Queering the Tarot

Queering the Tarot


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Tarot is best used as a tool for self-discovery, healing, growth, empowerment, and liberation. Tarot archetypes provide the reader with a window into present circumstances and future potential. But what if that window only opened up on a world that was white, European, and heterosexual? The interpretations of the tarot that have been passed down through tradition presuppose a commonality and normalcy among humanity. At the root of card meanings are archetypes that we accept without questioning. But at what point do archetypes become stereotypes?

Humanity is diverse--culturally, spiritually, sexually. Tarot has the power to serve a greater population, with the right keys to unlock the tarot's deeper meanings. In Queering the Tarot, Cassandra Snow deconstructs the meanings of the 78 cards explaining the ways in which each card might be interpreted against the norm. Queering the Tarot explores themes of sexuality, coming out, gender and gender-queering, sources of oppression and empowerment, and many other topics especially familiar to not-straight folks. Cassandra's identity-based approach speaks directly to those whose identity is either up in the air or consuming the forefront of their consciousness. It also speaks to those struggling with mental illness or the effects of trauma, all seekers looking for personal affirmation that who they are is okay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578636488
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 244,139
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Cassandra Snow is a professional tarot card reader who teaches Queering the Tarot and Tarot for Beginners classes and coaches new and intermediate readers. She also runs Gadfly Theatre Productions, a queer and feminist theater company. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Beth Maiden is the founder of Little Red Tarot.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Word 1

What is Queering the Tarot? 3

1 The Major Arcana 9

The Fool 11

The Magician 13

The High Priestess 15

The Empress and The Emperor 17

The Hierophant 21

The Lovers 23

The Chariot 25

Strength 27

The Hermit 29

The Wheel of Fortune 32

Justice 34

The Hanged Man 37

Death 40

Temperance 43

The Devil 47

The Tower 51

The Star 53

The Moon 56

The Sun 59

Judgment 62

The World 66

2 The Suit of Wands 71

The Ace of Wands 73

The Two, Three, and Four of Wands 75

The Five and Seven of Wands 78

The Six and Eight of Wands 82

The Nine of Wands 85

The Ten of Wands 89

3 The Suit of Swords 93

The Ace of Swords 95

The Two, Three, and Four of Swords 98

The Five and Seven of Swords 104

The Six of Swords 108

The Eight, Nine, and Ten of Swords 111

4 The Suit of Pentacles 115

The Ace of Pentacles 117

The Two of Pentacles 119

The Three of Pentacles 121

The Four of Pentacles 123

The Five of Pentacles 126

The Six of Pentacles 129

The Seven of Pentacles 131

The Eight of Pentacles 133

The Nine of Pentacles 135

The Ten of Pentacles 137

5 The Suit of Cups, 139

The Ace, Two, and Three of Cups 140

The Four of Cups 143

The Five through Seven of Cups 146

The Eight of Cups 150

The Nine and Ten of Cups 153

6 The Court Cards 157

The Page of Wands 161

The Knight of Wands 164

The Queen of Wands 167

The King of Wands 170

The Page of Swords 173

The Knight of Swords 176

The Queen of Swords 178

The King of Swords 181

The Page of Pentacles 183

The Knight of Pentacles 185

The Queen of Pentacles 187

The King of Pentacles 189

The Page of Cups 191

The Knight of Cups 193

The Queen of Cups 195

The King of Cups 197

Final Thoughts on Queering the Tarot 201

Acknowledgments 203

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