I have wanted to create a tarot deck for just over a decade, but had previously intimidated myself away from doing so by setting myself some high standards and expectations. 2019 began with a friend of mine dying, and it took me until Midsummer to feel sort of normal again. While I was in Sweden for Midsummer, I realised all at once exactly what I wanted to do with a tarot offering, and how I would do it. I began sketching out the cards, excited to get working, finally, after so many years of pointless prevarication. Following on from the world and people I introduced in An Ode to Divine and Dirt, I wanted to explore the magical energetic cycle of the tarot (following Crowley’s workings in the Book of Thoth, as my first introduction to tarot was through the Thoth deck) through the stories of and relationships between the people therein. However, upon returning home from Sweden, all afire with inspiration and energy, my workplace abruptly began making me redundant – a cruel six month process which precipitated a mental health crisis, during which I could not produce anything at all.
I was finally released from my job just before Christmas, and was able to process my torment and start to heal from it. Nearly immediately, I felt able to create again, and the production of the artwork for the Threshold Tarot commenced in earnest. I explored again the world and people inside my spirit, and rooted myself in amongst them, laying out my own pain, understanding and healing in the cycle of the tarot. It is my most personal, honest and fun work to date.
The deck comes with a small illustrated study booklet that explains the symbolic language I have used in the card artwork, a printed recycled card tuck box, absolutely no cellophane anywhere whatsoever, and a brown hessian deck bag, hand painted by me with a mixture of black ink and ritual ash from my fire pit. Each bag is completely unique. Feedback is that they smell great, too.
You can buy your own copy of the Threshold Tarot from here. The Threshold Tarot is currently only a major arcana, but I will expand it into a full deck in the future.