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Our latest interview is with Hansjurgen Bauer, the creator of The Lost Tarot - a tarot deck that is enriched with seventy-eight cards of medieval imagery, including emperors, empresses, kings, queens, knights, and their retinues, also a mage, a hierophant, the lovers, and the common fold of Feudal England at the time of Henry VIII.


Kickstarter - The Lost Tarot


Where in the world do you call home?

I reside in Kerrville, a small town nestled among the hills, rivers, and forests of the Texas Hill Country. I also have a home in Los Angeles, California, but seldom remember to visit there. In the past couple of years, I’ve spent a good bit of time in New York City.


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

My first experience with tarot came when I was gifted a deck of the gorgeous 22 card Majors only Sola Busca tarot. After that, I was smitten.


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

I have long had an interest in creating photo-based art, but the decision to create a tarot deck was not originally my idea.

Once, it was my desire to create a portfolio of highly distressed, antiqued photographs depicting well-known historical personages (Robin Hood, Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, etc.) as if they had simply shown up at my door requesting that I make their portrait. For several reasons (the difficulty of finding suitable models and period-appropriate costumes), those first attempts were unsatisfactory and, in time, I moved from Los Angeles to a rural Texas town, where I soon forgot about the project.

After several years, during which I sporadically attended two local Renaissance fairs, a friend reminded me of the earlier project and suggested that most of the heavy lifting had already been done by the wonderful characters encountered at the fairs, with their fantastic costumes, armour, and period accessories. My friend further suggested I try my hand at a Tarot deck, about which I knew little at the time.

I decided to experiment with a single card, The Fool, and, if pleased with the result, would continue. To my great delight, The Fool far exceeded my expectations.


What would you say is unique about your deck?

Through trial and error, I was able to create a 22-card deck of Majors giving the impression of an authentic medieval tarot. Clearly, such vintage decks were already in existence, but mine would be different: The Lost Tarot would consist entirely of photographs, the idea being that they were created with a crude prototype box camera (a camera obscura) nearly three-and-a-half centuries before the actual intention of the first camera in 1839.


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

The first images were made around 2014. In 2017, testing the waters, I published the signed/number limited edition Majors + 4 bonus Aces. Now four years and countless hours later, I’m publishing the full 78-card deck + 2 bonus mono cards.


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

Having been self-employed most of my life, I have the luxury of working from home. I’ve been blessed in having been largely unaffected by the pandemic, although I have put a few trips on the back burner.


What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

So many. As mentioned, most of the characters were encountered at two local Renaissance fairs. However, some additional images were shot in my home studio. Some costumes were created and shipped to me from Ukraine.


How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

Good question. Begin with getting caught up on some bills. And perhaps a long road trip to National Parks located in the Western states. Beyond that, I’m back to polishing a new novel.


What is on offer for people who pledge?

Our Kickstarter campaign (09-09-21 through 10-11-21) features a tier of sixteen pledge options.

The basic pledge, the one that seems most popular, is ‘The Companions’: one deck of The Lost Tarot 78-Card Edition + 2 bonus mono cards, and its Companion Guide. $50. (Once the KS campaign is over, decks will be priced at $60).

But again, there are multiple pledge combinations.


To bring the past to life with this deck, click here:


Kickstarter - The Lost Tarot








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Our latest interview is with Taryn Wise, the creator of the Transparent Owl Tarot Deck -a tarot deck that can be used in a creative context and can help artists with the creative process. A deck that can also help everyone uncover their hidden creativity.



Where in the world do you call home?

I live close to the ocean with my dog Smokey on the Long Beach Peninsula.


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

The Transparent Owl Tarot Deck came about after discovering an old Rider/Waite tarot deck in a cupboard of an abandoned house. My knowledge of tarot was limited to movies that usually showed some poor soul picking the Death or Tower card and then being doomed. This became the beginning of my own Fool’s Journey – I was going through a time of intense transition where I was drawing the Death and Tower cards almost every day! What I learned was that these cards meant transition and rebirth (not doom) and gave me the belief that not only would I survive, but that I would thrive in my new life. I found out that the Tarot was a perfect blending of my artistic talents and art history background.


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

This project is dedicated in memory of my Mom. I inherited my love of art and different cultures - earthly and beyond - from her. She is the reason for this deck - with such a personal bonding a person has with their chosen deck, my Mom would have told me “you need to make your own” - so I did :)


What would you say is unique about your deck?

My last name is Wise and I have always been drawn to owls. When I first discovered the Tarot I searched and found many gorgeous decks with animals, but not any that were based on owls. I also had a hard time finding references for artists and creatives – how can the cards be used in a creative context? How can they help artists with the creative process? The suits in my deck are based on creatives:


Wands = Paintbrushes & Pencils = 2 D creatives, ie. Painters, Graphic Designers, Tattoo Artists

Cups = Musical notes = Emotional Creatives, ie. Musicians, Dancers & Actors

Pentacles = Gears = 3 D Creatives, ie. Architects, Software Developers, Sculptors

Swords = Pens = Intellectual Creatives, ie. Writers, Scientists, Philosophers


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

It has taken me 2 years to create and paint the deck.


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

The times have reminded me as to what is important to me and put many aspects of my life into perspective. No matter what avenues are closed, the power of the creative mind is always awake and alive.


What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

My biggest challenge has been finding a suitable box. I would like to be able to do a magnetic box or a two-piece box but I have not found a printer source yet that is economical (without a huge minimum) with the quality & turnaround I am looking for. My printer is able to provide a tuck box but…. I am still looking!


It’s such an interesting concept to produce a deck to help people with the creative process. Can this deck be used by people who may think they are not creative? Can it unlock their creativity?

Absolutely! We all have an imagination that is just waiting to be accessed. Literally every interaction on earth and beyond is a common human language made up of images. We all have common life experiences which have been recorded through various creative outlets. Languages and even the disciplines we call science and medicine are a combination of images and symbols that communicate thought processes. Think about blueprints, mathematical formulas, and MRI’s for instance – all images that communicate information.


How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

I will start painting the images for my next deck!


What is on offer for people who pledge?

I have individual decks & multiple deck offerings. The book will be available to everyone via a digital download. They can also buy a printed version in the add-ons.My Intro class for creatives is available as an add-on.I have a Creative Bundle which includes a limited edition, signed deck plus the Intro class.



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Our latest interview is with Mykola Taradaiko, the creator of the Sea Witch Tarot - a tarot deck based on the wise Sea Witch - a character from H. Ch. Andersen’s fairy tale The Little Mermaid.


Every card contains symbols of A. E. Waite. There are many similarities to a classic Rider Waite deck, however there are also many differences.


In the minor Arcana, the Sea Witch has her own little helpers, and they are different in each suit. This helps differentiate the suit the card belongs to and the element it presents - there are golden creatures in pentacles, orange in wands, blue in swords, and purple in cups.


Kickstarter - Sea Witch Tarot


Where in the world do you call home?

I come from Ukraine, a country with deep historical roots and ancient esoteric traditions.


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

For a long time I had an online store of playing cards. One day a man came to me from the street and asked why I didn’t sell Tarot. I thought about it and began to study what the Tarot is and what it is for, since then I have been carried away by it.


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

Once I found out that my friend the artist Jester was creating an erotic deck Muladhara Tarot, I decided to help him promote it. At first we thought to contact one of the well-known publishers, but then I decided to launch my own. Then I ran my own small publishing house Pentagram Publishing. Sea Witch Tarot will be our third Tarot deck published.


What would you say is unique about your deck?

Every card contains symbols of A. E. Waite. Any interested person can compare the deck with that of the classical Rider - Waite tarot to find many similarities as well as many differences.

In the minor Arcana, Sea Witch has her own little helpers, and they are different in each suit. This can also remind of the suit the card belongs to and the element it presents - there are golden creatures in pentacles, orange in wands, blue in swords, and purple in cups.


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

Earlier this year, my friend and colleague Mishel Tarnopovich showed me sketches of a deck where the heroine looked like a nun and an octopus at the same time. We started thinking about it and came to the image of the Sea Witch. After that, in 5 months, the entire deck was created.


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

The pandemic has not affected my life, work and creativity in any way. I am not afraid of the coronavirus. If The Higher Powers need to kill me, they will kill me, and if it is not necessary, they will not kill me. Then why should I be afraid of a pandemic?


What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

This was the first deck in my life where the same hero is present on all 78 cards. Therefore, it was difficult to think about all the symbolism and all situations, to preserve the meaning of the deck.


What is the symbolism behind the Sea Witch as a character for the tarot?

Sea Witch is old and wise, and a tarot character must carry wisdom. As you remember from Andersen’s tales, it is she who saved the Little Mermaid from troubles and warned her against dangers.


How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

This will be our first small victory on Kickstarter! And immediately after that, we will begin to prepare for the next campaign. - Reverse Scale Tarot.


What is on offer for people who pledge?

Sea Witch Tarot deck and accessories designed specifically for Sea Witch Tarot: silk bag, plush cloth and wooden box.


Contacts:

Website Pentagram Publishing https://pentagram.shop/

Instagram @pentpub


To bring the Sea Witch to life in your collection, click here:


Kickstarter - Sea Witch Tarot








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