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New Orleans Voodoo Tarot - tarot decks

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  • The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot is suited for those who practice or are interested in the four cults of Voodoo, Santeria,
  • Petro, Congo and Rada. The major arcana feature historical Voodooan characters.

Name New Orleans Voodoo Tarot
Creators Louis Martinez
Publisher Harper San Francisco 1992
Deck Type Tarot Deck
Cards 78
Major Arcana 22
Minor Arcana 56
Deck Tradition Mixed
Suits Court Cards
The Fool is 0
Strength is 11
Justice is 8
Card Size 2.76 x 4.33 in. = 7.00cm x 11.00cm
Card Language English
Card Back Unknown
Back Design Design of authentic voodoo veve which acts as a 'beacon' for the Loa.

is a superficial statement to make, it is quite valid. Different people have different reasons for choosing decks, and this is as valid as any other. However, when it comes to using this deck for readings and other purposes of divination, it is in no way like any of the typical decks which follow either Waite symbolism or Marseilles design. I would even go as far as to say that this is not a 'tarot' deck (in the way that I don't consider the Osho Zen deck a 'tarot' deck, either), but instead a tool for introspection and a great gift to anyone interested in the aspect of Voodoo and the occult — a sensitive topic for many.

Because Voodoo, or Voodoun has such a questionable connotation to most westerners, the deck's title alone might offend some, or at the very least, make them uneasy. However, when the book, which is an excellent companion to the cards, is consulted, it can be seen that these cards, although they have the titles of African-Caribbean deities and cultural legends, have been influenced by everything from Jewish symbolism to French and Greek linguistic inspiration, although the names and words on the cards are primarily Creole.

The cards are approximately two by three inches in size, and are of good-quality card stock; not too thick and not too thin. Additionally, the cards have a good finish, because they are not too glossy and therefore shuffle and separate very well. The backs, however, are not in the traditional style; they are non-symmetrical, which means that in dealing them out, it will be apparent before they are turned over whether or not they will be upright or upside down. The artwork on the cards is intense, and it uses bold, deep shades of blues, purples, and reds. The style of the artwork looks like a cross between woodcuts and paintings, although the painting-like influence is more apparent. There are a lot of black outlines in the drawings. The symbolism of many of the cards is subtly sexual in nature, which gives it an i nteresting edge.

This deck has more cards than the standard deck. There are twenty-two cards in the deck which, according to the book, correspond with the traditional cards of the major arcana, although it is impossible to know this without having read the chart in the accompanying book which explains it all. Forty cards in the deck are numbered 1 through 10, and are in, naturally four suits: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Additionally, each of these forty cards follows a particular cultural tradition: Petro, Rada, Congo, and Santeria, which are likely variations of Voodoo based on the book's text. There are sixteen temple cards, rounding out the deck: four of each Drum (King/Wand), Serpent (Queen/Cup), Crossroads and Machete (Prince/Sword), and Calabash (Princess/Pentacle).

Does all of this sound complicated? Yes. Is the deck really as deep and as complicated as it sounds? A resounding yes. This is why I've spent the better part of four years studying the book and d eck. I must say that, even though a lot having to do with this deck isn't obvious, it is growing on me, and it would have the potential to grow on other enthusiasts. While I would not recommend it for anyone as a first deck (I purchased this one after having owned over twenty others), and while I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as a primary deck for reading, for anyone who is interested in African-American or Black art, the Voodoo culture, or simply anyone who wants a different type of deck that not everyone is using, it is ideal. Every session spent studying and learning the cards reveals something not uncovered during the previous session. Getting to know these cards is definitely a learning process, and being able to use them more easily than I do now is something to aspire to.

This deck is recommended for collectors and cultural enthusiasts, as well as those interested in deep-seated occult (hidden) archetypes that can be interpreted on many levels.

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