They’re comin’. There comin’. Two new decks are about to be released after a long period of production following successful Kickstarter campaigns in 2015.
The Pagan Otherworlds Tarot Deck had originally been scheduled for distribution in July of this year, but apparently production overseas (in China) delayed that anticipated release date. August came and went… Now September is heralded as the month that mailboxes will see this deck arrive.
The creators—Uusi, who have created several other collectible playing card sets—have indicated that the Pagan Otherworlds product is indeed complete…photos have shown stacks of the deck in cellophane wrappers begging to be distributed. The company is simply waiting for shipment to arrive from China. Could it be that the corporate demise of the Asian shipping magnate, Hanjin, will delay shipment from arriving even longer?** Well, it’s a good thing tarot readers are so good at patience. And the bonus of delayed shipment? The decks are likely to arrive after Mercury retrograde ends and Mercury goes direct. It’s never a good idea to start a new enterprise or relationship during Mercury retrograde, so perhaps providence and the Wheel of Fortune are working to keep us in favor for the eventual release of this deck.
When I pre-ordered the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot Deck, a very nice handwritten notecard arrived in response to my purchase, thanking me for my support and informing me of the July distribution date. A nice touch! For someone like me who is enamored of snail mail, handwritten correspondence, and mail art, I chocked a notch in favor of Uusi for their diligence and class. …Unfortunately, that informative and personal touch didn’t seem to last, as July came and went…then August came and went…then September came and…well, you get the point.
The company has a website with a blog, as well as a Facebook page, as well as an Instagram account, as well as access to several other social media platforms. So why didn’t they use any of those platforms to notify anxious customers about the delay? Bad form, Uusi. Class points just got taken away…WONK! What was even less classy? …Uusi announced their latest Kickstarter campaign for their next product well before ever making a status update about the delayed pagan Otherworlds Tarot.
However, I’m still excited about the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot. The artwork in photos looks amazing. I’m highly excited about integrating the additional moon phase cards into readings. And the creators assure customers that part of the reason behind the foreign production has to do with the quality of the paper product and superior image reproduction. As readers of this blog might ascertain, I’m rather a snob about tarot deck paper quality, so I look forward to the standards and quality that the creators have promised… An accompanying book to the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot Deck is also in the works and is currently scheduled for a November 2016 release.
The other deck nearing completion is the southern queer artists’ collective/cooperative group that has created the Slow Holler Tarot Deck. This is somehow a project near and dear to my heart, and in affinity with my political constitution. The group is based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, which is where I went to university, where I was heavily involved in political process and education, where I took courses with some of the leading feminist and feminist theologians of the era, and where I went through my coming out process. Can you believe that? I actually came out in the southern bible belt. I, myself, can hardly believe that. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the love and support of friends there who showed me that being out didn’t have to be a bad thing…that it could be wonderful and beautiful.
And this group of young queer artists, who are vibrantly out and queer in a much different world than I lived in when I was young and living there, are doing this blatantly queer and beautiful thing and making their politics and their civil and civic and human rights a public and defining force in their lives. And I just love them for it. And North Carolina should love them for it. And I know that North Carolina is a hard place to be vibrant right now, which is why their shining beauty is all the more important and beautiful.
The collaborative deck images are beautiful, too. The Slow Holler organizing team has been ON TOP OF THE PROJECT from the get-go. Timelines were set. Timelines seem to have been met. Everywhere down the production schedule. That’s impressive, because artists can sometimes be in their own world and their own timeline, so the organizing team has got some sort of chutzpah to have kept all those artists incentivized and working toward their common goal. I’m obviously not privy to behind the scenes goings on or any conflicts that may have arisen during the project’s execution; but from this customer’s perspective, it’s pretty impressive.
The Slow Holler team has been diligent about providing updates on both their Kickstarter page as well as on several other social network platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Well done! The release date for the Slow Holler Tarot Deck is scheduled for November 2016. An accompanying book is also in production for simultaneous release.
*All photos are from deck creators’ social media sites.
**Update: An entry on Uusi’s Instagram account has just noted that the Pagan Otherworld’s Tarot shipment has reached American soil. So distribution appears to be an immanent impending status. Hooray!