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Carnival at the End of the World Tarot is a contemporary tarot deck by Nicholas Kahn. In its 2nd printing, this edition features a new box and card back, and includes 6 bonus images for a total of 84 cards. There's also OPTIONAL add-on for Madam Lulu's Book of Fate guidebook.
As long as people have been using Tarot cards for divination, its symbolism and methodologies have evolved to keep time with societal change. Carnival at the End of the World Tarot keeps to the Rider-Waite-Smith nomenclature and numbering for the major arcana and also presents pictorial scenes and similar suits for the pip cards for the minor arcana, but its iconography and interpretive values are appropriate to our own uncertain times.
One of Kahn & Selesnick's collaborators, the writer/artist/medium Sarah Falkner, has channeled Madame Lulu's Book of Fate--a guidebook and travelogue specifically created for the interpretation and practical use of the Carnival at the End of the World Tarot Deck. The cast of characters from Truppe Fledermaus--who one can also find in Kahn & Selesnick photographs and motion pictures--star as the tarot's portentous archetypes, whether in the leading roles of the Major Arcana or in the Minor Arcana's ensemble pieces among the four suits and their corresponding alchemical elements, of which Earth, Air, Fire and Water show the impact of climate change amid sinking islands, arsenals of armaments, blazing forests, and melting icecaps.
In addition to the usual suits, the deck includes three extra cards each representing one of the three main members of the Truppe Fledermaus--Dr. Falke, Count Orlofsky, and Madame Lulu--as featured in Kahn & Selesnick's books and narratives. These three cards can be mixed into the querent's readings to provide an extra layer of meaning.
- Printed on high quality playing card stock with curved corners for maximum durability
- 6 bonus cards, making it a 84-card deck
- OPTIONAL add-on for the Madam Lulu's Book of Fate guidebook
Carnival at the End of the World Tarot (2nd Ed.) 🇺🇸
Meet the Creator, Kahn and Selesnick
Kahn and Selesnick are a collaborative artist team who have been making narrative decks, staged photographs, figurative paintings, handmade books, and sculptural installations since the early 1980s. They specialize in fictitious histories set in the past or future.
Their 4th major monograph, One Hundred Views of the Drowning World will be released in the fall of 2017 by Candela Press. The artists have participated in over 150 solo and group exhibitions worldwide, have work in the collections of over 20 museums and institutions, and have been the recipients of grants from NASA and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Their work has been featured in well known publications such as the New York Times and Huffington Post, and has been the subject of documentaries by PBS and Voom. They currently reside in New York's Hudson Valley region.