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I love my Sacred Rose deck. Bought it when I was a teenager and it has been one of the few things that has made it these 20 (ahem...) something years! The colors, the artistry, the roses, everything is done. Even if I forget what that specific card meant... the image tells the entire story with one glance. I also have Angel cards, and healing cards, but the one I use for divination is my Sacred Rose.

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I like the Radiant Rider-Waite and the paintings in the Thoth. I also have the Alice in Wonderland deck, which I bought because I love AiW, but sadly it doesn't speak to me, nor does my Renaissance deck which was my first deck. My favorite is the Robin Wood, but I haven't bought it yet.

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I spent a small fortune on the William Blake deck and when it arrived i didn't even want to open it, it just left me utterly cold, which was really, really unexpected.

 

I realised that i just don't like decks that have been retrospectively associated with the tarot meanings. Maybe because Blake didn't paint those images to portray tarot associations it just doesn't carry what i need to use as a divination tool?

 

I've always fancied making my own deck, not to sell or anything, but just personally for my use. So far i've been too lazy to start that project.

 

A lass i know in New York has spent years and years building up her own hand painted tarot deck and often creating a unique association with people in her real life and who she feels represents particular cards. The deck still isn't complete, she waits to feel the association, symbolism or to meet people that best represent something for her and then paints a card.

 

You can see what she's done so far of the deck here; http://www.katelanfoisy.com/art/tarot/ I very much doubt it will ever be for sale as a tarot deck though, it's just too individualised, interesting though, for those who might want to do something similar.

 

I think over the years i've just built up my own images and associations so wonder what it would be like to have a deck that captures that? But otherwise i'm just a deck whore, slutting around whatever deck catches my eye and usually ending up back at the Rider-Waite hahahah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I've always fancied making my own deck, not to sell or anything, but just personally for my use. So far i've been too lazy to start that project.

 

I've been sketching and writing on my symbolism to do the same.

 

 

A lass i know in New York has spent years and years building up her own hand painted tarot deck and often creating a unique association with people in her real life and who she feels represents particular cards. The deck still isn't complete, she waits to feel the association, symbolism or to meet people that best represent something for her and then paints a card.

 

You can see what she's done so far of the deck here; http://www.katelanfoisy.com/art/tarot/ I very much doubt it will ever be for sale as a tarot deck though, it's just too individualised, interesting though, for those who might want to do something similar.

 

Too damn bad she probably won't sell it, I love it! That's the first 'modern' tarot deck I've ever saw that I would actually want to use.

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I spent a small fortune on the William Blake deck and when it arrived i didn't even want to open it, it just left me utterly cold, which was really, really unexpected.

 

I realised that i just don't like decks that have been retrospectively associated with the tarot meanings. Maybe because Blake didn't paint those images to portray tarot associations it just doesn't carry what i need to use as a divination tool?

 

I've always fancied making my own deck, not to sell or anything, but just personally for my use. So far i've been too lazy to start that project.

 

A lass i know in New York has spent years and years building up her own hand painted tarot deck and often creating a unique association with people in her real life and who she feels represents particular cards. The deck still isn't complete, she waits to feel the association, symbolism or to meet people that best represent something for her and then paints a card.

 

You can see what she's done so far of the deck here; http://www.katelanfoisy.com/art/tarot/ I very much doubt it will ever be for sale as a tarot deck though, it's just too individualised, interesting though, for those who might want to do something similar.

 

I think over the years i've just built up my own images and associations so wonder what it would be like to have a deck that captures that? But otherwise i'm just a deck whore, slutting around whatever deck catches my eye and usually ending up back at the Rider-Waite hahahah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's an awesome looking deck. You can tell she put alot in to it.

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After I got my first deck I got the 'bug' and started looking into other decks and I looked on here to check out which decks I could feasibly connect with - I have a knack for connecting with something I can see online or at least evaluating the worth of something versus the price, I think it's probably because I've grown up using the internet as a strong resource, it's almost another tool for me.

 

Then again people cast spells on strangers with just a picture and a name so I guess it's pretty common just another angle on the same thing :)

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I prefer the Morgan Greer.

 

I've been thinking about picking up this deck. At first I didn't like it but it's growing on me.

 

 

I recently obtained the Universal deck and love it.

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I use the faerie oracle and the RW decks for different readings. Still don't like the RW, but the faerie deck isn't good for complex readings (for me). My husband bought me my first deck 15 years ago, and it was the RW deck. I couldn't connect with it, and gave it away. About 3 years ago, a friend gave me the faerie oracle deck and I half heartedly gave it a try only to find that I actually really enjoyed it. I decided to try the RW deck again about a year ago, and still don't love it, but I can work with it when I have to. Eventually, I'd like to try out other decks to see if there are any I connect with better. I love the faerie oracle, but it really does have limited use for me.

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The Mythic tarot, and recently I recieved the Thoth deck as a gift.. It's exquisite.. But how's it pronounced? is it Thoth to rhyme with Moth? or Thoth to rhyme with growth? Anyone?

 

Hello Oak,

I have the Mythic Tarot, and it does talk to me, sometimes! I did Latin at school and suddenly these ancient stories of the Romans and Greeks come to life again, showing me the continuity of apparently random things in one's life and also that the old gods and godesses have never died!

Kind regs,

Heks

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I'm pretty much a boring old RW person. A great many of the newer decks just seem to be fanciful versions of the RW anyway, so, I prefer "the original", in a manner of speaking.

Before I get swamped, I know it's not the "original tarot deck" by any means (if there is one), but relatively speaking, it's quite old and something of a de facto standard, where many newer decks are based on it.

That said, I do kind of like some of the new decks- the Druidcraft deck looks nice, and the Robin Hood deck too. I might get one of those some day. Most though, leave me cold, or I just can't take them seriously.

 

What I use mostly is my Universal RW deck, but I also have the original plain jane version, as well as the Golden tarot -which is again, essentially a RW deck, really. That was recommended by a friend who's a Houngan. I think he was amused by the fact that the magician looks an awful lot like jesus! lol

 

My very first deck however was the Marseille deck, which still has a place of honor with me. In fact, sometimes I truly wonder if it's a mistake to place too much emphasis on the pictures, especially in the minor arcana, because they're another's drawing/interpretation; what I like about the Marseille deck is that it leaves the interpretation strictly to the reader and his/her system, based simply on the four elements as represented in the suits, and numerology where the minor arcana are concerned. (Well.. except maybe for court cards. I think they're the most difficult to interpret in any deck). I don't personally tie the cards into the Kabballah as so many readers do, but that's also a possibility of course. Hmm.. gives me an idea for another thread..

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My favorite deck so far is the Medieval Scapini deck. However I have been playing with the robin wood deck lately.

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I have spent a small fortune on Tarot decks, but hands down, Leormand Oracle is my absolute favorite.

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"My very first deck however was the Marseille deck, which still has a place of honor with me. In fact, sometimes I truly wonder if it's a mistake to place too much emphasis on the pictures, especially in the minor arcana, because they're another's drawing/interpretation; what I like about the Marseille deck is that it leaves the interpretation strictly to the reader and his/her system, based simply on the four elements as represented in the suits, and numerology where the minor arcana are concerned."

 

 

I have the Marseille Deck and you're right the reading is different- less romantic than other decks. I use Witches' Tarot , the most often then Gilded and Robin's Wood at work.

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The Mythic tarot, and recently I received the Thoth deck as a gift.. It's exquisite.. But how's it pronounced? is it Thoth to rhyme with Moth? or Thoth to rhyme with growth? Anyone?

 

I personally was told straight from his mouth it is t-h-ot like taught, Ive been told its tote though. I don't think it is important as Thoth is his Greek name. His egyption name is Dhwty D-how-tee which became Thoth over time. KInd of like Isis was originally Iset.

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I personally was told straight from his mouth it is t-h-ot like taught, Ive been told its tote though. I don't think it is important as Thoth is his Greek name. His egyption name is Dhwty D-how-tee which became Thoth over time. KInd of like Isis was originally Iset.

 

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I had a Thoth deck when I was a teenager - I recently found it again and it's a pretty deck. I feel strongly about the Tarot de Marseille though - it's the deck I'm trying to learn to work with seriously. It's really old and the stark images are only deceptively simple. I think it will be my deck of choice for a long time.

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I just bought a tarot deck. Really for no reason other than I happened to have the money, and yesterday 4 separate (non witchy) people brought up tarot to me. I got it off Amazon so it won't get here until next week, but I googled tarot decks and was expecting to have the same "ugh, ugly, blah, boreing" thought I get whenever I look at tarot decks, lol. But the first one that popped up on Amazon was one that I thought rather enchanting, so I bought it. It won't be for everyone. The pics are very "fantasy" but they remind me a lot of the artwork in the "Wild Swans" fairytale book I have, and it sticks to the "standard" cards, not inventing new ones. Anyway, I'll see if I get anywhere with it when it gets here. It is called the Shadowscapes deck (for some reason I'm having a very girly week, lol - I dont think a fellow would like the deck). Anyone ever worked with it?

 

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Hi Michele,

 

Well here is a Fellow that loves the Shadowscapes deck as i was, and still am, enchanted by the Lilac, Purple, Blue and Pink Fantasy Watercolour Art used for the illustrations. As you said, they are quite Girly in appearance and even though they follow the Rider Waite System, I actually haven't used them for readings. I personally find them better used for Solo Meditative and Dreamwork journeying.

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Hi Michele,

 

Well here is a Fellow that loves the Shadowscapes deck as i was, and still am, enchanted by the Lilac, Purple, Blue and Pink Fantasy Watercolour Art used for the illustrations. As you said, they are quite Girly in appearance and even though they follow the Rider Waite System, I actually haven't used them for readings. I personally find them better used for Solo Meditative and Dreamwork journeying.

 

Lol - well it's good to know I'm not going off the girly-deep end, lol (next thing you know I'll be buying dresses and heels!). I loved the artwork, so really I bought it for that. I have never worked with the traditional tarot and as it does follow the RW system I figure there's enough written about RW that if I did want to work with them I would be able to start off with most any of the readily available books. Divination has never held much of an interest for me, so will be interesting to see if they end up getting framed and hung in the bathroom or actually used as a tarot deck...

 

M

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The Ironwing and the Greenwood. I was incredibly fortunate to find/buy both before they became so collectable but they feed my soul and challenge me, especially the Ironwing. It's true beauty and grace is bound up with the depth of natural images and profound understanding of the artist (Laurena B Moore)

 

Reading for others, I tend to let them choose a deck which resonates with them. I don't have that many decks, 20 or so perhaps and some oracle decks but a wide enough selection that there is something comfortable for every taste.

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Hi,

 

My favourite deck is now the Spiral Tarot. I still use the RW in my mind, even if I use another deck, though! It is as though the RW deck has been etched in my brain and when I look at a card from the Spiral deck, I visualise its equivalent in the RW. Interestingly, the Spiral tarot has "princesses" for Wands, Cups, Pentacles and Swords, which is not there in the RW.

 

I have seen that the "Tarot of the New Vision" exists, which basically aims at showing the viewer what is hidden from view! It shows, for example, what the Magician is looking at! My question is whether or not anyone else here has bought it and if it is credible or not. Isn't it like the sequel to a movie one loves so much and then is disappointed to find out that the sequel is rubbish?

 

I loved "Gone with the Wind" when I was younger and never liked the sequel!

 

So I am not sure if I do want to see what is hidden, if you get my drift. Mystery is something valuable as it leaves more room for interpretation. But maybe I am wrong. And maybe I won't be able to resist buying them!

 

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I have seen that the "Tarot of the New Vision" exists, which basically aims at showing the viewer what is hidden from view! It shows, for example, what the Magician is looking at!

 

I'd love for every card to basically be looking at some guy drawing the original card in the first place. Would be an incredibly boring deck but somehow the idea amuses me greatly.

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