The Tarot of Bohemian Secrets

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Tarot of Bohemian Secrets: It’s colorful, it’s provocative, it's avant-garde, it’s stunning: It's The Tarot of Bohemian Secrets! See the traditional tarot cards come to life in this creative, provocative, modern deck. The Tarot of Bohemian Secrets is a photographic interpretation of the well-known traditional Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck. Set in downtown Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, these fresh scenes were inspired by those originally created in 1909 by the artist Pamela Colman-Smith. The tarot photos were created by award winning photographer Alice Smeets with the assistance of the talented Haitian art collective Atis Rezistans, within the Haitian slums and using only local material. Inspired by the creativity and strength of the citizens of Haiti, The Tarot of Bohemian Secrets will guide you in changing your perception, turning life’s challenges into gifts while discovering the power of your own thoughts. Note: This is a new edition of the Ghetto Tarot with a new name. It has a new packaging, otherwise it is the same as The Ghetto Tarot. Content: 78 cards & Guidebook The cards are size 9x13.5cm (3.45x5.3inches), 350GSM and come with a handbook that includes a description of the cards. The Haitians receive 20% of the proceeds, 80% goes to the Belgian non profit organization Consciousness Rising who also organizes the sale and shipping of the deck for zero extra costs. The mission of the organization is to raise our global consciousness, teach emotional healing as well as teach the permaculture principles to restore balance on earth. The organization currently supports projects and leads efforts in Haiti, Brazil and Europe.

Alice Smeets is a Belgian photographer, filmmaker, artist and teacher. Her documentary photographs from Haiti are fairly well known and have won her several awards including the Unicef Photo of the Year Award 2008.

For a long time, she wanted to interpret the Tarot Deck with her photos, but taking ordinary pictures of the scenes seemed too simple. Her aim was to create a very personal deck without loosing the different spirits of the cards. Then the idea entered her mind to combine three of her passions: the spiritual world, the Haitian culture and people as well as the philosophical reflections about the dualities in our world; in this case rich and poor.

Since 2007 she has been a regular visitor to Haiti and has lived in the country for 2 years. Its complexity and spirituality have played a big role in her life. The observations of the Haitian society have brought answers to many of her questions.

So taking the tarot pictures in the ghetto of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince was the obvious choice to create a very personal deck: moving away from the cliched images of poverty, illustrating the spirits and meanings of the cards with a touch of humor in the middle of the slum and showing colored people on the traditional, old European cards to break stereotypes.

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