Illumination Tarot - Exploring the tarot for insight and enlightenment.

 Peruse the site 

A Very Short History of Tarot Tarot Today Choosing Your First Tarot Deck Learning Tarot: Tips for Beginners Tarot Glossary An Ancestral Call Divination for Anniversaries Dreaming Tarot The Hanged Man, Death, and the Devil Helping Querents Feel Comfortable Hurricane Season: Orisha Oya in the Tarot Meditation for Tarot The Quick Reading Reading Tarot for Others Tarot in Times of Illness and Healing Tarot and the Wise Woman Your Tarot Questions, My Answers Tarot Questions, Page 2 Tarot Questions, Page 3 Helping Hand Money In My Life The Truth of the Matter Conflict in a Friendship Two Love Choices Climbing the Mountain Ostara Spread The Healing Star In the Mood for Love The Maple Leaf About the Reviews Afro-Brazilian Tarot The Ancient Egyptian Tarot Australian Animal Tarot The Beauty of Horror: Fear Your Future Tarot The Buckland Romani Tarot I Cani Originali The Celtic Dragon Tarot The Classical Tarot Daughters of the Moon Tarot The DruidCraft Tarot The Egyptian Tarots Faerie Tarot Fantastical Creatures Tarot Feng Shui Tarot Game of Thrones Tarot I Gatti Originali The Gilded Tarot The Glastonbury Tarot The Goddess Tarot Golden Tarot Golden Tarot of the Tsar The Gothic Tarot The Halloween Tarot The H.P. Lovecraft Tarot Legend: The Arthurian Tarot The Light and Shadow Tarot The Lord of the Rings Tarot Madam Lydia Wilhelmina's Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre and Autumn Scenes The Manga Tarot Medieval Cat Tarot Mystic Dreamer Tarot Mystic Faerie Tarot The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot Old English Tarot The Orphans of Dudleytown Major Arcana Tarot Deck Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set The Quest Tarot The Sacred Circle Tarot The Secret Tarot Ship of Fools Tarot The Star That Never Walks Around Sun and Moon Tarot Tarot of the Dead Tarot of the Golden Wheel The Tarot of Prague Tarot of the Renaissance Tarot of the Saints The Tarot of Transformation Tarot of the Witches The Triple Goddess Tarot Universal Fantasy Tarot The Vampire Tarot Victoria Regina Tarot Wise Gal Tarot Witchy Tarot The World Spirit Tarot Ancient Feminine Wisdom Developing Your Intuition with Magic Mirrors Dharma Deck The Fairy Ring The Halloween Oracle I Ching Holitzka Deck Jewels of the Lotus The Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards Madame Endora's Fortune Cards Mana Cards Medicine Cards - Just for Today The Rune Vision Cards Sacred Geometry Oracle Deck Tree of Life Oracle Wolf Song Deck & Book Set The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot Designing Your Own Tarot Spreads Everyday Tarot The Girls' Guide to Tarot Learning the Tarot
Learning Tarot Reversals
Nancy Shavick's Tarot Universe Professional Tarot Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot The Secrets of the Tarot Tarot for All Seasons Tarot for the Healing Heart Tarot for Self Discovery Tarot for Teens The Tarot Court Cards Tarot Plain and Simple Tarot Shadow Work Tarot in the Spirit of Zen Vodou Visions
Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa The New Hermetics The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween Vodou: Visions and Voices of Haiti Witch: A Magickal Journey The Witches' Book of the Dead A Witch's Halloween Celtic Wisdom Sticks Cryptique: A Spirit Board Egyptian Scarab Oracle The Tarot: A Puzzle Mystic Club Bags Orphans of Dudleytown Art & Wares The Witches Moon: Witchcraft Delivered About the Author Site FAQ Contact me LinkedIn

Afro-Brazilian Tarot
by Alice Santana and Giuseppe Palumbo

Afro-Brazilian Tarot - XIV Temperance The beauty and spiritual power of African-derived religions draw many, regardless of cultural background. The deities come to life with human traits, and their wisdom speaks to us with directness. One doesn't have to be involved by way of a committed religious practice, to benefit from the shared wisdom of these traditions.

The Afro-Brazilian Tarot offers us a path to this wisdom. It shares the mysterious and unique spiritual heritage of Afro-Brazilian culture, and it invites us warmly, into this deeper world of African spirituality.

The little white booklet that accompanies the deck provides a very brief but helpful introduction to Candomble (of Brazil) and Santeria (of Cuba). It describes the development of the religious traditions the deck draws upon, and an overview of the Orixas (deities). Card meanings are also brief - generally one or two interpretive lines. The suggestion is made that readers treat this deck with a little more spiritual respect than other decks, and conduct readings on a white cloth, with a lit candle and glass of water nearby. This honors the traditions from which the cards derive. I have found this to be a serene practice, though not necessarily more useful than any other approach.

Afro-Brazilian Tarot - Three of Chalices The cards themselves are very artfully done and their richness evokes just the kind of feeling I already experience when pondering the Orixas. The major arcana cards are mostly represented by Orixas, though several are not - I, The Magician, is also called Babalao, a priest of the tradition. X - The Wheel of Fortune has no alternate title or meaning. And XIII - Death, and XV - The Devil also have no Orixa representative. Many of the choices are expected. For example, it is easy to see Yemanja as The Empress. She is indeed a great mother, offering abundance and nurturing to all. Yansa is selected for Strength, and it makes sense in that she is a warrior goddess, equal to any man in battle. However, my personal experience of the card of Strength does not indicate fighting, it involves a graceful, calm strength, perhaps a little different from the fiery energy of this Orixa. Oxum may surprise some in her place as The Star, because she is so frequently tied with love, and therefore might be expected on The Lovers card. It is suitable though, because in Oxum we can find a somewhat innocent hopefulness.

Minor arcana cards are divided into the four suits of Chalices, for Water; Pentacles, for Earth; Wands, for Fire; and Swords, for Air. Court cards include Knave, Knight, Queen, and King. For the most part, written meanings line up with standard tarot meanings. Symbolism on these cards is not always obvious. For example, in the Two of Chalices, there are two urns, and three animals in a gently flowing river. The three animals sit atop one another. Behind the scene is a glorious green plant. My own impression is one of togetherness and reliance. This feeling progresses somewhat to the Three of Chalices, in which two fish leap from a river, and birds fly into the air. There may be more movement indicated in this card than in other Three of Cups cards, but it also reflects a joyous, rather celebratory feel. As with many decks whose meanings are not entirely discernible through the images alone, the Afro-Brazilian Tarot allows for a very intuitive approach to the cards.

I have found this unique deck to work very well for my own personal readings. It is definitely recommended to others who have an appreciation for these traditions, or who simply love the exceptional artwork.

Afro-Brazilian Tarot - Ace of Wands Afro-Brazilian Tarot - XVIII The Moon Afro-Brazilian Tarot - Queen of Swords

Card artwork by Giuseppe Palumbo

Read user reviews or purchase online at Amazon:
Afro-Brazilian Tarot at Amazon

You might also be interested in my review of:

The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot
by Louis Martinie and Sallie Ann Glassman

Tarot review by Nellie Levine

Publishing tarot deck reviews, original tarot spreads, articles, and personal reflections for tarot enthusiasts, practitioners of the intuitive arts, and followers of alternative spirituality since 1999. Woman owned.
All writing, reviews, and photography © Nellie Levine, unless otherwise noted. 1999-2022