Created by Casey Rocheteau in 2014, the Shrine of the Black Medusa Tarot celebrates Black culture, queer magic and hoodoo divination. It is a tool for the future crafted from images of the past. It celebrates the pantheon of monsters within each of us, knowing that Medusa was more metaphor than monster, and that Perseus was a on a quest he couldn’t possibly understand.
The images in the deck are mixed media collage with images from nature photography, mythological texts, pop culture iconography, Black Americana, and inter-dimensional conjure. The deck follows the Thoth tradition of card order in the major arcana. The artwork from the deck has been showcased at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
Casey Rocheteau (they/them) says: "The Shrine of the Black Medusa Tarot was not originally intended for public consumption, but it’s grown into a project with reach I never could have anticipated. I created this deck out of a desire to see relevant symbolism & Blaqueer magic. Tarot is a divining art with no one religious home, and a great deal of tarot resources use language that does not reflect my experiences or values. So I created the cards as I see them, and I explain them in the same way that I speak. To me, this is a traveler’s deck, something you should be able to take with you on your journeys that gives you a lil sum to help guide you on the way."
- 78-card tarot deck, full colour.
- Small 8-page booklet with brief guide to card meanings.