Tarot Cards – How can I modernise them?

I’ve been thinking about how I can modernise tarot cards, and what my target audience will be. I think this will definitely help me focus a little more and get a better outcome – at the moment it’s kind of all over the place.

I’ve decided my target audience will be modern witches – that being people who practice modern witchcraft. Being asked what modern witchcraft is really put me on the spot but it’s definitely helped to try and sort out exactly how to represent modern witches within this tarot deck. Because witchcraft is a way of life for me (and many others I’m sure), it was really hard to separate and define it. Off the top of my head, the first thing that came to mind was sigils – one of which I drew on the bottom of my kettle, so that when it’s switched on it charges the sigil, and its job/intention is set to cleanse the space (my kettle is right by my front door). That’s probably one of the best examples of modern witchcraft I have!

With that in mind, I’m looking at the Major Arcana cards – their names sound very old-worldy which is a beautiful thing about the tarot, but what I’m trying to do is modernise it. So I’m searching for keywords within a thesaurus and coming up with alternative words. I’m hoping this will generate some ideas and help give the cards a more modern feel. Here is a small example:

V – The Hierophant

• An official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice.
• Any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles

Synonyms

• Friend
• Doctor
• Diviner
• Astrologer
• Elder
• Fortune Teller

I’ve also been thinking about the characters within the cards – The Lovers, for example, as far as I’ve seen is usually a man and a woman. I don’t feel this is very inclusive at all and it’s very limiting. I’m thinking about actually not having people in the cards at all and having symbols instead – I’d really like as many aspects as possible to be modernised and all inclusive, as best as I possibly can. I think this would be a nice way to make sure absolutely anyone can use this deck and not feel excluded or unrepresented!

I’m also being very careful not to completely obliterate all meanings of the tarot. This is a huge challenge and a big risk but I’m willing to take it. Feeling very motivated!

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