A new Lenormand deck celebrating the enduring legacy of Black Americans’ faith, ancestry and tradition. Created by artist and storyteller Tea, the Black Gold Lenormand deck weaves together old archival photographs of African American people’s daily lives; collages of layerd sepia images and text with flashes of rich gold-painted detailing. This deck explores and celebrates the importance of faith, ancestry and tradition in Black lives, historically and in the present, as Tea puts it, “celebrating the enduring legacy of Black Americans and our innate connection to spirit”, reinterpreting these within the framework of the Lenormand system.
The Black Gold Lenormand isn’t a traditional Petit Lenormand deck. This is a deck that aims to be expansive in its approach to self-work and spiritual discernment, specifically as it relates to Black American traditions. “Not just old time ways and superstitions to be taken with enough grains of salt to repel spirits, but a system of beliefs…collapsed into the mundanity and supernatural experiences of our everyday lives as Black people.”* Because Black people can never not be magic. It is us and we are it. And that’s how it’s always been. Whether we are playing, singing, gathering for church, working, dancing, resting or the simple act sweeping a broom across a floor.
However far we travel from home and however long we’re separated from land and lore, we remain rooted in our divinity. And this knowledge empowers us to continue to thrive. We are now in a period where we have to seriously re-commit to our indigenous, sustainable and community-minded practices. There are valuable lessons in Black history and culture we can draw from. Each card offers up a symbol and a meditation that can be used alone or as a supplement to tarot card readings.