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Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck

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Finding a deck that really connected with my personal energy became a daunting task. There were very few that allowed me to see myself in them, being a fat/black/queer woman. Dust II Onyx Tarot was created from my desire to make artwork that resonated with my soul, and now has become a work I want to share with others. I set out to create my own deck, and after months of not having a vision for what it’d look like a dream came to me. Then it came to me again. In the dream was an intensely gorgeous black portrait which has become the inspiration behind this deck. I began the work using my current knowledge of tarot and mostly my own intuition. The imagery that comes forth is as new to me as it is for the readers who will use this deck. It is coming from a place that is far beyond my conscious mind. -- Courtney Alexander, creator of the Dust II Onyx Melanated Tarot Deck

Although some would argue that this deck is for "people of color", I would maintain that it's a deck for everyone--especially those who see the world through universal archetypes, symbols and shared human experience.

Right now, artist Courtney Alexander is funding her dream via KickstaterDust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck will be a full 78+ card tarot deck. Each card will feature spot gloss and gold foil accents to maintain varying surface quality of the original works. The cards will be high quality 3.5″ x 5” cards on 350 GSM stock with rounded corners. The decks will come in a limited edition lidded box.

You can find out all about this arresting deck at Dust2Onyx.com--and support the project on Kickstarter here. Watch a video of Courtney explaining her inspiration below. 

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Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse and Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice. She's the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot, and authored both companion books to those decks. As a respected, trusted Amazon.com Hall of Fame Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. With a deep connection to nature, she follows a Green Witch path--especially Flower Witchery. Her hobbies include cultivating flowers, tending biota, contemplating mysteries, trying new recipes (she's an award-winning cook), photography and reading--but her favorite thing (EVER) is to spend time with her beloved husband, son and 5 cats at her rural home in Pennsylvania.

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