If you are considering purchasing your own Tarot deck, I think it's crucial to pay attention especially to how the artist/creators of the deck have depicted people/characters.
recommend to my initiates that they avoid decks depicting uniquely white people
in positions of light and power.
Tarot images of
people represent the values and attitudes of the people who have drawn them. The human image is likely the most powerful
of all the symbols used in the Tarot because they act as mirrors of us and
people in our lives.
You want to be
mindful that your deck isn’t sexist depicting only male images exemplifying a
quality of control, command, aggression, or leadership, and female images demonstrating
qualities of passivity, nurturing, submission, or receptivity.
of other races besides Caucasian reinforces the misconception that the Tarot
(which reflects the pattern of life) is only relevant to the white race. Some decks that do include people of color,
use their race to symbolize our fears, and pains, our guilt, unknown depths,
our uncontrollable urges and our bondage or entrapment; i.e. The Devil, slaves,
or The Hanged Man. It is a spiritual and
psychological imperative that we conscientiously research the decks we are to
employ, watching carefully for the ways in which racism is being perpetuated,
either by the exclusion of people of colour or by
their inclusion in negative or violent imagery.
Originally the Tarot Attracted a "Leisure Upper Class"
Tarot has been used primarily by the ruling class, occult initiates, educated
philosophers, and witches or gypsies.
The insights and information of the witches and gypsies has been
transmitted by word of mouth and is not always publicly available to us. Instead, we have the materials that have been
developed and published by the ruling, privileged classes. The scholars and nobles that developed the
Tarot materials as we know them today, depicted Emperors, Kings, and
Popes. They drew on esoteric
philosophies, mystical teachings, classical works, and the literature, history,
and myths of many cultures. They saw the
Tarot as a tool to be used by the initiated or privileged people who had the
leisure and education to study and understand the Tarot’s intricate maze of
symbolism. Only in the twentieth century has the Tarot become available for use
by the general public.
Today we have
an opportunity to de-mystify the Tarot.
Some authors are presenting interpretations that steer clear of
references to scholarly literature and avoid allusion to obscure mythological
or philosophical writings. They make
clear that the Tarot is a tool that is available to everyone. Many have renamed
the cards in an attempt to have the titles describe the meanings of the cards
instead of reflecting archaic social structures.
Few people have
perfectly proportioned bodies. In many
Tarot materials, people who are not “ideal” in their physical shape or
abilities are included only if they also point to poverty, disaster, or
misfortune. Many decks show us
somebody’s concept of a perfect person. To remain open and sensitive to the larger
universal energy we need to work with a divination tool that projects imagery
that is inclusive of all the peoples in the world.
Be Mindful of Value Judgments Made
another issue that surfaces in some decks.
Children are the ones depicted as creative and energetic ready to begin
life with enthusiasm and faith. Young
people are seen as reckless, willing to take a few risks on the road to
adventure and experience. Middle-aged
people are seen as the sensible, mature leaders of society. Older people are depicted as quiet but
Be mindful of
the value judgments that the author has made.
You need to look carefully at the cards you choose to work with and
examine which of your own attitudes they represent and reinforce.
Choose a Tarot
deck containing symbolism that holds meaning for you and looks good to you. Peruse several decks; then notice which one
you keep returning to. Pay special attention to the one you think of when you
wake up in the morning.
however, and look for a deck that is a size and shape that you can easily
handle. Be open to choosing more than
one deck! You may find several decks
that appeal to you. You may want to use a given deck for certain moods and
questions, and another to explore different issues. After tuning into your own value system, your
philosophy, your taste, your intuition, and your hands, choose the decks that
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