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The story behind Earth Bones Tarot

An open book surrounded by marigold flowers, with a painted fox skull in the background and a crystal laying on an open page
One of the books used for inspiration of the Earth Bones tarot

Creating the Earth Bones tarot has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.

I began the journey of creating a tarot deck with the intention to use it just for myself, and its grown into a project that I want to share with the world.

The deck began its infancy looking completely different than it does now. It originally started as a full color illustration, and the suits mirrored the classic Raider-Waite almost identically. It wasn't until I had hand drawn the entire deck that I realized that it wasn't speaking to my soul or reflecting who I was.... so I re-drew all of it!

It was during this re-draw that a pivotal moment happened.

I visit the forest above my home regularly, and during a hike my friend and I stumbled across an untouched glade. It was there, nestled among the ferns and brush that we came across the bones of a deer. Seeing it, hidden, protected by the forest, was one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. The woods were still, and the air was charged with wild energy.

It is that energy that I wanted to imbue into my tarot deck.

I wanted a deck that reminded us that we are all part of the earth, and that death can be a beautiful thing.

From that moment, I began to incorporate more bones into the artwork and it evolved to become what it is now.

It took 5 months from the initial idea to the version it is now, and I am constantly adjusting and tweaking things still!

In November, I released the deck onto Kickstarter, not really sure what I was doing. All I knew was that I wanted this deck into the hands of people it may resonate with.

Unfortunately, that campaign was unsuccessful, but it taught me everything I need to know moving forward with the next one.

I sat down and re-calibrated my goals and tweaked my deck and guidebook even more, and now it is ready for a re-release.

Febuary 14th, 2019, the Earth Bones Tarot will go live on Kickstarter once more, and this time it will be successful.

Only 100 decks will be printed, each one signed and numbered in their own little tuck box.

I am so excited to share this project with the world.

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