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The Hoodoo Tarot
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INTRODUCTION
A Culture, an Inheritance, and a Rebellion
What Is Hoodoo
The Origin of Hoodoo
The Forms of Divination Traditionally Used in Hoodoo

Getting to Know the Hoodoo Tarot
The Elders, the Family, and the Community
The Tools
Card Images, Plants, and Bible Quotes
Positive and Negative Community Cards

Hoodoo Spreads and Sample Readings
"See 'Bout Your Folks" Ancestor Spread
"See 'Bout Your Folks" Ancestor Reading
"Don't Put That Thang on Me" Catch a Trick Spread
"Don't Put That Thang on Me" Catch a Trick Reading
"The Right Doc" Spread
"The Right Doc" Reading
"Gonna Catch a Bird" Relationship Spread
"Gonna Catch a Bird" Relationship Reading

CARD MEANINGS
The Elders (Major Arcana)
0 The Free Man
I Black Herman
II Miss Ida
III The Big Queen
IV John Horse
V Bishop C. H. Mason
VI Courting
VII Railroad Bill
VIII Strength
IX Dr. Grant
X Aunt Caroline
XI Dr. Buzzard
XII Gullah Jack
XIII Ancestors
XIV Father Simms
XV Miss Robinson
XVI The Big House
XVII The Grandchildren
XVIII Pa XIX Big Mama
XX Dem Bones
XXI The Garden

The Family (Court Cards)

Mother of Sticks
Father of Sticks
Daughter of Sticks
Son of Sticks

Mother of Baskets
Father of Baskets
Daughter of Baskets
Son of Baskets

Mother of Knives
Father of Knives
Daughter of Knives
Son of Knives

Mother of Coins
Father of Coins
Daughter of Coins
Son of Coins

The Community (Minor Arcana)

Ace of Sticks
Two of Sticks
Three of Sticks
Four of Sticks
Five of Sticks
Six of Sticks
Seven of Sticks
Eight of Sticks
Nine of Sticks
Ten of Sticks

Ace of Baskets
Two of Baskets
Three of Baskets
Four of Baskets
Five of Baskets
Six of Baskets
Seven of Baskets
Eight of Baskets
Nine of Baskets
Ten of Baskets

Ace of Knives
Two of Knives
Three of Knives
Four of Knives
Five of Knives
Six of Knives
Seven of Knives
Eight of Knives
Nine of Knives
Ten of Knives

Ace of Coins
Two of Coins
Three of Coins
Four of Coins
Five of Coins
Six of Coins
Seven of Coins
Eight of Coins
Nine of Coins
Ten of Coins

Suggested Reading

About the Author

About the Illustrator

About the Author

Tayannah Lee McQuillar is a tarot reader and researcher of religion, esoterica, and mysticism. The author of several books, including Rootwork: The Folk Magic of Black America, and the divination deck The Sibyls Oraculum, she lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Katelan V. Foisy is an artist, circle leader, and tarot consultant who has been featured in the New York Times and Elle magazine. Her work has appeared in exhibits throughout the United States and UK. The illustrator of The Sibyls Oraculum, she lives in Chicago.

Reviews

"In keeping with the roots of Hoodoo, this powerfully-illustrated tarot deck is organized along the lines of an extended family. Elders comprise the Major Arcana, the family inhabits the court cards, and the rest of the Minor Arcana reflects the community and mundane life. Many readers will buy this deck for Foisy's truth-is-strength illustrations. With use, I think they will discover layers of insight into their personal lineage, regardless of their ethnicity." * Anna Jedrziewski, TarotWise.com *
"Tayannah Lee McQuillar and Katelan V. Foisy have given contemporary medicine people in the Americas and beyond a rare and special gift. The in-depth research, interviews, and life experience of both practitioners shine like a beacon through this divination tool, helping us ground our practices in historical precedent and tried-and-true wisdom. Nothing has been lost that cannot be found." * Chiron Armand, founder of Impact Shamanism and a trained hoodoo root doctor *
". . . dispels common notions and myths about the meaning and origin of Hoodoo Tarot. I recommend that anyone--scholar or lay--who has interest in the practice of tarot and the complicated cosmos that it represents read this book. It is an insightful view of a people and practices that are mired in controversy and misunderstanding." * Stephen C. Finley, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at *
"I don't know where to begin with this review. I have received, and purchased, many tarot and oracle decks throughout the years, but I don't think I have ever learned as much as I did from The Hoodoo Tarot by Tayannah Lee McQuillar." * The Magical Buffet *
"The Hoodoo Tarot was made with care and consideration and it shows. I recommend this deck if you have an interest in both Tarot and Hoodoo, are looking for a deck showing diverse people from various backgrounds, crave a perspective closer to your roots or spiritual path or just want to learn more about Hoodoo. Highly Recommended." * Larissa Carlson Viana, FacingNorth.net *
"The first thing I did upon opening these cards was to start taking photos of them to send them to my friends. I was absolutely amazed by the incredible artwork of this tarot. Both beautiful and haunting, the deck transported me to another world, telling me stories and taking me to unknown places until the moment that they revealed themselves to be parts of my subconscious. I am sure I am going to be dreaming about them when I go to bed. The images just stuck inside my mind for the rest of the day." * Aurora, Pagan Dawn Magazine *

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