Tarot of the QTPOC: The Vudu Tarot & The Espiritismo Deck
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.
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."