Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck will be a full 78+ card tarot deck. Each card will feature spot gloss and gold foil accents to maintain varying surface quality of the original works. The cards will be high quality 3.5″ x 5” cards on 350GSM stock with rounded corners. The decks will come in a limited edition lidded box.
“… Dust II Onyx Tarot will reach people the others don’t. Its unique, powerful and masterfully created.”
– Pamela Steele Tarot Reader and Deck Creator (www.steelewizard.com)
“When I look at the cards I don’t see people or color,
I envision the ether and those beings that embody it.”
– Retta Ware (Tarot Reader and Collector)
“Finding a deck that really connected with my personal energy became a daunting task. There were very few that allowed me to see myself in them. I set out to create my own deck, and after months of not having a vision for what it’d look like a dream came to me. Then it came to me again. In the dream was an intensely gorgeous black portrait which has become the inspiration behind this deck. I began the work using my current knowledge of tarot and mostly my own intuition. The imagery that comes forth is as new to me as it is for the readers who will use this deck. It is coming from a place that is far beyond my conscious mind.”
Major Arcana Artwork
Courtney Alexander’s Dust II Onyx Tarot Deck is an incredibly important piece of art, not only for the Tarot community, but for the entire world. Works of art, media, and writing can so often only reflect the experience of a select group of people. This is especially true in Tarot - where most figures illustrated in card decks are lithe, white, and conventionally beautiful. Not only is Alexander’s work groundbreaking, revolutionary, and important - but the artwork is absolutely stunning. I have backed this deck on Kickstarter and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Read on to learn more about the artist, the inspiration behind this deck, and her creative process.
TRIPLE CHALICE TAROT
Tonight we are blessed with the Beautiful Empress and Birthmother Of the DustIIOnyx Tarot Deck Courtney Alexander. She wields such beautiful radiant energy you guys and we are so happy to have her on the show and show our support to this culturally rich melanated ephemeral deck. On the show we discuss with Courtney the real behind what goes into making a tarot deck. Her spiritual journey and overcoming the dogmatic blockages of ingrained religion. What this deck will represent and mean to the afro-mystic spiritual community. And so much more!! It’s a laugh and a show full of good vibes . . .
LITTLE RED TAROT
I fell in love with the Dust II Onyx deck at first sight. There’s no way to describe the sound that came out of my mouth when I laid my eyes on the card samples so lovingly brought to magic by Courtney Alexander, the divinely gifted artist and creator of the Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck. I felt it was imperative that I got to know more about this magical Black woman rendering magic from ancestral wisdom and shadow work. I’m beyond ecstatic that she so openly obliged . . .
While I adore tarot and my life in it, I have so many decks and work with so many beautiful witches and artists in all aspects of my life, so it takes a lot to really get me going at this point. However, when I received an email from a self-described fat/black/queer woman that had their artistic vision come to them in a dream, I had to find more. I'm so thrilled I got to chat more with Courtney Alexander about the upcoming Dust II Onyx, a deck created for people struggling with the same lack of representation in a world of #tarotsowhite that Alexander chose to address . . .
My loves! I have such a treat for you today: an interview with fine artist and deck creator,Courtney Alexander about her new tarot deck, Dust II Onyx. Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck will start pre-ordering this September. In the meantime, Courtney and I have been chatting by email about the Dust II Onyx deck, identity and representation in tarot art, the creative process, cats, and more! Grab a cup of tea and settle in, because this conversation is not to be missed. . .
Courtney Alexander is a recent graduate with her Bachelor’s in Studio Art from the University of South Florida. In her past work she dug into issues of duality, hyper sexuality, and self-awareness; a much more personal dialogue which served to create vulnerability and explore the complex nature of her existence. Her paintings and sculptures are abstract and experimental, allowing for a more tactile sensory experience. The Dust II Onyx Tarot Deck is a natural progression in her exploration of identity and her largest project to date. You may view her artist portfolio here.