In late 2016, Sarah Shipman was inspired to combine her two of her favorite interests: Tarot and women's history. Initially meant to be an art project just for her own enjoyment, she gradually warmed up to the idea of sharing it with the world. In November, Sarah launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation and production of Our Tarot. With the support of over six hundred backers, after lot of trips to the library, and many hours spent in the art studio, the deck and guidebook were completed and printed in early 2018.
Each card in Our Tarot is inspired by the traditional meanings of the mystic Tarot. Not only that, but each card is represented by a woman (or women) who has used her life to change the world. Just like the archetypes in traditional Tarot decks, the women of Our Tarot are complicated, flawed, and multifaceted. Some of the women are heroic, some are not. Some are considered beautiful, while others were never highly regarded for their appearance. Some come from privileged backgrounds, while others were born into adversity.
Sarah hopes that Our Tarot will not only be used for intuitive guidance, but for inspired education. By connecting with the real-life women showcased in this deck, you may find yourself drawn to their images and their stories. By learning about their lives, you might learn even more about yourself.
Sarah Shipman is an artist, history nerd, dog mom, feminist, and counseling grad student. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. For fun, she likes to watch scifi & horror movies, plant flowers in her garden, and attempt to organize her art studio.