New deck excitement!
The Afro-Brazillian Tarot touts itself as “a channel for the beneficial forces of an ancient magic…the divinities of Afro-Brazilian Santeria, tied with the immortal archetypes of the Tarot”.
Now, that’s not quite so accurate, but going into the details of Ifa, Santeria, Candomble, and Lucumi (and other indigenous and/or afro-diasporic traditions) is not what I’m writing this post about and ranting at Lo Scarabeo (and other major tarot publishers) use of cultural and spiritual practices is its own series of posts.
I’m just happy to have a deck featuring POC faces and deities from a tradition I’m familiar with and recognize. In fact, when merging practices like these with Tarot and other tools, it’s never going to be perfect. Though there are artists from these communities doing that work.
On to the deck interview!
Deck Interview of Afro-Brazilian Tarot
First impressions of this spread result match my first impressions of this deck. I figured it would be an energy filled deck that would often leave me breathless, as indicated by the Wands dominating the spread. In fact, its limit lies in the Cups suit! Figures.
1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
KNIGHT OF WANDS – A dark knight on a white horse tramples over an angry looking red dragon. Okay then! This is a deck of high energy and headrushes. It’s not particularly controlled and is likely to leave me lying flat and feeling ran over. I bet I get the message though, loud and clear!
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
SEVEN OF SWORDS – The imagery here is interesting. While this card often involves a person stealing away with seven swords, here we’ve got seven swords melted together and rather gnarled and curled. There’s some hope though, butterflies around it, and some flowers on the ground. Will this deck bring guide me when my sword edge is not only dull, but gnarled and twisted?
3. What are your limits as a deck?
NINE OF SOPERAS (Cups) [REVERSED] – It is not a deck of wish fulfillment, and it certainly isn’t going to give me all the answers I’m looking for- it’ll instead give me the information I need to go looking for them. With my familiarity with the traditions inspiring this deck’s art, it also feels like a reminder that this deck is not an alternative to those traditions and I should practice as I always have. Cool.
4. What are you here to teach me?
KING OF SWORDS – Messages that come as quick and fierce and surgical as the machete in the figure’s (I think that’s supposed to be Ogun though the colors are off) hand. How to move on circumstances with attention, analysis, and intention.
5. How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
FIVE OF WANDS [REVERSED] – Not by picking at the pieces of the message received that I want!
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
THREE OF WANDS – Well mastery of what the King of Sword’s energy is will result in intuition, foresight, the ability to see the whole picture. It also shows the lesson of patience, sitting still, consulting, and waiting to hear where I’m guided so that I make my next move with full vision. This way even if a message comes to me with the furor of the Knight of Wands above, I can still move forward without panic.