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Ka Bala

Ka Bala: The Mysterious Game that Foretells the Future was produced by Transogram in 1967 and is an interesting hybrid balancing roulette talking board combining divination by letters, astrology and tarot that has a pretty fantastic kitschy design. It even glows in the dark.

samstoybox image of the Ka Bala board

samstoybox image of the Ka Bala box

 

There’s a bit of history about the Ka Bala at via the Museum of Talking Boards. An additional page has some captures from the comic that was used to advertize the device. You can even consult the Ka Bala via an interactive online version.

“If there was a contest for the weirdest talking board of all time, ka-bala the Mysterious Game that Foretells the Future, would win unequivocally. From the eerie green glow-in-the-dark board, to the smashed dragon impaled by the Eye of Zohar, ka-bala gives new meaning to the word “bizarre.” You and a partner are instructed to start the game with the chant: “PAX, SAX, SARAX, HOLA, NOA., NOSTRA.” From this point on, anything can happen as the two of you, with your hands on the “Solary Projectors,” roll a black marble around the channel that circles the board and wait for it to come to rest at one of the many symbols. Depending on the “Astral Plane” chosen, the future is revealed by letters and numbers like a talking board, or by Tarot cards placed in specially designed “wells,” or astrologically by the zodiac conveniently spelled out in bas-relief around the perimeter of the board. Care must be taken not to get too carried away as you play since the black marble has a tendency to leave the channel and fly across the room like a bullet. Did I mention that the Eye of Zohar follows your every move? The instruction sheet that comes with ka-bala is especially helpful. All the rules are presented in great detail along with the sage advice that the lights must be on in order to read the Tarot cards.” [via]

Dream Logic Tarot

You may be interested in the Dream Logic Tarot, a collaborative project by Jay Gidwitz and Anthony Teth. I reblogged a quote that was illustrated with the Dream Logic Tarot’s Lust – Strength card over at the Thelema and the Libri of Aleister Crowley blog, and thought you’d be interested in taking a gander at the actual ongoing project.

 

Gidwitz Teth Dream Logic Tarot The Four of Swords
The 4 of Swords from Dream Logic Tarot

 

“I’m working on all 78 images for a deck of tarot cards in collaboration with occultist Anthony Teth.
The final images will also be available as fine art prints.
The imagery from tarot provides a rich landscape of archetypes.
The meanings of the cards are derived from platonic ideals, that ultimately every person can relate what a given card “means” to various points in their life.
Conceptually the meanings of the cards are at the perfect level of both generality and specificity that give Anthony and I both creative freedom, as well as a strong framework within which to work.” [via]

 

Gidwitz Teth Dream Logic Tarot The Tower
The Tower from Dream Logic Tarot

 

“I have recently joined forces with the extremely talented artist, photographer and reality deviant Jay Gidwitz. Together we are currently embroiled in the creation of a fully functional deck of Tarot Cards, with each card being a digitally illustrated (and esoterically relevant) work of art. An instructional book is also in the works.” [via]

 

Update 16nov2020: Replaced previous images, per creator request, updated some links that rotted, and added these additional images below.

 

Gidwitz Teth Dream Logic Tarot Art Temperance
Art Temperance from Dream Logic Tarot

 

Gidwitz Teth Dream Logic Tarot The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man from Dream Logic Tarot

 

Gidwitz Teth Dream Logic Tarot The Chariot
The Chariot from Dream Logic Tarot

 

Gidwitz Teth Dream Logic Tarot The Sun
The Sun from Dream Logic Tarot