City Mystic•Paris is the second City Mystic Tarot deck after NYC in 2014. Printing was successfully funded on Kickstarter September 10, 2015. The deck is currently in production wrap-up and gearing up for post-production soon.
Shipping commences Monday, March 8 2015.
Published in very limited quantities, and each printing edition is different. This listing is for the original, premiere City Mystic • Paris Tarot deck funded on Kickstarter. Only 50 additional copies of this deck will be printed beyond rewards and pre-sales. Each copy is numbered and can be signed upon request.
About City Mystic • Paris
***** The City Mystic Tarot project was an idea that came to me, Virginia, after my first visit to Paris, France in 2009. As soon as I returned home I began to long for an opportunity to craft my own black and white photographic Tarot deck based on the monumental and natural beauty of Paris. Later I traveled to London and decided that I wanted to complete three separate photographic decks; New York for its deep ties to American Masonry and Occultism, London for its role in Masonry, Occultism and Hermeticism, and Paris for its role in the unfolding story of Alchemy during the Renaissance period, ushering Tarot into its role as a divine tool. The scope of this project continues to grow, and if successful may expand to several cities around the world with an opportunity to craft both Tokyo and London decks in 2016. Other cities slated for the City Mystic project include: Prague, Venice, Vienna, Brussels, New Orleans, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Barcelona and many, many more.
Because I am American, I began naturally, with our cultural mother, New York, New York last year.
Thanks to many of you here on Kickstarter I was able to fund a small print run of 700 copies of City Mystic • New York. She has made her way around the world over the course of the last year, and now I am back with my greatest passion project, the inspiration for the entire City Mystic scope, City Mystic • Paris.
The making of this deck was no small challenge. The trip occurred in the middle of a break up. There were passport challenges (as in, I didn’t realize my passport was expired until I got to the airport to board my flight to Paris!). In the midst of uncertainty and a starving-artist financial life I managed to get to Paris with some help (thank you if you’re one of those wonderful supporters) on GoFundMe. In Paris I trekked for 8 days across the city, from the Alexander Bridge to the Montmartre Cemetery to the Champs Elysees and deep into the alcoves of the Left Bank. These feet covered some magickal miles.
I even managed to bring 35mm film with me, a dream I’ve had since the inception of this project. As a photographer my roots are in the darkroom and I am beyond thrilled that I will be able to bring some of that magick to this very special Parisian adventure.
This deck… what can I say about her? She is filthy with ripe life. She is honest. She is immaculate with culture. She is alchemical and transformational. She tells the story of a special, 2,000-year-old iconic city awash in history, mythology, independence, rebellion, art, music, and the ultimate in European urban life. She also tells the truth- complete with graffiti, human struggles, forgotten art and tradition… it all lives in Paris, and by extension, this special deck.
In 78 original black and white photographic pieces rests a snapshot, a special taste of Paris from May/June 2015 encapsulated in time. As an artist my favorite aspect of this deck is the transient nature of the street art now captured in this deck that is likely already gone forever- erased by rain, paint, and other artists.
This deck was shot during one of the most intense Mercury Retrogrades of our time. There was an energy of ultimate reckoning that colored every single facet of its crafting. I am amazed its made it to see the light of day given the challenges that had to be overcome to make it. Nevertheless, here she is, and here we are, standing together in this little Kickstarter page, waiting eagerly to share with you some of the most vibrant and most secretive stories from the raw streets of Paris in Spring.
My favorite aspect of working with the City Mystic project is the unique way it seems to touch people’s lives. Regardless of interest in Tarot, there is something quite comforting and wondrous about viewing iconic western world cities through the eyes of meaning. Architecture, public art and urban life all come together to create haunting, moody images that are one-of-a-kind and transcend our modern uses of photography and digital imaging to create a totally new way of viewing and appreciating our vibrant urban environments.
What’s It Made Of?
The deck will come in a nice, standard heavy window tuck box and will include a very descriptive companion book based on Paris’ architectural history and contemporary occult tarot as they are found in the images of the deck.
The deck is 2.75″ x 4.75″. Each card is printed on 300gsm paper, aqueous coated, and comes with a sturdy window tuck box.
This deck was designed based on the conceptual foundations of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Rider-Waite deck. It contains all 22 Major Arcana cards, beginning with 0, The Fool and ending with 21, The World. All names and number sequences follow the Rider-Waite model strictly. Additionally, it contains all 56 cards of the Minor Arcana in the four traditional suits: Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles.
Wands are represented by light fixtures found around Paris. Cups are represented by fountains and water fixtures. Swords are expressed by iron gates found in yards, parks, transportation hubs and the like. Pentacles appear as flowers found blossoming throughout the city in the prime of Spring.
Shot in May/June 2015, this deck is the second of a multi-city project.
City Mystic • New York was my first deck, last year. 700 copies were funded on Kickstarter. Remaining copies can be purchased in the City Mystic Etsy shop while supplies last.