Tarot Cards
There are a wide selection of Tarot cards on the market certainly way too many to mention here. It is really down to personal choice which deck you prefer and you will really only find this out by using different decks.
When I first started off learning the tarot which seems like many years ago now! I started off with a free deck from a magazine I purchased, these were of course very basic and I did not connect with them at all in fact I hated them! However it started me off so I guess they were useful really.
As I progressed I brought another deck again on the cheaper side but at the time I thought they were good as I didn't really know that much about that so I will be honest and say I went for the pretty pictures on the box ~ not the best way for choosing a tarot deck I agree! I then learned by trial and error the newer deck I had brought I found the cards really annoying as they were two small, I don't have very large hands so when I looked at the box I thought perfect I can hold the box in my hands so the cards should suit me fine ~ how wrong was I!

I then learned that you shouldn't really buy your own Tarot cards they should be given to you, now this made me panic a bit thinking oh no this isn't good! I did a bit of research and there seemed to be a lot of conflicting information on this many people say do not buy your own and many say do, so where do you go with this I thought!

Well let me put your mind at rest here, it is perfectly fine to purchase your own tarot cards it is a total myth that you can't. I mean think about it how can you expect to work with a deck and connect with them if they were not your choice?
It takes time to learn the tarot and you must connect with your cards so the pictures and the general feel of the cards are important so by all means purchase your own deck and choose how the cards feel to you, do you like the pictures, do you like the size of the cards, do you feel a slight connection with them? If you answer yes to all questions then your on the right track and you should purchase them.

Inside your chosen pack you will find 78 cards there are the minor arcana and the major arcana, 56 minor and 22 major cards and you have to learn them all! Now don't be put off by this task. I admitt it does take time but practice and you will get there. It took me about two years to fully understand each card and know the meaning of the cards without having to look for notes or reading the little booklet that comes in all decks. Remember the saying 'practice makes perfect'.

Now mentioning this little booklet that comes inside the decks I would like to add a note of caution here before you totally get confused and bogged down with reading the booklet and examining the cards. Every reader will see the cards in a slightly different way so you really do need to trust your own judgement on the cards as your learning. Don't get me wrong the little booklets are good and they can help but don't take what you read as gospel. I found the easier way for me to learn was to take one keyword from the booklet and I made a note of one keyword for all the cards. I then sat quietly and studied each card until it meant something to me. I then made a 'story' around each card so I was adding a few more keywords to each card, I made notes again and gradually I learned the meaning for the cards.

I started off with the major arcana cards first and got to know them very well and then I started on the different suites. Now some decks call the suites different names so you need to learn your deck, for example I use most of the time. The deck I use most of the time is the Rider Waite deck and this deck calls the suits Wands, Swords, Cups and Pentacles. Some decks use coins, stave's, rods, batons and chalices so depending on your chosen deck you need to follow how the suits are named. Take your time when learning there is no rush do it gradually.

After buying my second deck of cards I still found I didn't connect with them the way I wanted to like I said they were cheaper and the images were not very good it was more colourful which didn't help me any! We were approaching Yule (Christmas) and when my parents came round and we were unwrapping our gifts what do I find as one of mine? The Rider Waite deck! To say I was happy is an understatement here I was delighted! Yule then kind of past in a bit of a blur because I constantly had my nose in the Tarot cards and no one got any sense out me! I connected with this deck in a huge way and I loved the images on the cards I suddenly found it much easier to learn and they made sense to me finally ~ so it really is important you find the right deck your happy with and the rest is much easier to do.

Now I am not saying this deck is for you, you may feel differently and prefer a different deck but for me I love the Rider Waite and I still use it to this day. I was also very lucky when talking to an uncle a year or two later to find he had a set of tarot cards and for him they gave him the jitters! He didn't like knowing they were in the house and he wanted them out ~ you will come across many people who feel this way especially the older generation but that is only because they do not understand the tarot cards and they feel they are to do with the occult which of course I don't agree with.

I asked my uncle how he came to have the cards especially seeing how much he wanted them out of his house! He told me he had helped an elderly lady for many years doing some shopping for her and fetching things as she was house bound. One day she said she wanted to give him a little gift and she presented him with these tarot cards, well my uncle didn't want to offend her when she gave them to him so he accepted them took them home and plonked them in a drawer and tried to forget about them!
It turned out the lady he had been helping was also a tarot reader and her deck was 75 years old! So when he gave them to me I was of course ecstatic! So many memories and the cards being so old but in lovely condition you could feel the energies leaping off them. Needless to say I still have them and they are my favourite personal cards ~ I do not read for anyone else with this deck they are for my own personal readings only and they are my pride and joy. Sadly the lady has passed away now and I didn't know her personally but I feel as if I do feeling her energies from the cards ~ a wonderful gift I will treasure forever.


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