Category: Gender

Interviewing the Collective Tarot

We finally meet. After years of ogling others’ Collective Tarot decks, I’m so happy I now have my own. I’m gonna sit here, on this gorgeously bright Wednesday morning, with a bowl of porridge and a good strong coffee, and ask these cards all about how we’re going to get along…. 1. Tell me about yourself. …

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Giving thanks to Pamela Colman Smith

I’ve been thinking a lot about honouring ancestors lately. What does that even mean? Wikipedia and define ancestor as any person from whom one is descended. In law the person from whom an estate has been inherited. I like this idea of inheriting an estate – not so much legally, as spiritually and intellectually. At …

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Puffball circus filled my heart with love


I went to the circus and cried my little eyes out. This wasn’t ladies on horseback and fire-jumping tigers. It wasn’t clowns and slapstick either. It was a different kind of circus. The kind where every performer identifies as LGBTQ. The kind where body shapes are diverse and gender is fluid and performances defy your …

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How queer is the Steampunk Tarot?

Queer Steampunk Tarot

Pretty queer, it would seem. Following a fun discussion over on Autostraddle, I thought I’d share my favourite cards in the Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell. First things first – every single character in this entire deck is very white and very thin. So it’s not what you would call a diverse tarot. …

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One – Nine of Pentacles

My friend dancing alone at a party. for Nine of Pentacles tarot card

What one card would you pick for being alone? For loving yourself, for being happy in your own company? I’ve just got home from a one-act, one-actor, one-monologue play by Jaye Kearney; it’s called One. In it, the one character, a ‘singleton’, talks us through the thoughts, the insecurities, the inner demons and finally the defiant …

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Start a fire – Queen of Wands

Queen of Wands tarot card

Sexy, strong, charismatic, brave. The Queen of Wands is a fire-starting inspiration. I made a goddess for my love – a split-skirted figure with a blinding bolt in her raised hand. Manifestation, beginning from love. I need this lady’s fire and crackle right now. Winter is harsh and grey and dulls the senses. On clear days …

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Master your emotions – King of Cups

The King of Cups, from the Mary-el Tarot by Marie White

Here’s an interesting fellow – the King of Cups. I often think of this card – particularly the Waite-Smith version – as indicating an unhealthy level of restraint, with the stern-looking king sitting on his concrete plinth, unable to dip his toes in the water that surrounds him. He’s like some kind of rigid grandfather-type – …

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The Empress

The Empress tarot card

Daily draw - 17th May 2011 Two words. One - fecundity. It's a pretty amazing word, sounding like it should mean something a lot ruder than it does. Fecundity. Mmm. It means fertility, if you didn't know. The ability to reproduce, or to bring forth...

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