I have been asked if I offer classes in reading Tarot. Or if I plan on doing so, have I designed my own deck, will I be expanding into other aspects of running a ‘Mystical Business‘? One of the hardest lessons this Leo Sun, middle child, Moon conjunct Ascendant in Sagittarius had to learn was adapting to the physical reality of my current incarnation. The quick answer to the above string of questions is “No plan for that this year.”
Now that I’ve undergone my first cataract surgery, I’ve resumed my long-stalled study of Astrology. But reaching a point of comfort to offering chart analysis is unlikely to be soon. I am far too much a novice at numerology, runes, or other practices to offer them as separate services for the foreseeable future.
I have agreed to help market The Tarot of Sister Who. Designed for personal spiritual growth rather than divination or prognostication, I do use it for specific spreads, as listed in the Catalogue section.
(02/10/2021) I have started adding a few posts on new decks and miscellaneous thoughts on card reading– not an a regular schedule.
(04/30/2021) In an effort to support other small businesses, and reduce the power held by Amzn, the links below now take you to My Shop on Bookshop.Org. In addition to earning my affiliate fee, Bookshop pays a share of all sales to independent book stores- and you may specify your favourite local shop if it’s in their database. They don’t discount as heavily, but they are an ethical B Corporation.
Teach Yourself Tarot
Thinking of learning to read Tarot for yourself? I’ve compiled a short list of cards and books that may help. Although many people start with The Rider Tarot Deck (also called Rider-Waite or Rider/ Waite/ Smith) I strongly recommend the Morgan-Greer Tarot. The imagery is very similar, but with slightly updated and refined artwork that I prefer. The artwork in the Sacred Rose Tarot deck, which I also use, has more intense colours with fewer, larger, details that some might prefer while others find distracting. There are
dozens hundreds of other designs offered; many using Rider Deck based imagery and its arrangement of Major Arcana titles.
Using different decks all based on the standard 78 card arrangement may be easier than adding other kinds of decks to your repertoire early on. Other kinds (‘oracle’, ‘divination’ or ‘spiritual’ decks) have unique card names, images and suggested interpretations. While valuable tools in their own right it is important to understand what purpose their designers had in mind. I use the First Nations decks listed below, as well as two D.Virtue Oracle Decks I was gifted last year.
The Complete Guide to the Tarot by Eden Gray, is a great introduction to the Tarot. In fact Ms Gray’s three books introduced the Tarot to generations of card readers, any one of them a great resource for folks interested in Tarot philosophy in the early to mid 20th Century.
Power Tarot and The Creative Tarot are newer additions to my library, but I highly recommend each title. The first of those is now about 20 years old, but is a great introduction to the cards as well as being packed with “more than 100 spreads that give specific answers to your most important questions.” The second book is just a few years old. It was written for Artists, with some very focused spreads. I use spreads from both; see the Catalogue section.
Any of the four volumes of The Encyclopaedia of the Tarot (by the founder of US Games) are for those who really want to get a feel for the history of Tarot. I believe all 4 are now out of print; used bookstores may be the only way to find them. Another, newer, look at the history of Tarot art is The History of Tarot Art. See my review on my personal blog.
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