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The astonishing result of mixing hard science and real art into a tarot deck!

In the Science Tarot deck, the traditional imagery of the tarot suits - wands, pentacles, swords, and cups - explore a different realm of science by using real world examples from astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and more. As an underlaying structure for each suit, Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey was adapted to tell each suit's unique story from Ace to Ten.

Science Tarot began as a project for Burning Man in 2003, where the traditional meaning of the Major Arcana tarot cards were represented in scientific concepts. The 22 cards were painted on 2'x4' boards and brought to the desert, where they were very well received. From that success we decided to complete the deck for publication.

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  • Joined September 9, 2010

About

The astonishing result of mixing hard science and real art into a tarot deck!

In the Science Tarot deck, the traditional imagery of the tarot suits - wands, pentacles, swords, and cups - explore a different realm of science by using real world examples from astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and more. As an underlaying structure for each suit, Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey was adapted to tell each suit's unique story from Ace to Ten.

Science Tarot began as a project for Burning Man in 2003, where the traditional meaning of the Major Arcana tarot cards were represented in scientific concepts. The 22 cards were painted on 2'x4' boards and brought to the desert, where they were very well received. From that success we decided to complete the deck for publication.

This is a group project, an exercise in collaboration with various people from several different backgrounds, ranging from post-doc scientists to published artists and all sorts of crafters inbetween. We are united by our desire to explore and create at the intersection of science and art.

The Science Tarot is a creative science communication project that combines science, art, and mythology into a tarot deck to engage and awaken people's curiosity about science and the natural world.

By searching the world of scientific discovery for metaphors that reflect details of human lives, we hope to introduce scientific ideas to artists and tarot enthusiasts, and vice versa. In this way we aim to bridge disparate communities and foster both science education and self discovery.

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