Tarot of the QTPOC: Our Tarot, a forthcoming feminist deck

I’m trying to avoid getting a new deck for a while but there are brilliant creators out there making it as hard as possible for me! This gorgeous new deck is Our Tarot, a collage art deck filled with 78 history-making women from all walks of life.

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The Salem Trials, to music legends, to genre shifting poets – all images ©Sarah Shipman

Our Tarot is the creation of Sarah Shipman whose fascination with groundbreaking women and history moved her to create this beautiful deck. She intends for the women in this deck to be as multifaceted as they were/are in their lives, hailing from and representing “many ethnicities, creeds, socioeconomic classes, sexualities, cisgender and transgender identities, ages, and abilities”.

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That Josephine Baker card is everything – all images ©Sarah Shipman

I can only imagine the amount of time it takes to create work like this. Each card is a combination of painting, digital illustration, editing, and collage put together to bring forth a vision that both matches the woman featured on the card and the card’s own meaning.

The first card I saw rendered from this deck was Harriet Tubman as The Chariot. I was immediately interested… and a little worried. I’m so used to decks like this tokenizing marginalized folks to draw interest that after my initial excitement I immediately fell to cynicism.

I do have some hope for this deck however. Once the Kickstarter posted, and more of the politics behind this deck and its creater became clear, I started to feel better about it.

Our Tarot reflects my values as a person who seeks to empower and promote the rights of women and any and all other groups who have suffered from systemic, societal oppression. I realize that in creating Our Tarot, and in being so transparent about my personal values, I’m risking alienating a great number of people who may disagree with the project’s mission. That’s okay; I wish you all love, light, and meaningful experiences!    – Sarah Shipman, creater of Our Tarot

Ranging from Joan of Arc to Maria Tall Chief to Abigail Williams to Rosetta Tharpe, Our Tarot promises to be filled with a multiplicity of women’s experiences who have helped shaped history in both acknowledged and unacknowledged ways. I look forward to watching this project grow and come to fruition.

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Ace of Wands and 9 of Pentacles – all images ©Sarah Shipman

You can support Sarah Shipman’s vision for this deck at the Kickstarter, including pre-order options here. More feminist tarot decks is always a wonderful thing!

[all image credit to Sarah Shipman]

Explore more of the Tarot of the QTPOC Series here! Drop me a line if you know of any forthcoming inclusive decks!

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