The Yuletide Monsters Oracle Deck!

A project in Richmond, VA by Onça O'Leary

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This whimsical deck combines folklore & fortune-telling for those that love Krampus and all his winter holiday buddies!
Backers: 94
Average Pledge Per Backer: $63

Funded: $5,889 of $2,500
Dates: Sep 7th -> Oct 22nd (45 days)
Project By: Onça O'Leary
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Latest News


October 19th - via:
JUST THREE DAYS TO GO!  My house is wall-to-wall Yuletide Monsters year-round: I have masks & papier mach'e sculptures of Krampus & Santa Lucia, with cut paper cryptid snowflakes on every wall and a festively wreathe, ethically sourced horse... (Read More)


October 17th - via:
Hi again! Getting close now to the end of this campaign!  I wrote you all a lengthy & considered post sharing some examples of the cards meanings, which got lost in the ether over the weekend as I was shifting from home to gig & back! We are... (Read More)


October 10th - via:
John from Gifts of the Wyrd podcast reached out to me to do an interview about this project and its story, and now it is LIVE & available wherever you get your podcasts! Thanks so much to John for taking the time to talk to me help me spread the... (Read More)

And now, another one of our Outliers! GRYLLA

October 9th - via:
Arriving from the frozen glaciers of Iceland, she is hungry, lusty and nasty, with 12 naughty holiday sons and a very BIG Yule Cat. This is Grylla, who has been known in folklore to eat both human kids and one of her own lazy husbands.  Glorious... (Read More)

Cats, Boxes, Ribbons, and Tiny Snackable Humans Just SCREAM Xmas to Me

October 5th - via:
The Yule Cat is Ready to Play The Yule Cat of Iceland puts the Indolent in a permanent time-out. By eating them! We see the big beast here in the cards from various moods from cuddly kitten to glowering bad guy. So. Many. Cats.  Appropriately,... (Read More)

Sanctioned by Krampus Himself

October 1st - via:
Krampus came by our booth at the Maryland Ren Faire to survey the test copy of the Oracle. I am relieved to say that he APPROVES. So, if you needed an endorsement from the wild man himself... there it is!  Baltimore Krampus stopped by to see the... (Read More)

A Bit about the Structure of the Cards

September 28th - via:
This deck has five families of cards, with 8 in each grouping for a total of forty cards.  The Suits are Switches (with the Alpine wild-man Krampus presented in many forms), Wassail Cups (The wassailing ghost horse of Wales, Mari Lwyd), Gifts (The... (Read More)

What does feral kitten rescue have to do with this project?

September 27th - via:
City Kitty, my local feral kitten rescue, is an amazing volunteer organization, bringing vet care, comfort and HOMES to hundreds and HUNDREDS of neglected & forgotten strays. I seriously don't even know how they have the courage to do the job... (Read More)

Printers, am I Right?

September 26th - via:
So here's what's great: The proof came in, & it looks amazing! I sprang for the metallic edges for the test copy and it looks simply awesome. I'm hoping we get that last $150 worth of funds to make it a reality. It DID come in at TWICE the size I... (Read More)

Perchta with her Giant Scissors & the Ancient Stryxa

September 23rd - via:
It's Perchta in her Most Maidenly Aspect, Duckfoot & All I can't believe how well the campaign is doing. To celebrate breaking the $4400 mark, here's your next adorable cryptid!   Alpine Perchta is our shapeshifting Lady of Blades in this... (Read More)

Ready for some Classic Krampus?

September 22nd - via:
It's Krampus, Baby! In the suit of Switches, from Ace to Six, Apprentice & Master, we see Krampus in many of his traditional aspects, from Wild Beast-man to hunky Devil. He's got a Switch to really get you motivated, if you need prompting. (I... (Read More)

All the Way from Wales is the Holiday Ghost-Horse, Mari Lwyd

September 19th - via:
Our Ace of Cups is the Mari Lwyd! The deck offers 5 families of cards - Cups, Switches, Scissors, Gifts and Outliers. ALL of the Cups are iterations of this mischievous songster, our ghostly lady of Wassail.  (Read More)

She Is Still Looking for the Baby

September 18th - via:
The Christmas Witch of Sicily, La Befana La Befana is the Xmas Witch in Sicily! I have one of these astride her broom in my dining room year-round that I bought last year in the market in Cefalu. Her actual holiday (like most of the winter... (Read More)

Straight from Dickens' Pivotal Work

September 14th - via:
Yes, this is a True Christmas Monster This author for all practical purposes invented modern Xmas. And in so doing, Charles Dickens also acknowledged the frozen undercurrent of mortality that has always been integral to Winter. This cryptid reminds... (Read More)

All the Way from Sweden to Bring You Some Sass

September 11th - via:
Julbock! The deck will have 40 cards total, in 5 families - Switches, Cups, Gifts, Scissors & the Outliers. Here's The Julbock, of 8 iconic Outliers bringing wisdom from far-flung corners of Europe.  The deck also has magical monsters from... (Read More)


September 7th - via:
It's going so well! In the two hours that it took me to launch the campaign  and then have a gigantic trees-down power-lines-down crazy-rain-storm outage here in Richmond, we got up to almost $700 in support! That's fantastic. Makes a gal feel good... (Read More)

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