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Our latest interview is with Romy Wyser the creator of The Life Soul Vision Oracle Deck - an oracle deck that fuses captivating imagery with the vibrational medicine of sacred messages, symbols, and layers of light, woven lovingly and soulfully into a curated collection of energy guides. Each card has a coded divine purpose to illuminate and strengthen your intuitive experiences whilst delivering deeper awareness and insights into your searching questions and soul work through Romy's channeled messages.


Romy is an Intuitive Guide, Tarot Reader, and Spiritual Mentor. She has been reading for over 15 years and connecting to spirit to deliver wisdom and soul-soothing support to those on their sacred soul journey.


Kickstarter -Life Soul Vision Oracle


Where in the world do you call home?

Fife, Scotland, UK


What was your first experience with tarot or oracle?

Watching James Bond, Live and Let Die, and seeing Solitaire, haha and just knowing that I would one day work with cards. I must have been 12 or so at the time. My first deck arrived with me in my late teens, and they have been a part of the fabric of my life ever since.


What would you say is unique about your deck?

The deck is designed to move you forward through your life situations. It's reflective, deep, insightful, and healing. My channeled insights from spirit help you connect to new levels in your own intuitive connection. The images offer sacred medicine through their vibrancy.


What cardstock and finish will be used?

350gsm gold gilt edge and luxury gloss finish.


How long has it taken you to create this deck?

I’ve known I wanted to create a deck for a few years, but Helen’s passing gave me extra incentive to bring this creative project to life. It officially began in September 2021 and has knitted together quickly and beautifully with everything just flowing in divine time.


Your deck is dedicated to your spiritual mentor, Helen. Could you tell us a bit more about her and the role she played in your life?

Helen came into my life at one of the lowest points I’ve experienced. She brought oxygen back into my pathway, helping me to heal, and to open more deeply and confidently to my spiritual gifts to support my awakening. Her skills as a tarot reader and her connection to the angelic realm were exceptional. She taught me so much about how to share stories using the cards. To bring kindness, humility, compassion, and integrity to my work. She was my mentor but also my dearest friend and a second mother figure to me. Helen continues to work with me as one of my guides and has had a huge influence on the energy of the deck and the messages it holds.


What card are you most proud of and why?

The Guide and the Gift as this really captures the energy of Helen and holds special meaning to me. It harnesses the magic in the soul journey we take and the blessings we receive from the guides that walk with us in the physical and spiritual realm.


What impact would you like your deck to have on its readers?

To soothe their soul. That whatever they are experiencing in their journey right now, a way through, deeper understanding, connection and answers from the deck will guide them forward.


Could you please explain more about the various energies and spirit influences the reader will get to work with when they use your deck?

The deck harmonises in a deep cosmic conversation as you work with an Elemental Queen to embody your current vibration, a Chakra Energy to awaken and activate new downloads. A Cosmic Influence to acclimate to your environment and a Sacred Spirit Animal to accompany you as you foster enlightened clarity and connection to your guides. Soul Musings captured from my intuitive channeled downloads then act as a Soul Map to help you arrive at profound new discoveries, serving to unlock the wisdom of your higher self and elevate your energy.


What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

Writing the guidebook has been a significant investment of time and energy. I knew I wanted it to be in-depth for the reader. The emotional energy and time required outside my main business have been testing, but also deeply rewarding.


How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

Quietly, the introvert in me will seek nature to balance my energies, connect with Helen to affirm that “we did it” and take time to assimilate the significance of the journey and prepare it to be sent out with the highest love and positive vibrations to meet people soulfully when they connect to it.


What is on offer for people who pledge?

Early Bird Prices are the lowest available ahead of general release for the boxset including the deck and over 150-page accompanying guidebook. A variety of Reward Levels include a behind-the-scenes interview with me on how to work with the deck. Personally signed copies and dedicated spiritual messages from your guides. Digital Downloads including Meditations and Oracle Spreads to use during the phases of the New and Full Moon and Giclee Artwork. And printed postcards featuring my moon musings for your rituals.


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Kickstarter -Life Soul Vision Oracle






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Our latest interview is with Craw Mahal, the creator of The Cats of Arx Tarot Deck - a project that started with Kelly drawing cats doing all kinds of things; scampering, sailing, drinking, playing, sleeping, cuddling, eating. As she drew these very personal felines, requests were made to include little symbols important to them, points of interest, meaningful suggestions of secrets, and hidden things. The more she did it, the more she thought, 'this could mean something.'


The cats soon ran rampant over her desk and her imagination, and the desire to tell more stories and share them only increased over the past year, She found herself drawing them out and including them in her orders.


Kickstarter -The Cats of Arx Tarot Deck


Where in the world do you call home? I currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and after living all over the world and coming back, it finally feels like home. What was your first experience with tarot / oracle? When I was 17, my father gave me my first tarot deck and taught me how to read it, emphasizing the personal nature of symbols; what a card meant to one person wasn't always what it means to another. I was also taught that the best decks to use are the ones that are given to you, and so while I might have other decks, the one he gave me is the one I use 99% of the time. What would you say is unique about your deck? When I made the Kickstarter, I reached out to previous customers and asked what they'd think about having their cats (that I've previously illustrated) included in a tarot card deck. It's an opportunity for people to be directly involved in the creation of a deck, with recognizable characters they've chosen, and I'll admit I was surprised at the enthusiasm I was met with; it was wonderful! Even people that I hadn't worked for were interested. I know cats have been used in tarot decks before as a theme, but my style has always been considered playfully rich when it comes to my illustration. I used to think my simplistic drawings were too childish to be used in something as meaningful as a tarot deck, but the last few years have taught me that there can be a great deal of symbolism inherent with things like the use of color, expression, and line. I'm trying to convey these stories and meanings behind the cards using those things, illustrated in watercolor, using cats that are personally selected by backers. I think all of that together makes for a unique experience. What cardstock and finish will be used? This largely depends on where the Kickstarter ends and who we go with. We will likely use the traditional stock and finish, but I'll be putting up samples before I finalize. How long has it taken you to create this deck? I will be working all summer to complete this deck, and I'm hoping it will be ready to print before August. Where does the name Cats of Arx come from? There's an online community of collaborative storytellers, who create characters and stories together in a text-based medium. The name comes from them, as it's where the ideas and characters came from, and it's in honor of them that helped me begin this amazing journey. What card are you most proud of and why? The nature of the deck has restricted me from illustrating any of them yet, other than coming up with the layout. The images I sent you are older illustrations that are the same dimensions and exact style I'll be using for the cards. As each piece will be completed, the backers that put in for that reward will see them first, and then everyone else will see them after they're published. What impact would you like your deck to have on its readers? Tarot readings are very often depicted as serious, life-changing, and life-revealing. Life isn't always these things, and I think divination shouldn't always be regarded that way either. The universe has a sense of humor, having cards that channel that through readings, or even just by appearance, might spread some of that joyous perspective and positivity, both things everyone needs. Cats are a very popular theme for tarot cards. Why do you think that is? Cats have been objects of human fascination for thousands of years. I think that interest hasn't changed and will never change. Mercurial and loving, edged with sharp claws but capable of cuddling you on your worst day, playful, sometimes dangerous, as prone to disappearing on you as they are to arrive at your doorstep ready to claim you as their own. They're a mystery, unpredictable; the future is the same. It's fitting to have such a creature dance across your tarot cards, giving you a glimpse of what's to come. What have been your challenges in creating this deck? The biggest challenge was solved by my backers: what kind of cat to use for each card. By using that as a perk, I'm happy to say nearly every card has a breed of cat (and in some cases, even a personality type) assigned to it. While the design and illustration are up to me (and I've many long hours of that ahead), the hardest part is the idea that starts it all. By offering backers to choose a cat and a specific card, they did most of that for me. How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

I'm not sure! Hug everyone. Dance around. Maybe plan my next big project! What is on offer for people who pledge?

Initially, I offered a few things.

One perk offered a deck and the option to put a cat of your choice in the deck as a card, and another perk further up the rung let you put in that cat as a specific card. The perk above that was all of those things and the original art of your cat card.

All backers get exclusive previews of every card as they're illustrated.


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Kickstarter -The Cats of Arx Tarot Deck


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Our latest interview is with RJ Kinner, the creator of The Kinner Tarot Deck - a project that started with one Halloween-themed illustration that grew into a stunning, full, black and gold tarot deck.


As an illustrator and author, RJ loved having the freedom to communicate anything she wanted within the boundaries of an almost 600-year old tradition of tarot.


Kickstarter -The Kinner Tarot Deck


Where in the world do you call home?

I currently live in Rexburg, Idaho, a small town in eastern Idaho. Yes, it snows a lot. But I’ve also lived in Wyoming, the California Foothills, and the coast!


What was your first experience with tarot?

Honestly? It’s kind of embarrassing. My very first experience with the tarot was watching the opening sequence of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion when I was a kid. The opening credits feature some of the Rider -Waite tarot deck, and for some reason, I was fascinated with their design. I didn’t know what they were, but I was drawn to them. As I got older, the fascination stuck with me, and here we are!


What would you say is unique about your deck?

The style. It %100 came from a crowded space in my head that needed to get out. I started out as an illustrator making extremely detailed ball-point pen ink drawings years ago, so I guess this was an extension of that.


What cardstock and finish will be used?

330Gsm stock with a matte finish!


How long has it taken you to create this deck?

Technically, I started mid-September 2021 with my first card, Death(the first incarnation, I redid it later). It was meant to be nothing more than a fun distraction from my other project, illustrating one of the books I’ve written. The constant grinding of trying to find publishers was getting to me, and I was on the brink of giving up writing and art completely. One day I decided to create a tarot card border, just for fun, and ended up finishing the card. Then I started on The Moon, and then The Sun. I just kept going, now 6 months later, I’m about to finish the deck!


Why did you decide on a black and gold theme?

Black and gold always gave me the feeling of an ethereal world, just slightly apart from our own. Things exist on that plane of being that couldn’t exist here, but I could create it. Something about it just seemed right for my tarot deck.


What card are you most proud of and why?

I’m a fan of The World and the Hanged Man. They were both fun to create, and the webs on The Hanged Man allowed me to loosen up a bit mid-deck, and just create what I wanted to.


What impact would you like your deck to have on its readers?

I want people to connect with this deck the same way I did. This was more than just a project for me, it was regaining my confidence as an artist and as a human being. I want people, be it readers or collectors, to pick up the cards and see parts of themselves reflected in their meaning, as I did.


What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

In a word? Finances. I have very little (meaning none) disposable income, so getting this project off the ground has been tough. The incredible support from the lovely Kickstarter community has overwhelmed me. I literally couldn’t have done any of this without them, and I am eternally grateful.


How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

Buy a box of Junior Mints, and keep right on working! There’s lots to do!


What is on offer for people who pledge?

We’ve got a couple of things! Tarot card Stickers, signed prints, even personalised tarot cards! You come up with an idea of what you want on a card (Examples: The Artist, The Gardener, The Cuisiner, The Finder, The Weaver, etc) and I’ll create it for you! The most popular reward tier so far is The Kinner Tarot deck! You’ll get one of the first-ever printed decks, with the option for me to sign it for you!


To add this gorgeous black and gold deck to your collection, click here:


Kickstarter -The Kinner Tarot Deck


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