A tarot deck that features inspirational women of science on the minor arcana cards, plus a guidebook with scientist biographies and other information.
The Women of Science Tarot Deck is a card game that helps us tell stories about our future based on principles of science. Each major arcana card features a fundamental scientific concept like extinction, diversity, or gravity. The 56 minor arcana cards feature inspirational women who have changed the course of STEM. The lively illustrations are by neuroscientist and comic artist Matteo Farinella. For readers new to tarot or those who want to learn more about women in STEM, accompanying the deck is a guidebook with biographies of all the women featured on the cards as well as information about the major arcana cards.
Is this science? No, it’s a game! The Women of Science Tarot Deck is a game of cards for telling stories: stories about our lives, stories about our universe, and stories about our future. We’ve updated our tarot to reflect our scientific, 21st-century curiosity about how the world works. It’s a modern, feminist tarot deck that anyone can enjoy.
Curious about why a science media group made a tarot deck? Tarot is not a typical tool for science engagement, but it's a way to reach new audiences with science. The main goal of science communicators is to get people excited about science, to make science a more inclusive space, and to give people a sense of agency in scientific spaces. Here's the explanation from the illustrator himself!
The set includes a tarot deck of 76 cards, measuring approx. 2.75" x 4.75" x 0.95", and a printed paperback gameplay guidebook of approx. 93 pages, approx. 4" x 6" x.45, " packaged in a custom two-piece rigid box.