The following post will not be what you think it’s about at all…
So, tarot: we all know it, we all love it, many of us use it on a regular basis, etc. You know the drill.
Some tarot decks are preferred over others, and there’s new ones coming out all the time, most of which are just different art for the same seventy-eight cards; while there are a few decks that have a larger or smaller number of cards, or that have played with the formatting and organization of the traditional Major and Minor Arcana set-ups, most go for “the usual” in this regard.
We could debate long and hard about which decks are the best and which aren’t…but, I don’t want to do that.
I want to make a new one.
And, what will the subject be, you might ask?
But wait, you might be wondering: how? What? Why?
By “The Pagan Tarot,” I mean: who in the modern pagan and polytheist communities, amongst the better-known leaders, teachers, authors, and other such personalities, might be right for the different cards of the Major Arcana, and for some of the cards of the Minor Arcana?
I have some ideas in this direction already, but I’d like to lay out a few formatting guidelines, and then get your suggestions on this topic.
1) The genders of the gendered Major Arcana cards should stay whatever “traditional” gender they are: thus, don’t suggest a male for the High Priestess, nor a female for the Hierophant, and likewise with the Emperor and Empress. All others, though, are rather up for grabs…
2) The court cards in the Minor Arcana should be Princess (for Page), Prince (for Knight), Queen, and King; and, the genders of these, likewise, should be as they are traditionally.
3) The “ace” cards for the Minor Arcana should also be individuals, but they should be gender-variant individuals exclusively. (Gender-variant individuals would also be great on a number of the Major Arcana cards, e.g. Temperance, the Universe, etc.)
4) The “Ten” cards for the Minor Arcana should be places, or modern pagan/polytheist activities–so, for example, PantheaCon might be one of them, Pagan Spirit Gathering another, etc.
5) And, on further thought (this is a subsequent addition to the post): all of the nominees should be currently alive, as of late August, 2013. If there is interest, perhaps we can do a “living” and a “dead” version and see which one ends up more interesting!
And, if there is enough interest in this, perhaps we can see if it can be made into a real, physical deck! Who knows…
After a few of your thoughts/contributions/answers come in on this, I’ll post some of my own ideas in the comments to this post.