Liberation Tarot Deck

SKU: 9798887440170
Creators: adrienne maree brown, emet ezell, lawrence barriner II, and Elicia Epstein
Series: PM Press
ISBN: 9798887440170
Published: 08/08/2023
Format: Cards
Size: 4 x 5
Pages: 79 cards and a booklet
Subjects: Tarot

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Magic is an essential tool for healing and social change within our communities. Liberation Tarot is a collection of 79 tarot cards and accompanying guidebook, created over the course of four years by more than thirty artists and writers living in the US, Canada, France, Brazil, Palestine, and Mexico. The booklet includes an introduction from deck organizer Elicia Epstein, insightful essays by adrienne maree brown and lawrence barriner II, and beautifully crafted card descriptions from poet emet ezell.

Following in the lineage of projects like Slow Holler, The Collective Tarot, and Next World Tarot, Liberation Tarot seeks to serve as a tool for those inspired towards revolution in the face of the able-centered, capitalist, heterocis-normative, white-supremacist patriarchy.

Tarot helps us re-write the vocabulary of power, and with it, to strengthen our muscles of radical, revolutionary, and abolitionist dreaming. The deck eschews conventional tarot cards like the Emperor or Knight in favor of non-hierarchical cards honoring revolutionary concepts and figures such as the Crone, the Healer, and the Rebel, among others. Figures in the deck have bodies of all shapes and sizes, colors, genders, ages, and abilities—together, elaborating a vision of collective liberation and co-resistance.

Featuring artwork by INVASORIX, Eva Wǒ, Elicia Epstein, Cole James, Danielle Wright, As They Lay (Karryl Eugene and Abdu Ali), Charmaine Bee, Petra Floyd and Cyree Jarelle Johnson, Katie Kaplan, Cassie Thornton, J. Wu, Anne Horel, Kinoko, Malaya Tuyay, Scarlet Tunkl, Amina Ross, Nissa Gustafson, Malak Mattar, Edgar Fabián Frías, Amir Khadar, Mark Allen, Syan Rose, Aparna Sarkar, Shoog McDaniel, nkiruka oparah, Nathaniel Russell, Jennifer Moon, and Jarret Hood.

About the Contributors

adrienne maree brown grows healing ideas in public through her multi-genre writing, her music, and her podcasts. Informed by twenty-five years of movement facilitation, somatics, Octavia E Butler scholarship, and her work as a doula, adrienne has nurtured Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, Radical Imagination and Transformative Justice as ideas and practices for transformation. She is the author of several books, including Emergent Strategy, and the founder of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, where she is now the writer-in-residence.

emet ezell (they/them) is a Jewish poet, community organizer, and performance artist. emet charts an embodied language of migration, one that threads a dysphoria of body alongside a dysphoria of place. Their chapbook Between Every Bird, Our Bones (Newfound, 2022) won the 2021 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize and their writing has been supported by a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and a Tin House Workshop. Rooted in diaspora, emet lives in Berlin.

lawrence barriner II (he/him) is a Black Queer coach, facilitator, narrative strategist, writer, and liberation worker. He prioritizes transformation, intention, and practice. His paid work includes coaching, facilitation, training, and facilitation via his firm. His unpaid work includes visionary fiction, (r)evolutionary uncling, community-focused healing, and creating post-patriarchal futures.

Elicia Epstein is a semi-nomadic multimedia artist and organizer, currently getting their Master’s in Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Elicia’s creative inquiries manifest conceptually and promiscuously across a broad range of media including sculpture, installation, photo, video, performance, publication, printmaking, collage, and cross-media collaboration. Her work has been shown in several places in and outside of the US, most recently at the Oakland Museum of California’s Hella Feminist exhibit.

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