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Picking a Tarot Deck

How do you pick a deck to use? There are hundreds even thousands of published and unpublished decks to choose from. Some people like to create their OWN tarot decks. Some decks have pictures on the Minor Arcana. some (referred to as Marseille decks) don’t.

The best way to pick a deck for you is to look at a lot of them. Ask friends to let you look at their decks. Go to a store where they will let you look at lots of different decks. Don’t just look at the boxes, thumb through the cards. If you go on-line, most tarot card publishers will show several example cards out of a deck. Pick a deck with pictures that attract you. Ask yourself: do these pictures say something to me? Do I understand at least some of the pictures and what they are saying?  Do I like the art? How do I feel looking at these cards? No, that is not irrelevant: I for one, feel very uncomfortable looking a the pictures of Toth (or Crowley) deck. (Others LOVE that deck. It isn’t a bad deck, but the mind behind it was very different than mine and the messages of the cards give me the willies.) Some decks you won’t feel anything about, others will be so meaningful to you, you will KNOW what many of the  cards mean to you.

That one would probably be a good deck for you.

Take your deck home and play with it. Don’t memorize the meanings of the cards as listed in the Little White Book that comes with it, try to figure out what each card may mean for YOU. That is the way to open up your Inner Vision.

What are tarot cards?

I am sure you have seen Tarot cards and wondered about them. Maybe you have even had a reading before. I am starting a new series here of short pieces about tarot. I hope you enjoy them. For this first piece, lets talk about what Tarot is and what it is not. It is 78… Continue Reading

The Hermit

The Hermit Once you begin a path, you need to stop from time to time to take stock, to be sure you are on the “right” path for you.  The Hermit traditionally stands at the peak of a mountain and looks down. He is looking back to see how far he has come before descending… Continue Reading


Strength The Strength card has nothing to do with physical prowess. It has everything to do with mental ability. Traditionally, it depicts a  woman closing a lion’s month. NOT forcing it open, which would require a good deal of strength. Instead she is going with the natural path and forcing it closed.  Which requires coaxing… Continue Reading

The Chariot

The Chariot The Chariot shows a man driving a chariot, pulled by two animals, usually a black horse and a white horse, almost invariably without reins. He is steering them just by the power of the mind. This is a card that has varied from deck to deck, but not changed much in its subject.… Continue Reading

The Lovers

The Lovers In the older, Marseilles tarot decks, a Man is caught between two women. A dark-haired, often older person, and a younger, lighter haired woman.  The title of this card was sometimes called “the Choice”. The Man had to make a choice: between an “earthy,” probably sinful person, and a “purer,” light haired–probably light… Continue Reading

The Hierophant

The Hierophant Traditionally, the Hierophant is the intermediary or interpreter between the worshiper and the their deity. Who ever or what ever that is. Before this century, most decks called him the Pope. To most modern readers, this is mostly a negative card, referring to the “Keeper of the Keys”–again the Pope, who was the… Continue Reading

The Emperor

If the Empress is spontaneous, the Emperor is a planner. The Empress wallows in reality as it is. The Emperor lives apart from it. He wants to control his world. To have a controlling attribute is not bad thing by itself.  We need to control many aspects of our life. Our environment should be under… Continue Reading


The Magician The Fool carries the tools of his trade in a bindlestiff on his back. The Magician lays them out on the table and starts using them. The four symbols of the Tarot are there: Cup, Sword, Pentacle and in many decks he wields the Wand. The Magician is a person of power but… Continue Reading

The Empress

The Empress–recorded 10/13/09 With the Magician and the High Prestress we discussed what you, the Fool, can or cannot do with your tools, the tarot and your own talents and thoughts. Now we will meet our teachers, or really, our role models. The first of these is the Empress. The Empress is Earth bound. She… Continue Reading