MemberFebruary 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm
My first deck was the Green Witch tarot, and I love it so much. I feel like I’m really connected with it, and I get great, clear interpretations from it. The second one I bought was the Halloween tarot by Kipling West. I bought it because I LOVE the artwork. It reminds me of Halloween story books I used to read when I was little. However, I never get good answers, and I feel disconnected. Anyone else experience something similar? Any advice on how to fix it?
obake_ga_ippaiGuestFebruary 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm
Often when this comes up, people will talk about cleansing your deck or some other spiritual remedy, but for me it comes down to some much more rational: you’re just not clicking with that deck! Everyone who buys decks is eventually going to encounter one that they love the look of, but just don’t enjoy working with for whatever reason. I’ve got a sizeable collection, and I’ve had quite a few decks that I’ve been excited about but once I’ve got it in my hands they just don’t work for me, so I’ve sold them. I give them a good chance, spending time working with them, then putting them aside for a few weeks or months then trying again, but IMO this isn’t something you can ‘fix’ because there’s nothing broken. It’s not the case that you should expect to feel connected to every deck you buy.
MushroomfieldsGuestFebruary 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm
That happened to me with my Druidcraft tarot and one which was drawn by Dali.
I got a better understanding with Druidcraft getting more in touch with nature and time but the Dali one (a present from a friend, I don’t know its name) confuses me and never get a clear interpretation on the cards.
shansramoray_GuestFebruary 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm
I sleep beside my deck / put it under/near my pillow to get it familiar with “my energy” (if you believe in those things!)
but yes, I do kind of feel you with this. I have the Aquarian tarot deck and it’s beautiful, I have a deep connection with it, but I still feel like I have so much more to discover with it. Its quite tricky to interpret the meanings with that one. As opposed to my Rider Waite one! Reading and interpreting is so easy with that one
MothmanroadtripGuestFebruary 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm
I’ve had beautiful decks. Ones i tried so hard to get into, but I just…couldn’t.
The deck I bonded with is the Housewives Tarot. It came with cocktail recipes, it’s a giant satire of 1950s gender roles, and it’s super tongue in cheek. The imagery is very clever, and since there tends to be a lot more “modern-ish” stuff depicted, I’ve noticed the images can apply more literally than symbolically.
One card has a young man pushing a lawn mower. I had a question about someone I knew who sold mowers back then, and guess what card popped up?
I’ve also noticed that the deck just feels very…jaunty. it’s a drunk vodka aunt slipping you a handful of bills that she’s pulled out of her bra.
So ofc it’s this deck that sticks with me…
horribledreadGuestFebruary 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm
Yep :/ And so far this deck has very accurately predicted numerous deaths and heartbreaks. It’s now predicted a new heartbreak.
whoisbearGuestFebruary 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm
Honestly, I have a hard time interpreting Rider Waite Smith. Specifically their court cards. They feel so expressionless to me that it is a challenge for me to marry their traditional meanings to their images. ESPECIALLY THE PAGES.
But I have a wonderful time reading the court cards from my True Black deck.
Strange_sunlightGuestFebruary 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm
I really enjoy using my Rider-Waite-Smith cards now, though I had to modify them a LOT to suit me first: when I first got them I really disliked the colours, especially in the cards with garish yellow backgrounds.
So I dunked them one by one in a pan of strongly-concentrated wood stain in water (they were glossy cards, so my first attempt to age them with tea didn’t ‘take’), swirled them around until they took on a muted antique look, then let them dry on sheets of aluminium foil. Once they were dry, I spray-painted the backs copper because I didn’t like that pattern either, and now they’re very much ‘my’ cards! (It made them thicker and fairly warped, too, but I love the unique character this gives them, and they still shuffle okay.)
In terms of decks I don’t connect with: I have a few oracle decks I barely use, but with tarot decks specifically, the main one would be The Akashic Tarot. The readings I get from it tend to be superficial, ‘believe in yourself!’ messages which don’t provide the intellectual challenge or occasional brutal candidness of the RWS deck. Also, I was disappointed with the Pictorial Key to the Tarot deck I bought a while back: the human figures have a computer-generated appearance which places them well and truly in the Uncanny Valley, and the photorealistic naked ones just feel a bit pervy. That said, the cards do provide an interesting spin on traditional RWS imagery, so it can be fun to compare them with the cards from my main deck while doing a reading!