Tarot of the QTPOC & Deck Review: Daughters of the Moon Tarot
The Daughters of the Moon Tarot is self-proclaimed as “the definitive feminist tarot deck” (though I think the Motherpeace Tarot gives it a run for its money, as well as borrows from its tradition).
How queer or even feminist is it though?
Yes there is racial diversity, romantic and sexual diversity, perhaps even hints at gender diversity. However, one of the things I have an issue with in feminist decks, is the over-emphasis of the vulva as the essence of womanhood, which is frankly untrue and transphobic.
As for the womb, I envision the womb as a the spirit space in all of us that births our art, imagination, and visions- not necessarily the physical. One could argue the same for the vulva, but when the visual representations remain fundamentally physical it remains problematic. I will say that this isn’t a motif found in every single card, and this grievance comes from exposure to multiple decks that do this- perhaps most flagrantly guilty The Mythical Goddess Tarot, a deck I love and use often.
I also say all this as a cis woman, and I acknowledge that for that reason alone my words may hold absolutely no water.
What the deck does it’s best to do is project women’s power, and that it tries to project it in the bodies of racially variant women- images of tending hearth and home, goddesshood, mother nature-love, women’s community, and warrior spirit.
Daughters of The Moon tarot deck also varies the ages of the people it portrays. Bodies are varied and beautifully rendered, conceptions of love and lovers are queer- it even has multiple options for the major arcana Lovers card.
Fair warning, though you might not mind, they’ve changed the names of some of the major arcana and the suit names for the minors: ex: The Magician – The Witch; Wands – Flames. They’ve also pulled some cards: you are asked to find The Emperor and The Hierophant in the The Empress and High Priestess cards, respectively. Little if anything about this deck tries to be traditional.
If you don’t mind the challenge of shuffling a round deck and the complete pretzel that is trying to work reversals with a round card, then this is certainly a deck to consider if you are on the lookout for decks that tend towards feminism.
The Motherpeace Tarot & Gorgon’s Tarot, other favorites, followed off of this tradition, which gives you more selection if you choose to a different path. Otherwise, I say this deck deserves due consideration for being as old as it is and having done quite a bit of work to heal and inspire.