The Architect's Tarot Guidebook
To the most talented artisti know,my sister Yousra,for always inspiring me to further my art.
To my aunt Layla for teaching me to paint as a child and to love creating visually.
To my cousin Faisal for being an endless fountain of support.
To Taylor for encouraging my fascinations always.
The world has been weird lately.We have undoubtedly contributed to the changes we've been experiencing. We can also contribute to healing it and building a better future.
Tarot can be used in many ways. To me it was a way to examine my inner-most thoughts that I was having trouble bringing to the surface.
I created (or built) The Architect's Tarot as an exercise in meditation, self-reflection, skill development, and to connect with the world beyond myphysical experience.
This project was made possible by the incredible and unbelievable support of mycommunity. They encouraged me to continue painting and illustrating when things were difficult.
After a year and a half'of painting,the compiled deck was put on kickstarter and was fully funded in 3 hours. By the end of the month long campaign, the project had raised 500% of the target goal.
Without all those backers,this deck wouldn't have been possible. To every single person that believed in me,you have my undying gratitude.
May it bring you the insight, help you set any foundation, and bring you into an alternate reality.
The Architect's Tarot deck is broken down into two main sections:
23 major arcana cards:
Depicting the fool's journcy as they
created the deck. The cards are organized
along 3 planes- the physical,the
emotional, and the spiritual.There is an
additional card (the architect) who is also
56 minor arcana cards:
Organized along 4 suits, each of which
depict unique worlds and themes.
The cards are a panoramic view into a world.Laying out all the cards of a suit in sequence creates a larger image.The same is true for the planes of the Major Arcana. There is no beginning or end-the first and last card also connect creating a loop.
The minor arcana have bands of color framing each card.These colors corrospond with the suit.
The major arcana cards are unframed.
HOw TO USE THIS DECK
However you want to.
I suggest you use it:
With an open mind and heart.
As part ofyour morningritual: shuffle the deck and draw a card. Carry that card's message with you for the day and may it bring lightness and compassion into your interactions
When stuck on a problem: shuffle the deck, focus on your problem at hand, draw 3 cards and lay them out in order. May they give you a different perspective toward resolution.
THE MAJOR ARCANA
When laid out in sequence, the major arcanaare a metaphor of the fool's journey through 3 planes. Cards 1-7 are the physical plane,8-14 are the emotional plane, and 15-21 are the spiritual plane.
O-The Fool UranusUprighc:innocence,spontaneity,positive change. Reversed:naivety, risktaking, holding back.
I-THEMAGICIAN Mercury Upright:concentration,beginnings,self-belief. Reversed: manipulation,unplanned,arrogance.
2-THE HICH PRIESTESS Moon
Upright: wisdom, intuition,sacred mystery.
Reversed:superficiality,ignoring intuition, harmful secrets,repression,silence.
3-THE EMPRESS Venus
Upright: maternal figure,fertility,abundance.
4-THE EMPEROR Aries
Upright: structure,authority,paternal figure.
5-THE HIEROPHANT Taurus Upright: determination,tradition, education. Reversed:stubbornness,rigidity,hypocrisy.
6-THE LOVERS Gemini
Upright: love, choice, duality, harmony.
7-THE CHARIOT Cancer Upright:success, ambition, motivation,action. Reversed:Pyrrhic victory,conflict,setbacks.
8-STRENGTH LeoUpright: compassion,head over heart,courage. Reversed:aggression,rage, pride, struggle
9-THE HERMIT Virgo
10-WHEEL OF FORTUNE Jupiter
Upright: luck, destiny, karma,turning point.
12-THE HANGED MAN Neptune Upright:patience,pause,awakening,surrender. Reversed: delay, indecision, delusion,stalling.
Reversed: stagnation, resistance, immobility.
14-TEMPERANCE Sagittarius Upright: balance, moderation, purpose,patience.
Reversed: detachment, freedom,awarenesS.
Uprigh: upheaval,unexpected events,crisis.
Reversed:fear of change,denial,avoidance.
Upright: confidence, hope,respite,clarity
18-THE MOON Pisces
Upright: illusion, subconscious, intuition.