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Create and Swap Tarot
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This community was inspired by tiny_arts, but with a Pagan/Witchcraft/Occult spin on the idea. Instead of creating a playing deck of artists, this community's goal is for each participating member to gradually assemble a full Tarot deck. It's also intended to be an interesting experiment in using a deck with such mixed energies and expressions; Once folks have a full deck, reading results and discussion thereof will also be more than welcome here.

Granted, this will take longer than a standard playing deck, but if everyone here is committed and ambitious enough, it should be a lot of fun as well.


~ Before each new swap begins, I'll post what cards we'll be swapping, plus links, information, and examples to draw inspiration from. Sign up for the current swap here.

~ We'll be creating two Major Arcana cards every month, in sequential order (this will take 10.5 months total). There will be no individual deadlines for the cards, just that both are to be done by the final day of the month. This will be followed by a two week break.

~ When we resume, we'll tackle one Minor Arcana suit every 2 months (which will take 8 months total. Again, no individual deadlines, just each suit done in about 60 days), followed by a full month's break before the next cycle begins giving us an 18-month total timeline.


~ Cards are to be the standard size of 3 x 5 in. (or approx. 7.5 x 12.5 cm). Plain ol' notecards from an office supply store are perfect for this.

~ We'll be using the common Swords-Air and Wands-Fire associations, for both convinience's sake, and because it is standard for the Rider-Waite deck.

~ Also, please keep the suits as Pentacles, Swords, Wands, and Cups, and the Court cards Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings, for the same reasons.

~ Use only the standard Major Arcana names and numberings (I've got a deck wherein some of them are adjusted to more accurately reflect Wiccan beliefs, but again, for convinience, stick with the conventional names).

~ We won't be having a "blank card" that has been proliferating in modern decks. If, once you have a deck assembled, you want to create your own, feel free to do so, but there won't be one included in the swap.

~ Each artist, if they wish, can include details about their creation process, and also why they chose the specific representations for each card.

~ I'm sure we'd all greatly appriciate the artist's full interpretation of each card's meaning.

~ I've created a common back design for those who choose to use it. It is the recipient's responsibility to print out and attach this design, not that of the artist. Otherwise, each recipient may create their own backing for their individual deck.

~ "Microwave art," abstract expressionism, and even cut-n-paste collages are all accepted and encouraged art forms.


~ Sign up between the first and seventh of each month. Please include email or snail mail address, and if it's your birth month, when you sign up for a swap.

~ Swaps may either be mailed to the recipient through the post, or else be completely digital and posted for them to print out. If you choose to post your work, please also email it to its intended recipient.

~ Mail or post & email during the final week of each month (24th-30th or 25th-31st, depending, or for February, the 22nd-28th or 23rd-29th on leap years).

~ Those with a birthday in each month may choose whether to have a secret swap, or may also request that a specific artist create their cards for that month.

~ We'll do "secret" swaps for Valentine's Day, the Winter Holiday season, and also the Wiccan Sabbats of Ostara, Beltane, and Samhain. Swaps by request will be done at Imbolc, Midsummer, Lammas, and Mabon.

~ Non-swap photo and image posts are welcome in the following scenarios:
1.) If you recieved your cards through snail mail
2.) As our individual collections grow
3.) Of the cards used in spreads
4.) Progress reports, if you're not doing a secret/request swap
~ Use common sense in regards to the LJ-cut.

~ Membership in this community does not require anyone to participate in any swap, but if you want to get cards, you have to also make them.


From Aeclectic Tarot's FAQ:

What is Tarot?
Tarot is a set of seventy-eight cards, each featuring different symbolic pictures. A standard Tarot deck is made up of 22 cards called the major arcana or trumps, and four suits of 14 cards - similar to playing cards - called the minor arcana or pip cards.

What are Tarot cards used for?
Tarot cards can be used for practical problem-solving, creative visualisation, meditation, self-improvement, as a tool of understanding, for divination and fortune-telling, even for card games. Some collect Tarot cards simply for the joy of the artwork, while other delve further into research and study of the history of Tarot cards.

Where can I learn the meanings of the cards?
For an explanation of the meanings of all seventy-eight cards in a Rider-Waite style Tarot deck, read Thirteen's Tarot Card Meanings.

See also:
ATA Tarot Resources - detailed explanations of card meanings

About.com's Tarot link list, including seperate meanings sections for both the Major and Minor Arcanas.

Raven's Tarot Basics actually contains deeper knowledge/meanings than any of the above links, including the original Kabbalistic associations and inspirations. Check out the General Overview (can only be used once on the site, otherwise the link will not work), the Court cards, and cards by number.

Aeclectic Tarot, where the above FAQ is from, is a comprehensive Tarot site with reviews, meanings, and pictures for inspiration. I have two reviews there, one for the Londa Tarot (scroll to 2nd review), and another for the Tarot of the Old Path.

For you digital artists, Snapfiles has a large selection of Freeware tools and applications for download

The ever-popular Google Image Search or finding other artists' interpretations

Image hosting sites:

Also, browse through the creativity advice from our members, if you're having a hard time getting started.