Too often we are told that magic and wisdom belong only to the forgotten forests, the places untouched by human hands, and to ages long lost to memory.
I reject this idea. I look around my world, and I see the beauty, the wonder, the magic in the metropolis, the power under the pavement.
I created The Urban Tarot upon the belief that the ideas and truths referred to by the Tarot are eternal and universal, even if many of the images and symbols that have become connected to the cards no longer resonate with a modern reader. What once might have seemed familiar to the layperson of centuries ago is now arcane and confusing. The Urban Tarot is an attempt to reclaim the power of that old magic and bring it within the reach of the 21st century seeker of truth.
Those who are familiar with the earlier decks and their associated magical traditions are encouraged to find correspondences in this deck which reference those older systems. Those who are new to the Tarot are encouraged to seek their own truths in the images contained here; to find resonances to their own life and to the world around them. All readers are encouraged to let their intuition be their guide, and to see the miraculous in the mundane.
Thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and the contributions of over 300 amazing backers, the deck was completed in the summer of 2015. At this point, the entire first edition run of the deck has sold out, but a second edition is already in the works from U.S. Games Systems, to be released in 2018. The deck is also available as a mobile app for Android and iOS.
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