New Orleans Voodoo Tarot Review
The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot
The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot is definitely one of the most beautiful deck out there: The artwork is striking, inspiring, and highly expressive, detail rather rare in Tarot decks where characters usually have stony faces.
However, there are some issues with this deck that potential buyers should be aware of: This deck, in reality, is not a Tarot deck, or at least it shouldn’t be called so. I think it is an error from the authors to have done it that way; they probably tried to draw from the popularity of Tarot, but this might eventually be a problem for them. Tarot as we know it has a well defined structure, and even though they tried to combined both Voodoo and Tarot, it just doesn’t work: The correspondences are completely off… They take huge liberalities with Tarot to make Voodoo fit, and reversely, they stretch Voodoo out to big extends just to make it fit into Tarot. Therefore, they would have gained from simply having it as, for example, the “New Orleans Divination deck”: they would have been and less confusion from buyers (some have given it bad reviews because of that), and less restrictions put on their imagination and creativity. And this is important because in working with this deck, you need more intuition than anything else; absolutely no Tarot knowledge is required!
Actually, this is my second caveat with this deck; you may not need to know Tarot, but you DO have to be familiar with African-derived religions, especially with Voodoo, to use it optimally. Now, for those already into African Traditional religions, especially those into Haitian Vodou, you must keep in mind that this is NEW ORLEANS Voodoo; this means that if it doesn’t reflect your own personal view of Vodou, Santeria or Lukumi, it is perfectly normal because this is not what it is supposed to do. Does draw parallels to the rider waite.
Anyways, in spite of all that, it nonetheless remains an incredibly beautiful deck well worth its price. Personally, I only have a problem with two cards in this deck: On card 7 of Rada, I find this “Erzulie Freda Dahomey” far too white to be truly Dahomean. On card 8 of Santeria, this round-bellied Shango with his womanish wrap on his head looks too effeminate to be a really Kosher Shango. The rest of the cards just display irreproachable stunning art. You can see more cards clicking here and here.
As a final word, this deck might not be very faithful to Tarot, but it is to Voodoo, so I highly recommended it for Voodoo practitioners, especially for collectors, but definitely not for beginners in Tarot as they will have issues with the Major arcana and minor arcana in this deck.