|Utah Maninni Three Tarot
Third Maninni Tarot, Presented by Our Utah Pagan Community
|Every five years,
as promised, the Utah Pagan Community has an opportunity to express itself
by the creation of a community divination tool, a Maninni Tarot deck. The
THIRD round of the Utah Maninni Tarot Project is beginning NOW! Let's see
if we can make this one even better than the last one was (and that will
be difficult folks! It rocked!)
"Maninni" is Italian for "many little hands". A Maninni Tarot deck is one in which different people do a card, or a couple of cards, each. It's a collaborative effort. One takes a theme, and one runs with it. The cards are as different as the originators, linked together only by the theme.
The first public Pagan event in the Salt Lake Valley took place in 1986, so we're past a quarter-century of Pagan influence on the Valley and its environs. BUT....how has the Valley, and the areas all along the Wasatch Front, not to mention the Wasatch Back, Southern Utah, the mountain valleys....all of that and more...how has that influenced US? Well, this year's Maninni will give us an opportunity to express our answers to that. Because this year's theme is, "The Goddess Utah". However you see Her, however you choose to express Her, what is your interpretation of the Lady in whose lap we all live. Now is your chance to show us all how the Goddess Utah shows herself to YOU.
Since our card theme is "The Goddess Utah", the suits are as follows:
Canyon Winds -- Air
This gives you lots of scope to use natural objects in your cards, with or without an attribution to a rod, blade, cup or stone. Please note that in this deck, there are no directional attributions to elements...as in "East" is not "Air", "Canyon Winds" are Air, no matter where they are.
How? Well. Let me know by e-mail that you want to participate. I have the second Maninni deck here, right by my computer. It is well-shuffled, and well-blessed. As soon as I get your e-mail, I will draw for you and let you know what card you are doing. Anyone may do one, two or a maximum of three cards. No one may do more than one card in a single suit or more than one court card or Major Arcana card, so if I happen to draw more than one of them for a single person, I will draw again. You may use ANY media you like, to create your card, but you need to get hold of a digital camera or a scanner so that you can send it to me as a .jpg. Deadline for my receiving your card is the first of July, so I have time to assemble the booklet and print the cards before PPD. This event will be a benefit for the Salt Lake City and Ogden Pagan Pride Days, as we will have decks available for purchase at both events. Half the proceeds will go to our charities, half to the events themselves. All participants will receive a deck for only the cost of reproduction.
We will talk about cost to get the copies done as soon as I find the paperwork from the last one so I can remember how Daniel did that...I do recall it wasn't expensive for anyone. My goal is to have decks ready by PPD to sell, as a fundraiser, half to go to the Salt Lake Pagan Pride Co-Operative, and half to go to our charities.
Here are the particulars of what and how:
In order for this to
be possible you need to use ALL ORIGINAL artwork. You can sketch, collage,
take a photo, draw with crayon or pencil, create digital artwork, paint,
or whatever else you want to do. You MAY NOT:
Here is some info that will help you with the nuts and bolts of creating your card:
1. Don't make your
art too small. Stretching digital images will pixilate them, and I can
reduce anything you send me. Ideal size is an image that is 900 x 1500
pixels, or a hardcopy image no smaller than 3x5 inches that is scanned
in at 300 dpi or better. (If you are not sure what I just said or don't
know how to scan in your 8x10 photo at the right resolution, call us.)
Try to avoid square images or landscaped images...make something that fits
on the standard shape of a playing card. I will reduce your image to an
index-card sized image reproduced at 300 dpi or better.
Everyone who participates in the project will receive one deck for only the cost of copies. There will also be a booklet that I will send you online as a text file. If you want the hardcopy of the booklet there will be a small cost in addition to the copying cost of your deck. For inclusion in the booklet, please send with each card:
* The name of your
Here is an example
from Daniel Webster Christiansen, the facilitator of the Utah Maninni One
Definition: The sun, the sol invictus, rises triumphantly in the east. On this day, the Summer Solstice, he is at his height of power. This is a card of accomplishment and success and of material happiness. It can also represent both the emotional and the meteorologic warmth of a situation or a relationship.
But be warned! The sun has other qualities as well. It obscures the stars
(symbolic of hope) and, because it is at Summer Solstice, this means the
days will only get shorter from there. Too much sun can be very harmful
to your health (without SPF 2 billion) and at the same time, too little
sun can bring about Seasonal Affective Disorder – a seasonal depression.