The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot

Overview

The first tarot to celebrate an African-American culture, this book and 79-card deck capture both the spirit and the imagery of Voodoo's African, West Indian, and Catholic influences. Ancient and earth-honoring, Voodoo's practices take on different forms specific to time and place, but its essence remains focused on the loa—the potent spiritual forces of Voodoo that are manifested directly through human beings and their actions.

The authors draw strong parallels between the ...

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Overview

The first tarot to celebrate an African-American culture, this book and 79-card deck capture both the spirit and the imagery of Voodoo's African, West Indian, and Catholic influences. Ancient and earth-honoring, Voodoo's practices take on different forms specific to time and place, but its essence remains focused on the loa—the potent spiritual forces of Voodoo that are manifested directly through human beings and their actions.

The authors draw strong parallels between the Waite and Thoth Tarots, the Kabalistic Tree of Life, and the Voodoo tradition as it is practiced in New Orleans. Just as the major and minor arcana of the Tarot represent the archetypes of the human psyche and the natural forces of our world, so do the loa of Voodoo embody the primal energies of the universe. With a variety of spreads and readings, the authors show how the Tarot can be an idea channel through which the loa exercise their powers to teach, advise, and initiate the serious student into their mysteries.

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Editorial Reviews

New Age Retailer
"The first complete tarot to celebrate the magical roots and rites of an African-American culture."
L. Simon Jennings
"New Orleans Voodoo Tarot is a stunning achievement. Both a graphic tour de force and a fascinating insight into the mysterious, yet compelling, mythos that is called Voodoo."
Hymenaeus Beta X
"The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot is arguably the first truly American tarot as it is a natural extension of the New World spirituality it illustrates.  Glassman's art brilliantly evokes the colorful and vibrant energy of the Voodoo tradition, and Glassman's and Martinie's companion text is clear and straightforward."
Elaine Riccardelli
"I checked out the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot. Wow. The authors created their book with great care and it is thoroughly enjoyable. It is well-researched, well written and educational. Voodoo and all of its cousin religions were unfolded to me as never before."
The Pagan Review Morgaine
"This book and tarot deck are both incredibly beautiful and give off the general awe surrounding the voodoo tradition. This set is a must for anyone interested in Voodoo or anyone who loves to use and collect unique tarot decks."
Elizabeth Bisette
"This is the only Tarot book I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them, that truly engaged and engrossed me. . . . The artwork is remarkable and often striking, communicating complex and ancient concepts with bold, simple designs with images from modern day New Orleans."
From the Publisher
"The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot is arguably the first truly American tarot as it is a natural extension of the New World spirituality it illustrates.  Glassman's art brilliantly evokes the colorful and vibrant energy of the Voodoo tradition, and Glassman's and Martinie's companion text is clear and straightforward."

"I checked out the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot. Wow. The authors created their book with great care and it is thoroughly enjoyable. It is well-researched, well written and educational. Voodoo and all of its cousin religions were unfolded to me as never before."

"The first complete tarot to celebrate the magical roots and rites of an African-American culture."

"This book and tarot deck are both incredibly beautiful and give off the general awe surrounding the voodoo tradition. This set is a must for anyone interested in Voodoo or anyone who loves to use and collect unique tarot decks."

"This is the only Tarot book I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them, that truly engaged and engrossed me. . . . The artwork is remarkable and often striking, communicating complex and ancient concepts with bold, simple designs with images from modern day New Orleans."

"New Orleans Voodoo Tarot is a stunning achievement. Both a graphic tour de force and a fascinating insight into the mysterious, yet compelling, mythos that is called Voodoo."

Alternatives L. Simon Jennings
"New Orleans Voodoo Tarot is a stunning achievement. Both a graphic tour de force and a fascinating insight into the mysterious, yet compelling, mythos that is called Voodoo."
A Sign of the Times Aquarius Elaine Riccardelli
"I checked out the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot. Wow. The authors created their book with great care and it is thoroughly enjoyable. It is well-researched, well written and educational. Voodoo and all of its cousin religions were unfolded to me as never before."
Morgaine
"This book and tarot deck are both incredibly beautiful and give off the general awe surrounding the voodoo tradition. This set is a must for anyone interested in Voodoo or anyone who loves to use and collect unique tarot decks."
The Pagan Review
"This book and tarot deck are both incredibly beautiful and give off the general awe surrounding the voodoo tradition. This set is a must for anyone interested in Voodoo or anyone who loves to use and collect unique tarot decks."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892813636
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Edition description: BK&CARD
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 314,195
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Martinie is a teacher and musician, who has served as editor of Black Moon Publishing  for the past fifteen years. He is an accomplished drummer of both sacred and secular music, and is the author of Waters of Return and The Aeonic Flow of Voodoo
About the Illustrator:  Award-winning artist Sallie Ann Glassman was educated at Columbia University and the New Orleans Art Institute. She is the designer of the Enochian Tarot, and is a published book cover illustrator.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Voodoo: A Playing Definition

Voodoo and the Western Esoteric Tradition

On Using These Cards

Twenty-Two Roads & The Wild Card

Forty Spirits

Sixteen Temple Cards

The Cards In Practice

Appendix: Contacts & Supplies

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    Voodoo, Santeria, Rada, and the Petro paths all in one beaitiful deck.

    I have owned this deck for two years, and its the only deck I will ever use. So close am I to this deck that I have put the spirit of La Madama into them and I invoke her every time I use the cards. My deck are no longer just tarot cards but a spirit fom the ancestor realm that I have named Madama L. All these rituals are included in the book. The only thing I did not like was the explanations of the cards which are a bit to short. But none the less La Madama L speaks through me with the images she shows through the spreads. I recomend these cards, baptize them, invoke a spirit into them, and name them. It will be an entity that walks with you through out life, a spirit gude that will help you. I recomend that you also give it a face card, that is to use one card that will always be on the top after every reading, this card should be one that is similiar to the spirit you invoked into them. My cards name is Madam L; and for that reason I use Marie Laveau, as my face card. I recomend that you by a guide on interperting the cards, as the book itself says little, but the deck is incredible.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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