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Sunday, April 15th, 2012 08:42 pm
Tonight, I used two of my oldest decks - the Legend Arthurian Tarot, and the Gilded Tarot. I've used both of them enough that they feel like old, trusted friends, and that was exactly what I needed for the question I had in mind.

Reading and photograph under the cut. )
chasingthestar: (Yuna High Priestess)
Saturday, April 7th, 2012 12:16 am
A long while back, I had the idea of using every single one of my decks in series of readings using a spread that requires two decks at a time. Along the way, I lost my camera, found my camera, got an iPhone that easily sends pictures to my computer, and finally decided to get back into the groove of doing these dialectical readings.

I had a lot of fun pairing up my decks, and tonight, I paired my one of my softest, most ethereal decks, my Mystic Dreamer Tarot, with one of my most "dark and spooky" decks, the Royo Labyrinth Tarot. These are both great decks that give me solid readings on their own, so I was anxious to see what happened when I put them together.

Reading and photograph under the cut. )
chasingthestar: (SGA Wheel)
Sunday, June 6th, 2010 08:30 pm
As I was updating my master deck list the other day, I realized that even though I have twenty decks, there are three or four that I use most often for myself.  If I'm going to pull a deck off my shelf and use it, it's most likely going to be my Arthurian, Fantastical Creatures, Gilded, or Mystic Dreamer decks. Now, this is completely understandable.  I've built up a relationship with the very particular sets of images on these cards, and many times the familiarity is a good thing.  However, I do sometimes feel like a parent picking favorites. I wanted to give my other decks some out-of-the-box time, so I hit upon the idea of using this spread from Aeclectic that calls for two cards to be pulled from each deck.  I'm going to try it several times over the next few weeks, time permitting.  I want to see what happens when I combine some very different decks, and I hope to be posting pictures of my results.

The first two decks I tried this with are my Fantastical Creatures Tarot and my Rumi Tarot.

Continue on for reading and photo of spread. )
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Monday, October 19th, 2009 11:38 pm
I read for a friend of mine last night.  It was for her birthday, and I brought almost every deck I own with me to her house.  It was dark when we sat outside with a clean white cloth on the table to keep my cards from getting wet or dirty.  I unpacked all my boxes and she chose her deck, and she lit candles and a stick of incense as I did the reading. Because we were so close to the ocean, there was a cool mist in the air, and the wind kept snuffing out the candles and blowing smoke from the incense in wild patterns.  Still, it was beautiful, and the cards were responsive.

Reading for her made me think about my reading "ceremony."  Unless I've already lit incense for some other ritual purpose that accompanies my reading, I don't usually use it, and though I like to have a candle lit, I don't really need it.  I do,  however, like to have my two stones that I keep wrapped up in my reading cloth on either side of the spreads I lay out.  One is a black tourmaline, and the other is a bit of clear quartz shaped like a kite with rounded corners.  It's not as if I feel like I can't read without them, but they have acquired various meanings and associations since I picked them out, and I find that I'm more centered if I take a moment to carefully place them and think about their qualities before I begin to read.  I suppose I'm flexible.  I've read in coffee shops with my stones sitting on a shelf at home, and I've read in the center of a circle I've set up with symbols of the elements all around me.  Both "work" for me, just for different purposes.  I like the simplicity of just me and my deck and the person across from me, and I like the sacredness and the out-of-time quality that reading tarot in a more ritualized context brings.

On a completely unrelated note, I got a new deck yesterday.  It's my first majors only deck, and it's absolutely stunning. It's called Affirmations for the Everyday Goddess, and the artist was at the Goddess Temple in O.C. when R. and I went yesterday.  The artist was a lovely woman, and I was happy to be able to support her directly.  The cards are a little bigger than normal tarot cards, but I'm glad to be able to see so much detail in the pictures.  I am looking forward to using this deck more, and from what I can tell, the small book that came along with it is also quite nice.  It's packed with a lot of information for such a small volume.  
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Friday, August 21st, 2009 09:49 pm

When I had been reading tarot for less than a year, I went to a tarot gathering at a restaurant near my house. While I was there, someone asked my how many decks I had. I said, "Two." The woman I was talking to laughed a little and said, "That will change." She was right. What follows is my master list of decks, with links to images where available. This list will be updated as I add to my collection.

My Deck Collection )
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