A Feminist & Queer Trend in Black & White Decks?
I’m trying to clear out my tarot collection, keep what deeply connects and release ones I have lost touch with. As I went through them I realized that most if not all of my black & white color schemed decks are faves because they come from queer feminist perspectives!
Now, is this necessarily a fact?
Okay, probably not. Correlation doesn’t mean causation…blah blah blah.
It may just be that my deck collection already tends toward queer and feminist works and this is the result. It’s an interesting trend however, and so I’ll use it as an excuse to shout out my favorite black & white decks. I have them in alpha order because ranking them would be absurd, not to mention impossible.
Dark Days Tarot
Created by Wren McMurdo, the Dark Days Tarot was created to honor the moon, particularly the dark moon and the magic that sits in that energy. It stands out for its square shape which adds interesting dimensions to readings if you are one to work with whether cards are reversed/angled/etc. The Dark Days Tarot is available at Wren’s site.
I have a love affair with the legend of Medusa, so to find a deck that is dedicated to the mystery and magic of the gorgon was incredibly exciting. The Gorgon’s Tarot by Dolores Fitchie is incredibly beautiful, and each card feels like a window into its own myth. That the cards are circular was an extra bonus for me. I gush some more about it here in my review if it’s caught your eye. Then get your own copy!
Many Queen’s Tarot
The Many Queen’s Tarot is the newest in my collection but no less loved because of it. I love love how Lettie Jane Rennekamp brought the art in these cards to life. The intention behind The Many Queen’s tarot is to bring to life different and diverse visions of femininity that doesn’t rely on stereotype or expectation. The deck is out of Kickstarter and is available for pre-order now.
I’ve been getting to know Persephone and all her legends, the ones told by history and the ones told by witches. Marisa de la Peña paints a beautiful picture using Greek/Roman mythology with a focus on the forgotten or minimized stories. The line art is stark and beautiful, telling the story of Persephone and her world- one told by a witch.
Spirit Speak & Divina Tarot
The Spirit Speak and Divina Tarot are part of a series created by artist Mary Elizabeth Evans. Both decks’ cards are a smaller size than the usual which makes them a very portable. The art on both is simple, charming, and reflective. It works with the reader’s interpretation of the symbols depicted rather than simply tell the reader what the card is meant to mean. There is space enough left for your own imagination and magic. The difference between the two? A matter of taste- I went with the Divina. If it helps you choose, according to the artist, the Divina Deck has a softer touch than the Spirit Speak. Both decks are still available!
Starved City Tarot
The Starved City Tarot by Meagan Berlin is a gem of a find. I’d not seen this deck anywhere and its presence on social media was minimal when I did go searching for it. The people in it are drawn beautifully and with intentional diversity. I hate to promote #fomo (fear of missing out) but I should mention that it will not be printed beyond a third edition. It is sold out at Meagan’s site but it is still available from indie vendors.
Thea’s Tarot by Ruth West was created as a revisioning of the traditional RWS imagery into an intentionally feminist and lesbian perspective. It was out of print for a while but it’s back! This deck has been going strong for over thirty years and has even had it’s own tarot book written for it- She is Sitting in the Night by Oliver Pickle- to re-interpret it for today’s queer politics. You can snag both as a set from Metonymy Press.
(Solar) Wanderer’s Tarot
The Solar Wanderer’s Tarot is actually the second version of the Wanderer’s Tarot, reversing it from white on black to black on white which feels easier on my eyes. Casey Zabala has created a strange world of mysterious figures with blades for limbs and moons for faces. I did not expect to read so well with this deck, but the art connected easily. I have more to say about it in my full review.
As a professional tarot enabler, I hope you found at least one deck that caught your eye. If I left one of your b&w faves off the list, please let me know in the comments!