The Hoodoo Tarot. $35.00.
Celebrating the complex American Rootwork tradition, The Hoodoo Tarot integrates esoteric and botanical knowledge from Hoodoo with the divination system of the tarot. Structures like a traditional tarot deck, each of the 78 cards features full-color paintings by magical-realist artist Katelan Foisy and elegantly interprets the classical tarot imagery through depictions of legendary rootworkers past and presents, as well as important Hoodoo symbolism.
In the accompanying guidebook, Tayannah Lee McQuillar provides a history of Hoodoo and its complex heritage, including its roots in multiple African and Indigenous American ethnic groups, as well as its European influences. She explores the traditional forms of divination used by rootworkers, including cartomancy, explaining how pairing the tarot with Hoodoo is a natural fit. For each card in the Major Arcana and the four suits of the Minor Arcana (sticks, baskets, knives, and coins), McQuillar shares the history of the rootworker or symbolism featured. Additionally, she shares associated magical plants, related scriptural quotes, and guidance and advice based on the card’s meaning. Also, she offers instructions on card spreads and shares sample card readings.
Tayannah Lee McQuillar is a tarot reader, author, and researcher of religion, esoterica, and mysticism. Katelan V. Foisy is an artist, circle leader, and tarot consultant.
What is tarot?
The tarot cards are playing cards mainly used for divination purposes. Invented in 1430s Italy, the tarot spread throughout France, Austria, and the rest of Europe. Practitioners use the cards to gain insight into the past, present, and future, using their intuition to apply the meaning of the cards to particular situations. Although tarot is a structured form of cartomancy, many readers branch out and develop their own unique methods of reading.