OUTSIDER TAROT

A Tarot for beautiful and perplexing creatures who live beyond boundaries

 
Reinterpreting every single card, the Outsider Tarot marries ancient esoteric systems with the colorful and revolutionary spirit of Outsiders past and present.  The spark of inspiration was to create a deck that directly channels the wisdom of our beautifully eccentric, forward-thinking predecessors to provide guidance through obstacles and towards enlightenment. 
The Spark of Lights from the Outsider Tarot by Bobby Abate. (@outsidertarot on Instagram)

what is an outsider?

An Outsider occupies a strange and external space all their own.

Outsiders don’t fit any particular mold. They are often outliers in society who feel somehow detached. For some, identifying as an Outsider is a personal and empowering choice, while for others it is a classification that represents rejection or exclusion. The boundary between insider and Outsider is allusive — it may be drawn by a personal feeling of not belonging or rigidly maintained by society. Nevertheless, all Outsiders are beautiful and perplexing creatures who at their best create, challenge, defy and redefine.

 

As a queer artist, I’ve crossed paths with so many Outsiders: goths, witches, queers, trans people, nerds, club kids, artists, and eccentrics from around the world — of every color, size, gender, orientation, ability, spirituality and age. Despite all this camaraderie, that feeling of being an Outsider always creeps back in. It was maddening at first but these moments of solitude remind us that, as Outsiders, we are clearing our own paths through life, and there are times that we need to do this work alone, with the help of the Outsider Tarot.

Minor Arcana

Elemental Shields from the Outsider Tarot by Bobby Abate. (@outsidertarot on Instagram)

The suits of the Outsider Tarot are represented by everyday symbols that we see everywhere but often don’t pay much attention to: LIGHTS, BOTTLES, EYES and ROSES. These objects, at once omnipresent and overlooked, offer profound ways to meditate and contemplate the power of each suit. The Outsider Tarot likens each suit to the properties and powers of the four elements: 

Outsider Tarot Elemental Key

 

Each Minor Arcana card is represented by an Outsider or a collective of Outsiders that have lived inspiring and influential lives. Some are instantly recognizable, like Nina Simone in the 5 of BOTTLES or Frida Kahlo from the 8 of LIGHTS, while others represent a kind of Outsider, like the Hacktivist from the 6 of EYES or the Essential Worker from the 7 of ROSES.

Goodbye Court Cards,Hello Elementals!

The Suit of Lights from the Outsider Tarot by Bobby Abate

The Outsider Tarot has evicted the King, Queen, Knight and Page and invited a lovely band of eccentrics known as the ELEMENTALS to take their place. While monarchies are built on the principle of entitlement through blood and thrive on the exclusion of everyone else, the Outsider Tarot was created on the core truth that all beings are equal and deserve equality.

The SPARK, BILLOW, FATHOM & ROOT

Elementals from Outsider Tarot by Bobby Abate

The Outsider Tarot has evicted the King, Queen, Knight and Page and invited a lovely band of eccentrics known as the ELEMENTALS to take their place. While monarchies are built on the principle of entitlement through blood and thrive on the exclusion of everyone else, the Outsider Tarot was created on the core truth that all beings are equal and deserve equality.

SPARKS

embody the element of fire, and all four are child or student-like figures at the beginning of a new journey with curiosity.

BILLOWS

characterize the element of air. Each one is young adult full of inertia, in the early stages of life and exploration.

FATHOMS

personify the element of water. They are masters who possess the deepest understanding of their suit’s power.

ROOTS

are the element of earth. They are our teachers, mentors and sages, offering wisdom and lessons in each of the four suits.

How the elementals work

Elementals from Outsider Tarot by Bobby Abate

For example, in the fiery suit of Lights, the Spark is extremely motivated by the promise of personal transformation and growth that lies ahead. In the watery suit of Bottles, the Spark’s fire is in conflict with the element of water, creating a push-pull between outward and inward drives. The Spark’s fire functions like a hot air balloon in the airy suit of Eyes, lifting the Spark to a place of perspective and clarity. In the earthy suit of Roses, the Spark’s fire is grounded, allowing the Roses to learn the magical properties of the natural world.

Outsider Tarot by Bobby Abate

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN SUCCESS!

 
The Outsider Tarot Kickstarter campaign was funded in five hours and nearly tripled its funding goal in March 2021, it was also selected as an official staff pick!  The mass production of the deck and guidebook is complete.  All crowdfunding rewards will be fulfilled as soon as the freight shipment arrives.
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