A Queer and Inclusive Deck for a World Beyond Binaries
We contain all the archetypes—every single one of us. We all have some Empress and Emperor, some Queen and King. We all go through phases of Death and phases of The Fool and phases of The Sun. The more we work with tarot, the more we realize that binaries don’t exist and everything is fluid—gender, meaning, even time. We come to realize that we’re all creatures made of earth and air, fire and water, all four elements bound together by the fifth element: spirit.
That's the inspiration for Fifth Spirit, a modern and inclusive 78-card deck conceived and created by Charlie Claire Burgess (they/them), a queer and non-binary tarot reader and artist. Fifth Spirit seeks to expand the archetypes beyond the gender binary and reflect the diversity and divinity of human bodies and human spirits. The artwork lovingly features folks of different races, body shapes, abilities, ages, and gender expressions, and special care was given to make the cards interpretable for polyamorous, monogamous, or asexual relationship models. The card imagery is re-envisioned through a queer and soul-centered lens, with nods to familiar Smith-Rider-Waite symbolism, and reads intuitively for readers of all experience levels.
Instead of renaming the cards for gender-neutrality, Fifth Spirit seeks to break out of the gender binary and embrace gender fluidity by expanding the very notion of what gender and gender presentation means. A man can be an Empress; a woman can be a Hierophant; a high femme can be King, and a butch person can be Queen! Retaining the familiar naming system makes the deck easily usable by everyone, including beginners, while simultaneously expanding conceptions of gender while we use it. In the mini guide booklet and the full-length Fifth Spirit Tarot Guide, they/them pronouns are used to refer to all of the Majors and Court Cards.
Fifth Spirit is a standard tarot size deck (2.75 x 4.75 inches) with rounded corners, printed in the United States on 310gsm casino-grade black-core card stock with a tactile linen finish. The deck comes in a sturdy two-piece box and includes a 34-page guide booklet for quick reference
Guide Book: While rooted in the deck, the thorough card interpretations can be applied to reading any standard Tarot deck from a queer and inclusive perspective. With 13 original Tarot spreads, suggestions for queering your Tarot practice, and sections on the history and system of Tarot, this is an accessible guide for anyone who wants to read Tarot in a way that embraces the full spectrum of their vibrant truth.
- 222 pages
- 5x8 paperback
- matte finish cover
- black & white interior
- printed in the United States
Altar Cloth: printed locally in Portland, OR. Measures 20 x 28". 100% cotton.
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