**Update: SOLD OUT.** I am thrilled to be hosting the Nosotras Tarot! I have never hosted someone else's deck on DivineMuses.net, but I felt compelled to invite Elisa Riemer and Paula Mariá's gorgeous indie deck, Nosotras Tarot, to be a tarot guest here. One reason is because I am really struck by the collage artwork and overall energy of the deck. There are so many interesting and magical details throughout. Plus, I love that the titles are in Portuguese! (I'm Luso-American.) And, it felt like a good fit to support a fellow collage artist and tarotist from abroad.
This is a Brazilian feminine/feminist tarot deck with antique photo collages featuring a diversity of ladies of varying ages and sizes. Hence, the name Nosotras, meaning "we" or "us" women.
It's interesting that they chose to use the feminized Spanish word, nosotras, as opposed to the Portuguese word, nos, which is not feminized. (Though Portuguese does have feminine and masculine words like the other latin-based languages, nos, meaning "we" or "us," considers everyone—masculine and feminine. However, Nossa, is the feminized word for "our," as in Nossa Senhora, or Our Lady.) So it seems that they specifically wanted to feminize the title, as they did with the whole deck. (I'll have to confirm this!)
It's of note that each card's title in the deck has also been feminized. In Portuguese, the Sun card would be considered masculine and therefore named "O Sol." In the Nosotras Tarot, they rename it "A Sol." (In Portuguese, O is the masculine word for "the" and A is feminine for "the.") Another example is the Chariot card: In Portuguese it would be called "O Carro," but in Nosotras, they feminize it and rename it "A Carrauagem". "O Diabo" became "A Diaba" (the Devil), "O Louco" became "A Louca" (the Fool), "O Mago" became "A Maga" (the Magician) and "O Imperador" became "A Imperadora" (the Emperor).
ABOUT THE LWB
The LWB is in Portuguese, but has translations in Spanish and English. There are short descriptions of the artwork, and a bit more than general meanings for the cards in the Major Arcana. The Minor Arcana has general meanings and no descriptions of the artwork. The Major Arcana cards include an affirmation to go along with the interpretation of the card. Sometimes the translation from Portuguese to English is a little off, but it's charming, and you really get the feeling and overall meaning of each of the cards. Pretty good for a LWB!
I am enjoying this deck so much right now! It's a great size, it's a little smaller than what we consider standard tarot size around here. It's narrower (2.5" instead of 2.75") and a tick longer. The card stock is matte and feels thick. It almost seems too thick to riffle shuffle, but it does so well enough. Overhand shuffling works well, but prefer to riffle this deck. If I trim the borders, overhand would work better.
(UPDATE: about card stock and shuffling this deck. I've been using this deck quite a bit and read with it at a ladies night party. Sadly, there is no core inside the cards, it's just paper stock. Riffle shuffling bent and broke a couple of my cards, so PLEASE be careful riffle shuffling this deck. It's small enough to overhand shuffle so I'm now exclusively overhand shuffling this deck. I do prefer to riffle shuffle at events, as this is the quickest way to mix all of the cards before reading for the next sitter.)
I love collage decks. This deck looks like a mix of handmade with digital collaging. Most of the collages work really well in this deck. Even when some of the digital collages aren't seamless, they're still interesting and beautiful...I think because of the coloring used throughout. The skies used in the backdrop are colorful yet muted giving the collages an otherworldly vibe.
I will have to be conscious with who I use this deck with, since there are so many nude images in the deck. I've been using it for daily draws and readings for myself, and I love how it's reading so far. It's definitely a Waite-Smith clone, so a breeze for me to use, but there's also extra intriguing symbols to glean from. E.g., Death has a third nipple!
I'm really enjoying the extra card, Anima Mundi, the Soul of the World, which is supposed to represent the creative energy of the deck. It is meant to remind us of our infinite creative potential. From the LWB, "This Arcana is always about essence before form and guides you toward the most creative and lively ways to share with the world." To me, it seems like a merging of the Empress and the World. It's a lovely bonus card and I shuffle it and use it in the deck.
It's really interesting that the creators chose to release this deck in three stages between 2017 and 2019. They started creating the Major Arcana in 2014 and released it on its own. They then released the Cups and Swords as a separate edition, and then the Wands and Pentacles as another. The complete set was released earlier this year. I've not seen this before. I imagine they did this for their fans to be able to purchase the later editions separately. This is such a kind thing to do for them! The separate editions are all available on their website.
As I work with it, I get the feeling that it is a third wave feminist deck. This could turn into its own topic, but if you're interested, research the difference between first wave, second wave, third wave and the current fourth wave feminism. I'll summarize quickly:
Since the creators are from Brazil, the definitions of the different waves of feminism might not line up with the above model since it's based more on American history. The reason I was thinking about this and comparing it is because of another feminist deck I acquired this year, the Modern Witch Tarot, which seems to align with modern fourth wave feminism. It got me thinking about other feminist decks and how they fit into this feminist model, like the Motherpeace Tarot and the Daughters of the Moon.
I'm just pondering here, so don't read into anything more than that. It's just been interesting to consider feminism and the time and place a tarot deck is created. Perhaps this is a subject for another blogpost?!
The Nosotras Tarot creators are self-proclaimed feminists, as they indicate in the LWB, and political, openly objecting to the "fascist" Bolsonaro being in power! "We will not let them take down our utopia." "Already whole, already strong, robust and indestructible. You woman". Yes!
I only have a limited number in the shop right now, so it might be sold out by the time you read this!
UPDATE: It's now sold out. I was going to get more, but I will not be restocking for a couple reasons: one being an increase in shipping costs for me to order more decks. It'd be more affordable for you to just buy directly from them. You can get the complete deck from them here and have it shipped from Brazil. The website is in Portuguese, but you can navigate to their email for easier communication.
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Maree Bento is an artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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