The Queer Tarot Project is blowing my mind.
Seriously, there are such beautiful stories coming in from people who really identify with a particular tarot card – stories of lives, loves and self-discoveries, expressed through the symbolism of the cards.
Here are a few highlights.
I think this divine, fierce femme has been leading me by the nose for most of my life. I am a queer, high femme and it wasn’t until I moved to San Francisco from London in 2007 that I found a grrl gang who gave me the context to support and feel at home in my deep, mysterious, shadowed femmedom.
They understood that I had a male wife and deeply identified with my animus in heels. No questions. No odd glances. Since then she keeps teaching me the value of oneness between polarities, the importance of keeping the unknown, unknown, and how to fully stand in my psychic ways.
At it’s core, being queer is a mystery- making something fit that shouldn’t, not taking the straight paths but also understanding you don’t have to constantly re-invent the wheel- you just have to reach out and find the others. We’re in this together.
I didn’t become a magician or a gender doula that day. I was born with that spell in my heart, in my body.
My magic is to embrace beings exactly as they are when they enter my world without hesitation or reserve. If who they are or who they wish to become changes, my magic is to walk with them, side by side, to whoever it is they choose to become next. My gift is like the Magician’s: I am a servant to the transformation of others, within the safe and necessary cauldron of welcome, joy, inclusion, and lack of judgment.
For me, The Star represents the realisation that the social dramas, structures, prejudices and customs all around us do not need ruin us. We can refuse to internalise what society says about us – all of those things that could make us feel wrong, dirty, weird, freaky and hated.
Eight of Swords – Alison
Though mental health is a constant struggle for me, and though it took a long, long time for me to learn, I finally did learn that I don’t have to be what anyone else wants or expects me to be. I’m queer, despite it being hugely taboo where I come from. I have ADHD, and I’m never going to be able to focus or behave the way others want me to. I’m not a Christian, despite years of intense indoctrination. And when I die, someone is going to have to pry my tarot cards out of my cold dead hands! And if people don’t approve of or like me for who I am, tough for them.
The Star – Celia
and her response was everything, it broke my heart but also let me embrace the love I have for other people. Because this friend is now more of my Person, but this time I’m her Person too
“you’ve got stars to guide to you, and which ones you look to depend on where you are, where you want to be, where you need to be. the brightness and importance of the stars change depending on your perspective.
but you can always find them again. you’re becoming a seasoned astronomer. ”
Two of Cups – Lee
Leaving the woods, I hosted my own reception with cake for everyone in attendance. A married man.
I am bride and groom. Groom and groom. Bride and bride. Spouse and spouse. Lover and beloved.
In loving myself, I make room to love others more deeply. The two of cups speaks of love between individuals, but of love within the self as well… and that if we do not love ourselves, we cannot love others to the fullest of capacity. That love begets love.
If you would like to share your story as part of the Queer Tarot Project you can submit your post here. This is such a beautiful thing. xxxx
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.