Twilight Rabbit Tarot Turns Ten

The past ten years, a retrospective.

Reasons people don’t by my deck:

1. I have had collectors and beginners look through the images in the Twilight Rabbit Tarot and exclaim they won’t purchase it because they’re looking for a serious deck [too cartoony].

2. I have had Tarot readers skim the deck and hold it or shuffle it with eyes closed and proclaim they won’t purchase it because they cannot feel a presence or energy emanating from it.

3. I have had people say they will not buy it because it’s bad luck, someone must be gifted a Tarot deck.

There have been other reasons given, but these are the most prevalent.

Answers:

As to seriousness, it took several initial years of research and no less than five years illustrating this deck with an average four and a half to six hours per image. Multiply that by near ninety because I also designed extra versions of some cards. We’re looking at least four hundred hours. Just because my illustrations harken to a cartoony style doesn’t mean I was not serious in its making.

As to feeling a presence in the deck, that’s a spiritual matter. I can confirm at least that I do not stuff ghosts or gods to dwell amongst the cards. I leave that up to the purchaser.

As to people wanting a deck but not having one because their friends won’t buy them for you, it’s not bad luck. Your friends aren’t cheap. They’re not jerks. The people spreading superstition about a deck of illustrated cards are jerks.

I didn’t design this deck to predict the future. You don’t need to have someone buy it for you. You don’t need to wrap it in white silk. You don’t need to imbue it with energy from another accurately useful deck. I’ve heard all these Tarot superstitions and more over the years.

What I do:
I use Tarot to break down a problem I’ve been mulling over and over in my mind so much that I can no longer recognize all of my options. I use Tarot to show me another perspective on a persistent issue. I collect decks because I like the art. I teach Tarot to others to dispel the stigma and myth and introduce this centuries old tradition of cards and games and frauds and stories.

Tarot is fun. But not profitable.

I know I will never turn a profit on this deck. To do that I would have to sell at minimum five hundred and fifty decks. Yes that’s minimum. That’s only breaking even for my hours worked on it. That’s after accounting for cost of production.

I request some empathy when you see a Tarot deck illustrated and sold directly by its author. If you want the deck, buy it. No excuses. This doesn’t just go for the deck I illustrated. It goes for any you hold in your hand and like. They are a project of love and insanity if they made it to completion. Don’t be rude to the deck’s creator. If the rejections I’ve described are any indication, I’m sure others have similar stories and even worse.

And the biggest request of all, knowing it took me more than four hundred hours to design and illustrate this deck, don’t offer me a suggestion on the idea for a Tarot deck you have. That I should design and illustrate it if you aren’t prepared to even by a copy of my current one. Not unless you are prepared to offer me hundreds of dollars in advance to illustrate your idea. I quietly decline these in the way I decline any illustration request by suggesting my remuneration.

I’ve been complimented on how polite I’ve been in person responding to some of the comments made by Tarot enthusiasts over the years. I’ve made recommendations on what they should look at and who they should go to next for their shopping needs without batting an eye. I realize some shoppers don’t even realize I’m the deck’s artist. So I don’t show my feathers ruffled in person. I appear preened and composed.

But I acknowledge I do get frustrated. Not hurt. So it’s easy to not lash out.
I won’t ever say these things in person. A blog or fb post is a better forum for sharing these thoughts. A festival or storefront is for polite chitchat and helpful banter. Not how to shop information.

The reality of my making Tarot decks is this: they are available for sale, made to order, a product I offer. Unless they make me a profit, I will never design another. In many ways, they helped me learn illustration techniques and a side of human superstition I would have otherwise not known. I’m grateful I made them. I’m happy they’re for sale. I really enjoy when someone appreciates the deck and takes it home, the prize they found at the festival…

And in many ways, that’s what makes the deck great. It’s not everyone’s top one hundred favourite thing, it’s a dozen people’s top ten favourite thing. And that’s a good feeling.

Thank you to everyone who has complimented me and bought a deck over the past ten years. Here’s hoping I have beautiful customers like you in the next coming ten.

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Upcoming Witchy Market

I’m organizing a Witchy Market.

Saturday, August 17th
12pm-6pm
KW Artists Co-op
142 Waterloo St Waterloo, ON  N2J 1Y2

I’m super excited by the amount of response we’ve had already for this event. And it isn’t even August yet. Here’s the blurb I wrote for it below.

A gallery of mystical pieces. Will feature magical artworks and objects made by a host talented creators. Names and participants will be featured in the weeks leading up to the event. Keep your crystal ball focused here for more.

To find out more details, follow our Facebook event page:
Witchy Market

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Ethical Reader

I am someone who has to see it in order to believe it. I began studying Tarot in my late teens because its card imagery was in comics, commercials, music videos, etc. There were psychics selling books, appearing on talk shows, and consulted on news programs for what to look for in the coming year.

In creating two decks, visiting psychic fairs, reading several books, learning the practice, gaining experience and human encounters; it was easy for me to come to the conclusion that the human brain is incapable of predicting the future. Anytime I did a reading for someone and they required the advice of an expert, I would direct them to doctors, psychiatrists, and dieticians. I never diagnosed anyone, they came to me with problems they already knew about. I have even had clients refuse to pay me because I refused to predict the future for them which I felt would have been unethical.

Another obvious thing I learned while offering Tarot readings was people don’t want to know the future, believed I could predict it with a pack of cards, and didn’t want to have their minds or beliefs in psychic abilities questioned or changed on a single visit by a stranger.

If you want to use this site as a Tarot resource, understand I look at the Tarot as an artistic medium and a counseling aid. I do not regard it as a tool to predict the future. The Tarot deck is an instrument that can be used in cold reading marks by confidence men at its cruelest. I like to elevate it to a tool in meditation for self-healing.

If you want to know the future, your guess is as good as mine.

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A Useful Resource

I’ve illustrated two Tarot decks. They are both incredibly different from each other.

The first was the Fabrication Tarot. It took three months of intense focus as a fulltime and overtime job. It was completely designed, inked, and coloured on thick cardstock before each card was cut free from each of the pages. The digital copies are simple scans.

45718996-D1A1-11E1-B80A-5F0114BAC486The second deck is the Twilight Rabbit Tarot. It took five years to complete and was a parttime job. Each image began as an ink illustration that was scanned digitally and enhanced with photo editing software. It was coloured and lettered using a computer. The digital copies were compiled in this way.

This blog will talk about several things. Creating a Tarot deck will be discussed. The differences between types of decks (Rider vs Thoth vs Oracle) and various card spreads will be future topics.

I don’t read the cards these days. Instead, I’ve fallen into the role of consultant for projects involving cartomancy.

If you want to learn about Tarot, I hope you will find my blog a useful resource.

 

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