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T.X. Watson's Sunset Oracle Deck

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The Sunset Oracle Deck is the current state of a 5-year long project to create a custom fortune-telling deck—I was getting into tarot, but I wanted to see my own values reflected back at me when I did a reading, rather than those of the collective consciousness of the last 300 years of European mystics. So I made my own! And it worked okay, but I had some issues with it, so I made another, and that one was better, then I made another, and that one was worse but I learned a lot, then I made another, which ultimately kinda became this one!

The Sunset Oracle Deck, spread out over a black surface with a clock face pattern carved into it.

This is the 4th edition of my personal oracle deck. It's a 54 card deck, in the style of a poker deck: four suits of 13 cards, and two jokers. 

The suits each represent frameworks for experiencing change: Vibes is about embodied experience, listening to your intuition, and using your physicality to process and move thorugh experiences of change; Glamour is about change as a liminal space, about entering into experiences or environments where the rules seem different and impossible things become possible; Humour is aobut taking experiences of change as an opportunity for play, about joining in the game and having fun with the shifting circumstances of your life; and Curse is about change as it's seen from a normative perspective, where things staying the same is assumed to be good—about navigating social pressure and the gaze of the other. The Jokers are a pushback against a false self-impression of enlightenment, a reminder that getting too mystical and high-minded about your problems can create new problems on its own.

Five cards from the Sunset Oracle Deck face up, and the rest of the deck face-down. The visible cards are Gratitude, the 7 of Curse, which depicts a hand holding a coin and a skeletal hand pushing the hand closed; Guidance, the 2 of Glamour, which depicts a figure crossing a river on a fallen branch, reaching out to the hand of another figure on the far bank; Chemistry, the 8 of Vibes, which depicts two hands, each holding quills, drawing either side of a blue spiral pattern, which is filling in between the lines after they're scribed; Timing, the 4 of Humour, which depicts a piano tied with rope, having just hit the sidewalk and begun to break apart, while a figure walking on the sidewalk looks back, surprised, having only just been standing where the piano landed; and the black Joker, Contempt, which depicts a jester on a throne lounging unceremoniously.

I've started working on a quick reference guide for the deck. That was two weeks ago. It's currently 43 pages long, over 10 thousand words, and has three sections (only one of which is the card descriptions) and a coauthor. It's less than halfway done. That'll be a purchasable product on here eventually, too, and hopefully from it I'll be able to derive a more concise quick-reference document, which I'll put up online for free, and maybe include as instructions in a future version of this product. In the meantime, here (at least) is a table of the cards by suit and number:

Curse Glamour Vibes Humour Jokers
A Crisis Threshold Body Play
2 Comfort Guidance Reason Rehearsal
3 Impulse Naming Shiver Voice
4 Reputation Defamiliarization Focus Timing
5 Sacrifice Truth Charm Spotlight
6 Reward Gift Feast Suspense
7 Gratitude Shrine Intoxication Empathy
8 Civility Beauty Chemistry Tricks
9 Ordeal


Signal Repetition
10 Grace Transformation Synchronicity Foil
J Accolades Test Crescendo Innuendo
Q Mortality Eternity Compassion Subversion
K Incompleteness Apotheosis Disintegration Humility
Red Vulgarity
Black Contempt
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