The Chalice Pack is a full colour 78-card deck of tarot cards and as a project was first conceived in the late eighties. Many of the cards have frequently been reworked since then and in 2006, a limited edition of the major arcana was published by Adam Mc Clean. Three of the card designs will also be featured in the first volume of the forthcoming Taschen Encyclopaedia of Esoterica. Each card was hand-drawn and individually designed using pen, ink and colour pencils on cards, with a vibrant palette of rich colours ranging from green, blue, purple, red and white. The colour and patterns fit the symbolism of each card. For example, reds and oranges correspond to the fiery Wands, whilst blues and pale yellows are more symbolic of Swords and Air. Tear shapes and waves correspond to Water and Cups, whilst Brick patterns go with Earthy Coins, or Disks. However,this deck is not purely abstract, but largely figurative. The traditional interpretations for each card are loosely followed, but interpreted according to the ideas and research followed by the artist. All the the cards here come with a small booklet setting out brief delineations for each Card. However, a book was also written that goes into the topic in a lot more depth, and is available for purchase either as an e-book or hard copy from Blurb.com
The style has been described as somewhat reminiscent in style to Art Deco as well as with some of the more disturbing dream language of surrealism in places, so this Pack should appeal to those Tarot lovers who respond strongly to colour and pattern and enjoy this type of Art. Thematically, various sources of esoterica were drawn from when designing this Pack, with the idea of reflecting the hopes and fears of the present. The cards, especially the story behind the Major Arcana, represent the Fool’s catastrophic fall into a bewildering world of disunity and entrapment – but always alongside a sense of the adventure and quest of being able to find the elusive grail of redemption – hence the title, the Chalice Pack.
Currently, I have made the cards available in 3 sizes at The Gamecrafter: in Tarot size, in Jumbo size and finally, in Poker size :
The cards can also, however, be purchased from Printer Studio. They are available in large and tarot size at my Printer Studio shop: they will soon be available in Poker size too. I have also been experimenting with a new oracle, called the Cascades oracle: this will soon be available at this shop too.
It is possible that I will be making the cards available with an IBSN in the future, so please return for more updates. News about the cards and more updates can be followed from my Facebook page too, here :