Making your own Tarot Deck
After acquiring dozen of different decks and even though some of the cards and illustrations have become very 'dear' to me in a sense ( Crowley-Harris remains still favorite ), I still find them time to time rather 'impersonal' and 'outlandish' and this feeling has lately started to persist a bit too strongly when diving deep in to the symbolism.
I understand this project is not an easy one and would probably even take years, but some few cards have become so familiar to me that I would see no harm why I shouldn't start to remake some of the designs to fit for my inclinations.
Basically I would like to add some very dear scenery and characters from Kalevala and Edda and even mix some Norse runes with the Hebrew alphabet and throw in some Thelemic symbolism.
There has been Kalevala-Tarot made before, but I really don't agree with even half of the attributions attached to those cards, while artistically it is quite impressive deck.
To put out my words simply: I miss deck that has quite "Northern" feeling to it.
'Shamanistic' might be to miss the point, but something along those lines.
Has anyone here devised his own deck? How long did it take? Do you find it much more 'personal' when compared to other 'traditional' decks that you have used for longer perhaps?
Even If you haven't made your own, feel free to share your ideas and what you personally would make your own deck look like, I'm very interested to hear.
"Every individual must construct their own Qabalah"
I've not made my own tarot deck, and don't plan to as I'm not very visually artistically talented. If I were to to make my own, however, it would include Typhonian, Sabbatic, and Lovecraftian symbolism as these are what my personal practices are steeped in. I, for one, would be very much interested in your "northern" tarot deck, so you can go ahead and mark me down for a pre-order! 🙂
I have made my own divination cards, although they are not based on the tarot design. They number 56 and have as their main body a verse; number; element; and pictograph gained through skrying. I find they work very well. Apart from the elemental associations the rest are entirely personal and there is often that pleasant experience of suddenly discovering unintented meaning in words and pictures especially in conjunction with situations and other cards. For anyone contemplating making their own cards I'd heartily recommend it.
So I finally forced myself to start this project today and considering I have not drawn anything for years, I am very proud of my inner artist ;D
I decided to start with 'The Hierophant'.
If no one doesn't mind, I don't see a reason why I should not share some early fruits of my labor to keep this thread alive 🙂
It is nowhere near being finished. I am also going to actually draw the pentagram & hexagram later on, not just paste them on top of the picture.
General idea behind the picture for this moment in short:
Traditional symbolism of The Hierophant mixed with Kalevala, namely when Väinämöinen slays the water monster and constructs the Kantele/Harp from it's jawbones. ( The picture still lacks the strings of the instrument )
The lower part of the Hierophant has become a problem. I already tried and sketched some Elephant feet to fit this figure, but it didn't work quite well. It still lacks the 'element of Earth' and especially the influence of 'Taurus'. I also need to work with the background.
I know the picture is kinda awful and quite mediocre, but I hope someone else might get inspiration and start to make their own Tarot from a scratch.
I've already decided that I am not going to leave this thing unfinished since I've already started 🙂
Anybody checked out Kyle Fite's (kidneyhawk) astounding Tarot Deck he just showed on Facebook a few days ago?
I went onto Kyle's Facebook page yesterday but couldn't see it.
Mick-the image Lutz is speaking of was posted as a wall photo and is the image entitled "Arcana." It is a single block image in which I have carved 21 of the 22 Greater Arcana. This was done after the method of old woodcut playing cards which would be carved onto a single block and then cut out to make a deck. The image in question draws from a variety of sources, including Papus and AC's Thoth. I intend to make this available for purchase shortly via Starfire and it is something of a "Prelude" to a fully developed and functional deck. 🙂
Looking forward to your tarot deck, Kyle! Go ahead and reserve me a signed deck! 🙂
Sadly can't see the pic, but i'll be watching this with much interest....
There's the BOTA method of coloring a black/white tarot set and of course, you may relate more to a deck which isn't as overladen with symbols like the Marseille deck.
Which is both not as much work as creating your own set.
I imagine when creating a deck you should do it like the GD did - ie. they had a list where the Tarot cards were summed up in a line for each card and you designed your own Tarot card which sprang from your mind, so every set was different. That was a time where you didn't find Tarot decks in stores, mind.
See also: http://www.jwmt.org/v2n17/farrell.html .
I intend to eventually write my own tarot program with my own deck (well, I have a program written, but right now its all text, still have to translate it to the graphical.)