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Motherpeace Tarot - tarot decks

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  • The Motherpeace Tarot is an unusual deck with definite feminist leanings, but unlike many feminist decks it does show
  • a few males. This was the first of the round Tarot decks.

Name Motherpeace Tarot
Creators Karen Vogel, Vicki Noble
Publisher US Games
Deck Type Tarot Deck
Cards 78

day and realized I have never written a review on it. I’ve written reviews on so many other decks, it’s surprising to realize that I’ve never written one on the Motherpeace. Most Tarotists have a special deck; one that carried them into the world of the Tarot. A deck that made them feel comfortable and confident reading for others, and unlocked its mystery in a spiritually gratifying way. Back in 1984, Motherpeace was all that and more to me. While studying the Motherpeace, I had also become a serious student of Yoga, taking several classes a week, and the writings of Carl Jung. When I began studying the Motherpeace and found images of Yoga positions and references to Jungian psychology, I felt as though I had found a multifaceted tool that could be used to adjust and aerate the deep recesses of my soul. Yes I do tend to wax poetic about the Motherpeace!

I was introduced to the Tarot (like so many others) through a reading done with the Coleman-Waite back in 1974. I studied the deck for a few months but put it aside when other demands on my time took increasing precedence. In 1984 I was at the counter paying for a book in the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, when I noticed the Motherpeace Tarot on a shelf behind the clerk. I asked her what it was and she explained it was a feminist Tarot deck. I burbled over with mind-altering joy, “A feminist Tarot deck!?”

Without a second thought, I purchased the deck and book by Vicki Noble that explained the deck. I spent months studying and playing with this deck. I read and reread Vicki Noble’s book several times until I felt like I had a solid grasp on her material. In the spring of 1985, I had a brainstorm to offer readings to women using the Motherpeace. I posted ads up on bulletin boards offering my services at parties. Within a surprisingly short time I was getting invites to women’s functions and parties around Toronto. It was so gratifying to read the Tarot from a feminist perspective! I was soon teaching this Tarot in evening, College continuing education classes. For several years I taught this feminist deck at senior centres where women flocked with excitement and participated enthusiastically with stories of their own experiences of discrimination and connection to the Goddess. It was one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life.

The Motherpeace Tarot with its focus on the Goddess and matriarchy was a very unusual product back in the early ‘80’s. It’s difficult to imagine today just how rare, revolutionary and enlightening Vicki’s work was at that time. I’ve often wondered throughout the years if Vicki Noble realizes what a profound impact she has had upon the psyches of women. Because the feminist teachings were couched in a Tarot format many women were attracted to the work for its enticement of play and pleasure and garnered incredible consciousness raising almost serendipitously.

The Motherpeace Tarot cards are round affording more creative opportunities for interpretation than square cards. Square cards can only be placed upright or reversed but round cards can be used like a dial – if it’s turned down too low, the energy is slow and perhaps even blocked. If the “dial” points to the right, the energy of the card may be overbearing or in some situations extreme. The names of the cards not surprisingly, have been changed in many cases to a more feminine foundation. For example, The Hermit is the Crone and the Hanged Man is the Hanged One. It is in her feminist perspective of the card’s meaning, however where Vicki shines brilliantly. The Emperor is patriarchy (I continue to interpret the Emperor from this perspective), and the Hierophant is the traditional religious leader who oppresses feminine values and her unique spiritual voice (this too lives on in my interpretation of the Hierophant). The court cards have been completely renamed to reflect family identities such as Son, Daughter, Mother with the Shaman at the head of the tribe. The meaning applied to these family members has also been changed to reflect a more matriarchal interpretation of the energy.

The artwork done primarily by Karen Vogel is childlike, colourful and positive. When observing the Motherpeace images, my Tarot students would often comment on how delightfully engaging and uplifting the imagery was to work with compared with some of the darker imagery seen in the more classic decks. Vicki’s interpretative work also guides the Tarotist to read in a positive and constructive fashion. This deck is empowering to women and fosters feelings of strong personal agency and appreciation for the feminine in general.

For people teaching a Goddess course this set should be on their reading list and for those Tarotists who are tired of the traditional deck or wish to explore an alternative approach to Tarot, you will find this work deeply satisfying and thought provoking. It’s not easy, simple or superficial however, and I’d advise you to be prepared to dedicate many hours to learning this deck well. It will alter your relationship to the Tarot more profoundly than any other deck on the market. Motherpeace generated a wave of conscious awareness across the globe whose ripples continue to flow to this day. In 2013, Motherpeace celebrated its 30th anniversary and continues to sell thousands of copies yearly. Like anything that is true and honourable it will prevail for many, many years.

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