Hi, my name is Wayne Rodney from Rodney Illustrations. I am the creator and author of The Global Fusion Tarot Deck and Guidebook. I’m here today to introduce my new web series and to speak a little bit on the backstory of my cards which became available in June of 2018. I created the deck to be a source of encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment through the use of archetypes, which I depicted in the Global Fusion style.
For newcomers to card reading as well as advanced practitioners, it should be relatively easy and exciting to read. I would describe it as a vibrant deck, full of symbolism, some conventional and other being unique to this particular set of Tarot cards.
What distinguishes the Global Fusion Deck from many of the already established traditional decks, like the Marseilles or the Rider-Waite-Smith sets, is that the Global Deck, as its name implies is a little bit more culturally diverse, as opposed to being primarily Eurocentric. The symbolism in my deck draws from a wide range of global cultures which have influenced me in one way or another. Aspects or icons of these cultures have then been fused together to create this new archetypal universe.
The idea for integrating the element of Fusion into the Tarot project stemmed from a year-long series of public discourses that I gave when I presided over a fraternal group in Dallas Texas in 2013. The central theme of those discourses was “correspondence and comparisons,” which aimed at fostering a better understanding and appreciation of World culture & Tradition in the context of Spirituality. We attempted to do this by investigating the similarities and consistencies between various global outlooks and spiritual practices both foreign and familiar to us. By doing this exploratory work, not only did I develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the principles that I was already familiar with, but it also became the basis for the concept of the fusion that I would later use in the cards. Speaking about these topics in a public forum helped me to develop a more syncretic outlook, by seeing the unifying thread between various metaphysical currents, and in so doing, it fostered a spirit of understanding, love and greater respect for those on other spiritual paths.
Some of the comparisons we explored in those discourses were “Transcendental Alchemy and Taoist Qigong,” the relationship between “Ceremonial Magic and Mysticism” and also “The Tantric Path versus The Ascetic Path.” Now that some time has passed, I’d like to dive back into that subject matter, and explain just a little bit further how all of this shaped the development of the Global Fusion Intuitive Deck. So I’m happy to announce that I’ll be starting a web series, and I’d love if you could join in, watch, ask questions and participate in the discussion. If you’re on YouTube or Vimeo, please hit the subscribe button, and like, share and leave a comment. I thank you for your time and hope to see you all soon! Blessings.