Chinese Propaganda Tarot PDF

chinese-tarot-artOn the 28th of January 2017 we officially released the Winter Chinese Propaganda Deck and have complete the free downloadable printable PDF that goes along with it.

It would be easy to simply throw together a PDF, it’s not hard, but I like to have them coloured nicely along with various imagery from the cards. It takes a little bit longer to produce, but I think it’s worth it.

All being well we’ll eventually release our Chinese Propaganda Art companion book sometime next year. Most of it was written over 2 years ago, but it’s ended up being one of those projects that takes a bit of a back seat.

The Chinese Propaganda Art companion book goes into the some of the ideas behind the imagery, which is probably a bit of an added bonus with this kind of imagery since it deals with a whole other culture and time period.

In the meantime enjoy our free PDF printout. Even if you don’t have either the original Propaganda Art Tarot or the Year of Rooster Edition (winter edition), you may find it useful for aiding in the readings of other decks.


Winter Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot

chinese-tarot-communist-asian-oriental-divinationWhat a time to think about releasing our Winter version of the Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot; words like “propaganda” are being bandied about daily and the western world seems to have gone anti-Russia very, very quickly ( not that the deck is Russian themed, but the hammer and sickle symbol has been associated with both countries )

Depending on who you ask, some people enjoy the communist hammer and sickle symbol, and others do not. This is something that I am aware of personally. I remember being out in Budapest about ten years ago now and one of our friends had a soviet themed hip flask, complete with hammer and sickle. They thought nothing over it, not being aware that it was offensive to any particular country (he’d picked it up when we stopped off in Prague). In Budapest however, our friend was advised to hide the flask in public due to the soviet symbolism.

The original Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot has been controversial, and it will not appeal to everyone. In fact, it was not supposed to appeal to everyone. It wasn’t created for everyone. It wasn’t supposed to be on the market initially but since it had taken me over a year to illustrate and we were living on my savings at the time, I released it in the hopes I may make a little from it’s sale.

Christine wanted to do a winter themed version of the deck and so we set about chinese-propaganda-tarot-kidsdoing that in late November 2016.

The deck features 30 completely new artworks never printed before, along with the rest of the cards which have a new winter makeover.

To the right we see the new Three of Swords. The image is based on a real Chinese propaganda poster and Christine was able to identify with it. Christine’s recalls that her mother had her hair cut when she was younger and she wasn’t very happy about it at all lol

A lot of Chinese propaganda posters from that era feature soldiers that are just like part of the family.

You’ll find them helping out villagers, carrying groceries for elderly people, helping elderly ladies across the street, that sort of thing. So, although it may seem strange to see a soldier playing the role of barber, the idea behind it is that the role of a soldier is to be a soldier for the people.

We’re finishing up the last few cards, but here is the link to the deck : )

The Winter Chinese Propaganda Art Deck

chinese-propaganda-tarot-kidsOriginally written in the winter of 2017.

I really feel that 2017 is going to be a great year for creativity. I always think that 7 is a lucky number, maybe because it’s a spiritual number.

We’ve finally completed the Winter Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot, our Year of the Rooster edition of the deck. This takes our original Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot and gives it a wintry feel. This version of the deck has around 30 new artworks. This makes the Year of the Rooster edition a deck with over a third of the cards being comprised of completely new artworks.

It’s not bad for a deck I originally intended to be “winterized” in the same manner I winterized the King’s Journey Tarot deck; taking the existing imagery and altering it slightly, or, occasionally, dramatically, but still retaining all of the main imagery.

Most of the deck still retains the same imagery in the original Chinese Propaganda Art Tarot but with over 30 new images I really think it is a great stand alone deck.

To mark this occasion we’ve decided to depict a rooster on the back of the cards. This will be the third time the backs have been changed on our Chinese themed deck, with the first being changed due to political reasons which would have prevented publication. So for anyone that has the first edition, you truly have a collector’s item! Those backs can’t be printed anymore. It’s unforeseen, but when you walk the less traveled path sometimes these kinds of things happen. So, a whole new back for this one!