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By Susan Rennie, Sally Miller Gearhart

In 1976 A Feminist Tarot grew to become the 1st booklet of the newly-launched lesbian-feminist press in Watertown, Massachusetts, known as Persephone Press. From then until eventually 1981 whilst Persephone ceased e-book, it went via 4 variations. Alyson guides (of Boston, and extra lately of la) has shepherded the e-book via extra versions (1981 and the current 1997 version) as well as its Dutch translation released in 1985 through Uitgeverij Ankh-Hermes bv, Deventer. not like the explosion of women’s Tarot decks and interpretations of the 1980’s and 90’s, A Feminist Tarot makes use of the photographs of the conventional Waite Tarot deck, offering and unveiling them from the viewpoint of cultural feminist proposal. It casts an accelerated interpretation upon each one card of the key and Minor Arcana, providing either upright and reversed meanings, and a precis of conventional meanings to boot. It incorporates a background of and a observation upon the Tarot itself, illustrated lay-outs and customary makes use of of the Tarot, in addition to a short bibliography.

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Waite) The Priestess holds the sacred Torah suggesting the matriarchal roots that underlie patriarchy. She represents men’s deepest fear: that women do not need men. The querent’s future is hidden, unknown, virginal. Or some aspects of the querent (or one near her) are virginal. She is in touch with hidden knowledge, perhaps to be expressed creatively. Some important aspects 14 The Major Arcana of a situation seem unknowable, but will be revealed if she is open to the worlds of the psyche. Intuitive perception will help solve old problems.

The querent shies away from solitude, knowledge of sound and silence. Or perhaps these things are inappropriate to the querent’s life at this time. Patent rejection of some patriarchal learning that may have some virtue. Dilettantism or superficial knowledge. Buckshot learning. Skimming the surface. The querent may need to pass completely through the “hero” stage before becoming the hermit. There is still action to be taken. No time yet for retreat or reflection. Traditional reversed meaning: Imprudence, foolishness, immaturity.

Or the querent may be reminded of an addictive personality (hers or another’s) and the need for willpower 24 The Major Arcana or commitment in a change of habits. The card could indicate a conflict between two major forces in the querent’s life. Traditional meaning: Control over health, money problems, enemies. Triumph through personal effort. The card of those who achieve greatness. Reversed: LACK OF SELF-DISCIPLINE The possibility of dissipation, decadence, insecurity, excessive pleasures, ill health.

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