Oct 242011
 

My1stTarotDeck 150x132 Tale of My First Tarot Deck continued

Part 1 – My First Tarot Deck (previous post)
Part 2 – Tarot miracle or coincidence?

As I posted on Monday, in 1990 several cards in my first tarot deck were damaged when my new puppy chewed on them.  It took almost a decade before I slowly began collecting and reading tarot again for myself.  I added a deck or two now and then if one caught my attention and did replace my Rider Waite Tarot  Tale of My First Tarot Deck continued with one with a different backing to use for readings, but my heart wasn’t in it and there was a lingering sadness (it was a very stressful, painful time back then so losing my tarot deck felt like another blow and sign that I was on the wrong path). Through the years my good friend, Mama Kelly, would often surprise me with a lovely deck for birthdays and Yule, with every gift my heart and spirit healed a little more. It was early spring 2008 that my recovering from past stress and pain had healed enough and I began to feel the strong urge to work with and collect tarot again and the old hurts and loss faded.

Spring 2008 I decided I would give it one more try to find a Rider Waite deck with the ankh design on the back to replace the damaged cards in my first Tarot deck.  But even if I didn’t, that was ok too, I would still enjoy  reading and collecting tarot cards.  I was going to give to it about a month or two, and if I didn’t find the deck I was looking for I would move on and just enjoy the tarot cards I did have and would collect in the future.

I started visting Ebay regularly to see what was available and if any unwanted Tarot decks needed a good home. For every single listing of a Rider Waite deck from the 1970s that I saw up for auction, I contacted the seller to ask what the back looked like, but no one had a match for my first Tarot deck. After a few weeks I decided to go straight to the source and contacted U.S. Games, after all they made almost every Tarot deck out there including the Rider Waite Deck. I spoke with a very polite and helpful young man on the phone. He said that the company kept several copies of every deck they ever made in a vault and perhaps it would be possible to replace the ones I was looking for. He put me through to the owner’s voice mail and told me that every single phone was returned. Within thirty minuties I recieved a phone call back from the owner himself. He was very nice, but explained that his company had not made that deck. The deck I had was made “illegally.” U.S. Games, Inc. has the only license to reproduce the Rider Waite Deck. The company that made the deck I owned had been told not to publish it, but went ahead and did so any way. However, the owner of U.S. Games said he would check the vault and if by chance they did have a copy of this deck he would send me the missing cards I needed.

I was thrilled to have had the pleasure of speaking with the owner of U.S. Games and for his help, but I didn’t hold out much hope that he would have the needed cards. Also, now I knew the deck was going to be even harder to find since there was only one publication done (they were stopped from running a second printing), and that meant there probably were not many decks around.

I decided that I would just move on, keep collecting and learning about the Tarot and keep my eyes open for a new deck that might “call” to me as a deck to read with.  As I healed from the old hurts and pains of the past, I was able to see that the dog chewing on my tarot cards was not a sign from the universe telling me I was unworthy – it was a lesson to teach me to let go of “needing” a specific deck (the cards are just a tool), and to rely on myself and my connection to the wisdom of the universe.

A couple more weeks passed and I found several lovely decks (for a reasonable price) on Ebay that I added to my collection. Then one day out of the blue there IT was there – an auction with a photo of a Rider Waite Deck showing the back with an ankh! I blinked a few times to make sure I wasn’t imagining it and then placed a bid, and won the auction.

When the box arrived with the deck I carefully opened it and smiled. I cleansed the deck with a bit of sage incense and replaced the damaged cards. It took 18 years but the deck was whole again, the replacement cards happily nestled in with the original deck.

I will only use this deck to do readings for myself. Now that I know they would be extremely hard to replace I don’t think I want any one else shuffling and possibly bending them. For readings I use a Rider Waite deck that I found with backs that I liked (a very nice image that reminds me of the universe – dark blue with stars). I attended Womon Gathering the following month and took my first deck with the replacement cards and the newer deck I use for readings with me to soak in all energy and blessings from the ceremonies and circles I attended and also so I can begin re-connecting with the cards.

Was it a Tarot miracle or just a coincidence? I like to think of it as a coincidence that is also a little positive affirmation from the universe that I’m on the right path.

What deck do you use to read? Do you have a favorite tarot deck?  What experiences have you had with Tarot cards?

Namaste, Lady Rose

Check out a list of my collection here: TAROT COLLECTION AND MUSEUM PROJECT – dedicated to the perservation of Tarot Decks. If you know of a Tarot Deck in need of a good home and wish to donate it to the museum project feel free to message me on Facebook (profile) for details. All donated decks will be kept safe and loved, and available for viewing online (until such time as a physical location can be acquired for display), the donor’s name with a link  of their choice and brief description will be posted here on the collection page next to the donated deck.

Oct 222011
 

My1stTarotDeck 150x132 Tale Of My First Tarot Deck

My first Tarot Deck, a tale of loss and spiritual renewal.

My very first Tarot Deck was purchased in 1974 (I was 19 years old) from a small shop in a tiny room set up in the house of the first witch I ever met. She became my high priestess who I studied with for several years. The deck is a Rider Waite Tarot deck with an ankh on the back. I studied and read with this deck for many years. I kept the deck wrapped in a piece of white silk.

Then in 1990 we got a new puppy. One day while we were out our little puppy managed to reach up and pull down the Tarot cards from the shelf they were on and decided they would make a nice chew toy (the cloth had been wrapped and tied with leather shoe string). One card was in several small pieces, a few others had the corners chewed. I was devasted and at first tossed the entire deck in the trash. But after a few minutes, with tears streaming down my face, I rescued them and carefully wrapped up the cards and even the pieces of the destroyed card (Queen of Pentacles) back in the silk cloth, put them back in the drawstring bag, and tucked them away.

It would take too long to explain the circumstances of my life at that time in detail, so I will keep it brief. It was a time in my life of great stress, following the emotionally painful break up of our Circle and the beginning of an extremely stressful decade of loss, family betrayal, illnesses, financial and emotional devastation. I was questioning everything in my life, feeling lost, spiritually empty, and drained on every level.

I took the loss of my Tarot cards as a sign that I should never again touch them and as one more sign that I was unworthy of the wiccan path (there had been many incidents prior to this including a confrontation with my first priestess\teacher that had sown the seeds for this kind negative thinking). Life circumstances were so devastating before and following the loss of my Tarot cards, that I felt hopeless and spiritually disconnected for many years. Losing my Tarot deck had been one more blow to my already fragile heart and soul, and I felt it deeply.

It took almost a decade before I slowly began the journey to reclaim my sense of self worth and my wiccan path, my passion for living, and my desire to continue collecting and working with the Tarot was rekindled. I picked up a Tarot deck or two whenever I found one I really liked. My best friend (Mama Kelly) and I would do readings together once in awhile using the various decks we collected. But I could never find a Rider Waite Deck with the same back as my first deck. I could not replace the damaged cards, so I kept my first deck tucked away untouched, and worked with a new Rider Waite Deck. Eventually I gave up trying to replace them, but there was always a little nagging feeling of sadness and loss whenever I thought about them.

But don’t worry the story has a happy ending, I’ll post the rest of the tale (part 2) on Monday (Part 2 – Tarot miracle or coincidence?).

Namaste, Lady Rose

Check out a list of my collection here: TAROT COLLECTION AND MUSEUM PROJECT – dedicated to the perservation of Tarot Decks. If you know of a Tarot Deck in need of a good home and wish to donate it to the museum project feel free to message me on Facebook (profile) for details. All donated decks will be kept safe and loved, and available for viewing online (until such time as a physical location can be acquired for display), the donor’s name with a link  of their choice and brief description will be posted here on the collection page next to the donated deck.

Oct 192011
 

 Lady Rose, Mama Kelly, and the Gaian Tarot Lady Rose, Mama Kelly, and the Gaian Tarot

Yesterday I introduced you to my tarot collection and today I thought I would follow up with a tarot related video.  Early 2010 I purchased the collector’s edition of the Gaian Tarot Lady Rose, Mama Kelly, and the Gaian Tarot, and also bought a deck as a birthday gift for my best friend (Mama Kelly). When we got together to celebrate her birthday in June we made a little video while sitting around her kitchen table after she had opened her gifts and shared it on youtube. At about the 6:30 mark we talk about the Gaian Tarot and show some of the cards. I am posting the video here as a nice introduction so you can get to actually see and hear me (and Mama Kelly).  I’ll be doing a full review of the Gaian Tarot later on, the artwork is breathtaking and it is a wonderful deck to work with (Gaian Tarot website).

I am hoping to work out the kinks (lighting, space, etc.) to be able to do more videos at my house. I think it would be a great way to review my tarot collection (one deck per video), rather than just writing up a review and taking a photo of the decks. What do you think? Let me know if you like the idea of video reviews or would prefer photos and a written post. (Full list of my tarot decks: Tarot Collection and Museum Project)


Lady Rose and Mama Kelly celebrate Mama Kelly’s birthday
(video created – June 13, 2010)

******************

Check out a list of my collection here: TAROT COLLECTION AND MUSEUM PROJECT – dedicated to the perservation of Tarot Decks. If you know of a Tarot Deck in need of a good home and wish to donate it to the museum project feel free to message me on Facebook (profile) for details. All donated decks will be kept safe and loved, and available for viewing online (until such time as a physical location can be acquired for display), the donor’s name with a link  of their choice and brief description will be posted here on the collection page next to the donated deck.

pixel Lady Rose, Mama Kelly, and the Gaian Tarot