Thursday, 4 May 2017

African American Tarot Review

Circle Network Review: African American Tarot - The legendary cultural identity of the Afro-Americans. Written by Jamal R with artwork by Thomas Davis, 78 cards with instructions for use. 

The little white booklet is written in five languages, including English. Published by Lo Scarabeo (English, Italian, French, German, Spanish). The cards tell of a creation story with key concepts about the archetypes, myths, traditions and associations.

Many myths are from Uganda, Namibia, Benin, Togo, Kenya and other African countries, and the US. The artwork is varied, expressive and innovative.
I very much enjoyed the artwork and also the short write-ups for the major arcana, court cards and the pip cards (chalices, pentacles, wands and swords). For those who like the stories of African cultures, this is the deck for you. Included in the deck are famous people of the arts, sciences, inventors and discoverers. 
A ten card reading, titled 'Anansi's Web' offers good questions for the seeker who wants a fairly in depth reading.
I have chosen as an example the 6 of Chalices titled Yumbore - the night of the fairies and 'Bessie Smith'. Meaning: celebration, joy of living, pleasant lace, enjoyable memories, positive experiences and the 5 of Swords, the lion, leopard, the hunter and 'Marcus Garvey'. Meaning: defeat, failure, loss of privileges, dishonour, infamy and exile. Review: Wendy Stokes

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