Multicultural Tarot Decks
Multicultural Tarot cards and decks feature people and symbols of more than one religion, culture or race.
The Ancestral Path Tarot combines traditional Native American, feudal Japanese, Arthurian English and Egyptian symbols and images into a beautiful set of 78 tarot cards. Each suit of the minor arcana is matched with a particular culture or tradition.
The Barbara Walker Tarot depicts goddesses and gods from mythology all over the world. Positive, negative and in-between deities are all shown, creating a complex deck which can seem a little disturbing to those unfamiliar with the myths.
The Dark Goddess Tarot features 78 goddesses and mythical women, figures who might be considered dark, shadow or challenging. The clear, striking art is visually consistent, yet stays true to each goddess's origins. It's a deep and well-made deck, self-published in a limited edition of 1000 copies.
The Eklektikos Tarot is a work-in-progess deck, drawn in pencil colours. The 78 cards show the diversity of symbology though the use of images of different cultures, historical and mythical characters, and natural elements.
It's unfortunate this pretty deck is no longer in print, with its bright and highly coloured art. The Healing Tarot incorporates images from all races and religions, and has two extra suits, Feathers and Pipes.
The Healing Earth Tarot is a diverse, multi-cultural and uplifting tarot with two extra full suits. This second edition is self-published by the artist, Jyoti McKie, and has different borders, two extra majors, and an expanded companion book.
The Light and Shadow Tarot is a black and white deck symbolising contrast and balance, and inspired by a number of spiritual traditions, including Native American, African, East Indian and Medieval European.
The self-titled Linde Famira Tarot, from 1982, has 78 Rider-Waite-inspired cards in black and white. The cards have multicultural imagery and were originally published in a German Tarot book.
The Maat Tarot has 78 large-size cards rich in colour and symbolism, based on the lunar cycles and seasonal cross-quarters. The deck reinterprets and reorders the traditional deck to make a multicultural, deep and beautiful Tarot. Available as a deck only or with a hardback companion book.
A tantric oracle deck with Eastern-looking collage artwork and Hindu references. The Secret Dakini Oracle's symbolism draws from many different cultures, as a tantra is a magical path, and there are many different paths.
Tarot de St. Croix is a contemporary, multicultural deck which was inspired by current affairs, mythology, synchronicity and the artist's personal experiences. It has 78 cards with unique images intuitively illustrated in rich oil paints.
The Tarot Illuminati has 78 vivid, digitally illustrated cards. The cards are complex, saturated with colour, and enhanced by the lack of borders. The set also includes a companion book written by the very knowledgable Kim Huggens.
The Tarot of the Ages is a multicultural deck that draws on Egyptian culture for the major arcana, and Aztec, Hindu, African and Viking cultures in the minor arcana. The lifelike card artwork is lovely, but somewhat limited by the substantial white borders.
People are the focus of this earthy but lighthearted tarot deck: people of every shape, age, hue and ethnicity. The World Spirit Tarot has recognisable and readable tarot scenes that were created by being carved out of lino, printed, then hand coloured. It isn't pretty art, as such, but it is lively, inclusive and joyful.