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The Otherlings Tarot is an in-progress, hand-drawn, black and white, 78-card deck. The Major Arcana is complete, and the Minors are well underway- check out the Instagram and future blog posts here to watch the project unfold!
The story behind these weird and wonderful characters is one of transcending what it means to be "normal" or "acceptable", as prescribed by the limiting and oppressive standards of today’s society.
Each being you'll meet along the way is in some way distinct in their difference. Unique; they exist outside, and beyond convention.
The Otherlings have roots in another realm, but the similarity of our world and theirs is too great to ignore.
Some time ago, the ones who make up this deck were outcast from the community they were born into. They were left to live on the outskirts, due to those in power’s inability and refusal to see them for what, and who, they truly were.
The Otherlings found solace in their new surroundings. They made homes from skies cloudy and grey; water so deep the light couldn't reach; and rich, dark soil with health measured by the roiling of worms. The elements responded in kind to them in ways that the townsfolk never had.
They each learned from a great teacher who went by many names:
Desert and Rainstorm; Cave and Snake; Tree and Sea...
Much time had passed by the day those who had shunned them realized with great regret the wisdom that had come hand in hand with the Otherlings' strange nature.
The Otherlings were born with magic, and this magic grew stronger as they overcame thoughtless and careless perceptions. Its a special kind of power that comes from harnessing the entirety of our complex states-of-being, and the Otherlings became masters of it on their journey through the Arcana.
Their myth lives on, and through story passed from generation to generation, they are now exalted and revered as Wise Ones; not despite their unacceptable nature, but because of it.
This deck hopes to spread the wisdom of the Otherlings, so like them, we can release ourselves from the restrictive rules and regulations that seek to mold us into who we are "supposed to be".
Together, we'll dive into the self-acceptance that comes along with embracing our personal intricacies, seeing our challenges as gifts, exploring the beauty that resides in hidden or forgotten parts of ourselves, and celebrating the things that we fear set us apart.
My intention for this deck is to offer it as a tool to explore these fears, and to look after our fascinating inner and outer worlds with more love, devotion, awareness and care.
I wish to celebrate the Otherling that exists inside each of us.
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