Available for pre-order now. Expected to ship in June 2019.
Massive's Women of Science Tarot Deck is a game of cards that helps us tell stories about our future based on principles of science. This deck was made possible by over 300 amazing backers on Kickstarter.
The Tarot deck has been used since the 15th century as a framework for communal storytelling, soothsaying and prediction. We’ve updated our tarot to reflect our scientific, 21st century curiosity for shaping the world. It's a modern, feminist tarot deck that anyone can enjoy.
The full deck is composed of 78 matte cards measuring 2.75" x 4.75". The 22 major arcana cards feature a fundamental scientific concept, like extinction, diversity or gravity. The 56 minor arcana cards feature women who have changed the course of STEM. Every card is illustrated by neuroscientist and comic artist Matteo Farinella.
Each box includes printed gameplay instructions (perfect for tarot beginners). You'll also receive a digital guidebook with information about each featured scientist, teaching guidelines for educators, and the names of our Kickstarter backers.
- The Limited Edition deck ships in a specialty, 2-piece box measuring approximately 5.2" x 3.2" x 1.3". We're only making 500 of these, and over 300 have already been gifted to our Kickstarter backers. Each box will be signed by Matteo and will feature slightly higher production values (to be determined during production).
- The Regular Edition deck ships in a conventional tuck box measuring approximately 4.9" x 2.9".
Please Note: Product images are illustrations of how we expect the end product to look. The final product may slightly differ in appearance from what's shown here.
Science Tarot FAQ
Is this science? No, it's a game! For fun, and coincidentally, learning. There's a great, long history of card games as tools for communal storytelling.
Why are you fouling the pristine objectivity of science with women and magic? At Massive we've learned and are constantly testing the impact of science media presented in different formats and styles. We know from our experience, and from the vast trove of research on effective science communication, that science stories centered on human experience and stories with emotional valence have greater impact on audiences. We want people who use this deck to learn about the history of science, and think creatively about how we can learn from the discoveries and failures, eureka moments and mistakes of the past to inform our future research and decision-making processes...as a species.
Why are you doing this? Our main goal as science communicators is to get people excited about science, to make science a more inclusive space, and to give people a sense of agency in scientific spaces. We want people to prioritize scientific thinking in their own lives and in their communities. We want people to do more research, to ask questions, and to remain curious. We don't think creativity, storytelling, magical thinking and scientific thinking are totally disparate subjects. Neither did Jacob Bronowsky, Richard Feynman, Alan Turing, Marvin Minsky or Oliver Sacks.