The Hoodoo Tarot
By Tayannah Lee McQuillar
A divination deck & guidebook rooted in the American Hoodoo tradition
- 78 full-color Tarot cards that depict legendary root workers past and present as well as important Hoodoo archetypes & symbols.
- In-depth card meanings for each card in the Major Arcana & the four suits of the Minor Arcana, including the history of the rootworker or symbol featured, any associated magical plants, & guidance based on the card’s meaning.
Celebrating the complex American Rootwork tradition, The Hoodoo Tarot integrates esoteric & botanical knowledge from Hoodoo with the divination system of the Tarot. Structured like a traditional Tarot deck, each of the 78 cards features full-color paintings by magical-realist artist Katelan Foisy & elegantly interprets the classical Tarot imagery through depictions of legendary rootworkers past & present as well as important Hoodoo symbolism.
In the accompanying guidebook, Tayannah Lee McQuillar provides a history of Hoodoo & its complex heritage, including its roots in multiple African & Indigenous American ethnic groups as well as its European influences. She explores the traditional forms of divination used by rootworkers, including cartomancy, explaining how pairing the Tarot with Hoodoo is a natural fit. For each card in the Major Arcana and the four suits of the Minor Arcana (sticks, baskets, needles, & knives), McQuillar provides an in-depth card meaning that draws on both Tarot and Hoodoo tradition. She shares the history of the rootworker or symbol featured, any associated magical plants, a related scriptural quote, & guidance & advice based on the card’s meaning. She also offers instructions on card spreads & shares sample card readings.