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Coffee Tarot - Blending Common Symbols with the Tarot

Over three years ago, I made a post here called The Evolution and Re-Interpretation of Symbols (or, The Coffee Tarot Leaves Me Cold). Click here to read that  post. 

You may recall that someone said to me:

I don't understand how coffee links with tarot. Am I missing some connection here?... I don't drink coffee and I believe that the tarot deck needs to be richly illustrated. Sorry to be a naysayer, but I've been familiar with the tarot since my twenties and this concept leaves me cold. Why coffee? Why not fairy tales or some mythology with rich images?

The short version of my reply:

Culture (and humanity) benefits from myths, stories and symbols, so re-purposing “old” ones or even creating new ones would, by extension, enrich, challenge and inform our lives.

 

Undeterred, my husband not only created a Limited Edition Majors-Only deck (that quickly sold out)--but we're now expanding Coffee Tarot to a full-size Grande Edition deck.

He has only 8 cards left to illustrate (which includes two Bonus Cards that were unlocked as a Stretch Goals on our Kickstarter--BRAINSTORM and GODDESS CAFFEINA).

Below, watch hubby and myself share our enthusiasm for this project and, if you think it's a fab, fun idea--consider snagging your very own Coffee Tarot deck (or book or other goodies) via Kickstarter at this link.

There's only THREE days left to back our unique project (which includes Kickstarter exclusives--like a tuck box whose design will be voted on by backers)-- so time is of the essence. 

By the way, have you ever dreamed of coffee (drinking it, sitting at a cafe, holding a coffee pot, etc.?). Or have you ever attempted to read coffee grounds at the bottom of a cup (tasseomancy)? I've written a blog post (click here) detailing dream symbol interpretation from multiple sources--as well as my own simplified go-to guide for reading coffee ground entrails (ha!). 

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Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot and Tarot in Reverse, as well as the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot. With her teen son, she created the Boyer Charming Oracle and Animal Totems Charm Oracle. Currently, Janet is working on her third and fourth traditionally-published Tarot books, both forthcoming from Dodona Books—Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped Down Advice from the Cards and 365 Tarot: Daily Insights. As a respected, trusted Amazon Hall of Fame/Vine Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. In addition to being a Tarot teacher, author, deck creator and professional reader, she is also a frequent radio guest (and former host), essayist, short story writer and homeschooling Mom. Her hobbies include cultivating flowers, tending biota, watching retro TV on DVDs (60s + 70s), trying new recipes (she's an award-winning cook), serving as a Patron of the Arts, photography and reading (especially mysteries/suspense). Visit Janet online at JanetBoyer.com.

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