#tarotthursdaythree for 16.02.2017

Alaina of ExploringlyYours provided the questions for this round of the #tarotthursdaythree hosted by Spiral Sea Tarot.

How do you feel about the Raider-Waite-Smith pack (RWS)?

I’m ambivalent about it, to be honest. I am aware of the very important place it holds in tarot history and culture, how it’s a foundation for everything that came next in terms of modern tarot, but I’ve never been drawn to it personally as deck in and of itself.


What was your beginning deck?

I remember buying a generic deck (I still have it downstairs among my boxes of books, the cards have an incredible magenta backing) but I don’t remember when I bought the deck, who the deck is by or remember ever really using them.

I bought The Druidcraft deck to celebrate my first Mothers Day – drawn by the rich illustrations and a fledgling interest in paganism, earth-based religions and the like. All the artwork is painted with pigments set with egg yolk, as per traditional methods and they are sublime. The Lady in that pack remains one of my favourite cards. I can almost feel the green velvet of her dress when I bask in her abundance. I want her overflowing cornucopia to be mine. img_1364

My first oracle was Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance Oracle, until I accidentally set Yemanya (golden opportunities) on fire when the wind blew her into the votive I had burning on the altar in my bedroom. I was probably on the cusp of out growing the deck (as it didn’t have enough shadow cards) so it was possibly a timely burn.


Do all beginners need to start with RWS (or clone), in your opinion? Why/why not?

I’d say no, but like many people answering these questions, I’m no expert. I can only base this on my own experiences.

Start with a pack that has artwork that inspires, excites and interests you – whether that’s tarot or an oracle deck. Secondly, get a pack that aligns with a philosophy or an area of inquiry that interests you. Alongside the Druid pack I had a succession of Goddess cards (can’t have a goddess pack that doesn’t have Kali!).

A new deck is a little like a new friend. Choose one you really want to hang out and enjoy time with, grown alongside and learn from.

#tarotthursdaythree for 09.02.2017

On our last  call, my business accountability buddy, Emma, asked me if I was intending to blog about tarot. I said, at some point in the future, probably, but I didn’t see myself as being ready to talk about it here yet. And then less than a fortnight later – well, here I am.

Hello, yes. Part of my deeper interest in narrative leans in the direction of tarot. I see it as a tool for digging into unearthed/hidden personal stories and as a deeper more intuitive lens to scrutinse life with. It’s a tool for reflection, connection and introspection. It allows you to look at who you are, how you got here, who you want to be and how to get there. It’s a roadmap, but at all time you have free will as to which direction you travel, the speed in which you go, where you stop along the way and who you take along for the ride.

I don’t believe tarot is a platform for revealing fortunes or futures. And I definitely don’t believe it is an instrument of evil. If you do, this is probably where our roads diverge and I wish you well.

Instagram and Tarot

I’ve stumbled into a divine and juicy community of tarot readers on Instagram (it’s yet another reason to be grateful for my continued absence on Facebook). And more recently, stumbled onto Spiral Sea Tarot’s #tarotthursdaythree. Three questions every week about tarot.

Thank you to Dianna and Alaina for leading me there. Thank you for leading tarot onto my blog.

#tarotthursdaythree for 9th February

1. Reversals or nah?

When I read with my Druid pack, I absolutely always read with reversals, but it was under the philosophy of Paul Fenton-Smith who said  reversals were a indication of a lesson unlearned, and to return to the lesson in the card before. I still really like that as a philosophical framework for reversals. However, my reading technique and style has changed vastly in the last year and reading intuitively from the card means that I don’t want to return to the card before in the pack, I’m taking information directly from the card in front of me. (This has sparked an idea for a reversals spread though!)

As a side note, several of the decks I work with  specifically state that they are not to be read in reverse.

2. If you could go back in time and give your novice self one piece of wisdom to fast track your tarot learning, what would it be?

Get the most basic understanding of the numbers and the suits THEN trust your intuition. Look at what’s actually going on in the card. Book learning (and worrying about being perfect) is an impediment to the story unfolding before you.

3. What is your go-to spread?

For my clients, I’m very much drawn to the three card spread. It keeps it simple. I don’t like to create too complex a spread because I use the cards as a catalyst for a conversation as much as a conduit for sharing information. Having a focus of three allows me to combine packs and use shadowing quite a bit.

For me, the go to is a daily draw of a single card. At the moment I’m drawing from the Shadowscapes deck and the SoulFlower oracle.

But my real go to – is whatever spread Alaina has created for the new moon or full moon. I am getting SO much out of these spreads.