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When I started my journey to create a Queer Tarot Deck, I didn’t know any already existed. Now that I am so far into this project, I have discovered, found and been sent so many links of wonderful, inspiring work that has been created, recently and many years ago. Here I aim to list and honour decks that I love, own, recommend or have simply be told about. In no particular order please enjoy this list of Queer Tarot decks, where the gift of passion, and inspiration to create has been realised by these wonderful artists and creators each bringing their own gifts, talents and perspectives to Tarot Cartomancy.
The Delta Enduring Tarot pays tribute to these ebbs and flows, and to the lives of those that continue to make the deep south a more verdant, just, and enduring landscape–despite the storm of oppression always on the horizon.
The deck consists of 82 vividly illustrated full-color cards on thick glossy cardstock. Each card captures the classic visual themes of the traditional tarot, while weaving in imagery of life in the Mississippi Delta–the natural and the surreal, the joy and despair, the mundane, and the unseen.
Featuring body outlaws, endangered cultures, and anti-colonial belief systems, THE NEXT WORLD TAROT envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love. The Fool’s Journey is about smashing systematic oppression, owning their truths, being accountable to the people and places that support them, and taking back a connection to their body that may have been lost through trauma or societal brainwashing. The NEXT WORLD TAROT is a visual spectacle of both the battle cry and the reconnection between outcasts and their criminalized identities.
The Dark Days Tarot deck is inspired by the dark days of the lunar cycle, during which we are gravitationally and energetically drawn inward toward reflection. Our bodies are subtly synced to the push and pull of the moon’s phases, just as the ocean’s tides are.
This ebb and flow rhythm encourages deeper rest and more meaningful reflection during dark moon days, and thus, a more intuitive state of mind. This deck captures the essence of these depth-inducing days, making them appropriate for all days of the lunar cycle.
Darkness is the subconscious, the dream world, the spirit realm, the unknown, and fertile ground for self-reflection. It offers an opportunity to “see” with senses other than eyesight. Answers, clues, and journeying linger in darkness. This deck exalts darkness as infinite power.
Use this deck when you need deeper understanding and inspiration for forward movement, especially when it’s harder to “see” what you truly need or want.
Note: While the Dark Days Tarot is a fine first Tarot deck, it should be observed that the Dark Days Guidebook is travel sized meant for quick referencing. Beginners are encouraged to explore outside Tarot mythology and how-to texts to enhance their Tarot practice, should they so desire.
The spirit of the modern age is embraced in the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn. Egypt Urnash’s distinctive style―comic book imagery with a futuristic sci-fi edge―vividly captures a rapidly changing world where humankind lives symbiotically with technology and media. Featuring ninety Arcana, this unique and engaging deck pushes the boundaries of traditional tarot- taking you to new depths of personal insight and reflection. Featuring sci-fi references, racy space-encounters, alien bodies and gender queering awesomeness, and features a bunch of additional cards, reinventing the traditional system of tarot.
Brotherhood Tarot draws inspiration from Gay history and mythology to create the ultimate masculine fantasy Tarot deck. 78 colorful cards that draw from the traditional structure of the tarot while reinventing the look with bold, colorful Radical Faerie imagery. “Patric Stillman’s Brotherhood Tarot filled a specific niche in the Tarot world when it came out, and expanded the available choice of decks for those reading for clients that were either gay, or connected strongly with the gay world.” (Bonnie Cehovet)
The Gay Tarot focuses on the experience and identity of homosexual men. The figures are pretty much all male, so some of the traditional cards have been renamed, but that makes no difference if you are used to Waite style, you should have not problem expanding your mind with this deck. Of course everyone has different tastes, but I just love these cards and highly recommend them. Also, if you are looking for an erotic deck, this is not the deck for you. While men are featured as all the major figures, women are not excluded.
NUMINOUS – surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious.
The Numinous Tarot is a deck that strives to bring a variety of experiences to the wonderfully complex symbolism of the Tarot. Rendered in beautiful and luminous watercolor and inks, the Numinous Tarot shows the beauty of diversity in the world, from body type, ability, race, to gender identity and expression. These things are not used as symbols in and of themselves; rather, they are there to show the infinite ways that all people can experience magic and mystery, especially those who are often excluded from it.
The mission of Queer Street Tarot is to inspire, encourage, and enable others to make the necessary changes to meet their dreams using tarot cards, goal setting, and coaching techniques.
I want everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community to feel like there is something of themselves in these decks. Creating your own community of cards gives you a chance to really get to know them, connect with them, and discover deeper meaning in your own life alongside them.
Slow Holler’s tarot deck is collaboratively illustrated and imagined by over 30 artists and 4 writers who have Southern ties, identify as queer or both. The deck is a vibrant collection of illustration styles and voices, tied together by a handmade feel and process, fine level of craft, and unified colour palette.
On a much more serious note, Anandi, a friend of Collective Tarot members and long-time radical queer activist and organizer has been diagnosed with breast cancer. To help offset the cost of care, Sarah Brown has organized Art Sustains Us, an on-line art auction to which many talented people have donated art, craft, services and time. Please take a moment to check out the site and if you have the means, to be a part of an incredible exchange: money for art/funds for healthcare/art for self-care, and so on.
A GAY TAROT The St. Jinx Arcana has 78 tarot cards fully illustrated and reimagined for the gay male. The characters and backgrounds feature abundant symbolism and attention to detail, with the imagery remaining similar to that found in the popular Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, making it simple to use for all, regardless of the users experience with the tarot. https://www.patreon.com/stjinx
She Is Sitting in the Night is a contemporary queer re-visioning of a beautiful feminist tarot deck from the 80s that documents a conversation across generations and mediums. It is simultaneously a tool for tarot reading and a celebration of queer and feminist cultural production, past and present.
Alongside Oliver Pickle’s acclaimed contemporary interpretation of Ruth West’s lesbian-feminist tarot cards, we have historically carried limited edition original printing Thea’s Tarot (1984) decks, generously sold to us by the artist. We are, however, in the process of reprinting the deck, with Ruth’s permission. We are hoping these will be available by Fall 2018. Feel free to preorder the book and deck combo now! Orders for the new deck will be possible from our site once they have been printed. If you have further questions about Thea’s Tarot or would like to be notified when the reprint becomes available, please contact us directly. Thanks!
Dame Darcy’s self-published nautical-themed Mermaid Tarot is as queer as a pair of fish-shaped ladies.
Gold gilded edges on all cards, remastered images and beautiful heavy weight flip box designed inside and out with a nautical style that compliments the classic Mermaid Tarot card design.
78 beautifully illustrated mermaid and nautical themed tarot cards by Dame Darcy based on the traditional Rider deck.
The Cheimonette Tarot Deck: The Cheimonette Tarot is a new kind of deck, applying a unique interpretation to a traditional tarot structure. It is designed to encourage personal interpretation, educated free-association, and a creative approach to using tarot. While this tarot deck does not explicitly state any where that it is Queer or a LGBTQIA+ deck, it seems to be drawn / illustrated in a gender free way, the creatures tapping into the energy of the individual cards.