by Louis Martinié and Sallie Ann Glassman; illustrated by Sallie Ann Glassman
published by Destiny Books: Vermont, 1992
Published as a book and card set; no pamphlet included.
Suits: Petro (Fire), Congo (Water). Rada (Air), Santería (Earth
Court cards: Houngan (drum), Mambo (snake), La Place (crossroads), Hounsis (calabash) for the Petro, Congo and Rada suits. Santero, Santera, Orianté, and Yauguó for the Santería suit.
1. Dr John
2. Marie Laveau
5. Master of the head
10. The market
11. Secret Societies
13. Ti Bon Ange
14. Courir le Mardi Gras
17. Magick Mirror
18. Gros Bon Ange
Wild card: The Barons Card
Reviews of this deck:
Absolutely one of my top 5 decks. Requires an affinity for the tradition & study of the great book that comes with the deck. The dedication of the deck as delineated in the can be quite an experience.
I primarily like this deck for the striking art work of Sallie Ann Glassman. To me it’s not really a tarot, but an oracle deck with 78 cards It does provide some very spot on readings for me.
I have used this deck with people that follow Voodoo,Voudoun Santeria,Palo Mayombe, Obeah, and such. A few of them had this deck! I have also used it with those that don’t follow those religions. I don’t remember if any were scared with it? I don’t think so. It’s one of my older decks, i do’t use it much anymore.
Well, it’s my favorite deck of all time, and one I use primarily for personal spiritual matters. It’s a deck that requires dedicated study to truly come to understand in its entirety because of the correlation with Voodoo and Santería. If you are a practitioner (or simply interested in it) and are familiar with the loa and/or orishas, it provides a rich, wonderful overlay to more traditional Tarot meanings. I agree that the book is great. I also have Sallie Ann Glassman’s book Voodoo Visions which is a lovely accompaniment to the deck (she wrote it to give more insights into each of the cards). Enjoy it!
I have this Deck. It is divided into different disciplines of Voodoo, as well as many of the “lowah’s” (guardian spirits) being expressed in the pip/court cards. Papa John is depicted as the Magician and Marie LeVeaux the High Priestess. I am a student of many different religions and love new orleans and have studied Marie LeVeaux. All that being said, I did not find this a good deck (for me) in learning anything about Voodoo , and I find the images a little too primal for my tastes, as such I do not use it for divination of any type.
I chose this deck on the heels of reading “Voodoo Dreams” (a novelized version of the life of Marie LeVeau-which I found quite captivating). At that time, I saw that Marie LeVeau was the High Priestess, and so, immediately ordered the deck. Which turned out to be an error on my part because I don’t conduct personal explorations, tarot journaling, I don’t read for clients with this deck. I got it…and ask they say in the recording business “It just kind of laid there”. I had thought, at some point I might utilize it at a “Theme” event or party where I was conducting readings. Recently I attended a party where the Theme was Mardi Gras…and this deck completely slipped my mind. I doubt very much I would have used it. Oh well.
I adore the deck. It’s a favorite and I love the unique art style of Sallie Ann Glassman, who also owns a botanica in LA. I find there is a watery aspect to the entire deck, and it’s one of two I use when I need to go deeper than usual. If you already love NoLa voodoo traditions, then you are likely to understand the deck easier. If you already know the basic tarot well, this still might be a deck one needs to take the time to get to know on its own merits, as it’s not just a redraw of Rider Waite
I’ve had it for a long time, though I’ve only just recently decided to start using it. The theme always seemed too complex until now; I’ve found that it actually parallels standard tarot motifs, once you get past the thematic alterations.
The imagery is very bold, dark, and powerful. I like that, especially since a lot of my other working decks right now are tending toward the pretty, light, and gentle end of the spectrum.
I own two copies (1 was a gift). Love it but you know those Vodou Gods- very demanding deck with a mind of it’s own! I agree with Tauni, there is some complexity to the deck and if I remember correctly it follows the Thoth in theme. One should really read the book that comes with the deck and not flippantly pick up the deck and start reading, IMO. The book doesn’t have regular meanings with the Vodou deites thrown in here or there as a gesture. The book has been thought out and deity meanings applied. Now whether one agrees or not with the book may be another matter but care has gone into this book. There are some exercises included such as a possession using the deck for a reading. Interesting and not run-of-the-mill. Some love this deck, others find it makes them uncomfortable. It’s a different deck/book with purpose. Hope this helps.
I used it a lot for few years. I really liked it. It is certainly the kind of deck that reaches back into your life when you work with it. Those spirits are close to this world and will answer if you start talking to them. Certainly not for everyone.
Questions and Answers:
Q: What’s the connection between New Orleans Voodoo and tarot?
A: None what so ever.