Good day friends!
I’d like to take this opportunity today to talk a bit about tarot. Tarot isn’t specifically for those of Pagan faiths, so if you don’t identify you can definitely still read tarot! My experience so far is that many Pagans utilize methods of divination, so felt it would benefit everyone if I wrote a bit about it. I don’t want to bore you with the history of tarot, you can find loads of information about that elsewhere. I just want to give you some beginners information and share my own decks with you.
You many already be familiar with the Rider-Waite deck, which was created in 1910 and has since influenced a number of other tarot decks. If not, check out this site that provides pictures and meanings of each card. It’s definitely a helpful reference if you’re just beginning and want to become more familiar with those cards, but for me tarot isn’t so cut and dry. The images play a large part in my own interpretations and how I read for myself and others. For example, if I draw a card and an artist has illustrated a red bird I am going to immediately think of my grandmother and ancestors. That is a personal connection for me. Others might just view a red bird as a red bird and some may even connect it to a sports team. All of those are correct and will help you interpret what the cards are attempting to communicate with you.
Some avid tarot readers may disagree with me, some may conclude that tarot has strict rules and must be read a specific way. I try to follow my intuition, while also respecting the meanings behind the four suits and Major Arcana. I believe that tarot is a gateway to communicate with those no longer on this plane as well as a magical way to gain insight into our everyday lives.
My advice is to get to know your deck by pulling a single card daily, if possible, and write down what you see and how that card makes you feel. It will take time and practice, so don’t give up if you try a reading and are confused. Look back on your notes; I’m sure that the card will reveal relevance. When finished, some people choose to ‘cleanse’ their deck. This usually is some kind of ritual/habit and can vary greatly from simply shuffling the deck a few times, to completely putting the deck back in order or sitting the deck in the sunlight. Do whatever you like that makes your deck feel rejuvenated and ready for another reading.
While I’ve linked a few different sites that specifically educate about the tarot, please let me know if you have any questions. You can reach us either in the comments or send us a private email at Midwestwitches@gmail.com. We are happy to help you on your own magical tarot-reading journey!
And now for a glimpse into my tarot decks:
This is my newest addition to my tarot deck collection. I’m a huge fan of Ciro Marchetti‘s artwork and own not only the Tarot of Dreams deck, but many others. The Gilded Tarot deck was my very first deck and is usually my go-to deck for quick readings due to my familiarity. I also own his Lenormand deck and his Oracle of Visions deck. While I don’t read as often with the two latter decks, I love their artwork and occasionally they call to me just like my other decks do.
I own a couple other Oracle decks in addition to the one by Marchetti. The one pictured is called Messenger Oracle by Ravynne Phelan. As I have a deep connection with owls this deck grabbed my attention immediately and has proven itself more than worthy time and again.
I also own the World Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards by Scott Alexander King. This is a brilliantly colorful deck illustrated by Karen Branchflower. If you haven’t noticed yet, the artwork is typically what draws me to purchase a deck.
The remaining decks I own are magical in their own ways. When I was considering learning to read runes I purchased The Power of the Runes by Voenix to help bridge the gaps in my understanding. The Raven’s Prophecy Tarot is a deck based off of one of my favorite fictional series and was a gift from someone dear to me. I purchased The Rider Tarot Deck Miniature Edition as a travel companion for when I am not at home but feel compelled to do a reading.