Review: Rachel True’s New Deck- True Heart Intuitive Tarot

Review: Rachel True’s New Deck- True Heart Intuitive Tarot October 5, 2020

True Heart Tarot by Rachel True. Photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Rachel True is an icon, a living legend, a pioneer, and now an author. Specifically she’s the author of the True Heart Intuitive Tarot Guidebook and Deck which debuts this month. I’ve been waiting for this deck to arrive, and I haven’t been this excited about anything in awhile.

A few years back I was fortunate enough to meet Rachel True … she attended one of my rituals, we sat on a Witchcraft panel together, and we even got to hang out a bit. The experience was an honor and a privilege. It gave me an even greater appreciation of her acting work, and also this deck. The description for the Lovers card caught my attention. In addition to the traditional meanings, she talks about her own experience with love, and her life with her cats.  “When I die, will they eat my eyes?” she writes. I’m laughing even as I type this.  This book is chock full of the wit and wisdom which is Rachel True. She explains the meaning of each card by talking about herself and her own experiences. This is genius. Stories are a powerful means of gaining knowledge, and using this technique makes the messages of the cards infinitively relatable. Plus her stories are entertaining AF.

Rachel True and Lilith Dorsey 2018. All rights reserved.

I’ve been getting to know this deck and book over the past few days, “birthing it ” as they say. The images, created by Stephanie Singleton, are sublime and inclusive. This deck has brown people, black people, white people, and a whole host of animals and insects. True begins by talking about what to do when you first get your deck. She details the process of connecting with it, and the all important care and feeding of it. One part I love is an exercise called “Using The Actor’s Way.” Not many people know that much of my misspent youth revolved around acting (I was even on Broadway.) The exercise here allows people to really explore a card using acting techniques that are very valuable even for non-actors.

Rachel True dedicates this book to Pamela Coleman Smith & all who came before, I’m sure Pixie and all the Foremothers are truly proud. This set is a wonderful addition to any Tarot library and I hope all of you rush out and purchase it.

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About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, and the newly released Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.
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