Tarot of the QTPOC Deck Review: Shrine of the Black Medusa Tarot
The Shrine of the Black Medusa Tarot is a stunning tarot deck created by Casey Rocheteau. I spotted it back in 2016 while it was fundraising on Indiegogo under the subheading “Tarot Cards for the People”.
I was stunned to see this even being conceived – a deck created with Black queer magic as central to its inception? Where they do that at?
Right. Damn. Here.
Let’s start with the title Shrine of the Black Medusa. As a Black girl who came up in love with and entranced with the story of the Gorgon sisters – and more than that always pictured them as Black women, dreadlocks swinging fierce and snakelike – this title was everything. That the deck, and our reading with it, would create space for us to bring ourselves before the Shrine of these incredible Black sisters felt like a lifelong affirmation I’d been waiting for.
While this series might be called Tarot of the QTPOC, I am also interested in getting to know creators from all types of cartomancy. I interviewed oracle deck creator, Carolyn from Studio Gooz, currently creating the Elsie’s Wheel Oracle series.
Meet Shanti Gumbo, creator of the Dream Awake Tarot!
My interview with Krystal Banner, creator of the Kaleidadope Tarot.
“I feel a strong responsibility to be an artistic voice and illustrate my truth. My truth is what is authentic to me as a Black woman, as an artist and as someone who understands the power of visuals and how that can influence what someone believes about themselves and the world.”
- Krystal Banner
My interview with the prolific Marisa de la Peña, creator of the Circo Tarot and illustrator for the How to Deal Tarot and so many more decks!
“People of color belong in this industry. We just need a chance.”
The Prismatic Tarot by Kelsey Showalter feels like The Emperor came down from their tarot throne and made their own deck. It's my birth card so you know I had to interview them for my Tarot of the QTPOC Interview series.
"Levees go up. They come down. But the Mississippi and her people always endure. I wanted to pay homage to that." - Egan
Interview with Courtney Alexander, the creator of the stunning Dust II Onyx Tarot.
An interview with the creator of the Shrine of the Black Medusa tarot. A visually rich and gripping deck created by Casey Rocheteau.