I collect Tarot Cards and Divination tools - I have quite a few now (over 40 different decks I believe). However, I find it difficult to choose a favourite deck...
I have a blog where I do a sort of daily 'Tarotscope' and I'm using the Wisdom of Avalon Oracle cards this week. I love the artwork and illustrations. I find the messages to be very relevant too, but I can't say they are my favourite cards.
Do you have a favourite deck of Tarot cards? Or a preferred method of divination?
I like tarot but dont get all I need from tarot, have tried celtic, fairy and witches even Crowley but I have dreams and do a bit of dream work. After speaking with a very gifted psychic she told me to try tea leaves, darn if that wasnt it! I am blessed to have a gift with the dreams and the tea helps confirm my dreams
How interesting! I have never tried tea leaves myself (yet!), but someone else once read my coffee grounds many years ago.
I have had some weird and wonderful dreams over the years (I will be adding some more to my hubpages soon) but I haven't really worked with my dreams, as such...
well... avalon oracle cards have been named in honour of my home town... GLASTONBURY! I live in the Isle of Avalon!
OK.. I dont need to use cards as a tool anymore.. I guess I have retired, if you like. But the Golden Dawn cards are very good and clues in the cards are quite obvious to me.
I used to teach people to use the cards.. to see the obvious. It was very effective x
p.s. I have a true affinity with Dion Fortune.
You are SO lucky to live there!
I visited Glastonbury several years ago, just on a 3 day trip - I long to go back... I climbed up the Tor, I visited Glastonbury Abbey and the Chalice Well Gardens. I had some wonderful 'adventures' while I was there, some amazing 'coincidences'. It was truly magical!
(I must write a hub about them )
Oh .. we take magick for granted around here! lol... I married in Challice well.. jumped the broomstick, read marriage vowels from Kahlil Gibrans the prophet.. Dion Fortune lived at the well too.
I dont do the ritual thing anymore... dont feel I need to, just think things and send the love out! Does that make sense?
If you do that hub, maybe we could link up together? Share the hubber love and share the magick! Keep in contact babes x
I am very jealous
Not doing 'the ritual thing anymore' does make sense - I do absolutely understand what you mean and I am a strong believer in the power of thought and intention being the all important thing...
However, for want of a label, I guess I am an 'eclectic pagan, sole-practioning, Lightworker' and I do so love the sight of a lit candle or three, a gorgeous altar and the smell of incense
And it can give a little extra help in focusing ones thoughts
But who has the time these days?!!
We shall definitely keep in contact x
great stuff! Sometimes I do a little candle thing for those who have passed over ... we have a shop in town called heartfelt trading... I cant help feel the name says its intention... trading on heart felt - understand? x
p.s. dont be jelous.. if you want Glastonbury, you can make it happen... but you have got to want it enough!x
Do you mean that YOU have a shop, or there is a shop called Heartfelt Trading? Beautiful name
I used to have a shop - called Elestrial's Dream... unfortunately it was not the right location, and not the right time for me - I had lots of harsh life lessons to learn. I lost it (Mind you, people told me to stop giving things away, as it wasn't helping! )
I now have an ebay shop instead - I make Bags of Blessings
well... I did have a shop many years ago called Sharamala.. the shop Im talking about is in glastonbury now.
You see the shop is totally fake.. you know? They are trading on other's heart felt feelings... it is called heartfelt trading.
Does that make sense? Its about stuff and illusion.. you know?
The way to true enlightenment is to listen to you heart... we all live in our own truths and realities... what is good for one person isnt good for someone else. It seems they put their will on other's when they are most vunerable.
To seek truth is to seek within oneself x
I agree absolutely, however, some need a little guidance before they come to that realization.
It can be bewildering when you're starting out on your path. You seek out advice. I was lucky enough to have some gentle, loving guidance and strong enough to say 'no - that's not right for me', when confronted with people with strong beliefs of their own.
I always advise people to do what feels right to them, to listen to their own intuition and never do something that feels wrong, or uncomfortable, just because someone else has told them it's the right way to do something.
If you see what I mean?
It's getting late and my thoughts are jumbling - not helped by the glasses of bicardi and bitter lemon I enjoyed earlier!
Time for bed methinks!
Sweet Dreams for tonight and Bright Blessings for tomorrow! x
no but i think they're really cool looking from an artistic standpoint. and i love all the symbolism, although i don't know what much of it means. my sister used to read tarot cards for a while until she had some creepy experience, then she stopped.
Really? wow..to me any experience is better than none.
Doubt it was the cards.
Tarot, along with talismanic sigils is associated with the spheres on the tree of life.
well, she swore it was the cards. apparently she was reading some woman's cards and received a very dark reading and saw this woman's aura and she was terrified by the experience. she also said she had "visitations" from spirits and so she burned all her witchcraft books and cards, etc.
anyway she used the Rider cards...i thought they were pretty. they had a medieval look to them. i actually thought of choosing some at random and placing them on a poster board and framing them for a picure.
I had the Alister Chrowley deck once, along with some others.
After some time though, I found that I did not need them at all for anything. I reley fully on my own intuitions, and visualations.
I saw the Crowley Deck a long time ago, it seemed very powerful and a little scary... not right for me at that time.
I still lack the confidence to fully trust what I get myself - I need confirmation from the cards that I'm on the right track
Plus I do love the artwork, which is why I have so many decks!
I got them for intertainment at first, then noticed there was something more to them. Much more, but this was after studies from Eliphase Levi , on to present day understandings.
I've not heard of Eliphase Levi, so will have to google him
I was taught to read Tarot cards when I was 16, by a local well known palmist/clairvoyant. I was always fascinated by them, but lacked confidence in myself and my ability to interpret the cards. When I was 18 he wanted to me work with him, as his assistant and do readings when he was off on tour, but at the time my fiancé 'forbad' me to give up my job as a hairdresser - he was a total sceptic and didn't want me to get involved.
Over the years I have never lost interest, even though I have had long periods of time when I haven't used my cards... I always come back to them
Pretty much ditto. They fascinated me for a while, after which it was like I'd outgrown them....
I use Aleister Crowley's as well, for more than 20 years. Now I don't tell cards anymore. I don't want to 'see' anymore.
I have a few decks of Tarot Cards:
-Art Noveau Mini
I tend to favor the Mystic Faerie deck. It has beautiful illustrations and I get a good vibe from it. The Crowley deck... I used it only once, but it scared me terribly.
I also use a Pendulum. It was specially made for me using an Obsidian stone. I chose Obsidian because of its properties in clarification and protection. The Pendulum helps me to figure out what I truly want and get past any mixed messages.
I shall have to take a look at the Mystic Faerie deck!
Your obsidian pendulum sounds beautiful
I also a pendulum from time to time - but prefer to use dowsing rods. If I am trying to get a yes or no answer for myself, it isn't as reliable as using the rods, as I feel that I can influence the pendulum more easily to the outcome I most desire
I use a pendulum to dowse peoples' chakras before and after a healing treatment though
I use my dowsing rods for finding Ley lines etc, and for assessing areas of disturbed energy, if called into investigate or help with a spirit rescue...
I guess I favor Pendulums because I've never been able to master dowsing rods, although I DO have some. I guess I just never connected with them
I dont like crowley too much.. he thrived off of the fear of others. Fortune was into grey and white Magick.. much better x
If you want to read more of mystical, magical Glastonbury.. the Golden Dawn and Crowley.. feel free to check this hub out. It isnt promoting because it is related to this thread...
Welcome to this weeks show "Stonehenge and your future as a Druid or a Wizzard". Really wierd-o-rama!
I used a RobinWood tarot deck for years, and I was rather fond of it...until a few moves left me without a few cards, and then eventually the deck grew legs and walked away.
I recently, (well like a year ago), bought a Dragon Tarot deck that I find I'm becoming comfortable with. It's different than what I'm used to, but it's certainly growing on me, and the illustrations are amazing.
Of course I've always been a dragon/fairy kinda girl, soooo it works
I have got the Dragon Tarot deck too - I haven't worked with them very much yet. I agree the illustrations are great, but I can't seem to connect with them...
maybe that's my problem =/
I just keep trying to form a connection with them, but it's like there's something....off. I think if I keep at it, I'll get used to them, they are beginning to grow on me
Seems to me you need a different deck
Personally I think you know almost instantly if you're going to connect with the cards or not. You will feel drawn to some cards more than others. On my blog, there is a 'widget' showing loads of different decks. The trouble is, I feel drawn to most of them!
no, I don't use cards... I just go outside and listen closely to nature.
I use a set of cards called Elemental Hexagons, which is a divination card set based on the Periodic Table of Elements. It has cards that correspond to all the major Arcana, but it's not strictly Tarot.
If you search for "Elemental Hexagons" in Google, you'll find the web page all about it. My best friend, a woman named Calyxa, actually invented them. It was something she'd done just for herself for about twenty years, and then she decided to show me and a few friends. We all were blown away by how insightful the readings were and now, a few years later, they are a real working system. She designed all the artwork and then had the cards professionally produced.
Thank you, relache, must investigate the hexagons.
I have a number of tarot decks, and I use whichever is most appropriate to the type of question being asked. They all speak with very different voices.
I believe that tarot cards and other divination systems operate by freeing the mind from set patterns. The images or words generated enable new links to be seen, and thus open the way to insight.
I agree, I feel drawn to certain decks - depending on the question, and the answer often helps you to look at the situation from a different angle.
With some decks I just look at the meaning or interpretation, as given with the accompanying booklet, but with others, it's all about the image and what it says to you...
Oh and along these same lines, what do you guys think about conducting your OWN readings for the sake of either practice or to simply take a glimpse into your OWN life from time to time.
I have always done this, as well as attempting to use a sharp mental focus to conduct readings over the phone with people I could not get close to in person.
I ask because I was doing a reading for myself one day and my mother called and asked me "you're doing your OWN reading?" as if extremely surprised. Just realized when she asked me that, I'd never really thought about it before.
I won't conduct readings for another person, ONLY for myself. I won't involve my energy with another person's life. It's against my ethics.
I have found that many of the people who DO ask me for a reading are expecting some kind of parlor trick. Since divination is a very spiritual thing to me, I won't taint the cards by using them for a source of entertainment for someone else.
If, by chance, someone truly wanted me to do a reading for them for a good reason, I would consider teaching them how to perform their own tarot reading.
P.s. Sorry for the edit. I just woke up and am not completely in writing mode yet
I agree it's unethical to do a reading about someone else without their permission. However, if someone asks me to read for them, they presumably think I can help them in some way, and so I do a reading for them.
I understand what you mean in a sense.
I've had people ask me for a reading before, and felt as though they were seeking it out only for entertainment. How I counter-act that I feel is to behave honestly, showing them that I'm taking it seriously.
Typically what happens is I feel the negative energy melting away from them and they become engrosses in what's going on.
When I do readings for other people, the conversation following the end of the reading,involves them outwardly discussing changes needed in their lives, goes on for hours, sometimes days. There's nothing wrong with helping people to think.
I don't see much harm in a "playful" attitude, though I try to keep absolutely goofy behavior out of the reading, just because I feel like it pulls full focus away from the reading.
I encounter another problem when reading for others...
I'm out of practice, and getting to know a new deck, so they are slow readings and for the most part, I have to continue to refer back to the book. So for me it's more of an embarrassment issue, but its always friends, and I always tell them ahead of time that I'm not a professional.
And about their energies? Energy is flexible, it moves and changes hands, changes properties, energy is everything and nothing. I don't feel like their energies have the ability to flow through the cards even after I take them back again. I feel as though my energies begin flowing back into the cards as soon as I touch them and focus towards assisting that process.
Of course these are my opinions
I often do readings for myself and I draw a card every morning, to give a little insight to what lays in store for the day - partly as an experiment and for practice... the results can be very interesting!
Rider waite deck all the way. I had another set I picked up randomly in a bookstore one day but they were never as accurate as the new deck.
I do my own readings - not as much now as I used to (the joys of shared accomodation :p) But I never saw any harm in it and it certainly never made my readings for others any worse. I have heard that you really shouldn't (I think it's to do with personal gain) but I don't really regard the tarot as 'magic' more as a means to make your read-ee's sit back and take stock of what's going on in their lives. It makes them think about their life; and most of the time when people request a reading from me it's because they are a little lost and the cards help them to figure out why.
In all my 7 years reading the cards I have never practiced divination specific spreads...They give me the fear a little.
I use tarot to clarify what is going on in my life or somebody else's life. It gives new perspectives. The only downside, I think, to reading for oneself is that it is too easy sometimes to twist the interpretation into something that I want to hear.
I don't believe that any divination system predicts an exact future, because that would deny us free will and choice. When I've done astrological readings for people, I've always started by emphasising that the purpose of such readings is to empower us to rule the stars, rather than letting the stars rule us.
I have a set of the HR Giger Tarot Cards. They are insanely gorgeous. I don't use them for readings, partly because they are only the major Arcana and partly because they feel like they have really heavy and dark energy.
But they are a great art piece and definitely on the rarity list.
Standard Ride Waite. I never read for myself as I cannot take myself out of it.
I only ever read for others - on the conditions that:
1. They pay me
2. They do not tell me the question they want answered
3. I do not know them personally
I like the sound of HR Giger cards. They must be beautiful.
My mum does tarot cards. I believe that they can tell truths, depending on the person who's using them. I believe because iv'e had a terrifying experience involving and ouija board, which lead me to believe that the soul can never die, and it can be bought into, amongst the human world.
Every time my mum has done my cards, i've looked at her sideways, but some pretty big things that she predicted reigned true.
A few things my mum predicted was going to happen in my life ith tarot cards: That i would be manipulated & sexually harrassed by a much older man, some one whom i thought i could trust. That turned out to be my guidance/drug and alcohol counsiler. I was 18, he was 44.
Another thing, she predicted that i would be moving(to another town), when i had no plans to at the time..So i was like, 'yeah whatever ma, i'm not going anywhere.'
The biggest thing she predicted, which i got really angry with her about at the time,and asked her to please refrain from talking such utter shit, was when she predicted that my bf and i would break up. (Due to me going off the rails), be apart for a while, and get back together.
I own a deck I use it whenever I feel like seeking... answers. Or when I am lost.
I have tried many decks in my lifetime, but the The Rider-Waite tarot deck is my favorite; I still use a deck I purchased 30 years ago, can you imagine? All the history of readings those cards have!
I bet they feel wonderful to work with
I use the Medicine Woman Tarot when doing readings for others - the illustrations seem to speak to me...
If doing a full reading for myself I like using The Shining Woman Tarot, or Titania's Fortune Cards.
If asking a question needing a one card answer I like the Wicca Pack - or one of Doreen Virtues oracle card decks, depending on my mood.
I have LOTS of decks to choose from!
(Which is why I post a daily divination tarotscope on my blog
yes..I do tarot readings and I do divination. ( I am also a Master herbalist..this I may go into at another time )
I will leave it at that due to unwanted emails I could receive, or comments, from those who are strongly against anything that does not fit in with their beliefs.
and B.T.W. the Crowley deck is DARK MAGICK..I would never touch, use or even have one in my house.
Do a little research on the man and you will see why I say this, he is the "founder" of the Church of Satan
Not sure what that has to do with anything? Symbolism is the same.
Crowley was a very powerful black magician but did not found Satanic church whatever..
That is true, but Crowley took it to another level and founded his own sect., very dangerous man
But I'm not going to debate A C.
Everybody is free to think whatever they want.
yeah... they chucked him out of the Golden Dawn Sect!
I think anyone that thrives on fear and ego, cant be with good intentions... white and grey magick is about love, empowerment, respect etc... not about fear.
Just on wanting to be powerful is about self.. cant be a good thing.
There are lots of people that go for that though... so be it and blessed be!
Any of us who use powerful magic can be dangerous if we choose. Healing is the only white magic. All other magic has the potential to turn black if we don't word our intention just right.
I used to be one of the readers doing free readings through TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles), having done their course, which is very good. I enjoyed doing it very much but then had a run-in with a rather arrogant "old-hand" and resigned.
I don't think Crowley was a satanist. He was mythologised into the "great beast" by the media.
He was a great practical joker and liked to push the boundaries and shock people. He was arrogant, self-serving and often misguided. He did have a strong streak of malice and an overinflated sense of self-importance, which led him to take advantage of gullible people and push them too far. However, I believe the strongest accusation against him is not just, i.e. that he cold-bloodedly deserted his colleague on the mountain. I wonder what most people would do in the same situation, where they have a good chance to save their own life and an almost certain death if they tried to go after the other person, who is probably already dead.
His book on astrology, although obviously outdated (pre-Pluto), is one of the best introductions to the subject I have ever read. His Magick Without Tears shows him to be an excellent teacher in esoteric magic, and Moonchild is one of the best occult novels I've read, on a par with the best of Dion Fortune.
His Thoth deck can be very powerful. It's not one to mess around with and it often gives hard-hitting answers that people don't like to hear.
whatever.. he was powerful and wise in knowledge...
Im just a Fortune Divotee... more natural in her ways. I guess I connect more with her ... gentler.
Anyway... who am I to judge! hehehe x
To answer the title question - not that I use any at all, but I just can't stay away from the thread with so many pretty girls
You'd best behave while you're here, Misha, or you might get
Ooops, sorry ladies
* rushing to the kitchen to get a fresh tin foil for a new hat *
I used to be in an organisation that branched off from the SIL, so have read a lot of DF and like her writings. I did feel more empathy with Charles Seymour though and love Alan Richardson's account of Seymour's work with Christine Hartley ("Dancers to the Gods).
I use three different decks.
I prefer the Rider Waite though I also have the Kabbalah deck.
I have my Norse Mythology deck. Beautiful artwork, although it is a long time since I used them and now play with crystals.
Might see if I can pick up a Greek Mythology deck next time I go to Athens
Hi Sufi! My son loves mythology and Norse mythology is one of his favorites.
You know my religion keeps me from participating in divination, but that does not mean that I do not find it fascinating. It seems to me that a ritual practice or spiritual resource that old, has something to be said about it.
As for us Christians, I am sure many of you have noticed how we like to explain the "unbelievable," by giving credit to its blessings on Satan. And, since the bible does tell us followers not to worship the stars or practice rites of foresight, there will be some people who will respond no to this forum topic without a submittable explanation as to why. For me, it is against my religion and I'm not afraid to say that. It is a respect thing.
That's only because the Hebrew and Aramaic words were transliterated wrong. I can show you even in the KJV of the Bible where it says the stars are for our signs.
Hey, IE - your son has good taste. I loved Norse Mythology when I was younger - I have Norwegian ancestry, so maybe it was the blood calling.
I find it all fascinating, too - I have always loved mysticism and often wander down such paths. For me, the tarot was always a 'guide' to looking inside myself although, as I have grown older, I tend not to need them.
You should not be afraid to say it, no more than a Jew or Muslim should not be afraid to say that they cannot eat pork. You do not enforce your beliefs on others and you are always respectful. That's why I love talking to you - it is guaranteed to be interesting
Do you ever use Runes? I used to use them regularly a few years back, maybe it's time to re-visit with my original set
How to you play with your crystals? Do you use them for readings? Healing?
* crawls beneath the coach in a hope that nobody noticed, all covered in tin foil *
Sufi, we found the Greek gods are still very much alive. We have a custom of making libations to the gods of the place wherever we travel. Doing so on the standard 3-day trip round Greece (Olympus, Delphi etc) and also while on our own travels gave us many beautiful moments of blessing.
Oh, also want to say it's fantastic to find some like-minded people here
*can't understand why the couch is all lumpy so decides to flatten the lumps with a large hammer*
Sent a lightening bolt to hit you in the behind Misha, let me know when it hits you.
The Adept uses Tarot Cards before each ritual. This is done to see what the cards say the outcome of the ritual will be.
I've used a bowl of small crystals for geomancy. Instead of poking holes in sand or making random dots on paper, I pick up a handful of crystals, count them to see if I have an odd or even number, and repeat until I generate the figures.
I did make myself a set of runes, but never really got the hang. I found tarot a lot easier. The other divination method I find difficult, although my partner loves it, is the I Ching.
A friend of mine made me a set of runes with stones she picked from the floor of Merlin's cave at Tintagel! (A place I would love to visit!)
I have never tried geomancy, is it complicated?.
Sometimes I put assorted crystals in a bag and ask the person to pick one out with their receptive hand. It can tell me what they need help with (character traits, or health wise).
If you put a bowl of crystals in front of children and ask them to choose one (visually) it can tell you a lot about their character - and they love it! Especially when you give them the crystal that they chose to take home
I never really got the hang of the I Ching either, but know people who swear by it!
One idea that has really fascinated me is a suggestion I read elsewhere of putting together a divination set of things you find. This could include small stones, paper clips, little plastic toys from Christmas crackers, coins, whatever. You put them into a bag, draw them out and then work with whatever associations each piece generates.
Geomancy is very long-winded. If you then plot out the results on a mediaeval astrology chart, it gets horrendously complicated. It's not my method of choice, but I had to master the basics (fortunately the astrology chart was an optional extra!) for a grade exam in my magical group. I have a book by Michael Greer about it. Reading him, it all makes loads of sense and sounds great, but actually doing it is another matter.
I used to use 'Kipper' cards. They are a 19th Century modification of the Gypsy Cards. They always gave excellent results. I tried other cards, including Tarot, but somehow never got a feel for them.
Tarot, Runes, Crystals, Dowsing Pendulums, Rods,Wands...
They all fascinate me. I have practiced with some of them.
However, I believe the magick is in the practitioner`s connection with the Source. Put to good use, any tool is helpful(Except *Santeria* practices which I respect but keep away from. I do not enjoy killing animals and using their blood. I`d rather use my own if needed)I like the Raider White`s deck. I get a good feeling with these cards.
I LOVE my tarot deck. I used 'Animals Divine Companion' in which it uses animals and gods/goddesses with animal backgrounds. Very cultural; I enjoy learning about the different gods and goddesses, the cultures they come from and the different animal spirits.
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