The Outsider Tarot is officially headed to print!
We reached our initial funding goal lighting fast in just 5.5 hours, and we’ve already unlocked the first two stretch goals of silver foil printing (on the box and the guidebook) plus the reading cloth! The campaign ends on March 8th @ Midnight so head over now to get your copy of the deck and guidebook for the special discounted Kickstarter price and learn more about the add-ons!
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Reinterpreting every single card, the Outsider Tarot marries ancient esoteric systems with the colorful and revolutionary spirit of Outsiders past and present. The spark of inspiration was to create a deck that directly channels the wisdom of our beautifully eccentric, forward-thinking predecessors to provide guidance through obstacles and toward enlightenment.
From diva to drag queen,
Poet to hustler,
Rebel to hacktivist,
Essential worker to young migrant,
Renegade filmmakers to queer tattooist,
Transgender icon to uncompromising revolutionary…
I designed the Outsider Tarot to be an indispensable divination tool for anyone who lives beyond the boundaries of society.
I’ve also written a 225 guidebook that covers the symbolism, meanings and framework of the Outsider Tarot. In addition to in-depth information and background on every aspect of the deck, this guidebook also includes a two-page discussion for each card, instructions on how to do readings, a brief history of the Tarot, and a selection of spreads designed specifically for the Outsider Tarot.
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The artwork of the Outsider Tarot is hand drawn and painted with watercolor and gouache. Every image is composed of black outlines filled with bright fields of color that spark the reader’s intuition and psychic powers. I think of the Outsider Tarot’s style as classic old-school Tarot meets vintage comic books and pop art. The iconography, from TV sets to roses, light bulbs to shopping plazas, magic charms to fabulous drag, is culled from my Italian roots and my life experience as a queer, a witch, an artist and an activist. The Outsider Tarot’s symbolism is intuitive and completely open to interpretation!
THE MAJOR ARCANA
The Outsider Tarot removes all human figures from the Major Arcana to make room for each Outsider to envision themself in every card!
Each one of us the Fool on our own life journey. Placing the bandanna over our eyes, we leap wildly from one Major to the next! The other 21 Major Arcana are improvisational scenes for the the Fool to play, offering costumes, props, or set pieces to interact with! The guidebook offers stage direction for every Major Arcana — visual meditations to dive deep into each scene and spark psychic visions!
THE MINOR ARCANA
Each Minor Arcana card features an inspiring Outsider (or group of Outsiders). Some are instantly recognizable while others are open to interpretation. The suits of the Outsider Tarot are represented by everyday symbols that we see everywhere but don’t pay much attention to: LIGHTS, BOTTLES, EYES and ROSES. These objects, at once omnipresent and overlooked, offer profound ways to meditate and contemplate the power of each suit.
The Suit of Lights represents the element of Fire (replaces Wands)
The Suit of Bottles represents the element of Water (replaces Cups)
The Suit of Eyes represents the element of Air (replaces Swords
The Suit of Roses represents the element of Earth (replaces Coins)
The Outsider Tarot has evicted the King, Queen, Knight and Page and invited a lovely band of eccentrics known as the ELEMENTALS to take their place. Each Elemental embodies one of the four elements of fire, air, water and earth, bringing all those properties into its suit.
TO SPARK A FIRE: Sparks embody the element of FIRE — child-like figures at the beginning of a new journey. Sparks replace Pages.
A BILLOW OF AIR: Billows characterize the element of Air — young adults in the early stages of life and exploration. Billows replace Knights.
TO FATHOM THE WATER: Fathoms personify the element of Water — masters who possess the deepest understanding of their suit’s power. Fathom’s replace Queens.
TAKE ROOT IN EARTH: Roots are the element of Earth — teachers, mentors and sages offering us wisdom and valuable life lessons in each of the four suits. Roots replace Kings.
The 225 guidebook is the essential guide to the symbolism, meanings and framework of the Outsider Tarot, created by Bobby Abate. Reinterpreting every single card, the Outsider Tarot marries ancient esoteric systems with the colorful and revolutionary spirit of Outsiders past and present. In addition to in-depth information and background on every aspect of the deck, this guidebook also includes a two-page discussion for each card, instructions on how to do readings, a brief history of the Tarot, and a selection of spreads designed specifically for the Outsider Tarot.
KICKSTARTER STRETCH GOALS
READING CLOTH (UNLOCKED!)
UNLOCKED! You’ll be able to add this on for $10 on Kickstarter. I am currently waiting to see if Kickstarter will enable add-ons for this project. If not, I will explore other options like adding onto your pledge or using backer kit!
The 22×22 inch 100% eco-friendly natural cotton USA-made reading cloth will be screen printed with a design that I created specifically for readings with the Outsider Tarot. As an all natural material, it is also excellent for wrapping and storing the deck.
- Emblematic shields of the four suits and elements in each corner
- Concentric radiant circles form a protective reading space within
- Astrological glyphs of the zodiac signs and major planets
- North and South node glyphs evoke our spiritual journeys
- An original drawing at the center blends symbols of the four suits and elements
LIMITED EDITION TRAVELER’S DECK (STRETCH GOAL ALMOST UNLOCKED!)
If we are able to raise 25K, all backers of the standard deck will have the opportunity to buy a compact travel edition of the Outsider Tarot for $30.
- Compact size 2.32″ x 3.58″
- Limited edition card back design for Kickstarter only
- Legend card for the suits and elementals (similar to the one that will be printed on the inside of the standard deck box)
- AND YES, this Travel deck will include THE FATHOM OF PARKAS
The mini deck will include the Bernie internet meme sensation, but you can also add on a 5×7″ Giclée print for $35.
BERNIE! THE FATHOM OF PARKAS PRINT AVAILABLE ON KICKSTARTER!
The ❄️ FATHOM of PARKAS ❄️ has the deepest understanding of quality winter wear used for all occasions. In readings the FATHOM points to a need for sensible & durable garments, utility over fashion, being cold, uncomfortable seating, or just plain boredom. It begs the question, “Why the hell am I here?”
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