Getting a Tarot Deck
Throughout your life, you will most likely obtain several tarot decks. You may find that you reserve one just for reading for yourself. You may like how one applies to magical divination, but how another one applies to more mundane matters. Regardless of why you acquire multiple decks, it is important to know how it is best to acquire a deck.
- Tarot as a Gift: Although it is wonderful to be given a tarot deck if you did not pick it out, it may not resonate with you. I have never found any difference between a deck I purchased and the identical deck which was given to me by my partner. The myth that a deck works better if it is given to you is a myth without merit. As a tarot collector, family and friends know that a tarot deck is always a winning gift for me, but these gifts make no difference in the effectiveness of the cards. In fact, if you later have a conflict with the gift giver, the tarot deck can be a constant reminder of this. If the tarot is not one you are drawn to, it may just sit on your shelf being lonely.
- Stolen Tarot: The myth that tarot cards work best if they are stolen is again, a myth entirely without merit. Stealing tarot cards is obviously illegal, and anyone with enough insight to read the cards in the first place will know the repercussions of such actions on spiritual, psychological, and mundane levels. I know of two roommates who believed this myth and promptly stole their tarot decks from the local metaphysical shop. The first roommate got caught in the act, and the gracious store owner simply made her return them and forbade her to come back to the store. The second roommate could never get an accurate reading with the cards. At first, she thought the guilt was interfering with her readings, but after she had ‘dealt’ with her guilt (her words) she still could not make them function. She later returned the cards to the store and has since purchased her own deck which works fine for her.
- Buying Your Tarot: This is probably the most preferred way to obtain your cards. You can browse through the hundreds of decks available and choose one that speaks to you and your path. Meanwhile, you also support the hard-working artists, writers, and publishers who create the tarot, good stuff that.
- Created Tarot: This is another preferred and recommended way to obtain your cards. You can print out the historically accurate Rider-Waite tarot deck from PaganPath and use it just as it is in black and white. This will save you some money while you are simply learning about the card symbolism and divination practices. You may also add color to the cards according to your own personal correspondences, or according to traditional symbolism. Creating your own cards takes a bit longer, but as you print them and tweak them to your personal preferences, you’ll learn the symbols faster. The more advanced lessons in this course will require you to work with color symbolism, and if you have another deck you prefer to use, for now, you’ll be able to simply print individual cards for coloring as you need them later (rather than creating an entire deck). For creating your own tarot deck from scratch, it is highly recommended that you explore current decks and traditional or historical decks for a few years before you begin. Examples of such decks can be found in the introduction to the printable tarot decks at the bottom of your course guide.