The ASL Tarot

Dylan Pannara created this deck for those who are Deaf, but also those interested in sign language, after seeing that there is not a strong representation of Deaf people and ASL in the Western Esoteric world.

The deck incorporates striking colours on a black background and represents the ASL language and is based on the Rider-Waite system.

Kickstarter - The ASL Tarot

Where in the world do you call home?

Rochester, New York! I moved here in 2012, and It is home to the largest population of Deaf people per capita! I work for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and am very close to the Deaf community in Rochester. It has become my home.

What was your first experience with oracles and / or tarot and when did you fall in love with it?

I recall my first experience with an oracle/tarot was in high school. I’ve always been in love and interested in the mystical side of the universe as long as I can remember. I had that “Mythology” Book Collection growing up in the early 2000’s and remember poring over the Wizardology book for hours upon hours and being fascinated by the stars, tarot, and much more. However, since meeting my partner, Allie, who is very involved with tarot, it was then that I began to dive into this world much more deeply.

What made you want to create this deck? What was your inspiration?

A combination of things led to the creation of the Deck. Quarantining at home surrounded by art and my partner who is deeply invested in Tarot and the mystical messages that it spreads led to me drawing one piece for fun. That led to more cards, and ultimately an entire deck!

Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?

I don’t collect decks, which is another reason why this deck was created! I would say the symbolism and meaning behind the rider waite smith deck is everything, no wonder why it is an iconic deck. The RWS deck is ultimately what inspired this deck with its own twist.

Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just the card in general). If so, why is it your favourite?

I lean towards the Devil. I know you must be thinking, What?! The Devil? A lot of people misunderstand the Devil. It is a positive card for your own personal growth. It reminds you to not investigate things too much, to be more aware of yourself, step away from materialism, don’t harbor ill will, or secrecy towards other and much more. I really enjoyed drawing that one, a another fun one that I enjoyed drawing would be the Sun & Death.

What have been your challenges in creating this deck?