Tarot of the QTPOC: Searching Within The Slow Holler Tarot, a deck review and reflection

Earlier this year, I broke down after circling the project for a while and finally took a deep look at the Slow Holler Tarot project. Looking back at my first Tarot of the QTPOC post for the Slow Holler Tarot, I can still feel how tense I was about it- a trepidation borne of past disappointments with projects that claimed to live in the stars but hardly made it off the ground. To me, that post reads like someone reluctantly dipping their big toe into ice cold water in the middle of winter. The promise of a queer southern tarot deck felt too big of a promise to fulfill.

I’m excited to hold the Slow Holler Tarot in my hands. I’ll admit, I am tense about it as well. Mostly because it holds or hopes to hold so many of my identities, there’s a catch of breath in my throat that won’t be released till I hold the beautiful black-gold-red cards in my hand and hopefully see myself. Perhaps unfairly, I’m looking for southern Black complicated gris gris realities that we live right along with those magical escapist imagined futures we seek out in our magic and in each other. Yes, I know, it’s a lot to ask for from one deck, to ask from a community of artists, people, who may be looking for all of these things for themselves and the ones they love in the art that they create.

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Deck Review: The Stretch Tarot

Here is a deck I’ve been waiting on for sometime, even contemplated it for my Tarot of the QTPOC series. The Stretch Tarot is a ‘mixed-media’ collage tarot deck by the artist and creator J.E. Stretch. The imagery is drawn from vintage photographs and art pulled together to evoke images representative of the tarot.

“The history of the tarot is shrouded in as much mystery as the symbolism of the cards themselves holds to the layman. Yet we all share the same image – a Victorian fortune-teller, fanning the cards in the low, orange haze of gas lamps and candlelight in a dingy parlour. In ‘The Stretch Tarot’, this stereotype is embraced and heightened through the use of public domain, 19th-20th century photography and illustrations – bringing you the ‘authentic’ atmosphere of the tarot and making this mystic fantasy an exciting reality.” – J.E. Stretch

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My birth cards, not the most impressive cards in the deck but quite beautiful nonetheless

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deck interview: Madam Clara Sees All Tarot

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Clear, to the point, objective if sometimes a bit too plain. Which makes sense considering this is a deck that comes with the meanings right on the cards. Its messages are practical, and it will do none of the intuitive work for me- that will be on me. It will likely be great for daily  draws. There’s an overarching warning here though, I can’t be too tied to the fact that the meaning of the cards- or at least one of the meanings- is typed up right on the face of the cards. My own intuition is still my best resource when trying to understand the messages I’ve been given.

Tarot of the QTPOC and Deck Review: The Mary-El Tarot

Some tarot decks you can look away from.

Your eye glazes over the art and you look for what you want to find; you seek out what you’re used to finding in a particular card, careless of what’s there that doesn’t fit.

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my birth cards: The Emperor and Death

Enter The Mary-El Tarot: Landscapes of the Abyss, and I dare you to look away. In fact, I bet you try.

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Tarot of the QTPOC & Deck Review: WtNV Tarot

“A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale.”

For those who may not recognize some of the most popular lines of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast (go have a listen!), WTNV is a popular podcast written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. It is filled with surreal story lines built around a  radio host, Cecil, who may or may not be a figment of his own imagination reporting on the daily news of his creepy hometown, Night Vale, all the while falling in love with a newly arrived scientist shaking things up, Carlos.

It is partly because of this base that the deck makes my Tarot of the QTPOC list as the world the tarot deck’s artist, Hannah Holloway, is directly inspired by is full of queer, gender non-conforming, and poc characters.

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Deck Interview: Welcome to Night Vale Tarot

I’m so excited to get into this deck, and first, a look at my birth cards.

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my birth cards: The Emperor (The Glow Cloud); Death (The Tiny City)

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Tarot of the QTPOC: The Vudu Tarot & The EspiritismoDeck

Another POC-centric forthcoming deck from the indie tarot world, The Vudu Tarot depicts imagery from the Vudu Afro-Carribbean spiritual and cultural tradition. It is a 79 card deck reflecting the spread of Vodou across the diaspora and its syncretic associations with Catholicism.

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The artist, Monroe Rodriguez Singh, is raising funds for publication, along with The Espiritismo Tarot deck, this one incorporating Santeria and Palo imagery from the African diasporic traditions. A member of the community, I appreciate his passion to give us not one but two decks that center these practices and people of color’s culture and practice in an authentic way.

“I have worked a very long time on the creation of these tarot decks, and it’s a project that is very close to my heart. As a member of this community, I am saddened but emboldened by the lack of African inspired tarot card decks and representation of our traditions in new age society. When I have, rarely, come across a proposed “African” tarot deck, it includes images and cultural references determined by overseas tarot card companies that know very little about our traditions, and many turn up inaccurate or completely false. This gives our traditions a difficult public face to maintain, and is harmful to our traditions.”

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