Hi! Are you new to this deck?
Here’s the story of how I came up with the Inspiring Alien Tarot deck and how this deck was birthed into the world.
Between 2014-2016 I went to art school. I had already been reading tarot on-off for a bit, and as I got ill with some mental health problems and went into a hospital a couple of times, I was kinda bored there and needed something else to focus on, so I just pulled cards on a hospital bed and learned this system more.
I had already been learning the cards more in depth around 2015 and that’s when these images started to pop into my head. I had also come to the conclusion that I needed a new deck because my old one was SOOOOO beaten up because it was the ONLY one I had and I used it SO MUCH.
That’s when I found the endless wormhole of tarot deck variations.
But it wasn’t nearly as big as it is today… I might have a video coming soon about publishing in 2017 VS 2021 because the difference is so drastic.
I bought myself a few new decks, Deviant Moon Tarot* was one of the first completely new decks and it was love at first sight, still reads absolutely beautifully to me, and a big inspiration to creating one of my own. I still absolutely adore the creator, Patrick Valenza.
Now back then, there was only a few, literally a few, alien themed tarot decks on the market, barely any with such surreal themes, alien decks that already existed weren’t that colorful, and I decided that I wanted one that was colorful and cute, but nothing too “kawaii” if that makes sense Because my art is more expressionist than anything. Always has been. I was growing into my artistic style as I studied in art school and I decided to finish creating this deck as my degree work / graduation project.
Side note: Starseeds wasn’t as trendy of a topic either. It’s such a popular thing now compared to then. I’m not surprised, but there’s a few things to say about this… for another time hahah
And that’s how it was born!
I had many people in the tarot community following along this project and I SOOOOOO appreciate you. I love the fact that you saw every second of this creation. Ever since then, I’ve had a rather small audience to begin with, and as I entered deck selling / self-publishing, I had barely any business mind so I sold way under priced, and now that I have not only just learned more but the price of printing and shipping has increased quite a bit, I’ve had to raise my prices. It has also been challenging to REALLY get this out there in a big way with such a small audience. And to do so in a way that is aligned to my ethics, as I started on Etsy but they just got all kinds of f’d up in their business that I just didn’t agree with. That said, people still view my Etsy shop for whatever reason. Etsy shop is no more hahahah.
I’ve had to change shops 3 times now and I’d love to just be able to throw more money at WordPress to have everything on my official website, but https://inspiringalien.bigcartel.com will do for now, for the physical products and alien ebook. I have also made a more affordable version of this deck that’s available over here: https://www.makeplayingcards.com/…/inspiring-alien…
I hope you love this text. I really hope you do. I loved writing it.
Love and stardust,