The Oak, Ash & Thorn MINI 

Oak, Ash & Thorn's (friendly) bite-sized counterpart

Created by Stephanie Burrows

Illustrated by Adam Oehlers

Three Trees Tarot, Volume III (first printing)

Preorders launch on August 1st, 2022 at 7pm (UK time)

HELLO!

Thanks for your interest in our MINI Oak, Ash & Thorn tarot deck. The creatures of the forest have spoken, and they have asked us to print a smaller sized deck that they can handle more easily with their little paws. Wish granted!

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Oak, Ash & Thorn is an eco-friendly tarot deck, printed right here in the UK. It's also a Rider-Waite-Smith inspired deck suitable for anyone on their journey into Tarot (whether this is your first deck, one of many or if you simply enjoy the artwork adorning each card).

 

In folklore, the site of oak, ash and thorn trees entwined on a hillside mark the dwelling of spirits or the entrance to the other world. These three trees come together with a collection of woodland animals to create a stunning and unique Tarot deck. The beautiful English countryside that surrounds us was the inspiration for its creation.

 

There’s quite a bit to cover, and we've tried to be as thorough as possible, so please read all the information below before you decide to commit to purchase. ​If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Please note that all of the photos/images shown are prototype copies. The finished design may vary.

MINI DECK SPECS

  • DECK SIZE: 78 Tarot cards (22 Major Arcana, 56 Minor Arcana), a ‘Possibilities’ card and two, double-sided reference sheets. The deck is protected by two blank cards.

  • CARD SIZE: 58mm x 99mm (roughly 2.28 x 3.89 inches) with white borders and rounded corners

  • CARD STOCK: Eco-friendly, 350gsm, FSC accredited/carbon balanced paper with veggie inks (protected by matte, anti-scuff laminate)  ​

  • BOX: The cards are housed in a light brown, 350gsm tuck flap box (with an easy to open lid and a glued base); beautifully embossed in black veggie-based ink in a woodland design.

 

Since we want to keep Oak, Ash & Thorn as eco-friendly as possible, there  is  no  physical guidebook  that accompanies this Tarot deck, and there are no plans for one.  Instead, we include two double-sided companion reference sheets featuring keywords that thoughtfully depict the nature of each card, allowing the deck to be read intuitively.

 

There is an accompanying PDF guidebook which will be emailed automatically upon purchase.

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THE MAJOR ARCANA (BELOW)

These cards showcase animals whose personality traits parallel the 22 individual universal archetypes represented in the Major Arcana of a classic Rider-Waite-Smith deck. Below is a sampling of some of the Majors that will be included in our deck:

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THE MINOR ARCANA (BELOW)

The Minor Arcana cards are broken down by an animal representative of each element. 

  • THE CUPS (squirrels) represent feelings, emotions and relationships. They resemble a heart-centred spirit.

 

  • THE PENTACLES (hares) represent the material world. They resemble a grounded and bountiful spirit. 

  • THE SWORDS (ravens) represent intellect, thoughts, and state of mind. They resemble a logical and intelligent spirit. 

  • THE WANDS (foxes) represent creativity, inspiration and passion. They resemble a bold and adventurous spirit.

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THE CARD BACKS (BELOW)

The back of the cards aren't reversible, but it doesn't mean you can't read the deck using reversals. The emblem in the middle of each card is small enough so that when it's reversed, the upside-down cards aren't quite as noticeable...it's a happy medium.

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IF A CARD IS DRAWN UPRIGHT

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IF A CARD IS DRAWN UPSIDE DOWN

THIS MINI DECK IS...

  • STUNNING: Even if you're not into Tarot, it's a beautiful collectors deck with gorgeous artwork.

  • INTUITIVE: As you work with this deck, you will begin to develop personal associations with the cards, and since it's based on the Rider-Waite-Smith system, the cards are easy to understand.

  • ECO-FRIENDLY: Oak, Ash & Thorn is printed right here in the UK with FSC accredited/carbon balanced paper and veggie inks (please click here for further information).   

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SNEAK PEEK

If you'd like to view the MINI deck in full, Simon over at The Hermit's Cave recorded a 'Mini Oak, Ash & Thorn…. Coming Soon!' video. Thank you so much Simon! Click here if you'd like a sneak peek. 

The lovely Becca of  Becca's Home & Tarot did an unboxing too. If you'd like to take a look, click here.

And last, but certainly not least, the fabulous Lisa over at Supportive Tarot talked about our MINI deck here (the part about the Oak, Ash & Thorn MINI starts 33 minutes and 16 seconds in). 

HOW DOES THE MINI DIFFER FROM THE REGULAR SIZE OAK, ASH & THORN?

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  • IT'S SMALLER: The MINI measures 58mm x 99mm (roughly 2.28 x 3.89 inches). 

  • IT'S THINNER: The MINI is printed on the same paper we love, but this time, it's printed on 350gsm stock.

  • THERE'S A SLIGHT CHANGE TO THE TITLE COLOURS: It's barely noticeable, but we've tweaked some of the title colours to better complement the card illustrations. 

  • THE HANGED MAN is now called 'The Hanged Mouse'.

Other than that, the MINI deck is exactly the same as the regular size Oak, Ash & Thorn.

OUR PRINTER

After our fantastic experience with Generation Press, we’re using them to print the MINI Oak, Ash & Thorn in the eco-friendly manner that is so important to us. There's so many reasons we love them:

  • They’re local to us (based in Brighton, England), which reduces our carbon footprint.

  • They have been EMAS certified since 2014 (that’s the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, which allows all types of organisations to improve their environmental performance and achieve recognition for doing so).​

  • They use their own generated solar power and are topped up with renewable energy supplied by Ecotricity, they’re carbon-neutral, they offer sustainable paper, and they use vegetable-based inks. We also love that they’ve funded the planting of 6001 trees in the UK. ​

  • They offer the Carbon Balanced Paper programme, enabling their customers to offset their emissions through The World Land Trust (an international conservation charity that protects the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats acre by acre).

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THE PERKS OF ORDERING EARLY

  • You'll be one of the first to own an adorable MINI deck.

  • You'll get the MINI for a special pre-order price. 

  • Free stickers!

  • The whole shop will be on sale, so you can add extras to your order and save on shipping.

  • You'll help us get the MINI deck into print.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT THE HECK IS A PREORDER?!

Preordering means that you won't receive your order right away. Instead, you're securing your order for a later date. Essentially, preorders help us estimate how many decks we should have printed. This MINI deck is considered a preorder. We estimate it to start shipping in January of 2023.

WHEN CAN I PREORDER? 

Preorders will open on August 1st, 2022 at 7pm (UK time) and end on August 31st, 2022 at midnight. This MINI deck is considered a preorder. We estimate it to start shipping in January of 2023.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

From August 1st to August 31st, the MINI Oak, Ash & Thorn will cost £29.00 + shipping (that's just over 10% off of the normal retail price).

We're also putting our whole shop on sale for 10% off (that even includes 10% off the already discounted tarot and coin bundles, so it's a great time to grab a bargain!).

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WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Each MINI deck will include a Certificate of Authenticity, one sticker pack, and one A7 size print which previews our upcoming oracle deck (stickers measure 50 x 90mm and A7 prints measure 74 x 105mm).

WHEN DO I PAY FOR MY PREORDER?

Preorders are charged at the time of ordering.

WHAT IF I ORDER ADDITIONAL ITEMS WITH THE MINI DECK?

Everything will ship together in the same package. If an item is currently available and you wish to receive it sooner, please place a separate order for that item. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PREORDERS END?

We'll be working on placing an order with our printer and then list any remaining copies on our website (date TBD).

 

Please be advised that after August 31st, MINI decks will increase to our normal retail price of £32.50 + shipping (the stickers will not be included; however, they may be purchased separately). 

TIMELINE & DELIVERY

This MINI deck is considered a preorder. We estimate it to start shipping in January of 2023. Certain factors may affect delivery date, including order volume, end destination, and the COVID-19 situation the world finds itself in. Since these decks will be shipping from the UK, delivery times may vary. 

The current timeline for production and shipping is as follows...

IMPORTANT DATES

August 1st - August 31st 2022

Preorder window

September - November 2022

Production time

December 2022

Shop closed (we're visiting family in the States)

January 2023

Estimated shipping time

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HOW WILL MY ORDER BE SHIPPED?

Most orders weighing 2kg and under will be sent tracked via Royal Mail.

HOW MUCH IS SHIPPING?

To give you an idea of what you might expect to pay for shipping, please see the chart below. This chart applies to the MINI deck only. If you add additional items to your order, the shipping price could increase (because we ship by weight). 

 

To view a list of countries in each zone, please click here.

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IF YOU'D LIKE TO ORDER MORE THAN 6 MINI DECKS (meaning your order will contain 7+ MINI decks), PLEASE CONTACT US SO WE CAN FIND THE BEST SHIPPING​ RATE FOR YOU.

WILL I RECEIVE A TRACKING NUMBER?

You should receive an automatic email from Royal Mail with your tracking number 24 hours after we dispatch your order (estimated shipping in January of 2023). If you don't receive a tracking number from Royal Mail, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us, and we'll be happy to look it up for ya.

WHEN WILL I FINALLY RECEIVE MY PREORDER?

This MINI deck is considered a preorder. We estimate it to start shipping in January of 2023.

 

Unfortunately, shipping times are estimates and are not guaranteed. Experience has shown us that some packages can take up to 35+ days to be delivered; however, the vast majority are delivered in a timely manner. While we aim to dispatch orders promptly, unfortunately, we cannot promise on-time delivery, and we cannot provide more information than what the tracking shows (if applicable).

Remember that if you order additional items with the MINI deck, everything will ship together in the same package. If an item is currently available and you wish to receive it sooner, please place a separate order for that item. 

A NOTE ABOUT CUSTOMS

It is the buyer’s sole responsibility to be current on any customs fees or VAT taxes that may be applicable to their purchase order. We are not liable for customs fees or VAT taxes that your country charges you, the importer, nor are we responsible for any delays in delivery on account of customs. Customs policies vary widely from country to country, so we recommend you check your local government's customs rules for more information.

EU customers, kindly note that the UK has now left the EU. Orders shipping to addresses within the EU may be subject to additional handling and dispersement charges upon delivery, which are set solely by the EU country the order is being shipped to. Please be aware of your country's fees before placing your order.

For customs and tax purposes, we must declare the full value of the package. We appreciate your understanding in this matter. 

RIGHT! HOW DO I ORDER?

Awwww! Yay! You've made it this far, and we're so happy you'd like to support us! To preorder, please click here starting on August 1st at 7pm (UK time).

For additional information regarding our Terms and Conditions (Shipping, VAT & Customs, and Return Policy), please click here.

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Actual colours may vary. This is due to the fact that every computer monitor, laptop, tablet and phone screen has a different capability to display colours and that everyone sees these colours differently. We try to edit our photos to show all of our products as life-like as possible, but please understand the actual colour may vary slightly from your monitor.