She Is Sitting in the Night: Revisioning Thea’s Tarot


A queer/feminist tarot guidebook, by Oliver Pickle (and one of our favourite tarot books!)

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She Is Sitting in the Night uses the illustrations in Thea’s Tarot as a springboard for these new interpretations, but this book can be used alongside any tarot deck.

A contemporary re-visioning of Thea’s Tarot, a beautiful feminist tarot deck from the 80s, and documenting a conversation across generations and mediums, She Is Sitting in the Night emerges as both a tool for tarot reading and a celebration of queer and feminist cultural production, past and present.

By embracing an older deck and simultaneously developing current and re-visioned ways of interpreting its images and the cards’ meanings, She Is Sitting in the Night provides a much-needed informed, aesthetically strong, accessible queer tarot book for feminists, queers, and tarot readers new and old.

Read the Little Red Tarot review here (it’s one of my favourite tarot books!)

Though I personally love She Is Sitting in the Night for it’s queerness, this book is for anyone who wants to shake up their tarot practice and take a more inclusive approach to their cards and readings. Its inclusivity is what makes it queer, but it is a book for all genders and all sexualities.

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Published 2015 by Metonomy Press, Montreal, Canada
  • Ships worldwide

Also available: Thea’s Tarot, by Ruth West.

About the author

After an accidental debut as a professional tarot reader in 2009, Oliver began doing tarot readings regularly, at bars and in parks and on balconies. At the request of a good friend, Oliver began writing about the Thea’s Tarot deck – a process that was at once prolonged and fruitful.

Oliver is, more generally, a Montreal-based, trans-identified writer, publisher, and editor. Their work has appeared in Lambda Award–winning The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (Topside Press, 2012) and make/shift magazine, among other publications. Oliver released Gays in the Workplace in 2011 and is currently working on a book of short stories.



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