By Cedar McCloud
Amara’s note: This is the most ambitious cartomancy project I’ve ever seen completed by a single artist.
“The Threadbound Oracle is a 50-card oracle deck made for divination, storytelling, and self-discovery. Its imagery and theme center around bookbinding, magic, and story craft—in fact, the whole deck is both inspired by and appears in The Thread That Binds, the deck’s companion novel. The Thread That Binds is an adult fantasy story about a found family of queer magic bookbinders working together, healing from trauma, loving each other, and trying to keep their library out of the hands of a fascist abuser. You don’t have to read the novel to use the deck, but they’ve been created to work together in beautiful harmony.
The Threadbound Oracle comes as a 50-card deck and 100 page guidebook. The cards will are quality 350gsm cardstock with a textured linen finish, and are standard Tarot size (2.75″x4.75″). The guidebook is the same size and contain interpretations for all 50 cards, as well as instructions and suggestions for using the deck. Both are packaged together in a sturdy box shaped like a book, with a fancy magnetic closure to keep them safe.
The Threadbound Oracle contains 29 Story cards and 21 suit cards, all originally painted in watercolor and inks. The Story cards feature larger narrative archetypes much like the Major Arcana of traditional Tarot, while the suit cards deal with smaller and more specific meanings. There are three suits: Paper, Ink, and Thread. Each card is titled with three keywords to help you remember its intended meaning, though you’re welcome to form your own.”
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