I pulled out my Motherpeace Tarot deck the other day and was amazed
to realize that I have never written a review on it. I’ve written
reviews on so many other decks, it’s truly odd that I’ve never written
one on the Motherpeace.
My First Tarot Love
Most Tarotists have a special deck; one that carried them into the
world of the Tarot. A deck that made them feel comfortable and
confident reading for others and unlocked its mystery in a
spiritual/emotional gratifying way.
In 1984, Motherpeace was all that and more to me. While studying the
Motherpeace, I had also become a serious student of Yoga, taking several
classes a week, and the writings of Carl Jung. When I stumbled into
the Motherpeace discovering images of Yoga positions, references to
Jungian psychology, and feminism, I felt as though I had found a
multifaceted tool that could be used to adjust and aerate the deep
recesses of my soul.
Yes! I do tend to wax poetic about the Motherpeace!
I spent months studying and playing with this deck. I read and
reread Vicki Noble’s book several times until I felt like I had a solid
grasp on her material.
In the spring of 1985, I had a brainstorm to offer readings to women
using the Motherpeace. I posted ads up on bulletin boards offering my
services at parties. Within a surprisingly short time I was getting
invites to women’s functions and parties around Toronto.
It was so gratifying to read the Tarot from a feminist perspective! I
was soon teaching this Tarot in evening, College continuing education
classes. For several years I taught this feminist deck at senior
centres where women flocked with excitement and participated
enthusiastically with stories of their own experiences of discrimination
and connection to the Goddess. It was one of the most exciting and
rewarding experiences of my life.
Vickie Noble has Profoundly Impacted the Psyches of Millions of Women
The Motherpeace Tarot with its focus on the Goddess and matriarchy
was a very unusual product back in the early ‘80’s. It’s difficult to
imagine today just how rare, revolutionary and enlightening Vicki’s work
was at that time. I’ve often wondered throughout the years if Vicki
Noble realizes what a profound impact she has had upon the psyches of
Because these feminist teachings were sandwiched in a Tarot format
many women were attracted to the work for its enticement of play and
pleasure and garnered incredible consciousness raising almost
The Motherpeace Tarot cards are round which affords the reader
broader and more creative options for interpretation than square cards
do. Square cards can only be placed upright or reversed but round cards
can be used like a dial – if it’s turned down too low, the energy is
slow and perhaps even blocked. If the “dial” points to the right, the
energy of the card may be overbearing or in some situations extreme.
The Motherpeace will Prevail for Generations
The names of the cards were changed in many cases to a more feminine
foundation. For example, The Hermit is the Crone and the Hanged Man is
the Hanged One. It is in her feminist perspective of the card’s meaning
where Vicki shines the most brilliantly. The Emperor is patriarchy and
I continue to interpret the Emperor from this perspective to this day.
The Hierophant is the traditional religious leader who oppresses
feminine values and her unique spiritual voice. This interpretation of
the Hierophant continues to influence my interpretation in a reading.
The court cards have been renamed to reflect family identities such
as Son, Daughter, Mother with the Shaman at the head of the tribe. This
was quite a shift from the traditional royal names given to the court
cards. The meaning applied to these family members has also been changed
to reflect a more matriarchal interpretation of the energy.
The artwork done primarily by Karen Vogel is childlike, colourful and
positive. When observing the Motherpeace images, my Tarot students
would often comment on how delightfully engaging and uplifting the
imagery was to work with compared with some of the darker imagery seen
in the more classic decks. Vicki’s interpretative work also guides the
Tarotist to read in a positive and constructive fashion. This deck is
empowering to women and fosters feelings of strong personal agency and
appreciation for the feminine in general.
For people teaching a Goddess course this set should be on their
reading list and for those Tarotists who are tired of the traditional
deck or wish to explore an alternative approach to Tarot, you will find
this work deeply satisfying and provocative. It’s not easy, simple or
superficial. Be prepared to dedicate many hours to learning this deck
well. Vicki’s book accompanying book will challenge you to think about
the sacred feminine and what it means in your life. You won’t come away
If you are already a tarot reader, the Motherpeace will alter your
relationship to the Tarot more profoundly than any other deck on the
market. Motherpeace generated a wave of conscious awareness across the
globe whose ripples continue to flow to this day. In 2013, Motherpeace
celebrated its 30th anniversary and continues to sell
thousands of copies yearly. Like anything that is true and honourable
it will prevail for generations.
Articles Published in December 2016
Motherpeace was my first Tarot love - click HERE
to read my review.
A great project for 2017 would be forming your own Dream Study Group -
to read my format on how to facilitate your own dream study group click HERE
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Tarot by Kathleen
Tarot by Kathleen (Canada)
Cora Richmond - Kathleen's Spiritual Guide
Phone in Victoria
I so enjoyed our reading and chatting with you
yesterday. What an amazing and insightful reader you are! I had a very
good feeling about you when I saw your website, and you are a superb
reader. Literally just finished listening to our session a few minutes
ago. So appreciated receiving your insights.
Blessings to you!”