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Interviews with Deck Creators


Our interview this week is with the creators of the Superlunaris Tarot. This project is a collaboration between artists Jess and Jacob. With a fusion of fantasy and modern reality, the art in this deck can only be described as gorgeous. Jess and Jacob wanted to produce a tarot deck that supported the connection between the collective consciousness and the collective heart. In the times we are now living in, this aim is more important than ever.

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Where in the world do you call home?

We live in Vero Beach, Florida with our dog Juna Moon, where it is summer pretty much all year long.

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

We were drawn to Tarot in our early teens, way before we met each other. We both experienced significant loss at a young age and turned to the cards as kind of a safe harbor from what we were experiencing, and as a tool for self discovery during a confusing time. I guess life started to get strange, and I think Tarot provided us each with a way to search for some meaning behind it all, while revealing the medicine behind the events that we couldn’t fully grasp on a surface level. When we met each other as adults, we were both on the other side of a very big life transformation, and Tarot was a huge part of our healing process. We bonded a lot over discussion of the imagery, bought each other decks and then 4 years later got the opportunity to team up on the creation of our own.

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

Jess: I found myself at a point in my Tarot journey where my go-to deck fell flat and wasn't communicating with me on the same level. I spent a lot of time searching online for a deck that spoke to me, when I realized that it was time to attack one of my life-long dreams and create my own. As a professional artist it was always something I wanted to accomplish but life kept getting in the way. Jacob was inspired by what he was seeing and began creating art as well and this was really the spark for it all. Seeing what he was coming up with was when the dream felt like it was actually achievable. So we united forces and soon after the magic was unfolding!

Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?

Jacob: We love this question but it’s so hard to pick just one. One of my favorites, and the one I use most often, is the Darkness of Light. The whole vibe of the deck speaks to me and there is a lot of magic in the way the cards work together as far as telling a story.

Jess: My favorite deck is the borderless Smith-Waite Centennial. This is probably the most basic boring answer, but the RWS deck is what I learned on and I just remember staring at the cards with young eyes and feeling so much magic and mystery in the imagery. I still get so awestruck when I am having a deep connection with this deck.

Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?

Jacob: My favorite card is the Two of Pentacles because I like the playful nature of the balancing act in this card. It’s how I like to approach my own life.

Jess: The card that feels most sacred to me is Death, because it took me so long to fully comprehend the energy and lesson behind this card. Only after a complete loss of my own subjective self-identity did I understand the destruction necessary for the promise of renewal.

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

This year has definitely been intense, as so many truths have been revealed to us collectively and individually. This project has been a refuge and a form of therapy while navigating through these times. It has also provided us with an opportunity to learn and do better as individuals, which we are still working on. We feel very grateful to have had this safe space where our creativity could flow during such a difficult time for so many others, and we both look forward to a new world with equality, rights and justice for all.

What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

Sharing our Tarot artwork with the world and feeling completely vulnerable and exposed has been the biggest challenge for both of us. We both had to learn how to put ourselves out there in a different capacity than we’ve had to in the past with our personal and professional art. We’re both private people and are still working through this lesson, and even though it’s been challenging and we’ve stumbled a few times, it has been a very expansive time for both of us.

The two of you have both contributed your art to this deck. Was it hard to meld the two styles together or did you intuitively both know what would work to achieve the final vision?

Even though we are both artists and live together, we’ve always kept our creative paths separate and had never collaborated on a project before this one, so it was very surprising for both of us to see how well we were melding together. We balance each other out very well in life and we saw this come into play during the creative journey as well. When we had different feelings about choices in imagery, we would each do our research and hash out details in what was like a Tarot court session, which was usually a peaceful debate. The artwork evolved along the way and ended up finding a voice of its own, so we just worked in that flow in a very even split.

How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

This all still feels like such a dream, it’s hard to imagine the amount of joy we will feel the moment we are actually holding this deck in our hands! We are going to have a little release party at our favorite local witch shop with our friends who have shown us so much support. We will definitely be dancing and sharing our gratitude with the many people who made this dream possible!

What is on offer for people who pledge?

Right now, everyone who pledges for the deck also receives a signed photo-sized art print of one of the cards, along with a vintage key ‘card of the day’ holder. There’s an option to add on a bottle of Witch’s Sight Oil, which is a blend of oil and herbs traditionally used to aid in mental clarity and boost the power of intuition. Backer’s also have the option to add a Healing Spell Jar which is a combination of herbs and natural elements that activate your personal intentions for healing.

To be one of the first to get your hands on this amazing deck, pledge here:

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Our latest interview is with the one and only Emi Brady - creator of The Brady Tarot. It's a fascinating look into the inspiration and process of the creation of this successful deck. Emi is in the process of creating a new oracle deck, "The Oracle of Deep Time". Keep your eyes out for an interview once the deck is published.

In Australia, you can purchase The Brady Tarot here with local postage prices (new stock will be in very soon). To purchase world-wide, or just browse Emi's work, you can head to her website:

Where in the world do you call home?

I live, work, and play in the Baker neighborhood of Denver, Colorado.

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

I have a distinct memory of my mother dressing up as a fortune teller and giving "readings" at a cousin's birthday party when I was about 6 years old. I remember looking at the cards and finding all the details so fascinating. I didn't get re-introduced to the Tarot until I was about 13, however. Growing up in the US south, anything even tangentially related to witchcraft was looked down upon, and showing any interest in related subjects was met with disdain and rumors. Being a rebellious teenager, this of course only encouraged me. I loved how all the images held secrets that required study to understand them, but I was just not quite ready to do that study.

The first deck I owned and worked with didn't come into my hands until I was in college and the age of 21. A roommate at the time had worked with the Tarot for years, and she started me on my journey. I did use the I-Ching pretty frequently in the year or two before receiving my first deck.

What made you want to create your own tarot deck?

There just wasn't a nature-themed deck out there that took deep consideration of the actual lives of animals. All the animal decks I tried connecting to handled animals purely as symbols, and not as the breathing, bleeding, living individuals they actually are. Biology is my second love (after art, of course), and none of the decks I found went into the depth of biologic "truth" that I needed in order to do the divination work I knew I was meant to do. So I made it!

Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?

Herman Haindl's deck was the one I used almost exclusively before creating mine. There are aspects of that deck I absolutely stole from for my own. It was the deck I learned on, and I used the guidebooks written by Rachel Pollack (who authored my deck's guidebook) to do deeper study. Those books were also my introduction to her work, and subsequent study with her books had a big impact, too.

Interestingly, I didn't do the really deep study of the Waite-Smith deck until I made the Brady Tarot.

Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?

There are so many good ones! Death might be my favorite, and it's a card that foreshadows my next body of work. The Ace of Arrows: Truth and the Ace of Feathers: Inspiration are big ones for me, too. The 10 of Arrows: Finality makes me laugh every time I pull it. And of course the Hermit card. That one was the 2nd card I carved, and it ended up being the face for the deck.

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

If I'm perfectly honest, it's made me be able to go deeper into the work. Having this prolonged period of social isolation has made me fully recognize just how much creative energy socializing takes out of me. It's kind of been a revelation, honestly. Sure, I've had a ton of anxiety watching what's happening to my country with this pandemic. Just like everyone else, there's been a ton of worrying about stuff I have absolutely no control over, like a supply chain collapse. I miss human contact with friends and family. But I can't help but notice that the more peace and solitude I get away from "normal" social expectations, the more space I find for creation. The images have been flowing easier, the messages have more clarity, and there's overall less worry and inner chatter that would normally take me out of the creative space.

Would you recommend someone go through the process of creating their own deck if they feel inclined to do so? Would you have any advice for them?

Yes, I would absolutely recommend it! It's such a magical journey. But only if you are truly ready to fully commit to it.

You'll live each card as you make them, so be prepared to ride that roller coaster. Keep an open mind and listen closely to your intuition as much as possible. Have patience. Take care of yourself. Keep yourself grounded. Be honest.

What was your inspiration for the artwork in The Brady Tarot?

Nature and the wonders of biodiversity are the biggest ones. I've also been inspired by the works of John James Audubon, Walton Ford, Walter Anderson, outsider artists like Aldolf Wölffli and Henry Darger, Maurice Sendak, Trenton Doyle Handcock, Dürer, Holbein, Dennis McNett, and the many beautiful objects and images humans have made in tribute to animals throughout time.

Do you have plans for any more tarot decks in the future?

I just started a new body of work that will become an oracle deck. There's no preset structure to follow, so right now I'm not even sure how many cards there will be. I've carved one block and just started on the second, so it'll be awhile before it's finished.

I believe the deck will be called "The Oracle of Deep Time." Deep time is time on the geologic timescale, where you're looking at the Earth in hundreds of millions of years instead of days or months. The first block has a contemporary species alongside an extinct one, with contemporary human tools contrasting tools and art from 40,000 years ago. I've got a sketch for another image that overlaps what's happening to our environment now with what happened 251 million years ago, when the biggest extinction event that's happened to this planet went down.

It will be a deeper and more global look into the animal world than the Brady Tarot, and I'm hoping it will be even better than the first deck!

You can check out all of Emi's works on her website:

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We're delighted to showcase the Terra Qi Goddess Oracle by Leah and Paige. With it's ethereal art and soft pastels, it is the feminine personified. This deck is the fourth they have created and brings us the guidance of 44 Goddesses, each with her own unique power and energy.

Where in the world do you call home?

Currently Sydney

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

When I was living in Canada, my housemate had a goddess oracle deck, I had never touched cards before this, I’d seen them used and knew about them but this was the real spark for me…seeing the accuracy + repetition in lessons to be learned and advice given was truly astonishing…I’d never felt a ‘connection’ to communicating with spirit properly up until that point.

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

Women are the inspiration. Through and through. I am astounded by the strength and tenacity and softness of the feminine energy on this planet. We thought it would be powerful to bring together a spectrum of women of all different forms/cultures/backgrounds/walks of life that collectively represent as much as possible what it looks like to be divine feminine.

Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?

Fountain tarot, I think gentle imagery is absolutely my style.

Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?

Favourite card from Terra Qi would be Maeve “be in awe of yourself and the strength it has taken to get to here and now”…her message resonates very strongly with me at the moment, possibly for a lot of others as well!

What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

I think because between Leah and I this is our 4th deck, we’ve learned how to spin the plates of self-publishing…however the main challenge for any creative is being seen amongst the crowds of gorgeous oracle and tarot decks that are created every month.

What is one thing you really want people to know about this deck?

This deck is extremely close to our hearts. It is a deck that is a part of both of our soul-led missions and is pivotal in why we have reincarnated in this lifetime. It is a deck to bring the Goddess to light, to share their messages with the collective. Paige and I have known each other in many past lifetimes - and in this lifetime specifically, the Goddess is urging us that the time is now to spread the knowledge of their existence. To raise the consciousness and aid in the awakening. They want to be heard and recognised and have chosen us to help them do so. This deck has been a beautiful dance in collaboration, in which we have brought 44 like-minded souls who emulate and embody the goddess. This deck is about raising awareness to energy - how it can take a form. A form that you may not have expected it would take. We have been called to reinvent the wheel. To take what we have learned in past lives, in our current life and from teachings bestowed upon us from other cultures. The barriers are down - and it is melding together. Moving forward into a new way of thinking.

Which Goddess do you connect with the most and what is the message she embodies?

Isis - as this lifetime has been one full of metaphysical deaths and rebirths - in which she embodies. Isis the representation of awakening. She is cyclical in nature.

How will you celebrate when your deck is finally published?

We will be forever grateful for all the supporters who believe in this deck as much as we do and we will most likely begin to work on another project idea that has been looming.

What is on offer for people who pledge?

We are offering different tier levels for the deck only at this stage.

With each Terra Qi Goddess Oracle Deck you will receive:

1 x Tumbled Stone Crystal from Dark Moon Crystals, intuitively selected for you.

1 x Digital download of 20 high resolution dreamscape wallpapers to use on your phone and share with your network

1 x Mini gloss postcard print of a Goddess along with her guidance mantra and advice on reverse that also contains

  • 25% discount code to Prism + Fleur Store

  • 25% discount code to Dark Moon Crystals Store

We have ideas to release some items once the deck is printed and distributed however the message of the goddess is the most important during this stage of the process.

To help Leah and Paige bring their beautiful oracle to life, pledge here:

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