The Starchild Tarot has been a fast favorited Tarot deck of mine and I just had to connect to the creative Goddess behind the deck. She is a fellow Canadian and a big inspiration.
Please welcome Tarot Creator, designer, artist and total babe, Danielle Noel.
Can you share a little about yourself. Where you are from, what you are passionate about and your profession?
Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. I primarily work as a graphic designer and visual artist, but also work as a designer for the metaphysical brand, Zaleska. My background education is in visual art and design, so I am the most passionate about these two areas of work.
Where did the inspiration to create a Tarot deck come from?
The inspiration for the Tarot deck draws from certain artistic styles I have explored over the years throughout my photography and design, as well as painting and illustrating. I am very interested in different forms of quantum and holistic healing, and wanted to create a deck that touched on my own visual concepts, and interests in these topics that I feel are very relevant to the time we are now living in. Starseeds, meditation, crystal healing, and esoteric wisdom from various ancient mystery schools are integrated into the overall feel and theme of this deck. In many ways it is all encapsulating, with my love for science fiction, vintage photography, and the magic of the cosmos, while also offering helpful, empowering, and inspiring affirmations.
What were the unexpected challenges creating this deck?
The deck took a number of years to complete. Since its initial incarnation, I knew I wanted to write a helpful and concise guidebook to accompany the deck. It wasn’t until I had created all 78 cards that I even began to write the booklet, so its launch took a year longer than I had anticipated. This was a bit of a challenge, because I was so eager to share the deck, but I had to be patient. Patience is very important when you are wanting to refine or complete something properly. I knew I couldn’t rush the process.
Three of the male cards of the deck feature my partner’s closest friends, so it was always fun to get them to play along and act out the roles of their cards.
What is your favourite Tarot Card?
Hmm that is a tough one! I would have to say my favourite Tarot card in every deck has always been the Magician. It is the card I try and identify with the most. Lol And I loved creating this card for my deck! Some of my favourite decks include the Thoth Tarot, the Aquarian Tarot, the Klimpt Tarot, Tarot of a Moongarden, the Mountain dream Bea Nettle’s Tarot, and the Goddess Tarot.
How did you learn to read the cards?
I have been reading the tarot since around the age of 12. For the most part, I have been self-taught, but I have also taken a few courses on how to read the cards over the years. I now use my own method for reading that sort of goes beyond what the inherent interpretations actually are.
I think there is such an amazing variety of Tarot cards out there, and I love seeing the different mediums that are being explored nowadays! If there is an idea you have, and a style you want to go with, be passionate in your approach. I don’t think there are any right or wrong ways of making a deck if it is something that you really want to do, and your heart is in the right place. In terms of creating your deck, there are many options for both self-publishing, and publishing work. Make sure you research the companies that do the actual printing, and which publishers would fit well (and support) your creative ideas. I have connected with a few publishers throughout my journey with The Starchild Tarot, but in the end, I wanted to self-publish the deck myself because I wanted 100% control of the finish and style of the deck.
Any exciting projects in the creative pipeline?
I am currently in the process of creating an oracle deck with another writer, and another Tarot deck, entitled, The Moonchild Tarot. I am also creating a line of Tarot spread mats that can be used with all tarot decks, each with their own unique theme and layout (with accompanying guided instructions).
Favourite flavour of ice-cream?
Do you have any pets?
I have a lovely dog named Frida
What book are you currently reading? I am always reading about 5 books at once. It’s like changing channels for me when it comes to books. Lol. I am currently reading the Three waves of volunteers, and The Convoluted Universe by Dolores Cannon, Energy Medicine (for women) by Donna Eden, and the Earth chronicles by Zecharia Sitchin (my fiancee loves these books, so we spend a lot of time discussing the information found in this series).
Name a film you have seen more than 5 times?
I love the X-files series and have watched this a number of times! In terms of movies… I love everything Wes Anderson, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, and Star Trek (the movies are great!). Lol
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Hmmmm Frida Kahlo.
What is your go-to crystal?
How can we follow you and your projects?
A huge thank you to Danielle Noel for her time and inspiring words.