The Numinous Future: New work & radical queer magic from Noel Heimpel

A guest post shared by Noel Arthur Hiempel, creator of the Numinous Tarot!

If there’s one place on the internet The Numinous Tarot has found a warm and loving home, it’s Little Red Tarot. This blog and everyone involved have been incredibly supporting in the course of supporting my creation of my first deck, and in making it easier for the wonderful Tarot community across the Atlantic to buy. So it’s no surprise that Beth has offered me this guest post, as LRT winds down, to keep you all updated on what’s happening next with my work.

First things first: a second printing of the Numinous Tarot is coming.

Though it’s still available in the LRT shop, I personally have sold out of the first printing. Exciting! In order to finance a second print run, I will be having another Kickstarter in December of this year, with fulfillment projected for spring 2019. If you would like to be notified of updates regarding the deck, including when the Kickstarter is live, you can sign up for my mailing list.

While you’re waiting for that, or if you already have a copy of the Numinous Tarot tucked safely in your drawers, you can follow the production of my next deck, the Threadbound Oracle:

The Threadbound Oracle will be a 50-card oracle deck themed on bookbinding, storytelling, and the connections we forge between ourselves and the natural world.

It consists of 29 Story Cards and 21 suit cards, with the suits being Paper, Ink, and Thread. I’ll be creating approximately one card a week for the next year using linocut printing, which is a time consuming but very satisfying physical process. The cards will be posted as they’re made on Instagram, Twitter, and Patreon, with a bonus for subscribing Patrons – the meanings of the cards along with the images.

The Threadbound Oracle was created as a partner to another upcoming project of mine, a fantasy webcomic called The Thread That Binds.

One of the main characters, Amane, is a card reader, and I created the Threadbound Oracle to take the place of Tarot in the world that she lives in! Throughout the comic, she uses the cards to help understand and clarify what’s going on in her life, as well as to talk to spirits, which might feel familiar to many of you (imagine me winking here, wink wink).

The Thread That Binds is a story about a queer found family healing from the loss of one of their members, June. Amane arrives at the library they all work at for an apprenticeship in magical bookbinding and finds herself quickly becoming part of the family—although not without difficulty, as her teacher is June’s grieving spouse of 40 years. Together they learn how to create a new path forward while treasuring their beloved memories…which is all the more important when they discover that June’s death may not have been an accident, and that eir spirit is still present in the library.

The first chapter of the comic will drop on Patreon next month, in November, and for the general public in early 2019. Patrons will be reading one chapter ahead of everyone else—the comic will be released chapter-by-chapter in PDF format every 3-4 months for free or pay-what-you-want. Eventually, there will be print volumes as well. You don’t have to read the comic in order to use the Threadbound Oracle, but it’s very much encouraged as they are intertwined! Storytelling and cartomancy are my two biggest loves, and now I’m combining them to see what interesting and beautiful things happen.

If you’d like to keep up with these projects, you can get updates from me via Instagram, Twitter, and Patreon, or my mailing list. The mailing list will only send you the most important updates, such as when Kickstarters happen or new chapters or decks are available for purchase. Supporting me with a monthly donation on Patreon helps me keep working—get this—full time on these projects so I can bring them into reality much faster! It also gets you all kinds of bonus material.

It’s because of the support I’ve received from this community for the Numinous Tarot that I was able to quit my day job this summer and start living my dream.

Thank you, sincerely, from the very depths of my heart. I hope I’ll be able to keep bringing you new and wonderful things, and that we’ll all keep connecting and growing together as one big queer Tarot family.

About Noel

Noel Arthur Heimpel is a lifelong artist, writer, and witch living in Seattle. They were born and raised in Maryland, and graduated from Towson University in 2013 with a BS in Painting/Drawing/Printmaking. They are the creator of The Numinous Tarot, an inclusive, intersectional Tarot deck, and Ignition Zero, a completed urban fantasy webcomic with over 350 pages, both done entirely in watercolor and ink. Noel has been a witch since 2001 and has been reading Tarot since 2003. Their name is pronounced like “knoll” and not like the Christmas song. Noel is agender, pan/demisexual, and grey-aromantic. Their pronouns are they/them.

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  1. Beth says:

    “The Threadbound Oracle will be a 50-card oracle deck themed on bookbinding, storytelling, and the connections we forge between ourselves and the natural world.”

    You just ticked all my boxes and I’m now ridiculously excited about your new project! Thanks for taking the time to share this with us Noel 🙂

  2. Tango says:

    Holy cats! I didn’t realize these projects were intertwined – and I was already so excited about each of them!! I’m all kinds of curious now… Did one inspire the other??

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