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Where in the world do you call home?
I live in North Carolina in the United States. After living in Michigan for 35 years, I can tell you I never expected to live in the South, but the weather is warmer and the people are friendly so it works for my family, and our three dogs and two cats. Behind us is a field filled with quartz and crisscrossing streams. The kids claim to have seen the ghost of a deer after finding its remains. They screamed and ran back to the house.
What was your first experience with tarot and when did you fall in love with it?
I learned the tarot while living six years in Florida. It was 2007, and the teacher was brilliant, but it was still a lot of information to absorb. It was only after I practised at a friend’s party and had the most amazing results (scarily accurate) for the attendees who wanted a reading, that I truly understood the power of the tarot.
What made you want to create this deck? What was your inspiration?
I am a shamanic healer and teacher. I know that providing healing services are valuable, but in the long run, it’s best if people learn how to heal themselves. I applied the same principle to the tarot. I thought it would be best if people learned to do the readings for themselves, but I understood how much time, practice and studying I had spent learning the tarot, and I knew most people would not want to dedicate that much time to it. We all have busy lives. So, inspired by the popularity of emojis on social media, I decided to make a deck that had simpler artwork, but still rich with meaning and symbols that could be easily interpreted.
Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?
My favourite deck is my first one: the Universal Tarot drawn by Roberto De Angelis. I love the colours (bright, but not too bright). I own three sizes of it: the mini, standard and professional.
Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?
My favourite card in the Great Comoz deck is the Shooting Star because it’s about manifesting your desires, hope, new beginnings and has my favourite number “11”, which is also my birthday and a master number.
What have been your challenges in creating this deck?
I wanted to make sure I covered all aspects of life’s concerns, which was a little more difficult with only 22 cards. It had to be concise. I spent hours sitting and sketching, letting the inspiration flow through me.
What is one thing you really want people to know about this deck?
It has been fun watching people who have never used the tarot use the Great Cozmoz deck. I saw the amazement in their eyes. The best response was from a teenage girl who asked me, “How do the cards get in the right place?”
The designs on your cards are very unique and the deck is based only on the major arcana. Why did you decide to head in this direction?
A woman who was a gypsy did my first reading. Her cards were very old and large. She used only the major arcana and was very accurate. It inspired me to create modern cards that represented the same archetype energies.
How will you celebrate when your deck is finally published?
I’m sure I’ll tell everyone! And then a nice dinner at a restaurant with outdoor dining would be a pleasurable touch. Embrace the moment!
What is on offer for people who pledge?
Anyone who pledges on Kickstarter has choices that range from $1 to $62. For $1, they will get positive energy sent their way (we all need that). For $5, they can receive a Great Cozmoz oracle card reading. For $29, they can own a deck of their own, or splurge on the package deal for $62 and get a reading, deck of cards and an uncut collector’s sheet.