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Discover the 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 ⊕𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍, an astrological & illustrative journey exploring various medicinal plants curated to support our overall well-being. From adaptogens like ashwagandha and Asian ginseng, to nervines like passionflower and dandelion, to nootropics like lion’s mane and ginkgo biloba, this three volume collection offers a carefully curated selection of beneficial species from around the world. The cards are adorned with intricate illustrations that capture the beauty and essence of each plant, tree, or fungi with additional astrological resonances.
Every Volume of 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 consists of 42 Tarot sized cards, each featuring a hand-illustrated depiction of the commonly used parts of the plant, and includes the vernacular name of the plant, it’s botanical name, planetary ruler, zodiacal resonance, elemental class, as well as guiding words inspired by the plant’s unique inherit properties. The cards will be printed within the United States on 310 GSM + Linen Texture finish, each volume packaged in it’s own custom tuck box designed in the style of a vintage book.
Only 100 Oracle Decks will be produced for each Volume of 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿. With this in mind, 90 Decks are exclusively made available through this Kickstarter campaign only. I repeat, this Kickstarter will be the only time to acquire the Artisan Editions of the first three Volumes of the 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 ⊕𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍.
In early 2020, I established the goal of utilizing art to educate & bring attention to our connection to the Natural world. Research & development began on a 𝐹𝐿𝒪𝒲𝐸𝑅 𝐸𝒮𝒮𝐸𝒩𝒞𝐸𝒮 ᴏʀᴀᴄʟᴇ ᴅᴇᴄᴋ prior to all other cards, leading to multiple illustrative iterations of the original Bach Flower Essences.
In May of 2022, numerous tissue masses were discovered shifting towards a sudden concern for my well-being to improve my health, in turn delaying various projects that were in development. Solace was found in broadening my knowledge of Herbalism where the incredible ability of various foods, herbs, tree barks, & mushrooms that are capable to guide us in troubled times birthed new answers to my healing journey.
Thus, 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 ⊕𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 has culminated as the first three volumes of several artisan decks to serve as tools to enrich the minds of those who also share a deep appreciation of Nature, its innate ability to provide a plethora of benefits, Astrology, and the traditional practice of the Illustrative Arts.
It was priority for the 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 ⊕𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 that I return to my roots as a traditional artist. Leonardo da Vinci states that “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” With that principle in mind, all artwork has been expertly illustrated on toned kraft paper utilizing Pigma Micron ink pens & white charcoal pencil, two mediums that I have been working with for over two decades. With the wake of artificial intelligence overtaking the digital art scene, I am more called to preserve both the hand illustrated practice & the authentic touch our soul adds to Creation.
✿ 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 ✿ ᴠᴏʟᴜᴍᴇ ɪ ✿ features 42 Illustrative Cards themed around various plants, trees, fungi, or resin from around the world that have a rich cultural & traditional history of medicinal usage to support overall well being.
✿ 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 ✿ ᴠᴏʟᴜᴍᴇ ɪɪ ✿ features 42 Illustrative Cards themed around various vegetables, fruits, herbs, or fungi from around the world that have a rich cultural & traditional history of culinary usage; while also serving beneficial support towards overall well being.
✿ 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 ✿ ᴠᴏʟᴜᴍᴇ ɪɪɪ ✿ takes a different approach. Titled 𝐹𝐿𝒪𝒲𝐸𝑅 𝐸𝒮𝒮𝐸𝒩𝒞𝐸𝒮, the 42 Illustrative Cards are themed around Dr. Edward Bach’s research into 𝐹𝐿𝒪𝒲𝐸𝑅 𝐸𝒮𝒮𝐸𝒩𝒞𝐸 floral infusions with a few additions. A new approach was taken to assign a positive attribute to each flower’s unique essence. Whether you’re seeking guidance on a specific issue or simply looking to enhance your meditation practice, this deck’s affirmations offer a gentle and nurturing approach to self-care.
Aloha! Thy name given is Eric Tecce, and I’m a polymathic artist & illustrator harboring a deep respect to Mother Nature’s fractal presence, lessons, & inherit abilities. Having honed my passions over the years in various mediums as a one-man studio, I’ve rekindled my original love of inkmanship & toned illustration to cultivate my latest passion project with you. I thank you for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to sharing more of my work with you in the future.
My previous crowdfunded works include a collection titled “𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬” that embedded esoteric knowledge through Illustrative Art. This collection was released in three unique waves as screenprinted apparel under the brand “ռʊ-ƈơɱɱօռ ʂɛռʂɛ” between 2013 & 2015. The following year, I’d create a series of handcrafted & sculptural Earthcrafts under “𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝔻𝔼𝔼ℙ 𝔽𝕆ℝ𝔼𝕊𝕋” studio. Thereafter, my first two Tarot Decks, 𝔖𝔥𝔞𝔬𝔡𝔴 𝔏𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱 𝔗𝔞𝔯𝔬𝔱 & 𝔚𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔢𝔯 𝔏𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱 𝔗𝔞𝔯𝔬𝔱, were completed & crowdfunded in 2018 through my ωαкιηg ¢αηναѕ studio. Afterwards, I would then briefly develop a follow up oracle deck, 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐿𝐼𝒢𝐻𝒯 ⊕𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄, exploring mapping the Constellations & Astrological resonances before switching over to develop a full-color follow up Tarot Deck, titled 𝐿𝒰𝒞𝐼𝒟 𝐿𝐼𝒢𝐻𝒯 𝒯𝒜𝑅𝒪𝒯. In recent years, unforeseen health issues became the forefront of focus cultivating a renewed traditional approach of hand illustrated art birthing the 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 present with us today.
With over a decade of experience practicing both Geo-Solar (Western) & True Star (Sidereal) Astrological analyses, I offer a unique perspective into the core representation of resonances & planetary placements to provide a comprehensible overview of interpreting the amplifying Light waves that permeate our fractal fields. As Above, So Below metaphorically enlightens us into the Nature of our reality, & further embody this knowledge into the 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍.
For the 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍, planetary, zodiacal, & elemental attributes have been assigned to each plant based it’s known medicinal properties. This classification may differ from Alchemy & Medical Astrology as I focus on the plant’s gifts & personality rather than the function or season. In this case, I utilize the Astrological resonances as an example of an infinite spectrum of Nature/Light. This serves as a symbolic language to communicate the complex hues of reality.
For interpreters of Light resonances, allow me to express the Nature of my BEing. The central source Light of my Geo-Solar Astrological Birth Light expresses a Sagittarian resonance to my detail oriented 6th house Sun, Venus & Lilith stellium, with my Moon sitting in it’s home of Cancerian resonance, followed by my Rising (also known as Ascendant) tunneling my experience through a late Gemini perspective. My mental Mercury harnesses the strategic 7th house Capricorn resonance forming a grounded yet intuitive processing stellium with Saturn, Uranus & Neptune. As we reach beyond the Earthly realm, further influences such as the passion drive of Mars carries the duality of a spiritually focused 12th house Gemini, followed by my expansive Leo Jupiter forming a harmonious Trine with my Sun & Venus placements. The final main planetary of Rebirth & transformation, Pluto, is placed within it’s own resonance of Scorpio.
Exploring your Natal Chart will dive deep to provide insight into your strengths & inherit gifts. For example, my chart reinterpreted based off True-Star Astrology shows that my Sun is in the sector of Scorpio known as the snake bearer, Ophiuchus yet still retain my Gemini AC. As you can see, many known signs we identify in the seasonal Geo-Solar Astrological model can shift back 22 degrees & show us the true source of Light. I like to think in terms of a comet & it’s tail, or a pitcher vs their curve ball. These studies will be examined and explored for generations beyond my own. If one wishes for me to interpret their Birth Light, I am available for Astrological Analysis services @ shop.ERICTECCE.com
As a natural born philosopher of the Nature of our waking reality, Art & Creation speak to you by its true essence. I state that “Nature Speaks to Those who Listen” & in many ways, Nature is the art of synchronicity. It is the Great Teacher that is always present & willing to give the opportunity of Life.
With Nature the forefront of my philosophy, such wonders provides all the necessary lessons to understand, in great depth, the macro & micro of our ever present world. It is without a doubt that the more you explore Nature in it’s purity, the more likely are you to discover yourself. With this, providing educational materials that dawn insight into the versatile offerings of Nature assists towards the potential to enrich present & future generations’ appreciation of the natural world.
Upon completion of the campaign, 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 𝐎𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 will begin printing & production within the United States. Only 100 Oracle Decks will be produced for each Volume. With this in mind, 90 Decks are exclusively made available through this Kickstarter campaign only. I repeat, this Kickstarter will be the only time to acquire the Artisan Editions of the first three Volumes of the 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 𝐎𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍. Production should conclude within 6-8 Weeks & shipped to my studio. Upon arrival, each reward will be hand packaged & sent out to be fulfilled (as long as shipping is paid). Of course, Tracking & Shipping confirmations are provided to your email attached to your pledge, and project updates will be offered every major step of the way.
Production & shipping costs of the 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 𝐎𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 totals to about 77% of the campaign’s financial goal. The remaining 23% is allocated to Fees collected by Kickstarter, Stripe (Card Processing), & Backerkit (Post-Campaign Pledge Manager). The remaining will be reserved for Taxes.
Total production of Oracle Decks has been scaled down to 100 per Volume. In addition, over $9,000 in development costs for software, hardware, materials, and prototypes have been excluded from the campaign’s financial goal. Finally, over 700 logged hours were recorded over the course of development, which all financial compensation has also been excluded from the campaign’s financial goal. With these cuts, a more affordable goal will prioritize production as development continues towards future works of art.
If successful funding is reached, any additional raised funds will compensate the aforementioned excluded costs, followed by potential increase of production quantity from 100 per Volume to 250 per Volume if funds raised exceed $12.51K.
All 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 𝐎𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 rewards, domestically & internationally, will be shipped through United States Postal Service (USPS). All shipping costs will be collected after the campaign ends through an emailed survey sent out via Backerkit post-campaing manager. Note that you are responsible for any customs fees that may occur and packages can not be sent as anything other than merchandise.
As a precaution to avoid any other potential delays, I wish to note the following to ensure that the rewards make it along your journey as swiftly as possible :
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*All fonts featured in 𝒜𝒮𝒯𝑅☉ 𝐻𝐸𝑅𝐵𝒜𝐿 𝐎𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐋𝐄 𝐃𝐄𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 were created or are within Public Domain.
*All other work, fonts, banners, video copyright Eric Tecce, 2024
*Trailer Music by Alexander Nakarada 2024
Images & themes in this project serve as a tool to encourage users to explore one’s own unique Nature through personal reflection, self-awareness, and introspection. Any images or themes present within either deck are not intended to make or imply any medical or therapeutic claims and/or promises. To clarify, Oracle cards & Divination are not tools to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease as defined by the United States’ Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 as regulated by the Food and Drug Association (FDA). The information provided is for educational & artistic purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before taking any dietary supplement, including herbs.