Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Going - Going -

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During the run of the Kickstarter campaign, I took listings for the Majors deck down from my Etsy store, and made sure that it was available only through the campaign. Now that the dust has settled, it's back and available again, in case you missed it earlier.

Fewer than 75 copies remain of a total print run of 300 copies.

The Majors deck features a different DEVIL card, different versions of the AEON and MOON cards, and a different card back from the full 78-card version. It will never be reprinted.

The phrase "Scarcer than hen's teeth" springs to mind. 

Clink on the sidebar link to find any number of ways for you to pick up this early version of the deck before they're all gone.

If you already ordered the Majors deck through Kickstarter, have no fear, your copies have been set aside and will ship along with the full deck this fall.

Please note also that The Circus Tarot Book -- the rather silly and eccentric companion volume to the Majors deck -- will go out of print soon. The book that eventually replaces it will complement the full deck will be a completely different animal (that is, I can focus and knuckle down and get the writing done...).

-- Freder.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Here Comes The Circus!!

Thank you!!!

Thanks to all 182 of you who pre-ordered a deck, or supported its publication at other levels. I'm not a person who really knows what to do or say when a project of mine is successful, because ... this deck (and the majors deck before it) is the first one that's met with any success. It's a humbling experience when people actually show this kind of confidence in you, and one that makes me want to get to work ASAP.

Some of you didn't just support the project -- you went out of your way to talk it up and bring others on board. I'm grateful to all of you. I don't think the project would have succeeded without your efforts. Period. Special mention is due to two groups of people: in the first, Christiana Gaudet, who took the time and effort to interview me on her show Christiana's Psychic Cafe; Melodie Liveperson who featured my designs in a big way on her Ask the Astrologers website, and Marcus Katz who brought the full resources of his Tarospohy Tarot Association to bear on spreading the word and encouraging interest in the deck. They're even going to host a special online session they're calling the Secret Circus, featuring this deck. I'm not used to people actually believing in me or my work, and all of this has been kind of overwhelming.

The second group is made up of people that I cam't all put names to. These are the people who have been with me right from the beginning, who made the Majors deck possible, and who have not just used the deck but taken it with them out into the tarot community, used it publicly, and promoted it quietly, so to speak, from within. I could name at least a handful of you, but that wouldn't be fair to the ones I can't name, so -- the fairest thing is just to say, "You know who you are." Thank you!

Finally, the one person we all need to thank is Carrie Paris. Without her kind advice, input, commentary, and unfailing support, from its inception on through its production and promotion, this deck would quite literally not exist. Visit her at

You can still visit the Kickstarter page and read more detailed updates about the deck's production there.

Meanwhile -- I've got work to do!

-- Freder

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Conversation with the Ringmaster

In case you missed it, here is last night's conversation with Christiana Gaudet in Christiana's Psychic Cafe. It's fifty minutes long, so it's barely possible that something remotely sensible came out of my mouth during that time....  on the other hand, you may find that a conversation with me is the perfect substitute for sleeping pills....

-- Freder

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Meet Me in the Cafe!

Tonight is your chance to watch me make a complete idiot out of myself as Christiana Gaudet of Christiana's Psychic Cafe interviews me about the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi -- now in its final days at Kickstarter. Tune in at 9 PM EST on

-- Freder.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nothing Heartbreaking About This Revision

Revisions are going to happen more or less all through the whole deck as I prepare the final files for the printer... and this is one I've been wanting to get to for a while now. I could hardly stand to look at the first version (still viewable elsewhere on this site). It was one of the first Minors that I designed, and I was still feeling out the style that I was looking for, still had some learning ahead of me. The further I got into the deck, the more this one looked like a lost dog.

Basically the only elements that I didn't change even a little bit are.... ehm, nothing. Everything changed at least a little bit. I wanted the desert more arid, I wanted the broken tuba to stand out more, the figure was too heavy-handed in how it was "artified" and needed to be completely replaced... this new one is actually carved together from two photos of Emmet Kelly, the great tramp clown of the mid-twentieth century. 

More than anything, I damn sure wanted to change the sky and the clouds rolling by in the background, so that it would a) match later card designs and b) not look like crap.

By the way (you knew this was coming, didn't you?) -- this card is exactly how I will feel if the deck doesn't get published. And it won't unless ... well, you know...

We were going great guns and topped the 5k mark the other day, and then in the last two days... whoosh! It dried up just like the desert up there. So -- if you will feel like our disappointed clown up there if the deck isn't published, there's a good way to avoid that!

I'll be updating the Kickstarter project later in the day with Newsy Notes, some questions inserted, and a little background info about the printers. See you there!

-- Freder.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Boxing Day

This was already revealed in an Update to the Kickstarter project, but I realize that not everyone (perhaps even not many) sees those little numbers in the Update Tab at the top of any Kickstarter Project Page. So here it is: the "finished" design for the tuck-box "home" of the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi!

You can click on the image to enlarge it.

Quotations appear around the word "finished" only because I am always hedging my bets, and who knows but that I'll get it into my head to tweak this thing before the time comes to print it?

The front page of the deck's Little White Book has already been revealed over there, but I'll be posting that image over here in the next few days as well. And, later today, I expect to reveal a page or two from the interior of that LWB over there at Kickstarter. Yup, it'll be in the updates tab. I had quite a lot of fun making the LWB, and am dying to share it!

Thanks to all of you, the Kickstarter project is 49% funded with 27 days left to go. If you don't understand how Kickstarter works, of even if you're just a little bit afraid of it, the project is simply my way of taking pre-orders for the deck in a way that's above-board and safe for everyone. 

It's not, at least as I'm using it, an "investment" thing. You are ordering a product and getting what you order. I hope to take enough pre-orders to pay for the deck's production, but if for whatever reason the goal isn't met, then nobody will be charged and nobody will be out anything... but neither will the deck be published. If you would consider buying the deck once it is printed, please consider pre-ordering it now so that I can make it happen.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. Without your interest and support, this project would never have been completed in the first place, and wouldn't be this close to realization. I've been blown away by all the nice things people have said and the kindness they have shown personally to me. That alone has made this project one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Thank you!

-- Freder.