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Peculiar Antiques
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Once the "launch week contest" is over, the individual that wins and receives the Crown Jewels (Artifactum Elite) should private message me here on the Café.

I have a very specific vision for something beyond what's included in the two "Gemini Editions" of Crown Jewels I sent to Vic for the contest, but am still awaiting specific materials to complete the item in question. I want to ensure that, when complete, this additional piece of the set reaches the winner.

Thank you.
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Just recieved my Artifactum & accompanying black book........1st off,thank you Vic for the crazy fast 2 day shipping that I have come to know as your standard of being !!

2nd - HOLLY COW CHRIS.......freakin WOW, just opened up the cards & then opened up the black book & started reading it & my brain went 💥 !! These are fantastic & the book - OMG, Chris you have really put these into a world within they're own world !!

I love your AA's & HT, these Artifactums are just exquisite, a peek within your minds state of being in its creations of thought !

So yaaaaa I kinda like Thank you for not giving up on yourself Chris a little while back & seeing this project thru to it full fruition & sharing Artifactum & this extensive book !!
David Eichler
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Just got mine today. Chris has, once again, outdone himself. Anyone who has come to know and appreciate his pieces of theatre (Cuss Cards, Hedge Tarote, Sailor's Purse, Kadar, A Death in the Family, among others...) has come to anticipate a tremendous level of thought into not only the workings and the writings, but the artistry contained therein. This is no exception. For a reader - novice or seasoned - or someone who wants to learn a way to do readings, this is highly recommended. And, of course, Vic's amazing communication and shipping speed. Living in the USA, it is a treat to not have to wait for Chris' pieces coming from across the pond and getting caught up in customs as the officials scratch their heads and wonder what kind of eccentric has purchased these oddities.

Thanks, Chris and Vic! Another shining star in the cap of Alchemy Moon and Gemini Artifacts!

Vic Nadata
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Thank you for the kind comments!

Please enjoy EPISODE I of the Artifactum Podcast. You can also download the MP3 version from the Gemini Artifacts site under FREE PREVIEWS. Enjoy!

Dr. O
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Enjoyed the podcast. Confirms that I made the right choice in purchasing. Having a physical book instead of a PDF was another plus for me.
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You’re truly a vessel of wisdom. I love the podcast idea!

I hope Artifactum will soon be on its way to The Netherlands.

Cheers, Luc.
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As the first wave of Artifactum start to arrive in safe hands, I want to pop in here and say thanks for all of the kind comments so far.

I also want to thank my collaborators on this project, specifically - Paul Kostrach for sticking with me through two years of rewrites and revisions (I cannot tell you just how hard it was to trim down all of my notes to fit into 200 pages and the living hell this put the ever uncomplaining Paul through). I would also like to thank the mysterious presence behind Peculiar Antiques for making those wonderful Crown Jewels (what I would give to get my hands on one of those myself!), but not only this, but for being an inspiration in terms of design and core ideas during the development of the Artifactum.
I would also like to extend thanks to John Green. Although John was not around during the writing of the Artifactum, I think we will be hearing a lot more of his ideas in 'The Book of Doors' which will follow. Also a huge thanks to John for organising, sound engineering and editing the podcast.
Finally, I would like to thank Mr Vic Nadata, for being a real gent to work with and for making such a great job of printing and ageing the cards - they have come out exactly as I envisioned.

We often think that a creation is the product of a single person or persons. Yet, this is rarely the case. Not only are our ideas informed by what we have learnt from others, but from something more mysterious and intangible. Any idea we have is - or should - be greater than the person who simply wrote it down.
Sometimes we have an idea or a motivation that seems to come from somewhere more nebulous than the creators ego. With the Artifactum I feel this so keenly, so keenly that I do not really see it as being my piece of work, it is a cocreation between friends known and unknown, seen and unseen. So the above credits are genuine and grounded in a metaphysical truth!

The most substantial thanks go out to you for supporting this work. Without you, there really would be no point in toiling away for years.

The Artifactum is a complex beast, with many ideas and challenging concepts under the hood. It heralds a new direction for Alchemy Moon. It is a result of meditating on my own work and my thoughts on the purpose and possible direction that magic could take (in a world that largely denies its existence).

I am currently working on several ways to support and extend the Artifactum. There is far too much to tell you all about in one post, but I did want to say a few words about the ideas that John and I have for the podcast.

The Podcast

Our aim here is to produce a series of podcasts, the one above is just meant as a general introduction for those who are unsure as to what the Artifactum is.

The next stage is to look at each area or 'Pillar' of the Artifactum in a separate podcast. This will take a deeper look at the methods and philosophy behind each Pillar, and will act as something of a tutorial and deeper discussion of the concepts. The Artifactum Book was heavily edited to keep it down to 200 pages, so there is a lot more to talk about.

I know that people will have many questions about the Artifactum; either to help them decide upon owning it, or to clarify after they have received it. I am working on a means of facilitating this. For now, if you post any questions here, I will answer them directly. Or, if you pm me here, or email me at, I will get back to you asap.

I really do hope that you derive a good deal of pleasure from the Artifactum and find all of the treasures that are to be found in its meandering corridors.
It is always a deeply personal thing when you bring something out for the community, something that started life as random electrical impulses in the brain, that becomes a physical manifestation and end up being a material object that you hold in your hands. It is a strange baby, and its father is more than a little eager to learn what you think of it!

I have belatedly sent out a thank you letter to all of you who have the Artifactum - as it was belated - here is a link for those who we may have missed.!AvQ_c2bR7fVwg9pnuKXwX5h_NtFEFg

Finally - I am sorry that I am quieter on here than perhaps I should be - I do have my reasons, but none of them reflect a lack of regard for the good people here. I promise to leave my cave - just as soon as I have finished…….
The Moon is now to be found in the constellation of Gemini:
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