Tarot Cards Featuring People of Color

5 Tarot Decks Featuring People of Color: Part 1

One major issue I have with the tarot is how little representation there is for people of color. Most decks sold at your local bookstore or metaphysical shop feature primarily white characters–leaving people of other ethnic and racial identities without representation. I wanted to create a resource for more culturally diverse tarot decks, and I’m excited to share what I found.

5 Beautiful Tarot Decks Featuring People of Color:

1. The Gendron Tarot: 

Tarot Cards Featuring People of Color

The Gendron Tarot features 78 cards of visionary surrealism with mystical, colorful, and “slightly New Age” art. Many people complain that more attention is given to the major arcana than the minor arcana, but I found all of them to be quite powerful.

2. The Afro-Brazilian Tarot

The Afro Brazilian Tarot: Tarot Featuring People of Color

“The Afro-Brazilian Tarot is dedicated to the divinities of the African Yoruban and Brazilian Candomble religions, and combines these and Santeria with the archetypes of tarot.”

3. The Osho-Zen Tarot 

The Osho Zen Tarot

The Osho-Zen tarot brings a very Eastern/buddhist flavor to the Tarot, so much so that it is more of a zen-oracle deck than a traditional tarot deck. It abandons most traditional themes, particularly regarding the past and the future, and instead instead focuses on gaining an understanding of the here and now.

4. The Goddess-Siren Tarot 

Goddess SIren Tarot

The Goddesses and Sirens tarot features powerfully illustrated images portraying the sacred feminine from a variety of cultures.

5. The Ancestral Path Tarot

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The beautifully illustrated Ancestral Path tarot assigns a different culture to each suit. This deck explores the legends of different world cultures, with each card uncovering personal spirituality through examining the traditions and beliefs of our ancestors.

Do you have any decks to add to this list, or suggestions for the next roundup? Let me know in the comments section!

xo Lipstick Witch

3 thoughts on “5 Tarot Decks Featuring People of Color: Part 1

  1. Nia Witherspoon says:

    Thanks so much for this! I had only heard of one of these before 🙂 I have the New Orleans vodou tarot, and I hear that the Collective Tarot also features many different gender, ethnic, and racial identities. I also hear there is a new deck coming out by a queer collective called slow holler, where many of the artists are also folks of color, and so the representation is more diverse.

    • the lipstick witch says:

      Hi Nia, thanks for responding! 🙂 I have heard of the collective tarot (actually you’re the 3rd person to mention it after I made this post) so I will have to include them in the next roundup. I did hear that they are taking a break to focus on a new deck? I’ll have to look more into other collective tarot cards because they seem the most promising and diverse as you mention. 🙂

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  2. astralpasta says:

    The Afro-Brazilian tarot was my first deck. I wanted a deck with people who look like me and out of two options at the store this was what I got. I really loved it when i got it but it’s so hard to read though! I’ve gotten some tips and hints from a cuban friend who’s parents were once in Santeria, and hunting online but it’s so esoteric. A very hard deck for a beginner. there is no companion book besides the lwb with very little and vague information. It seems like you have to study santeria and candomble and even then nothing short of initiation into the faith would really allow the images to have total relevance.

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