Created by Morgan Claire Sirene
My intention in creating The Slutist Tarot is to tell the Fool's Journey through the archetype of The Maiden. The Maiden is seen as a young femme and she represents the divine feminine; a spiritual aspect of ourselves that is not limited to feminine persons. In the classic tarot narrative, a querent is expected to identify with cis male archetypes - regardless of their own gender identity - and conversely, The Slutist Tarot asks its querent to see themselves reflected in The Maiden.
This deck is meant to be both erotic and representational - not just for daringly promiscuous sex witches, but also for those who devote themselves to monogamous relationships or abstain from sex altogether. As an advocate for sex positivity it is of utmost importance to acknowledge that "sexual liberation" operating within intersectional feminism represents the power to make choices about your own body, and to practice whatever brand of consensual
sex that you desire.
The Slutist Tarot as a narrative and collection of portraits centers those on the feminine spectrum with a few precious masculine and male-identified exceptions. I aspire to flip the script on historically androcentric and sex negative models of thinking. Additionally, I emphasize the labor of those in the sex industry over all other modes of employment and lifestyles rather than regarding those individuals as maudlin, fringe characters or societal failures who are foils to purity - as is typical of most stories. I aim to showcase a multiplicity of sexual expressions and identities rather than depicting a norm or a standard one.
Many of the images were inspired directly or subconsciously by people I met in the sex industry; the goth, fetish, and BDSM communities; and the DIY art community of Chicago. I've also been inspired by witches and healers I've grown up with or become close to while studying divination.
Although many people's images and spirits were inspirational in creating this deck, the cards and descriptions are not meant to be or represent any living person.
Although this story begins with The Maiden, its mythological structure evolves around the Divine Whore. As an artist and Social Justice Witch I am driven to elevate whores to the divine, and to humanize their representations in media and beyond. Although there have been many instances of sacred whores before the advent of Christ, Christian puritanism and imperialism are directly responsible for the whorephobia that is the attitude du jour, shared by a significant portion of self-proclaimed feminists and conservatives alike.
I am happy to share these images and stories with those who are in the dark about alternative sex practices, sexual labor, and Satanic feminism. I hope that these cards will inspire those who feel closeted or simply curious or tickled by transgression, and honor those who share both a bloodied and enchanted heritage with the Whore of Babalon.
- 78 -card Deck with Divinatory Instructions