The Slutist Tarot: The Maiden, the Whore, and a sex-positive World

One feminist archetype that’s missing from our tarot decks is the witchy slut.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Where the traditionally-masculine Magician holds aloft a wand and the Emperor dominates just about everyone, cards that purportedly speak of ‘feminine power’ tend to focus on receptivity, passivity, and fertility. I rarely see a card (the occasional Queen of Wands, perhaps?) that explicitly conveys the magic of a slut in charge of and enjoying her/their sexual power.

Well, how about a whole deck-full of that power? The good people of feminist sex-witch blog extraordinaire, Slutist, are currently crowdfunding to make their eponymous tarot deck a reality. The Slutist Tarot is “a mystical celebration of sex-positivity that centres femmes, sexual deviants, divine whores and curious maidens.”

And it’s not all thin folks with breasts and vulvas (though yeah, there are plenty of both in this deck). Real-life sex workers, porn stars and erotic icons from across the feminine spectrum inspire the diverse cast of characters in these cards, portrayed in scenes that range from full-on erotic scenes to just… hanging out.

This deck depicts a journey of awakening, exploring, finding one’s own power and making choices from that place of power, and though the theme here is sex, the metaphor carries across the spectrum of sexual preference. For creator Morgan Claire Sirène, “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 all together, because we acknowledge that “sexual liberation” is an all encompassing power to make choices about one’s own sex life.”

Check out the Kickstarter campaign here!


Morgan and Slutist founder Kristen got in touch to tell us a little about the spirit behind her bold, colourful, unapologetic deck. The following article is in Morgan’s own words.

My intention is to tell the story of The Fool through the archetype of The Maiden.

In the classic tarot narrative, a querent is expected to identify with cis male archetypes – regardless of their own gender identity – and similarly, The Slutist Tarot asks it’s querent to find their own divine feminine. The Maiden is a femme identified young person, but anyone can identify with her.

In the Slutist Tarot’s narrative, The Maiden is hungry for experiences but has little foresight and she is prone to mistakes driven by desire and ego. Like Alice [in Wonderland], she meets different archetypes along her journey who can both help and hurt her as she grows and learns about herself and the world around her. She learns that there is both chaos and harmony in sex magick, and the journey leads her from one state to the next.

The Maiden’s Journey

In her journey, The Maiden is driven by hedonism and has hearts for eyes as the world expands around her (The Fool); she discovers her own bodily autonomy and sex magick (The Magician); she transforms herself through a myriad of experiences and influences (The High Priestess through Temperance); she finds herself in toxic and dangerous situations whether with people or substances (The Devil); she discovers that the chaos magick she’s been brewing has forced her to sacrifice everything, and she sees all the excitement and pleasure come crashing down (The Tower).

From rock bottom, she looks up remembering her strength and the power of her sexuality (The Star); she faces her trauma (The Moon); and through divination and self-love she is able to heal and stand up strong (The Sun). In the end, she realizes that she is a part of everything else, as she sees the world reflected in her rather than herself reflected in others (The World).

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 all together, because we acknowledge that “sexual liberation” is an all encompassing power to make choices about one’s own sex life.

The Slutist Tarot aims to put a woman’s voice behind eroticism, and to create images of people on the feminine spectrum (with a few precious masculine and male identified exceptions) in a way that we believe honors their sexualities.

Morgan Claire Sirene

Consider supporting our Kickstarter and buying a deck + extra goodies to cover printing costs for our mystical celebration of sex positivity that centers femmes, sexual deviants, divine whores and curious maidens.

Image Credits: Morgan Claire Sirene, graphic design by Sonia Ortiz


Slutist is a sex positive collective founded in 2013 dedicated to telling the stories of witches, sluts, and feminists. Called “seriously smart” by Glamour UK, and delivering “the perfect combo of sex, pop culture, and feminism,” according to Bust Magazine, Slutist aims to uncover and undress the intersections between sex, gender, sexuality and feminism in art, entertainment, politics, and the occult.

Morgan Claire Sirène is a writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently focused on creating art and writing that focus on sexual empowerment, the occult and female friendships. She previously lived in Chicago where she hosted art events and curated shows in the DIY community.

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12 comments

  1. Ina Wood says:

    I am so excited about this! At the moment I’m actually kind of stunned, feeling a level of representation I didn’t know I was missing since I didn’t really believe it could exist. Hooray for this deck!

  2. Cuntext says:

    This is really exciting! I’ve been dreaming of creating a leatherdyke tarot for similar reasons. I’m curious, though, are there trans women in this deck? I ask because I see that Buck Angel is the inspiration for one of the cards, and this seems odd to me given that he’s a man, and also given that he’s incredibly misogynistic and transmisogynistic. It’s a pretty longtime phenomenon that women’s/lesbian communities are willing to include trans men at the expense/exclusion of trans women, and I try not to support spaces & creations that replicate that.

    • cathoutarot says:

      I’m so excited that I pre-ordered it immediately even though I can’t really afford it. It’s a compensation to finding out in the newsletter that you had no idea when you’d stock the Slow Holler.
      But I had exactly the same fear and observation as Cuntext. Thanks for pointing that out. Fingers crossed this tarot deck will turn out femme-driven enough to avoid transmisogyny. We have a responsibility to make things change.

    • syrens says:

      I was wondering this myself. I looked at the kickstarter, and it looks like the HP is a trans gal. Not sure how many others there are in the deck, though.

    • Beth
      Beth says:

      I’d simply *assumed* that there would be trans women represented in this deck because I believe Slutist to be a genuinely feminist site – but it’s pretty naive to assume a lack of transmisogyny in any context…expecially if as you say one of the people featured in this deck is actually known to be transmisogynist! I’ll ask for some clarification.

    • Morgan says:

      Hey all, it’s Morgan the creator of this deck. Thank you for voicing concerns, I was just alerted to this thread so sorry for the delay. Yes there are transwomen in this deck. The image above for the 6 of Cups is actually two transwomen, and syrens- yes the High Priestess can be perceived as trans though within the context of what the HP represents they would identify as bi-gender or genderless since the HP represents dichotomies. There are no famous transwomen in this deck because I don’t have permission to draw them-I would LOVE to include Chelsea Poe or Janet Mock since she used to be a sex worker but I don’t have contact with them so it would be unethical to lift their images. The transwomen I do know and am friends with are not sex workers or porn performers, and would be uncomfortable being included in a slut/whore narrative. The images of transwomen that were included are either me making people up (as is the case with the HP) or drawing from vintage images-I don’t know how else to say this so I’m sorry for being crass or insensitive but it may not be immediately obvious whether a woman is cis or trans in the images if they are clothed. As with the HP and a few others though there is nudity.

      As for Buck, this is the first I’m hearing of his transmisogyny. We have mutual friends and I’ve followed him for a while (not that closely apparently) and I had only seen his trans rights advocacy and anti-bullying stuff. I will investigate though. Also keep in mind that the card is inspired by his image, it isn’t him. There are no descriptions or labels within the deck itself that indicate people’s identities.

      There are a few trans and gender queer men in this deck-I was originally going to do cis/trans/gender queer women only but I think masculine archetypes are important to the tarot. I just put masc folks on the fringe and focus on femmes.

      Cuntext I wish I had included more leather dykes, my Emperor card is renamed Power and features a bull dyke on a bike. An entire deck dedicated to that subculture would be amazing.

    • Morgan says:

      Exciting news! I pulled some strings and got in contact with Chelsea Poe-we will have a famous transwoman in the deck after all :) ducking other obligations today to draw, thanks for the extra motivation <3

  3. hearen says:

    I am so excited about this deck. I love the idea of The Maiden and I am looking forward to reading for myself with this deck and challenging some of my own internalized issues with women. Just seeing that it exists in the world makes me super happy

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