Nudity in the Tarot

BW 300 On the U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Facebook page, we're talking about nudity in the Tarot–and it's generated quite a few opinions!

Full-frontal, danglies, American "prudishness"–we're hearing it all on Twitter and Facebook.

You can be a part of the conversation at the USGS Facebook page at or via Twitter at

Or you can feel free to grab a beverage of your choice, sit a spell and share your thoughts here at the Fool Stop Tarot Blog.

Dan Staroff, creator of the Tarot of Sephiroth observed: When Tarot of the Sephiroth was in pre-production at US Games ten years ago…We had a serious discussion about nipples. They stayed in. Have times changed for the better or worse?

So tell me, dear readers: What do you think about nudity in the Tarot? When is nakedness "too much"? What about clients? Is it ever warranted?

Weigh in!

Janet, Social Media Maven for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Image from the Barbara Walker Tarot ISBN 0-88079-292-2

Tarot of the Sephiroth ISBN 1-57281-251-6

2 thoughts on “Nudity in the Tarot

  1. Lynn Merritt

    Although, personally I don’t mind nudity in a tarot deck; some images are indeed very beautiful. I find myself looking for a deck to use without nudity when hired to read at children’s parties or events. For me, at those types of functions, nudity in the tarot deck is inappropriate.

  2. Diane

    You know, I don’t even notice the nekkid stuff; maybe it’s my liberal arts background, but I kind of expect people to be naked with all the attendant notions that go with it. Like birthing: try that one with clothes on–and it’s relevant because oftentimes, we start something and are, figuratively speaking, stripped bare. Thus, with cards like the Sun, the Star, the Lovers, even the Devil, it’s a “cri de coeur”: see me as I am, see right down to the roots, see where things have begun and how things might change (especially when the reading is approached holistically) with the addition of other cards.
    And, while there is such a thing as gratuitous nudity, since I read with the Rider Waite deck, I don’t see too much detail so the symbolism of being naked comes through without the overt sexuality of being naked.
    If that makes any sense.

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