30 Questions Tarot Challenge, post #1

This is the first post in the series of the 30 Question Tarot Challenge, announced here. The full list of questions can be found on Calamity’s Child’s blog, here. This first post is questions about the beginning and the history of my Tarot path.

1. What introduced you/got you involved in Tarot?

  • Before I started reading Tarot in particular, I was involved with oracle cards in general. I was young and discovering my spirituality, and developed a strong interest in divination. I looked into many forms of divination but was drawn especially to cards, because it seemed very straightforward and accessible. A little further into my journey I started reading about the history of divination with cards, and that was where I learned about, and became very intrigued by the Tarot.

2. What was your first deck and why/how did you get it?

  • My first deck was the Gemstones and Crystals Tarot, which I bought together with Mom at a local metaphysical shop. Not a very standard beginners deck, I know, but it really called out to me, while all the more “classic” deck did not appeal to me at all because I couldn’t relate to the imagery or art style at all (still very true till today). I still use it occasionally.

3. Do you have more than one deck that you use and if so do you have a favorite? If not, why do you like the deck you have chosen?

  • I do have quite a few tarot decks and like to use them depending on mood and audience. I will list them in order which I got them:
  • Gemstones and Crystals Tarot, see previous question.
  • Manga Tarot published by Lo Scarabeo. I got the mini Tarot version it while on a trip to London, although about half a year ago I treated myself with a standard size version. I mostly use it to read for myself, or for friends who I know share the same fantasy-mindedness that I have and can relate to the scenes on the cards.
  • Mystic Dreamer Tarot illustrated by Heidi Darras. I first got the app version on my ancient iPod touch but couldn’t resist getting a physical copy, which has become one of my two main working decks. The symbolism is quite traditional, except for some details, but the art style is a wonderful mystical fantasy. Finally a more traditional deck I could relate to.
  • Angel Tarot Cards by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine. I has been attracted to Doreen’s work about spirituality from the moment I first heard about them. However, some totally irrational prejudices (mostly from other people) kept me from looking deeper into it for a long time. After a while I said to myself “who am I kidding” because I do, in fact, believe in quite a lot of her stuff. The Angel Tarot deck was my first DV deck, and I don’t agree with the harsh critisism at all. It is a gorgeous tarot deck filled with angels, fairies, mermaids, dragons, unicorns and magic.
  • Shadowscapes tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. This is hands down the most beautiful tarot deck I have encountered. The symbolism is not entirely traditional, but the scenes on the cards imho often describe the meaning of the card better than the traditional symbolism! And the art style of the whimsical, magical watercolour completely awes me. My #1 deck.
  • Tarot of the Hidden Realm by Julia Jeffrey. Really interesting, different tarot deck, where the cards come to the reader as characters from the realm of the fey.
  • Guardian Angel Tarot by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine. My most recent aquisition. It’s like it came straight out of my great grandma’s cookie box. I went through a surprisingly long lasting phase of “now *that* deck I don’t need” before I gave in to the fluff and sparkles. But hey, everyone needs a little fluff and sparkles now and then, and these cards are just right for those moments, and it also gives very accurate guidance.

4. How long have you been reading the Tarot?

  • I started reading the Tarot when I was 12. That was in 2007.

5. When and where did you give your first reading?

  • For a while I just read for myself. My first readings to other people were to family members at new year. If I remember correctly… it’s been a while xD

6. What was the first spread you learned?

  • At first I just did “freestyle”, drawing as many cards as I felt “wanted to come”, which was usually between 3 and 7. This is still my preferred method. The first actual spread was past/present/future.

Well, that’s it for today’s post. I really reccommend this 30 questions exercise to fellow tarot readers, it is a great opportunity to reflect and also I would love to read your experiences :3

kitty hugs to all~

Joouna

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