STORY OF THE INSPIRING ALIEN TAROT

Inspiring Alien Tarot Limited Edition and Infinite Edition side by side with a cup of coffee in a cute mug, stardust sparkles, tech gear on a table covered with a blue cloth

Hi! πŸ‘‹ Are you new to this deck? πŸ€”πŸ‘½

Here’s the story of how I came up with the Inspiring Alien Tarot deck and how this deck was birthed into the world.

Picture of Inspiring Alien Tarot Deck Limited Edition on a red, frizzy carpet. The image has diamond color/pattern frames.

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.

ANYWAY…

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.

Deviant Moon Tarot cards: Strength & Empress. Altar on the background with crystals, a plant, a candle etc.

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 πŸ˜† 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

Picture from graduation work art exhibition. In the front of the image: draft tuckbox with a gradient pink orange yellow design with doodles, test copies of cards laid out, some under a glass, some in the test deck itself laid on top of the glass. The back of the image: Original Inspiring Alien Tarot artwork behind a glass cover and signs on the side telling which one is which. Some of the text is covered to avoid deadnaming issues (the creator is transgender).

And that’s how it was born! πŸ˜„

Review form Jennifer Ball: “Wow! I LOVE this deck! The cardstock is fantastic! The artwork is amazing! Hand drawn box! Thank You!!! ❀ ❀ <3”

I had many people in the tarot community following along this project and I SOOOOOO appreciate you. πŸ’š 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.

wtf ppl? why you visiting my inactive etsy store? Description of image: etsy dashboard with stats on it: 84 visits this year.

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…

Review form Amber Lyndsey: “I just got mine from make playing cards a few days ago and I can’t put it down!”

Btw, if you are a tarot / witchy / metaphysical shop owner, I have a page on website for wholesale requests for limited editions πŸ™‚ it’s: https://inspiringalien.com/…/inspiring-alien-tarot…/

ANYWAY

I hope you love this text. I really hope you do. I loved writing it.

Love and stardust,

-Alvia (he/him)

A picture of Alvia with Pigsy on the front, on the back there are both Inspiring Alien Tarot Editions – Limited edition and Inifnite edition. Text says: Pre-Orders Open! Which they are from 4th May 2021 to June 1st 2021. Use coupon 11FIRST11 until May 15 to get 11% off of any purchase at inspiringalien.bigcartel.com

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