I started drawing tarot cards in 2015 as a way to study each card closely. I was studying the Palema Coleman Smith deck, a deck that had previously felt inaccessible to me. There was so much deep esoteric symbolism in each card and I felt totally intimidated every time I tried to give myself a reading. Slowly drawing each card, paying close attention to every textile, landscape, weather pattern, animal and plant companion unlocked something for me. I really think taking the time to engage with the cards this way is what paved the way for the #flowerpeopletarot. It's like I was doing a crash course learning a new language and now I get to write my own story in that language. There are so many ways to learn tarot. You don't necessarily need big tarot theory books (tho definitely not knocking them), or a super skilled tarot teacher (unless you want one and that's cool too!). If you're looking to get into tarot but don't know where to start, just get creative! You can journal about each card, write a short story inspired by each card, make a playlist of songs you think express the meaning(s) of the card, or draw them! This right here is The Fool. I had never noticed their amazing squash-print tunic until I did this drawing. What do you think that could symbolize?
🍻🍷🥃Seven of Cups🥃🍷🍻here we see a figure standing before 7 cups, each filled with a different flashy prize: money, power, love, etc. The flower person stands frozen, agonizing over which to pick. But--plot twist--what if what they really TRULY want is not on display? The lesson of the seven of Cups is discernment. It is an invitation to check in with yourself and ask, what do I really TRULY want? Are these flashy options before me even worth considering if they're not *it*? The Seven of Cups demands that we never settle when it comes to our dreams. And if we don't quite know what those dreams even are? Take some time, go within, listen. #flowerpeopletarot #sevenofcups #minorarcana #tarot #queertarot #queerwitch #queerartist
🤲🌻🍻Six of Cups🍻🌻🤲 After the angst and isolation of the Four and Five, the Six of Cups brings welcome relief. This is a card of community, friendship, and generosity. This is a card of mutual aid, of recognizing that we are all better off together. In giving, we receive. Through sharing we our bellies and our souls are fed. When we hoard, we wind up empty. #flowerpeopletarot #thecups #sixofcups #tarot #queertarot
Second post of the day, just popping back in to say: Ouch! This new moon is all sorts of tender. I spent most of the day crying my eyes out and self soothing by drawing these pictures and then when that wasn't quite enough, asked for support from my mom and boo. If you didn't already guess, I'm the creature gone to goo in the chyrsalis and the crying flower being cradled by the flower person. Tag yourself if you're with me. 😭🌊☔️🌚 (also, always shocked by how much my life syncs up with the tarot cards I'm currently drawing for the #flowerpeopletarot, see today's earlier post for a good depiction of me today.)
🌦😩🌊Five of Cups🌊😩🌦from angst to despair, The Five of Cups is like the Four turned up to 11. The Five of Cups feels hopeless, left behind, heartbroken and betrayed. They feel like the world is against them and like everything that could go wrong is, all at once. But like all storms, this too shall pass. The cloud will mosey along and the sun will reappear to dry all tears. #flowerpeopletarot #thecups #fiveofcups #tarot #queertarot
😓💦🍷Four of Cups🍷💦😓 glass half empty, self pity, inability to see the good around you, feeding your own negativity and getting some kind of pleasure out of it, putting on Enya to really dig into that angst (if you know, you know). #flowerpeopletarot #thecups #fourofcups #tarot #queertarot
Going on another social media hiatus! If you wanna get ahold of me please email me at email@example.com or (if you know me IRL) call/text me! I might start a newsletter/blog type thing so folks can keep up with #flowerpeopletarot news but I don't have that figured out yet! I'll pop back in here if I decide to do either of those things! Love you, bye!
🥂💕🌊3 of Cups🌊💕🥂 communal joy, connection, celebration, heart-led and heart-full solidarity, love, an expansive feeling of belonging #flowerpeopletarot #cups #threeofcups #tarot #queertarot #queer #queerwitch #solidarityforever
🌞🔥🌸Blessings Blessings Blessings to you all on this summer solstice!!!🌸🔥🌞 May we all remember and truly feeeeeel the importance of joy, play, warmth, and earthly delight as we work towards healing and liberation for all. May our faces bear a grin as goofy and genuine as the one on this flower person as often as possible! The earth and all life is at stake here! We must remember how to love them/ourselves/each other. Grief is undoubtedly part of this work. So is jubilation! Drawing is The Sun card from my #flowerpeopletarot :)