Interview w/ Noel Heimpel for Little Red Tarot

NOTE: List of Tarot of the QTPOC tarot decks can be found over here.

The Numinous Tarot being lovingly brought to the life by the talented Noel Arthur Heimpel is a forthcoming deck that does just this important work. Ask anyone who has ever talked tarot with me, and they’ll tell you that I’ve managed to sneak or outright shoehorn this luminous deck into conversation, someway somehow. Noel’s Numinous Tarot brilliantly tells our stories, including our identities without distilling us to just cleverly put together letters of the alphabet. I was honored to interview them and learn more about how they came to bless us with their work.

Go and read more about this very lovely deck from its very wise and wonderful creator at Little Red Tarot. There’s even an amazing Avatar: The Last Airbender reference!

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The Emperor from The Numinous Tarot by Noel Heimpel

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signal boost:Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Black Woman Magic

“When you love me, you love yourself… LOVE GOD HERSELF.”

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I’ve expressed my joy about Beyonce engaging Black femme magic before when all we had was Formation. I knew more was coming, and this article articulates a lot of what I’ve been too full to bursting to write about LEMONADE.

Oshun, conjure work, southern black witch magic, the breadth of black women’s power, capacity, and emotion, and all the more still. Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, brilliant black femme magic thinker that she is lays it all out beautifully.

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is grown-ass black woman magic. And the lemons that Queen Bey is working with, powerful hoodoo ingredients for overpowering bad energy, are clearly the Louisiana kind. Lush, troubling visuals show that Beyoncé is the goddess, the goddess is furious, the goddess is victorious, and most important: The goddess is every black woman. Slay

Beyoncé’s expression of the goddess-like wrath of a black woman betrayed is not about her—Lemonade is art, not autobiography, and continues the protest tradition of women blues artists. In black women’s music, trifling men have long been metonyms for a patriarchy that never affords black women the love and life they deserve.

Read the whole article at TIME here.

#tarotsowhite, the sky is blue (but prince said we could make the rain purple so anything is possible!)

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a black woman reads tea leaves for two white women

We’ve always been there.

If there’s anything else I’d like to add to the conversation- that I haven’t mentioned or worked through in my Tarot of the QTPOC series– it is that we have always been there.

As card readers, wise ones, root workers, brujxs, medicine folk, keepers of the gris gris…

We have always been there.

Even as the tarot world starts to have more conversations on diversity- one that hopefully goes beyond tokenization and starts with all of us- there is this idea that keeps popping up: that it is just modern decks that we should hold to the diversity standards. That traditional decks, historically inspired decks, etc cannot possibly be expected to be diverse.

Apparently people of color weren’t invented before 1910!

I’m going to go ahead and call bullshit. Especially in a world where some ‘Egyptian’ inspired decks are whiter than bleached flour.

We have always been there. Colonialism and imperialism made sure of that.

Oh, and we made sure of that too- because, yes there were people of color all throughout Europe who weren’t slaves or indentured and I never want to forget those stories either.

As a black queer femme tarot reader, I’m asking that we all stop blaming time for what humanity has wrought.

The original RWS deck didn’t feature people of color because its creator chose it that way and a good chunk of its users preferred it that way- not because there weren’t any people of color around with aspects of their lives mirroring any one of the 78 paths of the tarot.

That choice continues to be made, perhaps with less intention (or just as much intention), today in countless decks.

So make a different one when you pick out or publish your next deck.

Full Moon In Scorpio

What would it take for you to step into your full power?

Tonight’s Scorpio blessed full moon comes in a season of retrogrades and transformation. What will you take back for yourself?

How will you love yourself better?

Moon Mail!

Sometimes the best healing is caught up in a loving word from a friend.

I’m lit up from the inside right now.

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I also got crystal mail, a gorgeous amethyst that feels weirdly grounding and an amazonite and smoky quartz mix that’s got me buzzing with excitement.

What a wonderful combination!

Not pictured the gayest femmiest luscious velvet combat boots.

This was a good mail day!

signal boost: Taurus Tarotscopes Are Out!

Tarotscopes are out! Read your sun, moon, and rising sign with a tarot twist. It’s retrograde season, see what may be coming up for you as the season gets exciting.

What is a Tarotscope anyway?

Much like an astrological forecast in the form of a horoscope, tarotscopes use tarot in conjunction with astrology to give a monthly forecast. This one is special, written by twelve different contributors for maximum perspective.

Yours truly wrote for Libra, though I encourage you to read the whole tarotscope at Siobhan’s Mirror, here!

header image credit: AquaSixio @ DeviantArt