Tarot is a deck of 78 cards that contains a system to understand aspects of the mind, emotional states and spiritual conditions.
Tarot has been associated with fortune telling and psychic mediums, and it is well used for those purposes. For me, however, tarot is an analytical tool that can help to illuminate parts of our psyche that are hidden or denied.
Different practitioners of Tarot have different angles and approaches to the cards. My personal system is one in which we use Tarot to activate the imagination in order to creatively approach a situation and find new ways to look at ourselves and our relationship to the world.
When we are trying to solve a problem or choose a path of action, we usually try to think our way on to the best path for us to take. Our conscious minds however, are limited in options. They are mostly governed by conditioning, our old patterns and our idea of what has worked for us in the past. Through images and symbols, the Tarot leads us on a journey to our subconscious, so that we may access knowledge that comes from a deeper place.
Our sub-conscious or unconscious mind holds a wealth of information regarding our potential, our deepest desires and our true nature. The images in Tarot can activate our awareness and guide us to new understanding of our potential choices. Tarot is a creative and magical path to your intuition.
I have a collection of Tarot decks, but I primarily use The Rider Waite Smith, the Thoth and The Wild Unknown.
The Rider Waite Smith Tarot, published in 1910, is one of the most popular decks in the Western World. It has relatively simple drawings that are rich in Pagan, Christian and Ancient symbols. This is the best deck for beginner readers, and many other Tarot decks are based on this system.
The Thoth deck was finished in 1943 and first published in 1969. It has dramatic and intense images full of Egyptian, Pagan and Occult symbols. It has astrological symbols and captions for all the number cards. The Thoth deck can be very powerful and direct. It took me many years to feel ready to handle the energy of this deck.
The Wild Unknown was created around 2008 by Kim Krans, artist, musician and yogi. It features graceful line drawings that focus on images from the natural world. Many of the images here are shamanistic or green witch oriented and really resonate with my own deep connection to Earth Magic and messages we may receive from plants and animals.
I love all 3 decks, and each one has a unique vibration that different people are attracted to.