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Greetings to you all!
I have decided it is time to rework the cards and reassess the means of production so I plan to withdraw them from sale and rerelease them a few months later in a third edition. There will be changes to a few of the cards that I have decided are not completely satisfactory and also a rethink of the container issue. A tin or a pouch of some kind and hopefully a hard copy of the revised guide book. I’m looking at releasing the third edition at the beginning of the Year of the Rat (next year), which will mark new 60 year cycle. I also want to try and improve the site situation as well so there is a lot to do. I am hesitant to name a release date yet because these things always take longer than you expect.
Please note that on Septembers full moon I will withdraw the second and first editions from sale in case you want to get a copy of any of them before they go.
I still do see the deck and the book as a work in progress, and so I intend to continue being an independent creator, and keeping total control of my creative content. Of course I won’t mess with the core images. I’m too lazy to go through all that again! But there are one or two cards that really need to change.
The last year has been rest and recovery time for me, essential down time after more than ten years intense work on the cards, followed by moving to the opposite side of the world, but now finally I am starting to regain my strength and inspiration for the task at hand. Leaving the city to live on a beautiful island has done wonders for my health and happiness and I now feel I can get to work again. I am so very grateful to all of you for your support and love over the years. The response to the release of the Asherah Tarot totally exceeded my expectations and it’s thanks to you all that I am now inspired to get back to work and make this deck the best that it can be.
Second Edition Available Now!!
I have published the cards in a second edition with the Hong Kong based Print on Demand company, MakePlayingCards, releasing both a Large size (89 X 146 mm or 3.5” X 5.75”) and a Poker size (89 X 146mm or 2.48” X 3.46”). They are printed on premium 330gsm smooth card stock, which gives rich true colours and high definition. This is particularly important with the Poker size, as reducing such detailed imagery to a small size requires very clear definition to do it justice.
Cards are printed in sheets, which means that in the Poker size, 90 cards cost the same to produce as 78. I realised I could use these spare 12 cards to reproduce the booklet information from the first edition, and so the Poker deck comes with a booklet in card form. The options for a printed booklet in the Poker size were too small to be useful and so this is the only way I could have included it. There is also a signature card and two bonus art cards. You can see previews of every single card if you click on see preview at the deck page.
The Large deck comes with 80 cards, the two extras being a signature card and a Qabalah key guide that complements the eight page folding booklet, which contains all the other key information and is also signed. People seemed to want signatures so I did my best on that this time.
I decided to forego boxes, but I intend to create custom designed pouches that people can order separately. A tarot deck that is used is usually kept in a bag, preferably silk. Only ones that gather dust on shelves need boxes, and above all I want this to be a deck that people love to use.
I am happy to send anyone who contacts me the pdf of the User Guide. The only condition is that you will be added to my mailing list. Its best to use my gmail email@example.com, because I am having trouble with my Asherah Tarot email. Take the opportunity while you can, because once I format and re edit the book to make an ebook and print version I will stop giving it away.
I hope you enjoy this new version!
Asherah Tarot Release 24th June 2017
Today I pressed the publish button at the exact time of the New Moon in Cancer and so now the deck is available to purchase from my Game Crafter Shop. The price is $66.99 plus postage (US Dollars). I have chosen the best quality printing options; the Linen finish and UV coating are really luxurious, and the deck comes boxed with a 20 page colour booklet. I have uploaded some photos of the cards over at my shop so please do go and have a look.
The release of this Tarot deck a truly momentous occasion in my life after all these years of work, but circumstances are such that I now have other pressing concerns to deal with. It’s as if the goddess knows that my task here is finally done and has now presented me with a back log of unfinished business to attend to. If she hadn’t taken matters in hand I probably would have gone on frittering and frootering for eternity. Thank you goddess! And a heartfelt thanks to all of you who buy my Tarot. I hope you will find it enjoyable and useful and healing. I hope it will give you as much strength and sanity as creating it has given me.
A 121 page pdf version of the user manual is included with your purchase, and it will be updated and revised regularly. I will share these updates with anyone who has bought a deck through Game Crafter. Currently it is a basic A4 version, with quite large type (for blind bats like me), but I plan to reformat it and expand on it when I get some time. Keep an eye out on my pages for announcements or join my mailing list. Eventually I will also design and release a hard copy version of the book. I have enjoyed the writing process almost as much as I did the painting and its been wonderful to be able to use my two skills on one project. Like most Geminis I like to diversify!
There will also be a Poker size deck coming by the end of the year and more merchandise, including Art Prints. In the next few months I will have limited online access so I may be quiet but I will try to check my email regularly and field all enquiries. When I ordered my copy I chose the cheapest international shipping option to Australia (UPS Innovations) and it arrived within a week in a very sturdy box once it had been printed, which I was happy about. The nature of Print on Demand is that they have to print it before they send it to you so that can take about a week as well.
I am very happy to announce the imminent release of the Asherah Tarot!
I am planning to commence sales on the 24th of June. I will be offering a Jumbo size (3.5 X 5.5 inches or approximately 9cm X 14cm) deck through Game Crafter, with linen finish and UV coating, a 20 page full colour booklet and box, plus a pdf download of the guide book. Exact prices are yet to be decided but will be in the region of 60 – 70 US dollars plus shipping.
I will also release a Poker size deck (2.5 X 3.5 cm) by the end of the year, and it will be somewhat cheaper, but I do recommend the larger size to fully appreciate the richly detailed artwork. I have been very pleasantly surprised by the quality of printing from Game Crafter.
The great struggle has finally reached the point of manifestation! Eleven years of truly obsessive hard work has finally crystalized into a deck of cards. I am releasing the First Edition in as high a quality as I can find, because it has to do the art work justice, and because I want to generate maximum enjoyment. Production costs are high, especially as they are in US dollars, but the results are satisfying. I will work on finding more convenient distribution for other parts of the world, but that could take six months to a year, as my life is demanding urgent attention now. The shipping is quite fast to Australia, and I hope it will be so for other parts of the world.
I will email this announcement to everyone on my mailing list, and update it with details and links as they come to hand. If you wish to be added to the list please email me.
Thank you so much for all your enthusiasm and encouragement over the years…I doubt I could have made it to the end of the road without them.