Tarot Cards have allured and captivated folks for hundreds and hundreds of years. The card’s art, beauty, and mysticism are the main draw, and, interestingly, if you think about it, drag has the same three essences that pull fans in.
To bring the two art forms together, artist Juanjo Cristiani has created and designed a complete tarot deck with each classic card represented by an iconic moment or performer from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
For example, the classic Empress card, representing femininity, beauty, nature, and abundance, has been reimagined with a representation of Kylie Sonique Love. Furthermore, the Seven of Cups card, known for opportunities, choices, wishful thinking, and illusion, is showcased through a handful of the most iconic winners from The Snatch Game, a competition where contestants compete through their impersonation and improv comedy abilities.
“Since I was a little kid, I used to watch Disney movies, and I became fascinated with the witch characters rather than the princesses. That’s how my love for mysticism, symbolism, witchcraft, and occultism began,” wrote Juanjo the project launched on Kickstarter in 2020.
“As I grew up as a queer person,” Juanjo added, “I had no choice but to stand for the amazing universe that is RuPaul’s Drag Race. That’s how the idea hit me. I needed to mix two of my passions: Tarot and Drag. Every single artwork of this deck is based on the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith tarot mixing it with iconic moments, looks, and elements from the show.” When compared side by side with Juanjo’s inspiration for the deck, it’s fascinating to see how much detail from the original cards is kept intact.
So popular was the initial Kickstarter run that the artist even launched a second volume with 78 new cards, culling Queens from every season and even the All Star Editions (not to mention Drag Race Canada, Down Under, Holland, and Spain)
So, whether you’re into tarot readings or RuPaul’s Drag Race, this deck is perfect for you. Clearly, you need to drop everything and order your deck right now.