These arrived yesterday evening… on my birthday. I’ll get going on snapping more high-resolution, professional marketing shots of the cards soon enough.
The white ding you see in the top left corner of the box in the bottom center photo above does concern me, but if that’s the worst of it, then count me happy. I also think when you opt to go with such a solid-black matte finish, white dings like that are bound to happen.
As for the cards themselves, I’m quite happy. The cardstock is 350 gsm. That’s thicker than mass market standards, so you’re getting higher quality, but not as thick as 400 gsm (getting into the realm of oracle deck stock) where you can’t do the riffle shuffle. It was important to me that the cards are in fact functional in the hands of a real life tarot reader, but ultimately, you’re the judge of whether I succeeded at that. =)
There’s a little white booklet (literally titled “little white booklet”…ha…) that doesn’t have a whole lot in terms of meaty content, but I think will do the job in terms of orienting someone on the premise of the deck, assuming they haven’t been following my progress notes and therefore don’t already know. There was no way I could have fit any of the Book of Maps card by card, symbol by symbol content into this LWB so I didn’t even bother trying.
Okay, now for those who are actually interested in getting their hands on this deck, here’s the plan so far.
No, you did not miss the boat on some pre-order launch that came and went. It hasn’t happened yet. I don’t like to point and shoot without information, so that’s why I didn’t do an early bird pre-order offer.
Also, instead of following Business and Marketing 101 rules, I’m just going to tell you the plans as they come to me, so we’re always on the same page together, even if it means maybe later down the line we might have to also backtrack together. So just bear that in mind.
On October 8, 2018, I will be sending out a private e-mail to everyone who has ordered online courses from me in the past, gotten readings from me, or ordered the day planner. Basically, clientele. As a thank you for your patronage and support over the years, you will get the first window of opportunity to place your pre-orders. Details will be sent to you by that private e-mail. However, delivery of your decks won’t happen until after the receipt of the decks by those attending my October 18 event. See next paragraph.
October 18, 2018 is a dinner and talk I’m doing ahead of the UK Tarot Conference, called “Tarot, the I Ching, and the Six Formulas of God and Magic.” Those attending that dinner and talk have already been sent pre-order information for delivery of the decks at the event. James and I are only bringing around 40 decks with us (basically, what will fit in our spare luggage space) and all of them are by pre-order only, so we aren’t actually selling at the Conference. This small group of folks will be the very, very first to physically receive copies of the deck.
Since I’ll be out of the country for the UK Tarot Conference in London, and then after that, headed to Prague, Vienna, Athens, and Istanbul in that order, neither James nor I would be able to handle intake of any sales. That’s why the delay in pre-orders to the general public.
October 31, 2018 is when pre-orders will open to the general public. You’ll find the sales page for it here on this website as a blog post, so be sure to check this blog on October 31. Sales info is not going to be on the website main page or anywhere else except as a blog post, because I will be out of town for the two weeks prior, and so the sale opens by a scheduled blog post.
November Delivery to “V.I.P.” To those who have supported me in the past, delivery of your decks come first. You’re going to get them some time in November, but hey look, if it’s an international shipment for you, I can’t guarantee what’s going to happen at customs, so there’s that to consider. But on my end, yeah, shipment happens way ahead of the general public pre-orders. Psst…in other words, if you’ve got a social media platform, you basically have at least a whole week maybe more to post content about the deck well before the general public of pre-orders even receives theirs.
December 21, 2018 Launch The general public who has pre-ordered the deck will receive delivery on or before the winter solstice. This will also be the official launch date for the deck, and general sales will open. For those who order the Premium Package, delivery of everything beyond just the deck itself happens on this date.
Okay, But How Much $$$?
Just the deck (and the teensy 80-page LWB tucked inside the box) will be $55 USD.
Domestic U.S. mainland-only addresses receive free shipping, so it’s a flat payment of $55. No additional charges for shipping.
We will definitely be fulfilling international orders, but still need to work out the logistics for shipping cost, so I don’t have any solid information on that front at the moment.
Then there will be the Premium Package. That’s the deck, The Book of Maps in digital file only (it’s a 400+ page book; read more about it here), and also an online course in the form of a video series. You’ll get the private, unlisted links to the YouTube uploads.
The Premium Package is $65 USD. Again, no addition of shipping costs for U.S. mainland addresses, but details forthcoming for international orders.
I’m releasing the costs ahead of ordering so that those who want the deck but may need to plan ahead financially can do so.
All 1,000 decks in this First Edition first print run are sold directly from me to you, passing from my hands to yours. You won’t be able to find these in stores, at other retailers, through online distributors, no.
It’s me to you. That’s it. And that’s how I like it.
Each and every single of the 1,000 decks will be personally anointed with holy oil that I crafted, by me, and the decks come consecrated. (Like pre-washed veggies!) I will consecrate the decks, albeit over the plastic shrinkwrap packaging, so there’s that. I’m not going to open the shrinkwrap, so whether you want to then consecrate the cards again yourself, that’s up to you.
I do not do batch-consecration. In other words, each deck is held in my palms, one by one, anointed with holy oil one by one, and prayed over for consecration, one by one.
Each deck comes numbered and with a Certificate of Authenticity that bears my original signature (meaning it is not printed; I will hand-sign each card one by one with consecrated ink).
Is there a mailing list?
No. Sorry! =) [It would have been just too much administrative trouble for me to figure out how to do a mailing list specially for this deck.]
There’s the running e-mail list I already have that’s the accumulation of contacts for every one who has ever ordered something from me in the past, since 2014, but that’s the only “mailing list” I have.
However, I’ve provided the schedule above and if there are any changes to it, will let you know asap via this blog, so stay tuned. =) If you want to make sure you get a copy of the deck before it’s sold out, following this blog is your best bet. Oh, my Instagram or Twitter is also good for immediate updates, too.
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