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When I first thought about making a deck of cards, I knew I wanted to do something totally different than the Tarot. I imagined the reader to be less spiritual and more mystical – or at least be able to conceive of the subtle powers as being more creative than religious. I imagine a reader much more at home, and comfortable, out in the wild, off trail, blazing each day with adventure and always ready to explore what is around the next corner. There are directions in each deck, but they are pretty loose; you are to complete the circle for yourself. The deck has been designed with safeguards, the darkness present in each reading is only a function of light. There are as many different systems of magic as there are people on the planet, although the best one draw up the archetypes. We all have the human mind in common, and the maps that define and guide us through this life have been long-drawn by our collective elders. With the Astral Guides, I transcend all that and have suggested a pantheon of wonderous symbols that only make passing reference to any wisdom tradition. Find your own path. Listen to the Light. -Obi
A 52-card, divinatory art-deck by Obi Kaufmann (@coyotethunder on Instagram), based on the stars and their poetic journey across the Northern sky.
The deck itself is printed on high-quality, poker style cards. The print quality is beautiful and as much as it is a game, it is also a portfolio of the figurative-paintings and poetry of Obi Kaufmann. For more pictures and information, go to http://www.coyoteandthunder.com and to http://www.obikaufmann.com – also be sure to follow Obi on his instragram @coyotethunder.
The Astral Guides work with light to help with particular quandaries. Each card is assigned a star, or a constellation of stars, that when in season, benefit from moving between the Earth and the arm of the Milky Way it lives in. Begin by shuffling the deck well, concentrating on the dilemma. Always consult the deck with specific intention. Draw one, three or five cards depending on the depth and importance of the quandary at hand. Arrange the cards in order, laterally so the orienting symbols on both sides of the card line up. Count the numbers, consider how the orienting symbols align, recognize the seasonality of each card, move through the poetry. If the numbers add up to an even sum, if the orienting symbols don’t align, or if the season isn’t right, don’t pay too much attention to the reading: the door needs to be open correctly for the guides to grant clear divination.