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Tarot is best used as a tool for self-discovery, healing, growth, empowerment, and liberation. Tarot archetypes provide the reader with a window into present circumstances and future potential. But what if that window only opened up on a world that was white, European, and heterosexual? The interpretations of the tarot that have been passed down through tradition presuppos ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Weiser Books
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Eli
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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:

* Buy this book.
* Read it.
* Apply it to every person you read for, regardless of what you believe their sexuality or gender identity to be.

This goes double if you're cis, het, and white.

Let's get this out of the way now: unless this is the first tarot book you've ever read, you may have differing interpretations of certain cards than Sno
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Katey Flowers
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I am sorry to have to leave this review on the first day of Pride month. I was so excited about this book but I have to be honest and say that I was hugely disappointed. There were some wonderful things about this book, but ultimately some really problematic things throughout resulted in me struggling to finish. This is a hugely American-centric book that generalises a lot about ‘the queer experience’. For me, the deal breaker was the way mental illness and in particular bipolar disorder was spo ...more
Damaris Huerta
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was kinda a let down cuz it speeds through the minor arcana not really giving in depth description and just seems like it was running through the cards.
Logan Hughes
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witchy
Like many queer people, I'm used to taking culture that has been typically interpreted through a cisgender/heterosexual lens and reimagining it to work for me and to be meaningful for my life. It's hard mental work I'm doing all the time. It's such a RELIEF when someone has done the work for you, as Cassandra Snow has done here, explaining each card in the tarot deck through a queer lens.

Snow's extensive experience with tarot shines through as she explores nuances of the cards that I never woul
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reals
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is a major letdown. Despite what the title says, this book doesn't "queer" tarot at all, rather it just puts every card through an extremely US-centric, white, middle class LGBT lens in a pretty boxed in and prescriptive way. The analysis is rushed and seems to be a series of short collections of the authors opinions and thoughts. Mental illness is handled terribly. The author repeats themselves constantly in their Major Arcana descriptions, with every single card somehow calling the q ...more
Gina
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book within the first five pages. This book wonderfully lays out the meaning behind each card in the tarot deck and gives various compassionate examples of what queering the cards look like and how they can be relevant to the reader or querent’s experiences as an LGBTQQIPA2P+ person. I enjoyed learning meanings I instinctively had felt but needed some confirmation of as well as revealing meanings I had overlooked/ignored. Bonus points (no actual points) that I read this at the right ...more
Mitch Rogers
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first tarot book. I really liked how Snow really does try to communicate a larger philosophy of tarot instead of just going through the cards one by one, even though they do go through the cards one by one. I think queerness and folk spirituality/occult are a match made in the Everlasting Realms, and studying one helps you understand living outside of institutions of all kinds.
Jessica
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been using this book for reference since I started reading it and it’s helped me learn the cards better. The author’s explanations are nuanced. I like that because it expands my thinking regarding the meanings. And of course she gives excellent explanations of the cards in a queer context.
Emma
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the book I've been looking for but my main beef with it is that the fonts are hard/distracting to read and some of the meanings of the minor arcana cards are grouped together, which is good for overall tarot understanding but tricky for individual readings.
Candice
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.

It specifically looks at the cards from through a queer lens, as well as a sex-positive, polyam- and kink-friendly one. It doesn't shy away from discussing sexual or polyam theme
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Lydia
This was a big disappointment. Tarot is a universal tool, used by many.

The perspective of the author really muddies the parts of this book I enjoyed. It’s a very white, American-centric, middle class, LGBTQ lens and there’s really no acknowledgement of that throughout the book. I enjoyed the major arcana but found a lot of the cards repetitive, speaking to seekers wanting to be activists, people who struggle with faith (Snow grew up in the bible belt) and people who work in the non-profit secto
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Naava Kaiho
An excellent read, sure to offer new insights for anyone who reads the Tarot, whether a seasoned professional or just getting their feet wet. The queerness is lacking in the traditional RWS Tarot, it's heteronormative and cisnormative and so forth - or the traditional ways of reading the cards are. But if we start to view the cards as energies and not set-in-stone "King = man" way, we're opening the door to a plethora of new interpretations, and we're not being so binary that it hurts my demiman ...more
Paul Nemeth
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so helpful in my development of learning tarot! So many of the traditional descriptions of tarot rely on traditional heteronormative gender roles. Yuck! This book really breaks down each card in a way that is easy to understand and explained things in ways that didn't uphold the patriarchy. I feel like this book makes tarot more accessible to everyone. All people who want to read tarot should read this book regardless of your sexuality or gender identity. This book explains how each ...more
Alyssa
May 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2020
I respect the hell out of Cassandra Snow as a tarot reader/advisor, and deeply enjoy following them on social media. And I respect what they were going for here. Maybe as a series of blog or instagram posts it would've been a little more digestible/interesting to read. But as a book it was just too repetitive. The Major Arcana were very interesting to read about but I think the book lost steam as soon as it hit the minors and skidded to an absolute halt by the time I reached the Court Cards (con ...more
Esmé J
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: witchy
Queering the Tarot is a great supplementary tarot guide that grapples with the gender essentialism present in most tarot practices. Snow offers expansive interpretations of typically very gendered cards, such as the court cards. Snow suggests ways every card might show up uniquely for queer folks, especially those of us who are approaching or in the process of coming out or gender transition. These interpretations might be most meaningful for folks who are relatively new at exploring these aspec ...more
Anna
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, tarot
I don't remember when I finished this.

I think this is a really important kind of perspective to have. It is not perfect at all but there is a lot of good in it and I liked it more than I was expecting to in some respects, given that there were some bits of it described super unfavorably by people I know. I didn't really read those bits as badly though (with the 2/3/4 of swords, I think?)

Can get why people might dislike it though. I really wish a more universal deck had been used even if the Urba
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Kelsey
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a necessary addition to any serious tarot reader's library. Cassandra takes us beyond the stale and rigid traditional interpretations and invites us to use our own stories, identities, and intuition to develop relationships with the cards. If you read cards for other people, this book is for you. If you read for yourself, this book is for you. Queering the Tarot reminds us that divination is for everyone, and if our interpretations of a card aren't inclusive, we're missing something.
Maggie Rose
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Did not finish.

I love the idea behind this book. And the discussion of the Major Arcana was great. But once we get to the Minors, the book is a mess. The author decides, for some unknowable reason, to discuss the cards in groups out of order. Such as a section on the 5 and 7 of wands. Then the next section about the 6 and the 9. I couldn’t follow this, despite trying. Ended up putting it down.
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
As long as I've been reading Tarot, I still think it's important to get new points of view on the cards. The author here provides personal stories, giving new angles and important insights into the Tarot. I have no doubt that I've learned more about this craft that and that the way I read the cards is now further enriched from reading this book.
NormaCenva
This book was a true eye-opener for me. I loved it! It was absolutely amazing to read something that goes into so much detail on the topic that is very much overlooked. I will be definitely re-reading this.
Amber
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Must-have resource for new interpretations of the cards, great for, well, queer folks. What a godsend, this book is indispensable for me right now :)
Vivienne Waltzer
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a great guide for Queer Activists and includes some tips of reading for other marginalized groups as well... but I found this book to be incredibly messy in terms of its layout which makes it hard for those who are trying to do readings with this as a guide.

This was very misleading for me when I bought this, as I expected a well organized, well-written book that I could look back on whenever I needed to. However, what I got was a jumbled up mess and that was unfortunate.

For one thing, the
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