Let me tell you what your favorite go-to tarot deck says about you. That’s right. I think I know you better than you know yourself. And all from knowing which tarot deck you like.
Tarot de Marseille
You’re kind of an elitist snob. You think your tarot deck is more authentic than other people’s tarot decks and so that makes you better. When you’re talking about tarot, you make sure to emphasize that you read with the Marseille (no, you would say “TdM”) deck because you’re pretty sure that fact alone conveys the depth and breadth of your tarot knowledge.
Esoteric Tarot Deck Pre-1900
You’re an elitist snob. You’re probably a voracious reader of obscure books, especially books bearing titles that begin with “Liber.” You get all academic and historian-y when talking about witchcraft or ceremonial magic.
You’re a traditionalist. You’re also probably a little bit of a snob about tarot, but thankfully not quite as snobby as the Tarot de Marseille (no, “TdM”) practitioner. You’re, like, down-to-earth snobby, if that could be a thing. “Oh, and seriously? You people need to stop saying that the RWS is a beginner’s deck. It’s not.” <– (What you think. Man, defensive, defensive.)
The original RWS imagery doesn’t resonate with you, the Thoth freaks you out a bit because Crowley, and why are there no pictures on the TdM pips. <– (What you think.) You’re most likely right-brained, creative, and artsy fartsy.
Also hard to generalize here, given the diversity of RWS-based decks out there. But if you’re into the soft, pretty ones where the Death card is “Change” and The Devil is now a bunny rabbit holding a bouquet of flowers (or whatever), then you’re probably one of those who prefer to look at the occult through rose-tinted glasses. Love and light, right? XOXO.
See also “Contemporary Deck” and “Themed Deck” below.
You can’t pick a team (i.e., TdM, RWS, Thoth… no, you know what? It really applies to all of life. You can’t seem to pick a team when it comes to anything). You’re “eclectic.” <– (What you think.) You also probably talk about chakras, aura cleansings, join drum circle meet-ups, follow guided meditations, and are into reiki. You’re finding the energy of this blog post way harsh. Now you’re rummaging around for white sage.
You crave power. You can also sometimes be a little full of yourself. You may or may not be a Crowley acolyte. It’s not that you think you’re better than everybody else; you just are. <– (What you think.) You’re also convinced there are a plethora of idiots out there peddling about pretending to be tarot readers these days. It’s awful. <– (What you think.)
Esoteric Tarot Deck Post-1950
You may or may not have stood on a soapbox before to rant about the dilution and bastardization of the occult sciences. “Of course you must have studied the Kabbalah to be a halfway decent tarot reader!” <– (What you think.)
Themed decks are decks that are based on one of the traditional three systems, except the imagery would feature all cats, or all fairies, or all paperclips, it’s gothic, it’s steampunk, Arabian Nights, or something like that. To which I say… you’re weird. Like, really weird. There’s “weird,” and then there’s whatever you are (“quirky,” you say you prefer…). Whether it’s Neptune, Uranus, or Pluto, I don’t know which one, but one of those planets has a very strong hold over your natal personality. If your favorite go-to tarot deck is a themed deck, then you’re not functioning on the same wavelength as the masses. Not saying that’s good or bad. Just saying.
Your grandmother was a psychic or intuitive… or that’s your story and you’re sticking to it. There is a streak of folksy in you. “And no! Lenormand is not easier than tarot! Gah, why do tarot people keeping saying that!” <– (What you think.)
[There’s also a current trend with the Kipper fortune-telling cards. For now I’m going to say if you’re a Kipper reader, see “Lenormand.”]
Angel Oracle Deck
You’re interested in the woo, but just in case the Bible thumpers are right about the end of days, you can say “well, no, I was never into the occult; it was just an angel oracle deck! It was perfectly 100% safe!“
Also, the fact you’d even think about an angel oracle deck when it says “tarot” in the subject line… I can’t even! <– (What other tarot readers think and the sentiments they post anonymously on tarot forums.)
[I was going to say an angel-based tarot deck instead of oracle, but I don’t own any angel-based tarot decks in my collection. Maybe one day. Or maybe not.]
You Created Your Own Deck
Wow, seriously? None of the ten gazillion and a million thirty-one tarot decks out there were good enough for you?
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