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Updated: Feb 12



Our latest interview is with Darshanie Sukhu, the creator of the the Lovely Om Tarot Deck. The deck features Gods and Goddesses from the Hindu pantheon and mystical Beings from the many dimensions that intersect our reality.


This deck helps you to access your intuition so that you can explore different perspectives, communicate with your subconscious and bring in the wisdom of your Higher Self.


Kickstarter - Lovely Om Tarot


Where in the world do you call home?


I’ve lived in so many countries, and they have all been a home for me. Right now, I am in the enchanted lands of New Mexico. The nature is magnificent, and the people are so sweet and beautiful. I love it here. It is where I am now, and it is home.


What was your first experience with tarot and when did you fall in love with it?


Trying to avoid a broken heart, haha. I was young and desperately in love and wanted to know what the other felt. I played the tarot incessantly and, in the process, learned a lot about myself. Nothing came of the relationship, but I found a true friend in the tarot.


What made you want to create your own tarot deck? What was your inspiration?


I’ve been doing psychic work for many years and have gotten so many insights that wanted to find an expression in the world. The tarot is such a great language to communicate truths from the psychic dimensions. It was a perfect fit and it just flowed.


What would you say is unique about your deck?


The Lovely Om Tarot is a deck that can bring about big psychic release. You can use it to process deep subconscious patterns and thereby grow in awareness. It has mystical Beings from the earth and Gods from the divine realms. This huge range of frequencies allows a lot of transformation to take place.


How long have you had the idea for the deck for and how long has it taken you to create it?


I’ve often fantasized about a deck with Indian Gods, but it was only after the inspiration for the Ace of Wands, that this impulse became a real idea. Once I started, it took me 10 years to complete. It was an amazing and intense process.


We are living in such crazy times. How has the pandemic affected your creativity?


It has been a difficult time for everyone. What I really missed is being around people. I get so much creative inspiration from friends and the world in general. It balances the amount of time I end up spending in my own space.


What have been your challenges in creating this deck?


Patience and surrender to the process. I didn’t realize it would take so long. Every year I would set goals for finishing the deck, but each painting took its own time and could not be rushed. I am so grateful for the process each card brought to me.


The art for your cards came from mystical beings through meditation, visions and dreams. Is this something that has happened to you in your life before?


Many times. I have a very lively dream world and I spend a lot of time in psychic spaces. Creating this deck was a great exercise in communicating and grounding that part of my reality.


How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?


Wow, I am not sure yet. I’ll have to think about that.


What is on offer for people who pledge?


A full 78 card deck with 100+ page booklet. There is a companion certification course on the Lovely Om Tarot and a few original art pieces of cards from the deck.


Website https://lovelyom.com


To create a sacred space for this lovely deck of cards, back it here:


Kickstarter - Lovely Om Tarot





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Our latest interview is with Isaac Cotec, the creator of the HeroRise Masculine Archetype Deck. The deck is an immersive oracle deck to explore and expand your connection to Positive Masculinity. It was inspired by Carl Jung, myth, and tarot cards.


The HeroRise Masculine Archetype Deck gives you a map to unlock the power of your Masculinity. Furthermore, awakening your connection with the Masculine Archetypes can help you move past the hidden patterns that hold you back, and give you the momentum to grow into your highest potential.


Kickstarter - HeroRise Deck


Where in the world do you call home?


I am blessed to live in Portland, Oregon.


What was your first experience with the Tarot, and when did you fall in love with it?


I grew up as a Mormon. I remember a friend showing me a Rider-Waite-Smith when I was 15. My parents would have been furious if they knew I was playing with Tarot, so I snuck away after school and found a shop to buy a deck. I was instantly enchanted.


What made you want to create your tarot deck? What was your inspiration?


Honestly, I was looking for a Masculine Archetype Deck and couldn’t find one. I was in a moment of transition with work, relationships, and my purpose. I began looking to my Masculinity for some of these answers and looked for a deck. After months of looking… on a fateful night… the muse just inspired me. The next day I started writing out the deck. I reached out to the different artists and kept coming up with dead ends. Before I knew it, I was writing the book and making the artwork. It all just kind of happened to me. Like a flow of water running downstream effortlessly. I put in hundreds of hours, but as long as I showed up, the process just unfolded—one of the most memorable experiences of my life.


What would you say is unique about your deck?


This deck centers around the positive aspects of Masculinity. Using Jungian archetypes as a template to understand the self. There are so many goddess decks and work around the feminine. I wanted to create something to connect to the positive aspects of Masculinity.


How long have you had the idea for the deck, and how long has it taken you to create it?


I had a whisper of the idea about ten years ago. Life took me in different directions. Then in March of last year, I told someone the idea at my birthday party. The Pandemic hit hard the next day, and I found myself dedicating all my energy as a way to find purpose in that difficult moment. I have spent 40-50 hours a week since march 2020 in creating this deck. So somewhere around 2,000 hours. I just launched a Kickstarter for the deck, and when I plan on sending the deck to print a year and a day from when I started.


We are living in such crazy times. How has the Pandemic affected your creativity?


I have been fortunate to be a full-time musician and artist for ten years. I realized the other day that I have loved creating environments through my music to get in touch with their emotional self—using dance and music to support a healing space. Once the Pandemic hit, I moved over to visual arts with this project. Looking back… it makes a lot of sense. I am now using artwork and this deck to help individuals create a space to know themselves deeper. It feels like the same mission but a different pathway.


What have been your challenges in creating this deck?


The hardest part wasn’t the art or the idea, it was figuring out how to share it. I am very social, and I would be talking it up at events, but things feel so fractured with the way life is now. I have lost touch with so many friends. So there is a weight in our culture right now -Grief and confusion. Figuring out how to navigate that and share the message has been the most challenging part.


Why do you think there is a lack of male-centric tarot decks out there? What impact does that have on male tarot readers?


I have loved seeing the movement towards inclusion with the artwork in many tarot decks. Like the Fifth Spirit Tarot, the Lady Tarot Cards, and so many more. I think it is beautiful and needed. As the feminine has been rising, I feel there haven’t been as many tools for male-identified people to see themselves reflected. I think our culture hasn’t put as much emphasis on spirituality for men. This has left many men searching for a way that they can step up their spiritual practice and don’t know where to turn. I see this changing with organizations like Sacred Sons, The Unshakable Man, The Rising Man podcast, and many other projects that I have seen in the men’s field. It’s changing, but I think it is a powerful thing to feel seen and represented in the journey. That is why I am excited to create the HeroRise Masculine Archetype Deck.


How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?


In an ideal world… a big hug with my loved ones. Most likely, I will take a trip to the woods. Thank the stars, moon, and earth for the honor to do this work.


What is on offer for people who pledge?


I am delighted to be sharing this deck through Kickstarter. If you pledge, you will not only be getting the deck at a discount from the in-store price, but you will also be helping me spread the message of positive Masculinity.

I also have altar cloths, an online course, and other goodies to offer people that pledge.


For all those collectors, searching for a unique masculine deck, back it here:


Kickstarter - HeroRise Deck





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Our latest interview is with Hania, the wonderfully talented creator behind the Self Love Tarot. The deck focuses on a female figure, without demanding female perfection. The girls on the cards are curvy, have hairy legs but they feel comfortable and happy in their own skin.


Hania created the deck to allow herself to feel self acceptance and self love and to look for good energy within herself and not to relate these feelings with her appearance. These cards help to promote these same feelings within the reader.


Kickstarter - Self Love Tarot


Where in the world do you call home?


For me home is the place where I can fully be myself and I feel happy. It doesn't have to be a place, it's more about the company. Now I call my home Wrocław, a city in Poland, where I live with my husband.


What was your first experience with tarot and when did you fall in love with it?


I am not very experienced in tarot readings. But the first time i was in contact with tarot cards was a very magical moment for me. I was about 12 years old and visiting Spain with my parents. We went to a second-hand open-air market by the sea and there it was. A traditional old tarot deck. I wanted to buy it but as I had my budget of 20 euros for the trip I couldn’t afford it. But this feeling of mystery and magic stayed with me since then.


What made you want to create your own tarot deck? What was your inspiration?


For me the inspiration for this tarot deck was a journey of self-acceptance. As a girl with a lot of body issues and a period of an eating disorder i was quite unhappy with myself. When I started painting and drawing plus size girls it made me feel pretty. I realized that size doesn't really matter and the importance was what you feel inside. As tarot consists of 78 cards, I could fully develop the conversation with myself that was needed at that time and it helped me a lot. The girl on the cards is my self-portrait and she made me more confident than I ever was.


What would you say is unique about your deck?


In my tarot deck you won't always find the typical elements, as I was creating it more based on a feeling than on the specific motives that are repeated in most decks. I was also trying to represent a girl who you can relate to. She has a normal body with hair and imperfections and she is trying to look at life with a smile and sense of humour.


How long have you had the idea for the deck for and how long has it taken you to create it?


I had the idea for a few months before I started. I was trying different media at the beginning, collage, gouache and colored pencils, but the watercolor turned out to be the one that I felt most comfortable with. It took me about two months of summer holidays to paint the Major arcana and then another almost 10 months to finish the rest of the cards.


What have been your challenges in creating this deck?


The main challenge was that I was learning the cards as I was going along with the creation of them. And now the digital part of the preparation of the cards for the printing which for me is just less fun than painting on the paper and getting dirty.


What is on offer for people who pledge?


Depending on the amounts they decide to pledge and the rewards combination, there are option of getting a postcard with a major arcana illustration, an A4 print, the deck of cards with gold details, a Positive Energy Guidebook or an actual original illustration of one of the Major Arcana cards of their choice.

The price of the deck during this kickstarter is lower than what it will be once the campaign is finished. And it is quite possible that this version of cards will end up being a limited edition :)


To back this gorgeous deck that will bring a smile to your face, click here:


Kickstarter - Self Love Tarot





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