As I continue to create my own tarot deck I’ve come across an issue. How much detail goes into each card. It’s a question of consistency which, I find problematic. Consistency is a discipline I struggle with but to my credit, at least I am aware of it. Here are a few examples to be considered. I get excited about one card, such as The (singing) Empress card. I put a lot into it. Then the next card, The Emperor, not so much. However the card’s simplicity works too. In a minimalist sort of way. Maybe I have to do two decks…
I ask myself what motivates me to do this and it always comes down to FUN. It’s fun alright, but seriously, creating a tarot deck is also about wanting to experience the supernatural and learn the divine unknowable stuff of life. To learn about myself and my own divinity.
Tarot cards are a form of divination. Divination is a way to seek divine knowledge through supernatural means. Divination is based on the premise that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. A reason known only to God (Or the universal mind, my God likes to be called The Universal Mind).
With powerful universal forces operating in the background of our lives all the time, our choices carry with it a divine reason for whatever we’ve chosen. While we don’t always know the reason; it all happens for a reason nonetheless. So even choosing a random card isn’t random at all. Rather it’s a purposeful choice. It’s purposeful especially if you’re led to a meaningful outcome. This is what keeps me playing the tarot game.
In creating a tarot deck, I get better at understanding signs and symbols. I’m modeling this version of Zib’s Tarot after the classic Rider Waite imagery. Of the hundreds of decks out there the Rider Waite imagery works best on me. I am creating this deck solely on the computer using Apple-Sketchbook. The size is formatted and the three cards above have a similar consistency in detail. Don’t you agree? Let’s see if I have the consistency to get a winner to the finish line. Oh yes! I’m going to make millions of dollars! It should be fun.