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The Sweeney Tarot
A uniquely intersectional tarot deck.
This deck is 2.75 x 4.75 inches
If you show this deck to people familiar with tarot, they will either know what it is immediately or tell you that they've never seen anything like it and want to know more. That is the experience that I have had with this deck and I am so proud to be the creator.
My first tarot deck was the iconic Rider-Waite deck, given to me by my father and I loved the idea of cartomancy but I have always had trouble with memorization. So when I started doing tarot readings in public, referring to the book came off as unprofessional.
So I thought to myself: "well... I'm an artist. I have the desire and the skill, why don't I just make one of my own?" The first setback was not having the first clue where to get it printed. Then I learned about TGC and it all became very clear that if I was going to do it, I had better start.
The Sweeney Tarot is a tool with a diverse cast of characters. People of different races, genders, sexes, and sexualities just name a few. But what makes it a great learning tool for people like me with poor memorization skills is that a basic meaning of the card is at the bottom, making readings quick and simple for people in a hurry to know their future.
In addition to being diverse, there are also recurring characters. By seeing these recurring characters in a spread, a person can make further interpretations regarding them. A presence of a character more than once in a spread can indicate a certain personality trait to watch out for. These are all characters that are featured in my stories, which I hope to one day publish.
Originally, this was going to be a deck just for me. But as I posted the works in progress on social media, a lot of people jumped at the chance to have one of their own.
I keep up to date notes on each of their cards and their meanings at thesweeneytarot.tumblr.com, which is free to use. Folks who have questions, comments, or experiences regarding the deck can voice them there and I personally invite anyone with a copy of the deck to join in on the discussion.