• Wren McMurdo Brignac

Masculinity & Tarot Kings

The Kings in the Dark Days Tarot Deck | Photo by Wren McMurdo

The concepts we call "masculine" and "feminine" are difficult to define because they are subjective. Gender is expression, inherent to freedom and unique to each individual.

As a queer, I’ve learned to use gender like a palette rather than an assignment. I express my gender like a mood, to find empowerment and evoke my sexuality. The Kings and Queens in Dark Days were inspired by queer and drag concepts. Think of them as gender-charged costumes worn for the sake of expression.

There is masculine and feminine energy in life and all beings. With that being said, there is a lot of understandable resistance to masculinity in our culture. Patriarchy has caused a toxic breakdown in gender expression on the whole. The Kings in Tarot can lend a helpful hand in managing this breakdown.