THE FOX UNIVERSE TAROT: A SELF CARE ORACLE
Drawing on a decade of experience in social work, Taylor has written and illustrated a thorough guide to practicing self care in a stressful world. Learn to recognize signs of burnout and add some essential tools to your personal development toolbox with 80 illustrated cards to assist you. Each deck includes a 96 page guidebook that is filled with strategies for maintaining mental health and achieving balance in your life.
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde
All cards and the guidebook were designed by Taylor Haigh on Gabriola in British Columbia, 2019. Box includes 80 illustrated cards and a 96 page guidebook. The guidebook covers meanings for all 80 cards and gives instructions for reading card spreads.
When I was in art school many years ago we gave a final presentation of our photography work first year. One of my classmates began speaking about how he didn’t have any inspiration for his final concept and had a hard time finding anything he wanted to photograph. He told his father and his Dad’s response, spoken in a serious “dad” tone, was “Maybe you need to look a little closer, son.” We all had a laugh, and he then shared his stunning collection of macro shots (extreme close ups) of tiny little berries, tufts of moss, and insects. I still remember those words today and thought it would work well to feature detailed line drawings of flowers, leaves, mushrooms, and insects onto the cards. The hard part was choosing from all the amazing life taking place around us. One of the ways I have been working on my recovery is to take regular forest walks and I have found a lot of inspiration there.
The artwork style for this deck is a lot more complex and detailed than the art in The Fox Tarot. I wanted the illustrations to be an ode to life; you may find yourself in a place where you think you don’t want to be alive anymore because it’s really hard to see the beauty in the world and I wanted the artwork to be your reminder.
The Fox Universe Tarot: A Self Care Oracle exists to teach you how to practice real, radical self care in a chaotic world. There are a lot of people out there taking baths (“For self care!”) but that is a pretty basic way to care for yourself when there are many more complex things at work inside you. You deserve more! It’s about structuring your life so you have enough leisure time to actually enjoy a bath, not the bath itself, that will relax you. In this deck I tried to get really specific about all the useful strategies to care for your mind and body but keep it accessible to a broad audience. I have tried to consider perspectives different to my own and be inclusive where possible. For some, practicing self care may be complicated by myriad barriers including (but not limited to) poverty, discrimination, disability, illness, racism, homophobia, systemic opression, etc. For everyone fighting to practice self care despite adversity I see you too.
The idea behind radical self care is that you have the responsibility to care for yourself first before trying to care for others. Airplane safety videos always instruct you to put your oxygen mask on first before trying to help someone else, because if anything happens to you then you aren’t able to help anyone else at all. Caring for yourself first isn’t selfish, it is strategy to ensure you can continue offering your help to others. This deck is a great way to get to know yourself better and reflect on ways to improve your life and really thrive. Please note, however, that it is not an ideal replacement for counselling or therapy with a trained professional if you are really struggling to take control of your emotions, actions or relationships. It’s time to shed the stigma around speaking to someone if you need an outlet, or even if you want to take preventative measures to avoid overwhelm and fatigue. Sometimes it’s nice to just have somebody listen.
The deck itself is based on the traditional tarot framework of 78 (+2) cards: 24 Major Arcana + 56 Minor Arcana. Each of the 4 Minor Arcana suits contains 14 cards (10 pips and 4 Court cards). For The Fox Universe Tarot I have renamed all the cards and suits to fit with my self care concept. The four suits are Wheels (Personal Development), Spoons (Energy), Candles (Burnout), and Diamonds (Recovery). The Court cards are named Student, Ghost, Witch, and Wizard. The 24 Major Arcana guides are also renamed and have new meanings. It is similar to an oracle deck in that it provides the user with 80 words to reflect on. All of these details and the meanings of every card are explained in the guidebook included in each deck.
The deck is 80 black and white cards on sturdy card stock with rounded corners and gold foil on the edges, packaged with the 96 page guidebook in a sturdy 2 piece box. For those who have seen The Fox Tarot, the card stock, dimensions and guidebook size are the same but the box is a higher quality.
Thank you so much for your interest in this project, I’m really looking forward to sharing it with everyone.