How queer is the 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.

However…

The Pages:

Steampunk Tarot Pages
And the tarot fashion award most definitely goes to the Page of Cups.

And the tarot fashion award most definitely goes to the Page of Cups.

The Knights:

Steampunk Tarot Knights
Hello, Knight of Swords. (Not 100% sure what the Knight of Pentacles is doing there but he seems like a jolly nice chap.)

Hello, Knight of Swords. (Not 100% sure what the Knight of Pentacles is doing there but he seems like a jolly nice chap.)

How about these guys?

Queer Steampunk Tarot cards
Make mine The Chariot

Make mine The Chariot

And to melt the hardest of lesbian hearts…

Steampunk Tarot Six of Cups
“Actually I’d prefer the purple ones.”

“Actually I’d prefer the purple ones.”

And no-one is going to convince me that this ain’t a deeply serious poly communication moment:

Three of Cups Steampunk Tarot
So many feelings

So many feelings

The Steampunk Tarot: Diverse it ain’t. But if you enjoy looking at pictures of awesome-looking skinny white girls in an array of incredibly cool Victorian dapper/femme attire while you’re practicing cartomancy, this deck is probably a wise investment.

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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.

9 comments

  1. chloetarot says:

    LOL, I do love this deck! Hadn’t picked up on the Six of Cups 🙂 Maybe the Knight of Pentacles was thought too dull to be queer ;D

    • Little Red says:

      Ha! Yeah, the love it’s been getting on Autostraddle has really reignited my love for this deck 😀

  2. Mary L says:

    How do you find this deck for doing actual readings? Because I’m tempted to add it to my Buy Eventually (When I Stop Being Broke) list, but it seems like it’s maybe more of a novelty deck (?). I have trouble gauging the practical usability of decks without having them in my hands.

    Also, man, those images are cool, but how much cooler would they be if they *had* been racially diverse? More tarot designers need to get on that.

    • chloetarot says:

      Hope Beth won’t mind me jumping in here, but it is a very readable deck, Mary 🙂 I used it as my main reading deck for months, and would have blogged with it constantly if Llewellyn had a less rigid policy on blogging. Totally agree that more tarot designers should pick up on racial diversity – I love a deck that represents more the people I see around me 🙂

      • Mary L says:

        Yeah, I’m actually a little glad I don’t have funds right now to buy several new decks, even though I’m itching for a few. This way I have to take the time to do my research and find a couple that I’ll be extra excited about. Any recommendations of more diverse decks?

  3. Luna says:

    Magnifico post! gracias por compartir tus conocimientos con todos nosotros. Bendiciones y abrazos desde España

    Luna

  4. Trine says:

    I’ve been in love with the Knight of Wands since I first laid my eyes on her… I like your approach to one of my favourite decks!

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