Daily Archives: September 21, 2017
There is a 30 day Pagan journaling challenge for the month of September set up on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to do it – and would get me back into the swing of things as well.
And back into blogging here as I answer the posts. (I’m not much of an Instagram person.)
Today’s question is:
If I work with cards, what’s my favorite deck and why? If I don’t, why not?
“If I work with cards.”
I love Tarot. We’re not going to discuss how many decks I own, primarily because I don’t know. I do know that it’s a lot fewer than I used to have because I gave away a bunch that I wasn’t using and likely never would.
Each deck seems to have its own… personality (for lack of a better word). Here’s a run down on the ones that I use (or have used) the most.
A friend of mine dubbed this “The Cabbage Patch Deck” because he said that the people on the cards reminded him of Cabbage Patch Dolls. Be that as it may, the deck is friendly and not overly “deep” as a general rule. It’s great for reading for the public, especially at a venue that isn’t a psychic fair. (I used to do readings at singles’ dances, which is a whole different kinda vibe.)
I love the artwork in this deck, and it’s an easy-going, straight-forward deck. Also a good deck for reading for the public, in any venue.
It’s the classic Rider-Waite but with better colors. I could never connect with the original but this deck is sweet to use.
This is a fun deck with oversized cards that can make it difficult to handle physically. (I have small hands.) The art style is a little bit different, but it’s fun to use.
This deck is a bit deeper – and a lot more blunt – than the others. It can also be finicky and temperamental to work with.
Ha! What can I say? I love this deck. It’s in-your-face, no bullshit, take no prisoners, about as subtle as a nuclear explosion. Not usually good for reading for the general public because the general public doesn’t usually want to hear what it has to say.
And now for my all time favorite deck…
The Mythic Tarot
This deck is a little different, in that each suit tells a story based on a Greek myth, with each card illustrating a part of the story. This makes it great for learning the cards because it’s easy to associate what’s happening in the story with the meaning of the card. There is also an excellent book (real book, not just the little paper thing that comes with most decks) that comes with it that tells the story and how each card relates. This tends to be a very “internal” deck, dealing more with what is at work within the Querent, hidden aspects that s/he may not be aware of (or not willing to acknowledge). This makes it somewhat less than ideal for “light” readings for others, but if someone is sincerely looking for change, this deck can help point them in the right direction.