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)

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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 182011
 

MeTarotCard2 Tarot Collecting and Museum Project

I love tarot cards and started collecting in the early 1970s.  My collection is now close to 100 decks.

When I first started collecting Tarot cards, I saved up to buy a deck or two a year. There were not that many to chose from back then and I would pick which ever one seemed interesting.  Now there are 100’s to chose from with many different themes and awesome art work. With so many tarot decks out there, it can be very tempting to go over board and try to collect them all (or at least almost all of them). Of course the expense and the sheer volume of decks makes that impossible.

I tend to mostly select Tarot cards that have a theme that reflect some of my other interests as well, such as wicca, paganism, spirituality, Goddesses, dragons, faeries, medieval, and Native American. However, that is a very general guideline, if a Tarot Deck captures my attention, tugs at my heart, or I think is unusual, it doesn’t matter what the theme is I will add it to the colletion. I am also very fortunate to have a good friend, Mama Kelly, who often surprises me with a Tarot deck every now and then for my birthday and\or Christmas, and she always picks a deck that is very cool. Since she also collects, whenever she gets a new deck I usually find myself really liking it and adding it to my “wish” list.

I will from time to time check on Ebay for a good deal on older decks or a “lot” of cards where there are several decks together. If the bidding doesn’t get too high and it’s a deck(s) I really like, I will do my best to win the auction (within reason). I don’t get decks for their “collector’s” value. But I will from time to time get a Tarot deck just for fun (i.e. Cher cd and 13 tarot card box set) or a very old, out of print deck when I get a good deal (i.e. Pendragon Mother’s Tarot Deck). I will also give a good home to any “unwanted” Tarot decks, or if someone can no longer keep their deck(s) due to moving or other life circumstances.

My dream would be to one day be able to have a Tarot Museum and have the collection on display for all to enjoy. But since I don’t think hubby will let me open our house up to the general public, I will have to content myself with sharing the collection virtually – my long term goal is to post a review with a photo of each deck (which will probably take me a couple years to finish).

My tips for collecting:
Have fun and enjoy. Follow your heart and your spirit. The true value of a Tarot deck is in how it speaks to you. Watch your budget. Unless you have unlimited funds, don’t spend a lot of money on a so called “collector’s” deck that is out of print. Remember, if the deck is republished the monetary value will greatly decrease.

The first deck that I learned to read tarot with is the Rider Waite Tarot Tarot Collecting and Museum Project.  I still have that deck and it is the one I use for readings for myself (I use a newer printing of the same deck for readings for others).  I also enjoy the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards Tarot Collecting and Museum Project, I find they are very good for a quick one to three card reading, inspiration for a quick daily reading, and\or additional insight to a question along with a regular reading.  I really like many of the decks I have, so it is hard to pick a favorite – but if I had to pick just one I think it would have to be the Gaian Tarot Tarot Collecting and Museum Project created by Joanna Powell Colbert.

Next week I will post “The Tale of My First Tarot Deck” (a story of loss and spiritual renewal).

Do you read and\or collect tarot? How many decks do you have? Do you have a favorite(s)?

Bright Blessings, 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.

Aug 072011
 

Collection of Various Tarot Related Links From Around the Web

 

Related Page:
Tarot Collection and Museum Project (Lady Rose, author Blissful Moon).

Associations and Communities:
World Tarot Day (on Facebook) – May 25th
Aeclectic Tarot – large collection of tarot cards, online community and forum.
Tarot Connection (podcasts) – dedicated to the traditional, historic and modern Tarot.
American Board for Tarot Certification – networt, support, for those who want certification or are Tarot enthusiast
American Tarot Association – courses, seminars, and gatherings (U.S.)
Tarot Certification Board of America – non-profit, standards for professional amateur tarot readers. Seven levels of certification from Apprentice level up to Grandmaster.
The Tarot School – located in New York, certification and degree programs, in person and on line courses available. Host annual Readers Studio, a three-day event held in April.
Tarot Institute – tarot articles, news, free materials, and more.

Tarot Artists and Experts:
Joanna Powell Colbert – Gaian Tarot: a vision of hope and healing (based on Earth spirituality, Goddess mythology)
Rachel Pollack – Bio: One of the World’s foremost authorities on the modern interpretation of the Tarot. She is also a poet, an award-winning novelist, and a Tarot card and comic book artist. She has published 12 books on the Tarot, including 78 Degrees of Wisdom (Thorsons, 1998) considered a modern classic and the bible of tarot reading; Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings; Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot
Tarot Moon (Thrysse) – a true tarot expert she is a Certified Tarot Master and former Secretary of the American Tarot Association. Site contains numerous detailed Tarot spreads, articles, and Tarot deck reviews.

Tarot Resources:
Tarot Garden – collection of popular in-print Tarot decks as well as imported, unusual, hard-to-find, out-of-print, and rare collectible Tarots; features an online searchable database.
Tarot History: the French Marseille Tradition (by Jean-Claude Flornoy) – history, legend, and symbolism of the arcana, divination, the image-makers of the tarot. “This tradition is seven centuries old, and originates in the knowledge, science and art of the men who built the cathedrals. All tarots which are not rooted in this tradition (effectively dead by 1730) can be called “fantasy”, and just reflect their authors. Personal creations remain creations which are only personal, however erudite or beautiful.”
Tarot Passages (Diane B. Wilkes) – 100s of decks with imagines, reviews, articles, and various tarot spreads.
Tarotpedia – An encyclopedia of tarot contributed to by an online community.
Trionfi – the most comprenhensive history and origin of Tarot.
The Mystic Eye – tarot decks from A to Z, includes pictures.

Tarot Blogs:
Tarot Speakeasy – Tali Goodwin is the co-author of Tarot Flip, Tarot Twist, and a forthcoming Tarot Workbook (title not yet released) published by Llewellyn Worldwide, May 2012. She is the Marketing Director of Tarot Professionals Ltd, the largest professional organsiation for Tarot students, readers and professionals. She is also the co-founder of Tarot-Town, the massive social network for those who simply love Tarot.
Mary K. Greer’s Tarot Blog
78 Notes to Self: A Tarot Journal – Ginny Hunt
All About Tarot – Lyn and Paul (United Kingdom, the ramblings, observations and events of the All About Tarot team.
Wise Tarot Magazine – The first international online magazine dedicated in blog and journal style online to full coverage of the growing Tarot community (estimated at 50 million worldwide). This comprehensive Tarot blog features Tarot Deck and Tarot Book reviews, Tarot Personality Profiles, Detailed Card definitions, and more.

Fun, Interesting, and\or Other Related Sites:
Llewellyn’s – free patterns: crocheted tarot box; swirls of stars tarot cloth.
Tarot Jewelry – by Dragonweave.
Tarot Links (Biddy) – huge collection of Tarot related links.

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