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  1. Sam says:


    I’m super excited to hear that you’re creating a tarot deck around skulls and bones! I just know it’s going to be amazing, and I completely understand the whole left brain-right brain thing; there’s always a struggle over bright shiny objects and logical order. 馃槈 I can’t wait to hear more and see some sneak peeks! Enjoy the hunt for inspiration!

    • lupa says:

      Thanks for the support! So far the right brain has been winning out in the “which card do I do next!”, though my current stash of supplies is also an important factor.

  2. Sam says:

    I think everything is coming along beautifully. I have been looking forward to each blog post for its sneak peeks at this innovative tarot deck and can’t wait to see more! Keep on creating and enjoy each card as the muse strikes you. 馃檪

    • lupa says:

      Many thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying being along for this journey, and I always appreciate feedback. Cheers!

  3. Joy Phillip says:

    Just a thought, maybe a chrysalis that is empty for the Death card, since that’s what it represents. The Moon has the crab on it, so that is nearly a no brainer. The rest, I don’t know… It will be interesting to see what you come up with.

    • lupa says:

      I might incorporate that, yes, though the central focus will still be a skull. I’ll see if I can find a butterfly farm with an extra open chrysalis 馃檪

  4. Sam says:

    I must say that I absolutely love how this deck is coming along. All the assemblages have spoke to me and I wish there was a way to preorder a deck now, even though you have a ways to go. 馃檪
    I saw the post about the gathering in Portland…if I weren’t a broke, starving artist/teacher, I would be out there in a heartbeat! I recommend that anyone who can make it, do make it- Lupa is a fantastic artist and a very magickal, insightful individual!
    One last thing: Lupa, do you plan on having this deck being one that will include reverse meanings?
    Keep up the awesome work!!
    Brightest Blessings from a fellow Skin Dancer,
    Sam )O(

    • lupa says:

      Hey, thank you so much for the kind support! You can be there in spirit, at least, if you like!

      And yes, the book will include reverse interpretations of the cards (though keep in mind the book will mainly be my thoughts on the cards, and not holy writ forever and ever amen.)

  5. Rachel says:

    My favorite so far! But they are all wonderful. What an awesome undertaking. Kudos to you and your Animal Spirit Helpers!

  6. Joy Phillip says:

    Just as a thought Lupa, are you writing a supplementary book for this tarot? You should. The LWB is fine if that’s all you have, but with the specialization these cards have, and the unique symbolism, I think it would be worth your while to add a book to it. Sell alone, or with the tarot as a set. I know that if I saw the Tarot of Bones on the shelf, and I went through it, if it didn’t have a book I would most likely pass it by, but with the book I’d get the tarot, even if I was purchasing the book later.

    • lupa says:

      I am, yes! I even mention it on the front page of the Tarot of Bones website: “A full companion book will also be available, detailing my intended symbolism for each card as well as potential avenues for further personal exploration, along with sample layouts and other material of use to the reader.”

  7. Sam says:

    As always, I love your assemblage pieces. I like the background (reminds me a little of birch bark!), and how it doesn’t have a border. I agree with allowing the piece to speak for itself and not detract from it. The only thing I can think of is perhaps flipping the location of the numbers and name of the card or maybe a deeper green for the name of the card? Just an idea and definitely not a “hey you should do it this way” thing. Thank you for sharing your work in progress- I always get excited to see a new post. Brightest Blessings! )O( Sam

    • lupa says:

      Thank you! The background is actually an antelope leather coat I got secondhand. And thanks for your design feedback; I’ll keep it in mind when I make the final design.

  8. Torhalla says:

    I love this idea and hope I can afford a reward level that includes the deck and book when the IndieGoGo is up and running. Good luck, they’re going to be so unique.

    • lupa says:

      Thank you 馃檪 It’ll be going up April 7; if you want faster notifications, sign up for my updates here on the right sidebar of the website.

  9. Joy Phillip says:

    Personally I would see if you can add a glow outside the letters, much lighter so that it is oulined on the areas that are dark, and the dark inner shows on the lighter areas. Drop shadows can look good, I’d play with it and just see.

    Also I have a paid copy of PS 5 if you want it. I never use it, I tend to keep with PS 2

    • lupa says:

      Thanks for the feedback! I probably am going to give the letters a border. I don’t think drop shadows will work well print-wise, especially on something this small; I might go with a more solid border instead.

      And thank you for the offer; I’m not sure if I have time to learn PS from scratch in addition to everything else, but I’ll keep you in mind.

  10. Sam says:

    I love both pieces! I wonder if you used Coyote vertebrae (the great balancer between work and play)?
    On a side note, I just contributed to your indiegogo campaign- whoot!
    I hope others will continue to reach out and exceed all your expectations! Here’s to hoping that you collect many more fabulous bones and meet many more amazing animal spirits in the process!
    Brightest Blessings!

    • lupa says:

      My apologies for not replying sooner–I didn’t get a notification email for this!

      First of all, thank you for backing the IndieGoGo campaign; I really appreciate the support. The vertebrae for these two pieces are all whitetail deer, which have a balance of their own, between gentleness and aggression.

  11. Joy Phillip says:

    Let me suggest another stretch goal in between this one and the 12K one, and you put it like at 8K and maybe do the OTHER card from that deck, not just the Happy Squirrel, but also do XXV – The Fiance. You will be the only deck that I have heard of that will have that in it.

    • lupa says:

      Thanks for the idea! At this point I’m already racking up a lot of obligations for myself outside of the deck and book, so I can’t really add in a second “new” card.

  12. Rachel says:

    Elegant and natural and beautiful!

  13. Awesome item of creating, I’m registering for your internet
    site thetarotofbones.com.

  14. Rachel says:


  15. Elend没r says:

    Any ballpark estimate on pricing for the cards & book? I ask because I am just starting out on my career path & want to earmark enough money for 3 sets. As soon as I saw the first assemblages, I **knew** that Tarot of Bones is the tarot set for me; it continues to draw & speak to me as no other deck has ever done.

    • lupa says:

      The IndieGoGo special deals ranged from $30-$40 shipped for the sets; however, that was a special pre-order deal. I am guessing (and this could change) the final cost for a deck and book together will be in the $50? range, but again that’s ballpark. Decks alone will be less, but I’ll have to see my final printing costs.

      • Elend没r says:

        Thank you for your reply. Whatever the price, your work is worth it. It’s unfortunate I couldn’t help with the campaign but things are turning around & I am loving the assemblage pieces.

  16. Torhalla says:

    Every new addition just makes me more excited for the final product.

  17. Thalia says:

    I actually take pleasure in reading your blog post Nine of Swords | The Tarot of Bones.

  18. hello
    I would like to buy one off your tarot decks when it’s released. Can I already order it?
    Greetings from Switzerland!


    • lupa says:

      Good morning! It is not yet available for sale; it will be after it has been released next summer. Thank you!

  19. Rachel says:

    I love this one! So delicate and beautiful!

  20. Rachel says:

    Nice! And on the FIFTH of the month! Interesting!

  21. Rachel says:

    That is a beautiful Ten of Swords! Definitely turning that card over will be a lovely experience!

  22. Rachel says:

    I wanted to add that I ordered a vintage “Mythic Tarot” quite some time ago, and it contained 2 “10 of Swords” cards–it kind of freaked me out. But I see this card as a chance to start over. Ellen Lorenzi-Prince also puts a positive spin on this card in the description of her decks. I basically wanted to say that your card is really beautiful and would make it easier to take if Ten of Swords came up in a reading in “Tarot of Bones.”

    • lupa says:

      Thank you! I do try to put a hopeful spin on all the cards, even the ones that traditionally have negative meanings. It doesn’t mean there are no challenges, but there are ways to get through those challenges.

  23. Dianne Luark Ross says:

    Quite, very, handsome. It is perhaps wrong to say you have to live where beef is celebrated as a food healthy for those with anemia, as I do. I *love* this card. I stop on the side of the rural roads to adore, in awe, the handsome bulls in Texas pastures. It is as though the bull knows he is being admired. Thank you for your gorgeous imagination, and the really fine art. What is the future of your deck?

  24. Torhalla says:

    I’m so excited for this. This reminds me of Mautzi’s (my high school boyfriend’s grandmother) paintings. She was such a cool woman.

  25. justine Toms says:

    This is a fantastic assemblage of bones to depict the Tarot. I love it . . .

    note our website is down right now .. . but should be back up in a couple of hours (posted 11:41 PT Jan 16)

  26. Dianne Luark Ross says:

    So look forward to tomorrow’s news. I am thankful you are striving for the highest possible quality.

  27. Dianne Luark Ross says:

    I can hardly wait for your book and cards. Your work has been the only Tarot I’ve been drawn to.
    Fehu blessings.

  28. Mimi says:

    Your work here is truly stunning.i read tarot for years, but dteirfd away..your amazing art draws me back!please consider publishing this deck

  29. Restu says:

    I’d really like to learn how to use a reluagr deck of cards as tarot cards. I’ve been told my grandmother could do this accurately, but she p***ed away when I was a small child, so I can’t ask her.Can anyone give me any tips or links for doing this?Please, if you have a rude comment, don’t even post.Thank you.Apparently, it’s difficult for some people to read.If you have nothing productive to say, no need to even bother commenting.

  30. Torhalla Talaksdater says:

    Super, I’m excited for this.

  31. thomas kerr says:

    hi yes i think you should make the card bigger , thanks for great work so far

  32. Yes, I agree, I think the picture of the card should be a little bigger. Other than that it looks great. 馃檪

  33. Joy Phillip says:

    Sorry honey, I know very little about GIMP. I can offer a suggestion. Photoshop CS2 is free on Adobe’s website if you want to get it. All of their Creative Suite is as well. I find it easier to do things in that.

    • lupa says:

      No problem, I appreciate the thought! Managed to find something of a solution, or at least a time-saver. I don’t really have the time to learn an entirely new program; I haven’t used PS since….2003? And it was an older version at that point, too, and I just used it for image resizing. But it looks like I have things taken care of at this point.

  34. Shannon says:

    It has been a long time since I used GIMP, but from what little I remember, its capabilities for the layout process are very limited. If there is a way to save a version of the template with the text boxes either already in place and waiting to be filled in (if gimp files have that sort of capability), or at least mark on the template where the text boxes should go, so that lining up new text boxes won’t take as long.

    • lupa says:

      Unfortunately it won’t allow me to add a template text box to the template, but I did manage to add a layer with guidelines to make creating a new text box in the right place and dimensions a lot easier!

  35. Fiona says:

    I am really excited about this deck. I wasn’t aware of it and missed out on the campaign so am looking forward to it being published. It looks awesome!

  36. Torhalla says:

    They look awesome .
    It must be so cool/gratifying to be so close to the finish line.

  37. Archturiat says:

    I can’t wait to get mine!!!

  38. Excellent take on the 10 of Wands! I love rabbit being a part of this. I am so excited about this deck. ;D

  39. H says:

    My fruits have grown easily and I am grateful for it. What I see for myself from this draw is that I owe it to the universe to give my best and contribute toward the positive orbits of all I encounter. ~H

  40. Syrk Remedoe says:

    Hit the nail on the head for me.

  41. H says:

    A card to remember each and every day. A guy cut me off on the road and though my claws were coming out I moved to make it easier for him to get by. Maybe keeping my claws in made it a better day for others he encountered .

    • lupa says:

      *nods* At the very least you made it less likely you’d end up in a wreck! Here’s hoping it was an isolated incident and that he’s normally a better driver.

  42. H says:

    I have always felt this card is the essence of me…I will ask myself to SLOooooW DOooooWN today, not be hasty, and listen carefully for the constructive move to make itself known. Sometimes the most constructive move is not moving anything at all:)

    • lupa says:

      “Sometimes the most constructive move is not moving anything at all:)”

      Agreed 100%! Though like you sometimes I find it tough *not* to act.

  43. Sam Lakin says:

    Lupa, what a beautiful work of art!!! I’m so stoked to receive my set and get to working with these beauties! You should be as proud as a peacock!!
    )O (

    • lupa says:

      Thank you so much!!!! I am really pleased; it’s so much better than I initially envisioned 馃檪 Can’t wait to get the rest of the decks so I can send them out!

  44. Henry says:

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this brilliant blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google
    account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this site
    with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  45. Jennifer Farah says:

    I can not wait to have this set in my hands!!! Coming along nicely Lupa.

  46. Sam Lakin says:

    Yay! Congratulations, Lupa! The fruits of your blood, sweat, bones, and tears are here! Whoot!

  47. Red says:

    “Find your vulnerability, your compassion, your tenderness, even in the midst of pain. You can never truly lose these, only forget where you keep them.” –oops, I really needed to hear this today. Thank you.

  48. Dianne Luark Ross says:

    You are an awesome woman. Best to you!

  49. Eve says:

    I love the deeper levels you show in these cards. what a beautiful temperance card. what do the two upper sections represent. the day sky with sun surrounded by a misty circle and the night sky with river of stars flowing at a straight angle?

    • lupa says:

      Thankyou! it represents the balance of day and night. I chose a replica burrowing owl skull because these birds are active at both day and night.

      • Eve says:

        what a wonderful metaphor for this card. I love your use of bones in this way. Your beautiful deck is on my wish list and moving towards the top with each card I see.

        • lupa says:

          Many thanks! I’m really happy with that one in particular.

          And I have plenty of decks left, so order at your convenience.

  50. Red says:

    Oh! This is good to know. I figured the only way to know anything about the cards was to get the companion book. I’d been planning on holding off on using my deck until I could afford the book, so it’s good to know that there is a place I can look up info in the meantime. Thanks!

  51. Red says:

    …Goodness, I wish you could somehow know how hilariously, tragically accurate these cards are the vast majority of the time, haha.

  52. Rachel says:

    Thank you Lupa, for the cogent interpretation of this card reversed.

    Somewhere in some life or in some timeline I am sure I took some type of vow of poverty. I have come to believe I create most if not all of my reality and there must be a collective-agreement also. Unless quantum mechanics…that opens up other questions for me completely.

    It seems I allow myself only enough resources to barely survive materially. There is a number I seem to think I deserve to not go beyond and it is much below the poverty level. That is, indeed what manifests in the three-dimensional space I occupy.

    Also I tend to give away my possessions鈥攅specially the most precious ones鈥攂ecause I think they might help another being as much as they鈥檝e helped and healed me. This past Christmas I didn鈥檛 have enough money to purchase gifts for everyone in my family. Actually, come to think of it, my baby-boomer-aged parents were the only ones (as head of the family) who generously gave everyone a gift. But I panicked and looked at the crystal beings/companions in my life painfully but hoping they would be okay and loved and appreciated鈥攖hey were the only 鈥減ossession鈥 that I could think of meaningful enough to give to sisters, nieces, nephews, parents, and my lovely adult children. So I meditated momentarily and chose one or two amazing crystal beings to give each person. I鈥檓 ashamed to say it was very painful to part with them. It鈥檚 been many years of collecting and one them took me three years to pay off at a local lovely crystal/metaphysical store. There was not one worth less than $200. My children were very touched鈥擨 think also relieved because one of them draws a lot of attention and I鈥檝e had people ask me for it and I have a hard time saying no. So the ones that went with my children I feel really great about because they can do their magic and be in the family still. And they鈥檙e appreciated.

    But the thing that made me feel a pit in my stomach was that everyone else barely seemed to care. Two didn鈥檛 completely look at them and barely acknowledged. I also gave everyone a crystal reference book. Either 鈥淏ook of Stones鈥 or Judy Hall鈥檚 book. Now I don鈥檛 have one and can鈥檛 afford one. The main part was that one of my sisters asked me what else she could have of mine.

    It just feels like I made a stupid mistake based on feelings of lack鈥攇iving away my most prized 鈥減ossessions.鈥

    Literally everything I own fits in 1/2 of a Honda Civic and I have a lovely canine companion in my life鈥攁nd I know how to paint and draw a little. My husband passed away in 2014 and I鈥檓 just kind of learning how to live as an adult by myself. Tarot and Marc Chagall via Pinterest and Ellen Lorenzi-Prince are what inspired me to take classes to learn to draw and paint at 45, in 2015.

    I鈥檓 diagnosed severely disabled in such a way that limits my ability to work in the way I learned as a young person鈥攕o my life is a little up in the air right now and I鈥檓 trying to find where I fit in at almost 48 with cardiac and mental health fragility鈥攜et able to paint and draw(!)

    This particular card coming up reversed got my attention after the experience I manifested on Christmas. Re-reading my post I can see I am feeling sorry for myself and have some lessons wrt that. I was thinking of how to allow myself to manifest abundance (because then I could help others! But would I just go about my same pattern and over give?) or possibly dropping out of the Christmas picture as I am feeling more and more removed from the commercialization of the whole thing anyway. If there鈥檚 a way to allow myself more than $590 a month to live on I think it would be better鈥攂ut how would I handle it? I think I must fear it. Then the question comes in鈥攎y disabilities are quite limiting. Some days every hour I need to lie down for 15-20 minutes. My heart and lungs are just not always cooperating with my spirit. And then there comes the manic/depressive episodes. I am looking for a novel solution to this. I do all the recommended western medicine stuff and I do stay as positive and busy as my body will allow. If there鈥檚 a magical or spiritual solution or approach I am looking for it. It鈥檚 just kind of a 5 of Disks situation sometimes I feel stuck there.

    I don鈥檛 expect answers I didn鈥檛 expect to write all this鈥攂ut this card is packed with meaning for me and I hope to unravel it someday.

    • lupa says:

      There’s a lot to unpack here, but I think it really does boil down to mindset, and allowing yourself to receive as well as you have given. It won’t be an instant quick fix, but I think it may allow you to be more perceptive of resources to help you that you may have dismissed earlier because you perhaps weren’t looking for them, or didn’t think they were “for you”, or you were just too focused on other people. I hope that all helps you in starting to shift things for the better.

  53. Leah says:

    I haven’t actually purchased this set yet but I recently had the chance to check it out at a shop and damn. I was blown away. I have a friend who has and loves this deck and I’ve looked at lots of pictures online, but none of that could compare to the experience of using it myself. I nearly started crying in the middle of the shop when I pulled the Hermit reversed and saw myself so clearly reflected in the description of the hornbill and her isolation. I have to wait until I get a job before spending the money, but this deck has shot to the top of my priority list for my next non-essential purchase.

  54. Erif Thune says:

    Why have you stopped posting illustrations of the cards?

  55. Erif Thunen says:

    Why aren’t you including the photos of the cards in your e-mails any more? This omission just started a few days ago. Please restore the photos!

  56. Joy Phillip says:

    Sounds like thr US political situation.