends from around the world since I was a wee girl. Tarot of Asterisms is a wonderful blend of both. Let’s talk Asterisms. When I first began researching information it was one of the first discoveries I made, already I felt like a great explorer of the skies, but seriously you could have blown me down with a feather created from the ‘did you know’ department of factoids.
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Asterisms are the grouping of stars within a constellation, not the constellation themselves. Did I hear a WOW! Constellations are the grid pattern used to map the sky and all are numbered so astronomers can find a place by entering the constellation number and coordinates into their super scopes. Once they find the right constellation they can zoom in and inspect the stars and asterisms within. If you have seen a gridded map of the earth, it is the same but in the sky.
Why did I go large? I have been a taroist for well over 20 years. When I was seeking anything and all tarot, classes were necessary to understand the symbology of the Rider Waite (they still are really), and all the cards you could buy were HUGE. My teeny tiny hands learned to shuffle them because there was no real choice, but as we headed into the millennium, there was a mushroom effect in oracle cards which were not too common earlier on. They served well for those wanting to ask a single question and didn’t want to go to a reader, as the professional status of the reader wasn’t part of the game, cards got smaller and easier to handle, they were cheaply printed to ensure mass sales and guide books became as important as the cards themselves. Yes you just discovered I am a rambler, I can talk the ear off a patient cow.
Since 2000, working at many spiritual fairs I noticed that tarot cards were less evident and oracle cards had become the readers preference. It opened the door to a different type of reader, but I felt (and still do) something had been lost. The mystique and atmosphere that used to be generated by the cards themselves, that left the querent buzzing with excitement. Oohing and ahhing over the cards with a slight nervousness in the tummy, reminiscent of waiting in line for a ride at the fair. I have created a few decks but this is my first Kickstarter, the decks that get the biggest response are jumbo size. There are a few factors. Being able to see details in the artwork and providing that atmosphere in every single card. When I brought out my first jumbo size deck, the eyes of the clients grew large with anticipation, (Looking like an old crone helps too I think). I hadn’t seen that look for years. Without trying or really thinking about it, they felt they were having a special experience, and you just know, they won’t forget it in a hurry. They love to pick up the cards and really look at them which is amazing and satisfying for a card creator like myself. Don’t worry, see the demo on how to shuffle large cards for those with smaller hands in the video.
The cards 88 cards, 3” x 5.75” Linen: Each card features an asterism as it looks in the sky overlaid with my interpretation of how that may look. Vulpeca can’t be just any old fox, it needs to be an intelligent fox. Using the myth as described by the Astronomica authored by M Manilius around 100CE associated with the older asterisms and the more practical new ones which were mostly developed for inventions or famous discoveries as in the card Indus. The common name is printed large at the bottom of the card, while the proper name is part of the image and easy to find as the book uses this as the alphabetical reference. Many of the cards have a haunting quality and only one has a colour background (I nearly changed it but realized it is like a wild card so left it)
There are quite a few asterisms named for animals, great for the animal lovers, leaving you open to reading from that angle adding more depth to the cards. The eyes of some feel to be looking directly at you which adds a nice connection and can be a bit freaky at times. (Dorothy pats herself on the back) In print the cards aim to show the image as part of the sky and therefore part of the constellation. This could only really be achieved well with computer graphics and this alone adds a haunting quality each image is a composition that reflects the card myth or origin story.
Card Back: The back of the cards were created with the unfathomable in mind. When we look at the sky it is easy to forget that the same stars shining down now have been visible for millennia. The position they hold will have changed from our perspective with the earth’s polar shifts, but they were still there. In ancient times star charts were created with the oldest known that contains star information, being found carved into a ceiling in Japan. In the Kitora Tomb this chart shows 68 asterisms. Even more curious the sky depicted isn’t over Japan but the sky over China at the time. Astronomers and archaeologists alike argue over the age and location of the view making this a perfect element for the side hiding the details on the front. Intrigue!Staying with the theme a complex star chart on paper was created by the Chinese in 1772, it includes maps of China and the world, and astronomical map of the Polar Regions. As well as a progressive table of Chinese dynasties, it also contains charts of the 8 phenomena (Bagua), maps of the planets and their orbits. These two beautiful historical artefacts are as mysterious as the skies themselves, but wait there’s more. A western antique star map including Perseus and Andromeda offers its grid to the whole before being overlaid with a modern colourized photo of a supernova.
The Guide Book 192 pages chock full of information in large print. This is an exciting set of cards exploring myth, personality, time frames, key words and circumstances. Each card has 5 aspects giving you an opportunity to structure layouts according to what is most important, or a combination of factors to build a story. No other deck provides time frames so clearly while also engaging that curiosity for the more mysterious aspects to satisfy readers of all types. For those who want to read for themselves, there is very little left to interpretation giving you satisfying answers and a number of ways to get the information you need. For professional readers there is plenty of scope to interpret the cards as you desire, learning from the guide book or simply going with what you intuit.Features for each card interpretation/meaning in the bookThe idea is to choose the part of the descriptions in the book that match your query. Are you asking about a person (yourself or others), situation, when something will happen, or the best time to do something? The myths alone are interesting in that they describe a circumstance and type of behaviour that has consequences. Let’s face it, no one messes with Medusa right?
Card Descriptions: The first block of information describes circumstances, or if the reading is future based, where you will find yourself at some point in the future. There are two aspects with a slightly different emphasis, take on board the one that fits your situation
As a person: I nearly called this character, but it isn’t really. We all behave differently depending on the situation and how we feel, we aren’t always at our best, but sometimes we shine. People of good character can, at times, behave badly and good people with tough histories don’t always respond well when triggered. Often times those responses don’t reflect the good character of someone, or circumstances and emotions could bring out the worst in them. Sometimes this is a reflection on how we deal with anxiety or challenging situations/circumstance. I haven’t shied away from the negatives for the simple reason, they are there, and when we are exposed to them or when we become them it is good to acknowledge this as a truth. There are some truly difficult and even dangerous people out there. This part of an interpretation can indicate a group dynamic also, which isn’t always great but can exceed expectations. Knowing how to deal with someone else or what we need to change in ourselves if that reflects the question has a lot of value in a reading. Sometimes these are shadow aspects that we wouldn’t admit to anyone else, drawing cards can give you a private viewing and reveal what you need to improve circumstances and relationships in the now or in the future. Wonderful people can behave badly when hurt or protecting themselves, conversely the not so nice types can behave in ways that surprise. There are plenty of awesome person descriptions and some readings may find the lesser qualities, tempered by appealing to the better ones. There’s a layout for that.
Key words: if you are looking at a general energy this is the area to check in with. A question that starts with, ‘what will my experience be in this new job?’ could use keywords rather than anything else for accuracy. Some are upbeat and challenging for the same card. Nothing is perfect but an energy of precision is also likely to be critical at times. Often the challenge in a keyword can be find a solution in its opposite.
Timing: Every card has a month or months based on when the Asterism is closest, and therefore easiest to see, to the earth. The 13 sun signs offer another layer for timing of events, in particular when asking about a personality type, celebrations or birthdays. The sun signs represent the time that these asterisms traverse the sky on the celestial equator. That means the move from east to west, going behind the sun for a time and reappearing on the other side. These are visible to the naked eye, as all the earlier known asterisms are. Originally used to determine seasons for crops and journeys Manilius added the basic career characteristics for these. Notably the personality traits were in line with these and the seasons rather than the quagmire of personality traits ascribed by modern astrology. Quite an interesting and fun read actually. It is undisputed that there are 13 and acknowledged that they traverse the sky in easily identifiable time frames to the second, if you aren’t sure look up.
Ophiuchus: The 13th missing, not missing, sun sign. It is there and is not a new discovery, it has always been there and was described in early astronomical scripts. The Babylonians did not have a set month to asterism system, indeed their zodiac had nothing to do with personalities at all. They had more of a glide time which would be nice now if we wanted an early holiday. The reason the Ram is number one but doesn’t shine until March? The year started in spring, crops were planted baby animals were born this season starts in March and was considered the first month of the year for a very long time, as the spring equinox is March 22 in 2022 numerologists will have fun with that one. The slightly befuddled king of Babylon only had 8 calendar months of the year much of the time, no one really knows how long those months were. When the Sun signs didn’t show up at the right time to match a season, he simply added another month. Sigh, would that we could have such freedoms.On average he added months every 4 years, adding one to four months in any one year. (The longest wait for holidays ever) Our 12 month calendar is Gregorian and quite recent, and still not the only calendar used world wide. The roman church had lost their edge when Pope Gregory tried to make his calendar law for all. The British were operating three different official calendars simultaneously until they got over it in the 1600’s and adopted the Gregorian throughout the land. For those who claim or blame their sun sign for their behaviours, it could be time for a rethink, I can remember Linda Goodman’s sun signs stating (outrageously at the time) that Taurus was under the wrong planet and that orbital information was incomplete for our signs which did turn out to be truish. She probably knew all about Ophiuchus also, as it was always there in black and white for interested types, alternatively you could look heavenward to find which signs were traversing our celestial equator. Yay and oh, Ophiuchus is awesome who wouldn’t want to claim that one.
Myth or Origin: Before the invention of a telescope the naked eye was the only way to see the stars formations or patterns. These are the ones that have myths attached and are exciting to understand, this is interesting if nothing else and can add a frame of reference that parallels your current experience. Not that we ever expect a narwhal to come and tie you to a rock, but hey, you could easily feel trapped or tied down by the disregard or power of another. Those without a myth have their origins, again it is interesting and may reflect something in your life.Risks: Make Playing Cards have printed cards for me in the past and already have printed off author copies for me. These cards are great quality, professional quality presentation with an impressive worldwide shipping record. This is my fifth published deck but my first kickstarter. As this project is an all or nothing gambit, if Tarot of Asterisms doesn’t reach its target everyone gets a refund.Make Playing Cards have a lot of experience with kickstarter and are a great support for me through this new venture.