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When I first began my spiritual journey I had a hard time finding tarot and oracle decks with people who looked like me on them.
I would just buy whatever they offered in the stores or on Amazon but always hoped that one day I would be able to purchase cards that I resonated with.
Now, nine years later with platforms such as Instagram and Etsy, it’s easier than ever to find decks that represent women of color: many made by women of color!
These platforms have given artist and spiritual women the chance to create tarot and oracle decks that black women can use proudly and feel a special connection with.
In this article you’ll find the 17 best tarot and oracle decks every black woman needs in their collection.
1. The Afro Goddess Tarot
This is a beautiful melanated tarot deck created by artist Andrea Furtick. The cards are based on the traditional tarot deck with its own unique spin plus one extra card (total of 79 cards). The deck is rich in color, hand-painted by Andrea and filled with ancestral images. These cards are great for both beginners and experienced tarot readers and will be of benefit to any black woman wanting a deck that represents her!
The deck is priced at $75 plus shipping and includes a magnetic box, a drawstring bag, and a guidebook.
You can purchase this deck on the Afro Goddess Tarot Website.
2. Akamara Tarot Deck
The Akamara Tarot is for those who lean more into the dark and mysterious side of life. This afrocentric deck, created by the artist Lolu, is luxurious. It’s made on black cards with a rose petal finish and accentuated with silver ink and gold foil.
The texture of the cards are smooth and soft. Because they are black, fingerprints easily show up on them. Nevertheless, they are beautiful and will make a great collection to your tarot deck.
The deck comes with 78 cards and a guidebook.
The price is $69 plus shipping. You can purchase on the AKAMARA Tarot Deck Website.
3. The Hoodoo Witch Tarot Deck
All the Rootworkers, Conjurers, and Hoodooists alike can rejoice in the fact that there is a tarot deck finally made with them in mind!
Created by Tayannah Lee McQuillar, the Hoodoo Tarot depicts popular past and present rootworkers and is filled with Hoodoo symbolism painted by magical-realist artist Katelan Foisy.
The deck is structured as the traditional tarot with 78 cards. There is a comprehensive guidebook that accompanies the deck that gives a history of Hoodoo and how it was used within African and Indigenous American communities. The guidebook also shares the background of the rootworkers depicted and the history of the magical plants the cards in the deck are associated with.
You can purchase this item on Amazon and at bookstores such as Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million.
4. The Love and Romance Journey Oracle Deck
If you’re wanting to know how your love life is going and if he’s the one, the Love and Romance Journey oracle deck is perfect for you.
The cards, created by Queen Sugar, are colorful and offer a wide range of messages. They are easy to shuffle and can be used to answer questions for yourself or clients.
There are 72 cards priced at $44 and can be purchased on Queen Sugar’s Etsy site.
5. Manzel’s Tarot Deck
As of writing the first edition of these cards, pictured here, are sold out. However, there is a second edition available and third edition on sale for preorder, as well as a holographic edition.
The Manzel Tarot cards depict African images, including people, animals, and symbols. The cards are beautiful with a rich color. They are printed on linen card stock and have a matte lamination finish.
Based off traditional tarot, there are 78 cards.
The price for the 2nd edition is regularly $90 but right now is on sale for $81 plus shipping. The 3rd edition is on preorder for $100.
You can purchase the decks on their website here.
6. New Orleans Voodoo Tarot
For all the Voodoo practitioners and enthusiasts this tarot deck is for you!
This deck takes on aspects of the Rider Waite and Thoth tarot decks as well as the Kabalistic Tree of Life and the New Orleans Voodoo Tradition.
There are 79 cards in this colorful deck. There is also a guidebook that presents spreads and readings that you can use.
You can purchase this one-of-a-kind deck on Amazon.
7. Mythical Goddess Tarot (10th Anniversary Edition)
Though this deck isn’t specific to black woman, there are images of black woman and woman of color throughout the deck.
This is a vibrant and colorful deck filled with images of Goddesses to help you in realizing the Divine Feminine within you.
The author of the full colored guidebook is Sage Holloway and the artists is Katherine Skaggs. There are 78 tarot cards that will help you transform your life and become more in tune with the Goddess within.
You can purchase here on Amazon.
8. Okana Oracle Deck
Another one of Lolu’s creations, the Okana Oracle deck is for those who are not afraid of the shadows.
This deck is for those who seek to go beyond the surface and to dig deep within themselves to understand what is holding them back and how to overcome it.
The 25 cards in the deck are made on rose petal finish black cards with gold foil and silver ink.
The cards are split into sections based on the elements: Fire, Earth, Water, Air and Spirit.
This deck comes with an Okana deck bag, a guidebook, and Okana cloth.
You can purchase this stunning deck for $55 on Lolu’s website.
9. Afro Goddess Oracle
Also by Andrea Furtick, this 37 card oracle deck was created for stand alone readings or to complement the Afro Goddess Tarot Deck for deeper clarity.
The cards are colorful and handpainted by the artist with a plethora of African imagery.
It’s priced at $61 and comes with a guidebook, a box for storage, and a bag to easily keep your cards in for travel.
You can purchase the cards on Andrea’s website.
10. Modern Witch Tarot
Here’s another tarot deck not specifically geared towards black women but has many images depicting black women and women of color.
Created by Lisa Sterle, this deck is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. The images portray young and vibrant women and gives a modern, stylish, and powerful twist to the tarot.
This deck is perfect for beginners, yet experienced and advanced tarot readers alike could add this to their collection.
The Modern Witch Tarot deck gives off a sense of Girl Power and Feminism. The best part: there are a substantial amount of images of black woman!
You can buy this deck for less than $15 on Amazon.
11. Melanin & Romance Love Oracle
Queen Sugar again on the list!
These Melanin and Romance oracle cards were created specifically for us black woman by a black woman!
The cards are filled with black and brown people and is the perfect deck for people looking for love, those already in relationships, and soul mate readings. Messages such as “Stability”, “Twin Flame”, “Marriage”, and even “Tongue Master” are depicted throughout the cards.
The imagery throughout the deck is beautiful and filled with black couples. These cards should be in every black woman’s deck.
Priced at $60 (although they are frequently on sale), you can purchase them on Queen Sugar’s Etsy site.
12. Mother of the Tongue Tarot
Lolu makes our list for the third and final time with her Tongues of the Mother tarot deck.
The 78 cards are finished on rose colored petals on gray cards that have silver foil and edges. The imagery on the cards consists of the day-to-day spiritualist and black practitoner. These include animals, rituals, tools and more.
With the deck comes a guidebook and a silver foil embossed box.
Each card is unique in its own right and is a wonderful tool to help you connect with the your ancestors.
Tongues of the Mother tarot deck is $69 and you can purchase on Lolu’s website.
13. Colorful Emotions of Autumn Oracle
This deck screams feminine power!
The creator of the deck says that she wanted the Colorful Emotions of Autumn oracle deck to depict “spiritual enlightenment with elements of savage and sassy.”
These beautiful cards come with a range of messages that you can use for readings or affirmations. The pictures are of real black woman and images you can relate to.
Selling for $96 may seem high, but with 90 cards and a gloss finish they are totally worth the price.
You can purchase this deck on Etsy.
14. Afro Avatar Deck
Whether you’re a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender or not, you can’t deny the power the images of these cards give off. Including them in your tarot collection is a must!
Avatar: The Last Airbender is a cartoon about a young boy who must activate his full powers (master all of the elements) to bring peace to the world.
These Afro Avatar tarot cards created by Nydia are a nod to the cartoon with melanated imagery. The cards are congruent with the traditional tarot: 78 cards with similar meanings and messages.
At the moment the cards are only avaialble for preorder on their Etsy website.
15. Dust II Onyx (2nd Edition)
Created by multimedia artist Courteny Alexander, this dark n’ lovely artistic deck is what we’ve all been missing.
The Dust II Onyx 2nd Edition tarot deck has 78 cards and was created with mixed media collage paintings that are accented with metallic and holographic foils. The cards are filled with black images that include symbolism, history, and icons.
They have this deck in two sizes. The larger one is 3.5×5 inches and the Travel Edition, which was requested due to it being easier to shuffle and carry around, is 2.75 x 4 inches.
This deck comes with a hard cover 200 page guidebook that you can purchase on Dust II Onyx.
16. Black Goddess Within Oracle
This is a rather small oracle deck consisting of only 13 cards: 7 Goddess cards and 6 Concept cards that are 3.5 x 5 inches.
These cards were made for black women to help them go within and release the natural Goddess energy and power they possess.
Created by Giovanni Washington, a black woman artist, the cards feature Goddesses, cultures, and landscapes from all over Africa.
This deck comes in an embossed satin drawstring bag that you can purchase on Giovanni’s website.
17. Ghetto Tarot
For all my hood, ratchet, and ghetto Goddesses, the Ghetto Tarot is just right for you.
But seriously, don’t let the name fool you.
Though the deck was created by Belgian photographer Alice Smeets, the ATIS REZISTANS, an art group from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, helped her to bring this deck to life. They used their knowledge of voodoo symbolism, their deep spiritual roots, and their creativity to produce beautiful images of black people and put a twist on the traditional tarot.
Models were used for the photos and many of the scenes were created on the spot with the artists using what they could find for props.
What deck do you like best? Are there any tarot or oracle decks you think I missed? Let me know in the comments.