If you could create one card to add to your deck, what would it be called and what would the card’s meaning be?
Four of Masks – The New Tarot by Warren Tusk
You know, I’ve sometimes been in situations where I though “Heh, why isn’t there a tarot card to describe this?” — but now that I’m being put on the spot, I can’t think of any of them. This is also probably a bad question for me to try to answer, since I’m still learning the tarot and don’t have an intimate familiarity with ALL the cards yet. So I could sit here and invent a card, only to realize that it’s already in the deck!
Interestingly, though, there is a New Tarot that I find quite intriguing. I backed the Kickstarter project back in 2012 and have been really impressed with all of their updates so far. Each card and suit is unique and very applicable to one’s life. I like it because it expands on the original tarot, and you could even mix them all together if you were feeling bold enough.
The Major Arcana of the Tarot proper are often understood as the way-stations of a “Fool’s Journey” towards self-knowledge and self-mastery. The Major Arcana of the New Tarot are meant to encapsulate a second and more outward-focused leg of that journey, in which the newly enlightened Fool steps out into the world to explore and to make his dreams a reality.
Just as the traditional Minor Arcana represent the fundamental tools that must be mastered in order to achieve self-knowledge, the Minor Arcana of the New Tarot represent the (somewhat more complex) tools that must be mastered in order to achieve worldly success.
I’m really looking forward to this deck being completed so I can receive my copy and start using it!
Do you practice any other forms of divination? If so, what is it, and do you use them alongside the Tarot as to gain more information and insight or as something separate entirely?
Balmoria the Diviner, by Junedays
Okay, really, I don’t know how I’m going to make a whole blog post about this because the answer is probably No.
I mean, I do follow some astrological advice from an astrologer friend. I pay attention to my natal chart and what it means in regards to my life (especially the yod to Chiron bit). But I don’t delve too deeply into it on any kind of regular basis. I believe wholeheartedly in my Libra-ness, though.
So in that respect, I do let some astrological aspects bleed over into my tarot practice. When I can, I pay attention to astrological symbolism and elemental connections with the cards.
Things like runes, sigils, and I Ching are interesting to me, but I haven’t yet gotten the time or motivation to explore them. I don’t worship any deities or perform any kind of ritual or anything. I think overall I’m pretty neutral for a spiritualist.
Oh! I forgot about dreams.
Although I don’t know how much this counts. I mean, sometimes I have a dream that I know means something, and something I have a dream that just embeds itself in my mind and won’t let go. In those cases, I either interpret the dream intuitively, or use tarot to help shed light on the dream’s meaning. Dreams are actually some of my most powerful divination tools, but it’s not like I can *make* them happen. I take them as they come.
Do you have a Tarot mentor? Who are they (in relation to you) and how do they inspire you?
There are a couple of people who I look up to in regards to tarot (among other things). Even though I’ve never met either of them in person, I’ve learned a lot about tarot (among other things) from them.
Painting by Dennis Wojtkiewicz – curated by submerina
I’ve known her for something like 11 or 12 years now (can you believe that?!) online. We’ve basically connected on so many different topics over the years that I feel like there’s a good chance I could run into her anywhere on the internet that I find myself visiting (except for perhaps things anime- or video game-related). She is the one who inspired me to start my own tarot blog in the first place! Her blog is always interesting and inspiring, even if I can’t always relate. Also, she’s the one who feeds my tarot art addiction (have you SEEN her collection?) — and just my art addiction in general.
I started following Johanne on twitter a while back and she’s my most favorite tarot person on twitter. Most of her tweets aren’t tarot-related at all, but they’re hilarious and enjoyable and entertaining. (She has an undying passion for coffee, and it’s adorable.) When she does talk tarot, though, it’s awesome! I love reading her interpretations of cards. Ever since I’ve been twitter-friends with her, she’s been an encouraging and inspiring tarot mentor for me.
Does anyone you know not agree with your Tarot practices?
Why, yes indeed! If you’ve read the story on how I started reading tarot (lord knows I sure feel like I’ve told it enough around here), you’ll know that I was given my first tarot deck by my best friend, as a bit of a joke. I’m the heathen/heretic of our group of friends; we all grew up in church / Christian school together, and I’m the only one who strayed at the first opportunity.
Rin does not approve.
The first time I did tarot readings for these friends, it was just two of them and of course they approved because they wanted to readings. In fact, they liked the readings so much that they asked me to do it again about 6 months later. So it was at the end of a book club meeting that I brought out my cards so we could do readings again.
Two friends (one our age, one my friend’s aunt) disapproved heavily. They gasped and shook their heads and hurriedly escaped to another room of the house. The rest of us proceeded to have fun with the tarot. Since then, one of those offended friends has mentioned her disapproval several times. Even when we have made a show of respecting her feelings by taking the tarot readings to another room and not discussing it in front of her, she still acted disgusted with us. (I tried explaining some of the Christian roots of the tarot, but she would hear none of it. It was like she wanted us to respect her feelings about it, but did not care to respect our feelings about it.)
Aside from that, I suspect that my parents may not approve. They are quite religious and have a tendency to point at random things and call them evil (when I was a kid, my mom made us get rid of everything unicorn, frog, and lizard related, because apparently those things were evil). So, I just keep that knowledge from them. If they come to my house and see my tarot decks, that’s fine, but I’m not going to bring it up to them in conversation or anything.
Do you have a special time and/or place that you use your Tarot? If so, do you reserve the deck specifically for that purpose?
My tarot time can be pretty limited. The majority of my tarot practice is me reading for myself, and so for that I prefer to be alone. Having alone time when I live with my husband in a pretty small townhouse can be challenging. So, aside from my daily draws (which I do in the morning, usually), I do tarot in the evenings when I am home alone. This is definitely not every evening, and sometimes not even every week, but I make do.
I don’t think I really set aside a deck for specific readings (if that is, in fact, what the second question is asking). When I prepare for a reading, I choose a deck that I think fits. If I want a more positive, light-hearted reading, I go for Joie de Vivre. If I want something deeper and stronger, I go for Wildwood or Mary-El. If I just want quick answers without a lot of need for further interpretation, I go for 8-Bit, or something else based heavily on Rider-Waite. That’s the deck I learned with, so the keywords come across most easily with that imagery for me (for most cards).