Monday, December 2, 2013

Deeper Into the Circus

I hope this doesn't upset anyone... but I've decided to do a second book around the deck, a nonfiction book more closely tied to the deck itself. I didn't know when I launched the Kickstarter Project that I'd consider doing such a book! I literally just started working on it during the past week and a half.

The Circus Tarot Book: A Companion to Tarot of the Zirkus Magi
The Circus Tarot Book: A Companion to Tarot of the Zirkus Magi

This book will NOT attempt to teach anyone about the Tarot! This book will NOT, for the most part, offer card meanings in the conventional sense. I do NOTconsider myself qualified to write that kind of a book; and anyway there are plenty of those out there written by good folks who know their subject.

What I am good at, though, is making cultural connections, gathering references, tying completely different things together in a way that might surprise... someone.

Some of the designs in this deck feature specific people (or parts of them!) and have specific stories behind them. Other cards contain elements from my past. Circus history flows through nearly all of them. This book will be my personal mind-journey through the cards of this deck. In the sections that I've drafted so far, the topics wander where I let them, and I find myself writing as much about film and books and toys and the history behind them and how it all fits together, as I do about the cards themselves. Somehow it all ties back to what the card is telling me. So... in a way the card meanings just MIGHT come through... but not in the way you're used to seeing in Little White Books.

Perhaps some of the cards will lead me off into fictional territory. Anything's possible.

I wouldn't call this book "a meditation;" it's too messy. Kind of "naturally scruffy" like myself.

I don't know exactly when it will be ready. I don't know exactly how long it will be -- the word count could be anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000. I don't know what it will retail out at. I DO know that it will be 5.5" wide by 8.5" inches tall, and that every card in the Major Arcana will get its own section and will be printed on a full page by itself in full color on white paper, and that it will look nice, and that it will stay in print only until the full deck comes out sometime next year; then I'll retire it until I get an expanded version out featuring all the cards.

I did think about adding it on to the Kickstarter campaign as an extra reward or combination of rewards, but there are still too many unanswered questions. So -- I just thought I'd let you know that it's coming. With any luck it will be ready around the first of the year. 

Thanks very much for your interest and support. 

-- Freder