Barbara Walker Tarot - Hard to Find + New in Box

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Barbara Walker tarot feminist cards oracle
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Barbara Walker tarot feminist cards oracle
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Barbara Walker tarot feminist cards oracle
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Barbara Walker tarot feminist cards oracle

Barbara Walker Tarot - Hard to Find + New in Box

60.00

An out-of-print and increasingly hard to come by feminist deck by Barbara G. Walker, author of many classic feminist texts including The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets and The Secrets of the Tarot: Origins, History, and Symbolism.  

The purchase is for a brand-new, still sealed, out-of-print 2008 edition of the deck.

Photos of the cards themselves are from Aeclectic Tarot. In the final photo, I have compared the size of the Barbara Walker Tarot to the standard Rider Waite Smith deck.

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The Barbara Walker Tarot is a special and powerful deck within the feminist tradition of tarot. 

Barbara Walker re-imagined the traditional Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck to exist within a Goddess tradition, matrifocal in purpose and transformational by intent. The deck is full of images of Gods and Goddesses from the Indo-European tradition, featuring their myths to communicate the meaning of each card.    

From E.Y. Ivanova's review of the deck:

Anyone familiar with the Rider-Waite or Marseille Tarot will recognize the symbolism easily, although there are a few exceptions and some subtle changes. Instead of a disembodied hand holding the symbol for the Aces, a full-fledged representation of the Goddess is clearly illustrated. Ms. Walker maintains that the Major Arcana are symbols of initiation into the mysteries of the pre-Christian religions, where the Triple Goddess reigned supreme and reincarnation was accepted. To that end, she removes the more obvious interpretations based on patriarchal bias and restores the original matrifocal intent. The card of the Lovers depicts a young couple being married by a mature priestess or wise-woman. [It was a general rule in the East that shamans, priests, sages, and other holy men required a spiritual/sexual marriage before they could come into full possession of their powers. By a centuries-old tradition, the ceremony of marriage was handled by priestesses of the Goddess who governed every phase of human love.] She reasserts the older tradition of placing the card of Justice following the Chariot [Though men might feel themselves to be gods, the Goddess exacted compensation for her gifts. After the transitory glory of the Chariot ride, Justice, balancing pleasures against pains in her scale, demanded payment of the karmic debt.] and Strength following the Wheel of Fortune to begin the presentation of the deeper mysteries [The power of mana, or magical efficacy, belonged only to the Eternal Feminine. Many versions of the Goddess were associated with the idea of strength and with the symbol of a lion, especially during her Destroyer phase. Such a dread image would have to be faced by one determined to plumb the secrets of the underworld.]....

This may not be the deck for an inexperienced novice; but, even with a basic understanding, Barbara Walker's Tarot will illuminate and enlighten without the extraneous material that could be overwhelming. However, the depth of meaning and detail is sure to inspire the experienced reader as well. It has never failed to bring my readings into clear focus.


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