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Sharizzy
December 18th, 2010, 11:11 AM
I recently got my first tarot deck, and I've been reading through the booklet on it. I have to be honest, none of it makes any sense to me. If anyone would be willing to instruct me on the basics, help me learn my deck, offer tips, whatever, I would be eternally grateful.

Here is a link that shows what deck I have: http://www.13moons.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3472&zenid=21c9bca4112498bf2dfcd52c8de8e20f

SacredNight
December 18th, 2010, 11:35 AM
In my library at least there are books about how to use different tarot decks.
It may sound obvious to many ears, but it weren't obvious to me when I found out.
I dont know anything about tarot decks, maybe it does not work that way :D

Sharizzy
December 18th, 2010, 11:37 AM
Weeeeell, I kind of don't have access to a library. I'm deployed to Iraq right now, lol.

SacredNight
December 18th, 2010, 11:38 AM
Weeeeell, I kind of don't have access to a library. I'm deployed to Iraq right now, lol.

Oh yea, forgot about that part :D
Well you may ask the deck what they say about the situation

Sharizzy
December 18th, 2010, 11:39 AM
What do you mean?

Chaos Hawk
December 18th, 2010, 12:09 PM
This was how I learned, it may not be the best for everyone.

I'll preface by saying, I do not use reverse meanings. I try to see all aspects of the card, and I have found that there are enough cards in the deck to convey negative messages without using reversed cards.

I had a tarot notebook. I looked at one card at a time and wrote down what I saw in the card. My emotional reaction to it, what I thought the symbols meant, and the general feel. Then I copied the book definition down underneath it.

Sharizzy
December 18th, 2010, 12:13 PM
I've tried that. Someone suggested that I do just that, but it still seems very confusing to me.

Chaos Hawk
December 18th, 2010, 12:18 PM
maybe a simpler deck...

Sharizzy
December 18th, 2010, 12:19 PM
Maybe; do you have a suggestion?

Chaos Hawk
December 18th, 2010, 12:22 PM
it depends on the type of art that appeals to you most

Sharizzy
December 18th, 2010, 12:24 PM
I'm not sure what type of art appeals to me the most. I'm hopeless, aren't I? LOL

Chaos Hawk
December 18th, 2010, 12:37 PM
:lol:

check out this site: http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/reviews.shtml

they have lots and lots of decks. I would go through it and just get a general feel for what you like and what you are most drawn to.

LunaWolfe
December 18th, 2010, 12:42 PM
My first deck was the standard Rider-Waite deck. Each deck has it's own significance and different meanings to me.

I would say, do what everyone else has said and go through each card and write down the feelings you have about that card and what it means to you. That is really the best way to read tarot, but there are a lot of books on tarot. I'll see if I can find any online for you to read since you're deployed. :)

Sharizzy
December 18th, 2010, 12:57 PM
Are there any decks that are known to be easy to learn, since I haven't really developed a preference to any artwork styles?

Benvarry
December 18th, 2010, 12:58 PM
People will probably disagree with me, but I think the best deck to start with is the Rider Waite (or a "clone", e.g. the Universal Rider-Waite). Most tarot books use this as their foundation, and there's a lot more in-depth information on the RW deck available than there is for other decks.

I would recommend purchasing Rachel Pollack's "78 Degrees of Wisdom" or (because of your limited access to books) checking out learntarot.com. Read as much of the site as you can - not just the card meanings. It will make everything a lot more coherent.

Good luck! Tarot is fun :boing:

Eyeris
December 18th, 2010, 02:33 PM
I don't think you need a new deck. But Ryder-Waite is sort of the 'standard' to modern decks.

You don't have acsess to the library, but you DO have acsess to the internet :) try out these;

http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/

http://www.learntarot.com/

http://www.ata-tarot.com/

You can also try google-books, or look for online texts on the tarot. Each deck does have it's unique meaning... however there are plenty of overlying themes that apply to most decks.

If it is confusing, start with *simple* questions, and small draws... 1-3 cards at a time.

LunaWolfe
December 18th, 2010, 04:25 PM
Well I would have to agree that the Rider-Waite deck is probably the best 'starter' kind of deck. You really just have to look around at different kinds and figure out which one appeals to you the most. I've found that decks that are given as gifts seem to work better for me.

Sharizzy
December 18th, 2010, 04:40 PM
OK thank you!! I'll look up those sites!

NightPoet00
December 19th, 2010, 12:03 PM
The Tell-Me Tarot is really basic. It's art is based off of the Rider Waite, but each card has the Little White Book meaning underneath the picture. It might help you. http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/tell-me/

adrasteashadow
December 19th, 2010, 08:18 PM
The Tell-Me Tarot is really basic. It's art is based off of the Rider Waite, but each card has the Little White Book meaning underneath the picture. It might help you. http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/tell-me/

that's neat, would have loved to have this deck when I first starting learning about tarot!

EavanStar
December 19th, 2010, 10:13 PM
I started with the Thoth tarot deck http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/aleister-crowley-thoth/ (and indeed, its still the only one I have, but i am looking for a new one.. ). It was easy for me to use with only the included booklet. Its in a similar to Rider waite style I believe..some things have been renamed/numbered. The websites listed are also helpful. :p

Good luck with your search.

Sundragon
December 20th, 2010, 12:43 AM
Ok, since you asked, I'll give you my picks for must have tarot learning:

Tarot for Yourself (http://www.amazon.com/Tarot-Your-Self-Workbook-Transformation/dp/1564145883/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1292819203&sr=1-1)

Incredible manual that will help anyone develop a deep personal understanding of the tarot and the ability to read the cards without or with only a minimal need to consult a book.

The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot - Ever!! (http://www.amazon.com/Easiest-Way-Learn-Tarot-Ever/dp/1419692887/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1292819359&sr=1-1)

Another great workbook on the Tarot. Like the above mentioned Tarot for Yourself, this book is invaluable if one is seeking to really know the cards above and beyond the mere memorization of keywords and phrases.

Get one or ideally both of these books if you want to really learn the tarot. There are many good books on tarot, but these two have an interactive quality that makes them stand out. These books are about activating your personal intuitive understanding of the cards which is vital if one is seeking to master a divinatory tool.

Unfortunately, neither of these books work on the principle of intellectual osmosis. In other words, if you don't do the excercises you won't get much out of them. They are work-books.

Here are a couple of decks I recommend for both beginning and experienced tarot readers:

The Radiant Rider Waite (http://www.amazon.com/Radiant-Rider-Waite-Tarot-Games-Systems/dp/1572814136/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1292820021&sr=1-1)

Robin Wood Tarot (http://www.amazon.com/Robin-Wood-Tarot/dp/0875428940/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1292820052&sr=1-1) (particularly if you want a classically influenced deck but are pagan and would prefer a somewhat more pagan imagery)

Univeral Rider Waite (http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Waite-Tarot-Deck-Book/dp/088079416X/ref=pd_sim_b_15)

These are classical enough decks to be universally useful for learning tarot but the art is far, far better than the standard Rider-Waite deck which is IMO one of the ugliest decks on this or any other planet. Can you tell I am not a fan?


)o( Blessed Be,

Sundragon

Sharizzy
December 20th, 2010, 09:56 AM
Ooooh, I think I like the Robin Hood one! Thank you all for the advice! I see I have a lot of material to look up!

Sharizzy
December 20th, 2010, 12:33 PM
Ugh, I'm looking through the booklet that came with my deck, and one of the cards is wrong... It's supposed to say "The Mother Goddess" on it, but instead, it says "The Mother Goose" >.<

Sundragon
December 21st, 2010, 07:45 AM
Ugh, I'm looking through the booklet that came with my deck, and one of the cards is wrong... It's supposed to say "The Mother Goddess" on it, but instead, it says "The Mother Goose" >.<

Uggghhh....that's a heck of a mistake to make.


)o( Blessed Be,

Sundragon

Sharizzy
December 21st, 2010, 07:52 AM
I'm a spelling/grammar Nazi, too. I think that if I make myself believe that it just makes my deck special, I can get over it, but I don't know if I can force myself to believe that.

Sundragon
December 21st, 2010, 07:53 AM
I started with the Thoth tarot deck http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/aleister-crowley-thoth/ (and indeed, its still the only one I have, but i am looking for a new one.. ). It was easy for me to use with only the included booklet. Its in a similar to Rider waite style I believe..some things have been renamed/numbered. The websites listed are also helpful. :p

Good luck with your search.

The Thoth Tarot is IMO the most visionary tarot deck ever produced. There are a lot of great looking, artistic decks, but the Thoth deck literally drips with esoteric symbolism.

Lon Milo Duquette, a great modern magician and a student of Crowley's magick, wrote an excellent book entitled:

Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot (http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Aleister-Crowleys-Thoth-Tarot/dp/1578632765/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1292932202&sr=1-2)

I bought this book for my brother who is also a fan of the Thoth deck and he found it helped him immeasurably in understanding its symbolism. Attempting to learn the deck from Crowley's book is slogging up hill for sure unless you are a student of qabalah and Thelema (Crowley's philosophy/religion).

)o( Blessed Be,

Sundragon

PaganSpirit
December 21st, 2010, 07:33 PM
One site that's really helped me is supertarot.co.uk (http://www.supertarot.co.uk/). It breaks down tarot interpretation to its bare basics, basically starting with the elemental attributes of the cards and how they relate to each other in a reading, and then building on that with the general card meanings and what not. I haven't found a simpler way to learn tarot yet.

wolf
January 7th, 2011, 01:11 AM
Put the booklet away and just look at the cards. See what meanings you get from the imagery.

EavanStar
January 7th, 2011, 01:45 AM
Ugh, I'm looking through the booklet that came with my deck, and one of the cards is wrong... It's supposed to say "The Mother Goddess" on it, but instead, it says "The Mother Goose" >.<


.....well..did she have feathers ?

Lol.
No really, I almost spit out my soda.

Sharizzy
January 7th, 2011, 07:12 AM
Nope, no feathers :(

wolf
January 7th, 2011, 12:41 PM
Is the error in the LWB (little white book) or on the card? I've only seen scans online, don't have the deck myself.

Now, from a truly faery sense, calling the card Mother Goose may not be far off ...

The storyteller is a face of the great mother, comforting, challenging, a teacher.

Sharizzy
January 7th, 2011, 01:11 PM
The LWB says The Mother Goddess, the card itself says The Mother Goose

wolf
January 7th, 2011, 01:34 PM
The LWB says The Mother Goddess, the card itself says The Mother Goose

That is really weird. All of the online scans I have seen say "Mother Goddess".

Sharizzy
January 7th, 2011, 01:53 PM
Well, this deck doesn't really like me much, maybe the typo is there on purpose to poke fun at me, because it does indeed irritate me.

wolf
January 7th, 2011, 01:56 PM
Faeries can be like that.

Sharizzy
January 7th, 2011, 01:58 PM
The second deck I got likes me much better and gives more staightforward readings

wolf
January 7th, 2011, 02:19 PM
The second deck I got likes me much better and gives more staightforward readings

Oooh. What deck might that be?

Sharizzy
January 7th, 2011, 02:20 PM
I got the Robin Wood deck. http://www.13moons.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3483

wolf
January 7th, 2011, 02:30 PM
I got the Robin Wood deck. http://www.13moons.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3483

That is one of my personal favorites, very readable.

I reiterate my suggestion to leave the LWB in the box and just look at the cards.

Sharizzy
January 7th, 2011, 02:32 PM
I have been mostly doing that, but sometimes I get stumped on a card.

wolf
January 7th, 2011, 04:08 PM
I have been mostly doing that, but sometimes I get stumped on a card.

Know what you mean. Sometimes, though, the cards take on an entirely different and unexpected meaning when you view them in the context of the question.