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the Wands usually refer to the aspect of our life in which we are most passionate about. The Wands represent ambition, passion, and lend well to queer readings, as queer folks often experience a passionate relationship with their queer identity. Wands traditionally are likened to penises, so in your readings, be careful not to assume the presence of a penis indicates a person who identifies as male. Second issue. The descriptions of the minor Arcana cards are lumped together in pairs and three somes. This doesn't clarify the cards, it muddies the interpretation and seems lazy when we are talking about queer perspectives on Tarot. I think adding a spin of Queerness to each card as it's own section of interpretation would have been better. Also for a book that seems to pride itself on its intersectionality, I wish that they had chosen anything other than a skinny, white blond haired femme for their cover art.

I think I'd be much less bothered if the author had said the book was more about their own experiences with tarot/being queer, rather than a book of "how to queer the tarot" for everyone in general. Like if they said this is a book of how they queer their tarot--I'd be more okay with it. But instead, it's marketed/written as how we should queer our tarot based on their experiences/rules. It read very much in a "my way or the highway," which is ironic, given how exclusive and at times, bigoted the author seemed to be. All of which is really off-putting. If you couldn't tell by this point in my review, haha. The most common keywords for the Six [of Wands] are progress, victory, and triumph. When I hear the words victory and triumph though, I don't just thin of the success or win that comes with them. These words bring battle, rough terrain, and hard-fought success to my mind. Because, in my opinion, the most valuable part of Queering the Tarot is the tools Snow offers for how to deconstruct and re-envision each tarot card. How to recognize that, whatever its origins, most of us learned tarot through a white, cisnormative, heteronormative, Christian-morality-heavy lens. Stepping outside of that framework can be difficult--but Snow is offering us the tools that can help us do it. When examining specifically-gendered cards like The Emperor/Empress, Magician/High Priestess, and kings and queens of the court cards, Snow’s approach is to examine the experience over the portrayed gender to get at its truth. The Empress represents anyone, regardless of gender, who is nurturing, artistic, in tune with nature, for example.In Queering the Tarot, Cassandra Snow opens up the world of tarot and makes it inclusive for the LGBTQ community and other marginalized folk. I think this may be one of the most important tarot books out today. It gives much needed representation and respect to a whole slice of the population that has been left out due to tarot’s tendency to focus on white, cisgender, heteronormative. Queering the Tarot is a wonderful book who’s time has come. It belongs on every serious tarot reader’s shelf." —Theresa Reed, author of The Tarot Coloring Book and co-author of Tarot For Troubled Times https://thebookishtype.co.uk/products/queering-the-tarot-by-cassandra-snow?variant=32020379631701¤cy=GBP&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&utm_campaign=gs-2021-08-07&utm_source=google&utm_medium=smart_campaign

Cassandra Snow’s long-running and much-loved series on the Little Red Tarot community blog has been published in book form! Our conversation also included discussing interpretations for marginalized folk, gender, pronouns, advice for straight tarot readers who read for an LGBTQQIP2SA+ client, and more. Cassandra is a bright light blazing trails in tarot. You are going to learn a lot in this episode and I think her book belongs on every tarot reader’s shelf! CW/TW - Christmas family trauma, therapy, anxiety, mental illness, homophobia, internalised homophobia, confusion around sexuality, smoking, alcohol, weed, biphobia, the struggle of being queer at school, being closeted, sex and dating, Cassandra Snow (they/them/she/her) is a professional tarot card reader & teacher, writer, and theatre-maker in Minneapolis, MN. Cassandra believes tarot is a powerful tool for insight that leads to healing that leads to liberation & empowerment. Their tarot practice centers around the empowerment of queer seekers, overcoming personal trauma, practical step by step business or creative plans and spiritual guidance. I wish the card interpretations felt more three-dimensional. Rather than discussing how archetypal symbols can relate to common queer experiences, it felt more like defining the cards as a sign of a particular common queer experience. To me, there’s a major difference between a symbol and a sign. A sign directs our attention toward something very specific that requires no further interpretation. Symbols involve in-depth interpretations that are semi-universal, or threaded through various associations and schemas.

Tarot helps us see the world anew. We must also let it help us act well. We must also let it push us to inspect the archetypes of patriarchy, and suspect them. Any resources for breaking cis-heteronormative tarot views and interpretations. I’m a gay male and sometimes it like 😑how tf this relate to me.

Welcome to Tarot Bytes – the tarot podcast for people who want to learn tarot…but don’t have all day. Short, bite-sized tarot lessons. Episode 133: Queering the Tarot with Cassandra Snow This book has given me so, so much more to consider in terms of interpreting the cards, especially in regards to giving readings to folks in the queer community. It's definitely not a book for beginners, and novices may still find it a bit overwhelming. I consider myself an advanced novice, and there is a lot to take in. Also, for a book about rejecting gender norms, there is a lot of discomfort around masculine energy. To explain the issue in a microcosm, Snow describes the Empress card as representative of mothering energy but encourages us to think of a mother as something beyond gender. A mother can be found in men, and doesn't necessarily have to include womanhood- but in the very same section condemns the Emperor card as a card that "bullies you into submission." Queering tarot asks us to do more than reimagine, it requires us to create new meanings for the cards. To live radically with the 78 cards, we must first find what is radical within their archetypes. Finally, Cups represents the element of Water which is associated with emotions. The Cups are often linked with romantic relationships, but can also refer to any emotional relationship, as well as the process of healing. The fluidity inherent in water, as Snow points out, lends well to queer folks, creating a pretty queer suit. Giving Readings

The Emperor card was also wildly sexist. I know the author tries (or says they try) not to associate the cards with their gender, but there seems to be a personal bias against the stereotypical masc-associated traits with this card. (Really, any masc card.) Saying it's all about control and forcing people into submission feels like a huge loss to the meaning of the card, and is contrasted wildly against the almost purely positive portrayal of the Empress. I don't feel like the author did a good enough job here overcoming their own personal issues with this card and genuinely giving it a queer perspective. OK. If you are a person who is cisgender and heterosexual, and you read tarot, especially if you read for other people sometimes, here's what I need you to do: I also find this book was HEAVY on American society and heavy on trauma. There was no room for anyone outside of American and there was very little room for joy.

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