Mystereum Tarot

The Mystereum Tarot is a recently released deck by architect Jordan Hoggard.  It is infused with a fresh, modern, trippy, visionary vibe.  The artwork was done using an architectual drawing program (Archicad), which the artist/achitect has used very effectively to create a comon framework or scheme, with key iconic imagery repeated and/or morphed throughout the deck. The art style is somewhat reminiscent of pop art (Peter Max or Yellow Submarine comes to mind).

There are some homage references to the Rider-Waite-Smith deck in some of the minor arcana cards, but the major arcana cards are quite unique and powerful.

Several common symbols appear on cards throughout the deck, such as the Ankh and the Uroborous snake. Most key to the deck is the symbol of the Arch, or as the artist describes it as the “Fabric of All” (4 arches side by side), or the “Fabric of One” (four arches connected to form a circle).  This architectual Fabric weaves and provides connections to the images, shapes and energies throughout the course of the deck.

Mystereum Tarot - Arch imagery

Mystereum Tarot - Arch imagery

There are also major arcana figures that appear on multiple cards. For example, the Hermit appearing on the Death and Ace of Wands, or the Hierophant on the Ace and Page of Cups and Page of Pentacles, or the High Priestess appearing on 6 other cards.

Mystereum Tarot - Hermit appearances

Mystereum Tarot - Hermit appearances

Mystereum Tarot - High Priestess appearances

Mystereum Tarot - High Priestess appearances

These image reappearances or echoes gives the deck a dreamlike deja-vu ambience, causing one to pause and reflect as to where you had seen that image before, and what does it mean in a particular context.

Overall, the repeated and morphed imagery and the common yet uncommon framework of the Mystereum Tarot results in a dynamic and mysteriously enigmatic Tarot deck, which provides refreshing and revealing viewpoints into the archetypal energies and symbols that weave their way into the fabric and structure of our lives.

Some other interesting cards from the Mystereum Tarot:

Mystereum Tarot - Emperor

Mystereum Tarot - Emperor

stereum Tarot - Queen of Swords

Mystereum Tarot - Queen of Swords

Mystereum Tarot - 10 of Wands

Mystereum Tarot - King of Wands

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Art and images are copyright by the respective artists who created them, and may not be reproduced without permission from the artists.

2 Responses to “Mystereum Tarot”

  1. October 15, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Aha, an architect. . .just when I thought there was no new vision in tarot cards.

    I have a recent post on my blog about the death of architect Robert Royston and his impact on the world. I have long been fascinated by architecture of several kinds.

    I was keen on Jordan Hoggard’s idea of using Archicad for cards. I prefer cleanly drawn cards like this and generally like illustrative artwork on cards.

    I consider the difference to conventional tarot systems a bonus. Would that others could see it this way.

  2. 2 Jordan
    March 5, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Thanks, JJ ColourArt! Much appreciated.

    All the Best!,
    Jordan Hoggard

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