Can the meaning of a tarot card change with a deck?
I have recently begun to experiment with the tarot cards, and my curiosity brought me to purchase my own deck, the Thoth, or Crowley Deck, as it’s better known. I’ve realized that although many of the appear to convey the same meaning that the books I’ve read deciphering each card, some of them really don’t seem to fit with the conventional description, such as the Seven of Disks (Pentacles), usually symbolizing success within reach and accomplished goals, is labeled as “failure” and marked with a dark, gloomy picture in this deck. There are other examples as well, such as the Four of Disks (Pentacles), Four of Cups, Six of Cups, Seven of Wands, Ten of Wands, the list could continue. Though, many of the cards do convey similar meanings to the general interpretation. My question is simply whether tarot card interpretations are across the board, or if each individual deck brings with it a different possible meaning for every card.
(Please, only serious answers. I respect the fact that you may not believe in tarot, but there’s no need to mock those that do. Thank you.)
Suggestion by Devo
Go off of what your deck feels to you. The books are generalized descriptions of the meanings, but your deck’s meaning can change, depending on how you connect with it. You really don’t need a book to do tarot readings- all you need is to connect with your cards. If the pictures tell you a meaning, then go with what the picture says, not the book. That’s how I’ve always done it.
Suggestion by emilsignia
The Crowley Deck is very “dark”. I suggest using the Rider Waite deck. Then, don’t rely on just one book or just one pamphlet for the interpretation. It really does have to come from you. There are many, many ways to play with the Tarot energy. An example here:
Suggestion by SadharaSatguru
Yes & No.
Tarot are tarot, but if you work via their imagery then yes.
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Tarot readers who use many decks?
I’m looking for Tarot readers who work regularly with more than one deck for deck reviews.
I’m a reader and collector as well as one who wants to get Tarot cleared of all it’s taboos.
I believe that knowledge and understanding of the cards can help tarot’s reputation.
I have a format that I would like used.
If you can help me out with a review- here is the format.
Tarot Seeker (your nom de net)
Deck Style (choose one): Marsalles – Rider-Waite – Thoth/Golden Dawn
Own Book: Y/NRating: 1-10 or N/A
NOTE: This is NOT the LWB that is just a strip of paper- BUT I DO aknowledge the little deck sized books over 20 pages in a single language.
How long have you been using this deck?
This deck is best for:
Traditional Readings- Traditional spreads and book meanings
Intuitive Readings- Fully inspired by the cards and their symbols
Past Life Readings- Looking at Karma brought into this lifetime
Do you consider this deck a good deck for beginners?
Suggestion by Karma Police
Something that needs to be understood when reading tarot, even if this doesn’t apply to you but to other readers, is that while one deck might work wonders for one, it just as well might be in the trash for another. Finding a deck should be spiritual, it should draw you into it and tell you that it’s the right one for you. Granted, the deck you’ve drawn might not always be the one for you, it’s better than taking words from another person because a deck works for them. Being able to read a deck easily and cearly, smooth interpretations- is another matter.
And though there are some decks designed for specific subjects (example, the lovers tarot- which did me no good) doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. and it might for somebody else, who knows. Though I won’t lie when I say some decks are just generally more helpful than others. That being said, a lot of beginners have lucks with a traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, simple and easy to read but challenging enough to bring out skills.
I mostly use a reliable deck of mine called Celtic Dragon, beautiful and bright but dark where it needs to be dark. I do a mixture of readings with these cards, they do best with traditional readings, and always have been accurate. (Yep, always.) I’ve had them for a few years, about five? The book could be better, it’s a little hard to follow, and not anywhere near as clear as it should be. But after you get a feel of them, they are easy to read, so the book isn’t really needed. A good deck for beginners? So-so, there are better decks out there, but this one isn’t bad!
Suggestion by Pam R
Why don’t you join my group – you look like you could be an interesting member?
Suggestion by PsiTips
I always have at least 4 different decks on the go at any one time.
I like the Hanson Roberts deck, the Robin Wood Tarot and the Connolly Tarot Deck, because their imagery works well for my readings. I donâ€™t like the darker cards like Crowleyâ€™s Thoth Tarot, but each to their own.
In 25 years of professional readings Iâ€™ve never used any â€˜meanings, spreads or reversalsâ€™ of tarot cards from any books.
Hereâ€™s my ‘how-to’ of reading tarot cards with psychic perception in six simple steps. http://www.psychic-junkie.com/reading-tarot-cards.html
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