For those who haven't followed me at @whycantijustbetaylor in Instagram, or don't use Instagram, you may not know I have spent the last year and a half on another deck - The Tarot of the Starbound Phantasia. After enough dreams about more tarot cards, some soul-changing growth, and an interest in the the Marseilles and Aleister Crowley, I decided to create a second Tarot deck. At the time of this post, I have around 14-15 cards lft to complete before the art for the deck is ready to print. Again, the best way to keep up with me is to follow my Instagram, as it's something I can update quickly and with a minimum of effort before getting back to work.
I am terrible at having and updating a website and I am sorry for that.
I have run most of my posting through Instagram for at least the last year. Mostly, because I am not entirely sure who really visits the site and reads the blog posts, and feel like my time is better spent drawing than self-promoting. However, if you follow the link to the right on this page, you will find yourself in my online store where you will be able to make a preorder for this print run.
I'm so sorry if anyone has come here and read that the decks have been out of stock in the last month. They are definitely available here.
A huge thank you to everyone who bought the 5th edition. If you are still wanting a copy DO NOT WORRY ^^ I will be doing a second print run. Before I do that, I'll have the option to pre-order the deck for a discounted price. Either follow me on instagram@whycantijustbetaylor or submit a contact for through the site if you want to know as soon as the pre-order is available!
Big thanks to everyone who made a pre-order for the 5th edition of the Ellis decK! This was the largest pre-order I've had so far and I'm so happy to see the enthusiasm for this edition. The order is processing at the printers now, and the estimated ship date to me is between the 8th and the 10th of March. After that, I'll be signing decks and getting them shipped out to their respective pre-orderers as well as putting stock in the online store for those who missed the preorder. Thank you again, all of you are beautiful and awesome.
Get over to Etsy and buy some hecking shirts! Printed on Next Level tees - these beauties feel great and are in limited supply - so no fooling! #tshirts #vectorart #fantasy
The Ellis decK 5th editon will be borderless and gilted at the original card dimensions of 2.75" x 4.75.” The preorder will start New Years Day and run until February 14th. I’m super excited to offer this edition because the borderless gives the art that “pop” of the large deck, but doesn’t alienate smaller hands & the gilt edges are like fancy gold cake frosting for the eyes!
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For a really, really, really, extra-long time, I refused to acknowledge reversals in the Tarot. Maybe the Tarot itself didn't want to talk to me about reversals, maybe I wasn't ready to think of things this way. I like to think of myself as a reasonably "spiritual" person, even though that's become as nearly an air-headed term as "woke" these days. I thought all positivity and no negativity was the way to go. I liked the idea that there were already enough cards to suggest a negative person or event, that made learning any reversals "unnecessary" Since I'm in an organic meat suit like everyone else, and not a box of gears, I'm exercising my option to change my mind about that.
It's a tricky time in this world of ours. We have insane technological powers, ridiculously convenient conveniences, and the ability to share information so fast that "Rome falls nine times an hour." None of this has solved a lot of problems inherent in being an ape. We still have greed and cruelty, just faster. If the wrong people have so-called god-like technology, it does the so-called devil's work. I won't go into anything political because it doesn't take a lot of extrapolation for someone to guess how I vote, and I *really* don't enjoy arguing politics on the internet (nor have I seen it do any good) - but we all need to do better. Refining the most positive message possible out of a reading isn't going to help *me* help most people figure out the way out of their own personal minefield. What if your smoke detector gently emailed you an article about all of the uses for ashes and remedies for burns instead of waking you up with a shrill beeping noise?
Does this excuse a reader from tact? Of course not.
A reversal doesn't give us permission to start slinging woes at our clients.
Are all reversals negative things? No.
Something like the reversal of the Tower lets us know that, yes, things are a mess, but maybe it's not as bad as a disaster, and may-be we did it to ourselves.
So how can we look at a reversal and stay "positive"?
If we see a court card in the reversed position, we don't have to demonize the individual in question. It's better to think of them as someone in a rough spot. What do we do in rough times? Generally speaking - not our best. Instead of living in a bipolar Star Wars universe, where someone goes from Hero of the Clone Wars to Most Hated Man In The Galaxy, we instead search out what the heck is making that person so tense all of a sudden. Empathy for the individual doesn't mean we drop our guard, it means we make an effort to understand what we're working with. The positivity is in knowing just how involved we should make ourselves in this person's suffering, or what we can do to ease it.
Super-nerdy example aside, I feel like the reversals open up the Tarot to an extended vocabulary of meaning that is more important to decoding our individual situations than a pollyanna oracle of blessing after blessing.
Trungpa's "Passion, Aggression, and Ignorance" plague our evolution, but in Temperance, we find out we need a pinch of each of these in a "Get Shit Done" casserole.
So, yeah, reversals are cool, now. (to me)
These beautiful circles just came to me from the printer. You can get one of these 4"x4" pretties here.