SOCIAL SCIENCES

Queering the Tarot

Weiser. May 2019. 224p. illus. ISBN 9781578636488. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781633411029. PARAPSYCH
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Tarot, as practiced by modern readers, is an exploration into one's psyche and life experience. Snow has blogged for years on the website Little Red Tarot about reinterpreting the tarot to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ community. Expanding these earlier writings and using the images of the Urban Tarot deck, they have created a resource that speaks to queer culture and the inherent issues of difference. Although the Urban Tarot deck is based on Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot (which diverges from decks based on the Rider-Waite-Smith cards), traditional tarot readers will appreciate this perceptive take on each of the major and minor arcana. The emphasis of Snow's interpretations becomes welcoming, relatable, and compassionate to those in the gender nonconforming community, as she deals with concerns previously ignored or judged.
VERDICT Snow creates a safe divinatory space for a community likely to have suffered abuse or trauma, or who don't relate to the dominant cis culture in an expanding and affirming read for all levels of tarot enthusiasts.

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