About Sufi Tarot by Ayeda Husain

Heal Your Life
with Ancient
Sufi Wisdom

Allow The Ancient Symbology And Secret Messages Embedded In This Unique Tarot Deck To Transform You.
Inspired by traditional tarot and reconceptualized in the context of Sufi philosophy, art and culture, The Sufi Tarot is a unique healing tool based on Sufi techniques for self-reflection and transformation that are being shared for the first time in a modern context, both visually and textually.

The first deck ever to present the Major and Minor Arcana in the context of lived Sufism as opposed to archaic, unrelatable images, The Sufi Tarot features unique artwork reflecting equal gender, age and race representation. It offers the power of art therapy through carefully designed images which inspire people to explore their emotions, develop self awareness and recognize dormant qualities in themselves.

“In the hands of a masterful teacher like Ayeda Husain, tarot cards are no mere ‘divination.’

She takes us on a journey through the authentic teachings of Sufi masters until The Sufi Tarot cards become a mirror for reflecting on our own tendencies, qualities, and inclinations—both where our soul already shines and where we stand to gain balance and lean into complementary qualities.

If you love tarot cards, you owe it to yourself to drink The Sufi Tarot with heart and soul. If you love Sufi wisdom, explore the wisdom of our tradition through the aesthetically sublime wisdom of The Sufi Tarot.”

Omid Safi, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, author of Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition, and Director, Illuminated Courses and Tours

The characters we meet in tarot are not solitary, disparate figures; they are archetypes. On one level they represent qualities waiting to be birthed in our beings. On another level, they tell a story of the human journey, the unfolding of the human spirit as it traverses different terrains.

The Sufi Tarot is a bridge between the inner and the outer. It is a bridge between cultures, a bridge between past and present, and a bridge between our souls. But perhaps, most importantly, it is a bridge between the healed and unhealed parts of our beings.

“Readings from this tarot have been a guiding and reassuring light, always pulling me back to where I need to be. I have no doubt these cards will be significant.”

Laury Silvers, Ph.D, historian of Sufism and author of the novels, The Sufi Mysteries Quartet

Discover the

Sufism has been called the path of the heart because it is a process of turning within to the fountainhead of all knowledge through the opening and purification of the heart. In tarot, we meet the carefree fool, the enigmatic magician, the mystical high priestess, the commanding emperor, the nurturing empress and more – archetypes that represent primordial qualities within us, some manifest but most unmanifest. Our job on the spiritual path is to awaken these qualities, to recognize them in their shadow and in their light and to bring them into balance in our beings.

“The four suits of the Minor Arcana are based on the elements of earth, water, fire, and air. For the Sufi, these elements are the basis for understanding human nature. As we learn to balance them, in shadow and in light, we come closer to the state of balance and peace that mystics aim for.”
– The Sufi Tarot –

The secrets, or mystical truths, that both tarot and Sufism set out to uncover have to do with self knowledge – not about predicting or foretelling the future.
They help us answer questions such as, where have we come from? Why do we feel the way we feel? Why do we act the way we act? What is our purpose in this life? It is when we learn to see the pictured characters less as what they appear in their physical form and more as underlying lessons or qualities that are calling to be born or paid attention to, the underlying mystery in these cards begins to reveal itself.
“These beautiful tarot cards bring together wisdom and insight inherent in the classical tradition of Sufism. The depictions provide deep and resounding resonance with the sacred traditions, a way to engage while still adhering to the fundamentals of both tarot reading and Tasawwuf (Sufism). If you already know about these two traditions, these cards will delight. If you are just learning about these traditions, these cards will help you on your journey. They are colorful, vibrant and beautiful.”
– Dr Amina Wadud, Lady Imam, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University
The first book and deck of its kind

The comprehensive guidebook explores each tarot card in a mystical, Sufi context and the artwork inspires us to delve deeper and connect with dormant, unmanifest qualities within ourselves.

The first book and deck of its kind, The Sufi Tarot offers an authentic, in-depth explanation for each card with Ayeda’s knowledge stemming from 34 years of immersion in the Sufi tradition – both academic and experiential. With each card as a unique piece of re-envisioned art, this project is a harmonious merging of two traditions – traditional tarot and classic Sufism.

“The mystery is not about uncovering, predicting, or foretelling the future; it is about finding answers to meaningful questions: Where have we come from? Why are we here? Why do we feel the way we feel? Why do we act the way we act? Why do we attract certain repetitive patterns in our lives?
– The Sufi Tarot –

Ayeda Husain is a senior teacher and guide in the Inayatiyya, a global organization dedicated to Universal Sufism as taught by Hazrat Inayat Khan, the mystic and musician from Baroda who brought Sufism to the West in the early 1900’s.

A long-time journalist specializing in Sufism with a double masters in Journalism and Near Eastern Studies from NYU, she now teaches Sufi meditation, chanting and philosophy with a special emphasis on Rumi’s poetry as a means of healing and evolving. She has run Sufi centers in her hometown of Lahore, Pakistan, in Dubai, where she once lived, and in Oakville, Ontario where she now lives and works. She has led spiritual retreats worldwide, taught Sufi meditation to Buddhist monks in Tokyo, and been invited to the UN as part of an international delegation of spiritual leaders.

“As I meditated on each card, recreating it in a Sufi context, I was led through a wondrous process of healing and release in my own life. I hope these cards are as comforting and transformational for others as they were for me during this process.”

~ Ayeda Husain
Ayeda’s story

Ayeda’s Sufi journey started in 1988 when she was initiated into the Chishti school of Sufism. After the death of her teacher, she had a dream that guided her to a Sufi retreat in 2004 where she would meet her current teacher. She has since been a devoted follower of the Inayatiyya where she now serves as a Shaykha, Cheraga, Guide, Representative and Facilitator of the Anjuman-i-Islam group.

In this school, she has been able to weave her strong interests in transpersonal psychology, alchemy, whirling and healing through sound, images and colors with Sufism as well as undertake a deep study of these disciplines within the tradition.

Of all the mysticisms in the East, she was drawn to Sufism because of its emphasis on non-renunciation: balancing the inner and the outer, being in the world but not of the world. She believes that the fact that matter is not viewed as being dark and dismal in Sufism but as a means of connecting with the Divine fosters love, in its followers, for all of Creation.

In her free time, she composes, sings and records Sufi meditational music.

“Dare you have the courage to be who you really are?”
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

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