The Asian American Tarot

August 8th, 2016 Comments Off on The Asian American Tarot

Take a look at this very interesting new Tarot project by the Asian American Literary Review … it’s the Asian American Tarot: A Mental Health Project.

This majors-only deck is part of a larger project focusing on mental health and arts-based self-care within the Asian American community. As explained on their project page …

“In the spirit of fortune-telling practices so prevalent in our communities, we’re creating a new deck of tarot cards, featuring original art and text that work to reveal the hidden contours of our Asian American emotional, psychic, and spiritual lives, as well as the systems of violence that bear down upon them. Replacing the 22 archetypes of the traditional major arcana (e.g., the Empress, the Hierophant, the Wheel of Fortune, etc.) are figures drawn directly from Asian American life — the Migrant, the Foreigner, the Shopkeeper, the Adoptee, the Model Minority, the Desecrated Temple — that we’ve asked some of our commuities’ most exciting artists, poets, and writers to reinterpret.

Because Asian American wellness fundamentally depends upon anti-racism, our deck is an anti-racist hack for the tradintonal deck: take out the existing major arcana, insert ours, and voila! An Asian American mental health tarot, a little self-care magic.”

This looks like a fabulous project … please visit the Asian American Tarot project page to learn more.

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