Queering the Tarot started as sort of this vague journey describing how I’ve seen cards show up for LGBTQ+ readers or myself that may differ from traditional interpretations. It was a way to provide a resource where people could learn tarot a little differently, and a little bit more personalized. As it’s progressed, it’s become so much about community and collective healing.
As the Little Red Tarot blog winds down, I invited our fabulous writers to re-introduce themselves and their columns and let you know where you can continue to find and support their work after LRT ends.
This time, we’re getting to know Cassandra Snow!
Cassandra is the author of longest-running series, the much-loved Queering the Tarot – which will be published as a book in early 2019, hurrah!
Hey Cassandra! What’s the one thing you want the Little Red Tarot community to know about you?
One thing I’d love for the Little Red Tarot community to know about me is how much I really believe in my tarot and witchcraft clients & students and how earnestly I do this work. My life is a beautiful amalgamation of multipassionate dreams, but it’s really hard sometimes. Balance is hard. Work-life balance is even harder. I’m sick and that makes everything even harder.
I currently feel really lost; earlier this year I got a brain injury that though minor still completely sucked me dry of time, energy, and resources. I’ve had to reassess my whole life and see what fits and what doesn’t. I’ve almost quit art, tarot, and even writing a hundred different times. Yet when I see a reader, a client, or a student start to thrive because of something I’ve said or showed them or because of an opportunity I was able to provide, everything clicks into place and makes sense again. Thank you, to anyone reading who has reached out. It’s been so centering and positive and just thank you.
Tell us something about your column – what were your aims when you started it, what have you learned through writing it?
Queering the Tarot started as sort of this vague journey describing how I’ve seen cards show up for LGBTQ+ readers or myself that may differ from traditional interpretations. It was a way to provide a resource where people could learn tarot a little differently, and a little bit more personalized. As it’s progressed, it’s become so much about community and collective healing. We’re currently working through the Pentacles which can be so much about giving back to the communities that hold space for you when you’re finding your own footing and that’s been really uplifting and wonderful to work through.
I think the biggest changes in the series have actually been the practical ones. I started this series for a different venue that wanted to hold me to a word count originally. Eventually I was able to write as much as I needed on the subject at hand each month and that allowed the series to really become what it is because it gave me space to really explore each card. Finally, I got some great news that this series is getting published as a book from Weiser/Red Wheel in May 2019! That allowed me to sit and write through all of the cards at once which gave everything a completely new feel. I hope avid readers will still grab the book–the Majors are completely rewritten and everything else flows together so smoothly in that format.
Through writing Queering the Tarot I actually had some unexpected breakthroughs on my own identity. While still very gay, I realized I wasn’t as cis as I thought I was while I was writing some pieces on fluidity and transformation. Realizing my own genderqueerness and gender fluidity is probably the greatest gift this series has given me, honestly. I’ve also fallen back in love with queer community and all of the different kinds of relationships we form, romantic or not, that are so nuanced and familial. I’ve learned through this column how to write for community and collective and not just for myself, which I think makes me a stronger writer even now as I work on a very personal novel and continue to freelance.
What’s the best way for our community to show you love and support right now?
The best way for community to show me love and support right now is by continuing to engage! I do some freelance work and am on most of social media. It sounds silly but those comments and likes really do help–plus we’ll still get to chat for years to come that way. Yay!
For more well-resourced community members, I’m not going to lie. I’m totally freelance and hiring me as a writer, tarot reader, and tarot and/or witchcraft teacher long after Little Red archives is a crucial next step to keep my career going strong.
Of course when my book comes out I’m hoping to see as many Little Red community members with it as possible but May is still a ways off. In the meantime, ordering workbooks and e-zines through my online tarot shop (listed below) is a great way to continue on your own tarot journey while supporting my work.
Can you name three values that guide your work?
Three values that guide my work would be: Magick, Creativity, and deep, deep Love for the work I’m doing and the people I’m doing it for. For me those words all overlap dramatically when I think about what they each mean to me and how I’m applying them. If my work doesn’t come from a place of deep love for those that have been sidelined and marginalized from society, then I’ve royally screwed up. I’m sure of it. If my work isn’t coming from my double-Piscean well of Creativity and Magick well I’m not even sure what went wrong but something certainly did! I have a profoundly radical politic that influences these values heavily, but when asked to boil them down, those are the words that bubbled up.
Awesome! So, where else can we find you online Cassandra?
- The big thing is my website, cassandra-snow.com | I will eventually blog again, I just need to get some other things moving first. I do post updates and all of my other contact info is right there. Folks can also check out my tarot shop for workbooks and e-zines.
- I am a social media fan. My instagram does an (almost) daily tarot draw. Eventually some of that will move to Patreon but for now everyone can grab it at.
- I tweet about tarot, art, and whatever else floats my boat @CassandraKTSnow
- I have a Facebook page that gives very practical info about the when, where, and how to find me for classes, readings, etc.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.