In a few online groups and forums, I saw someone ask the question about how to acquire their first Tarot deck. She had been told that you couldn’t buy a Tarot deck – you had to wait for it to come to you.

To which I say, ppppllllffffbbbbtttt. (Blowing a giant raspberry at the screen.)

All that hokey pokey nonsense has been circulating for far too long now, and it’s time to clear that up as we find ourselves moving into the 21st century. Our spiritual practices, whatever they may be, need to evolve in order to stay relevant and useful, because otherwise what’s the damn point of having a spiritual practice to begin with? (If you stick around long enough, you’ll know that I rant on this topic, a lot. Especially when it comes to things like “traditional” yoga or “traditional” Tarot.)

But I digress….

If I sat around and waited for a deck of Tarot cards or Oracle cards to just be handed to me, I’d be waiting a long fucking time. And who the hell can sit around and wait for something like that to happen? No, I say, if Spirit moves you towards working with Tarot, go out and do it!

But if you’re brand-new to Tarot, there are a few things you can do to make buying and using your first Tarot deck a positive experience.

  1. Look at the images on the cards BEFORE you buy them. This is your first clue as to how you and your Tarot deck will get along. How do the images make you feel? Do you get a clear story from them? Are they confusing? Do they make you feel open and receptive, or do they confuse you and make your head feel cloudy? Trust your intuition on this one – either the images speak to you right away, or they don’t.
  2. Think about how you want to use the cards. Do you want to do more traditional Tarot readings? If you want to avoid having to memorize every single meaning of every single card, look for images that are easy to remember and interpret. (See #1, above.) If you’re more interested in learning the more traditional meanings of the cards, start with a basic Rider-Waite Tarot deck or the Robin Wood Tarot deck, and then take it from there. Once you get a feel for the energy of each card and learn how to trust your intuition when it comes to interpreting the cards, you’ll have a much easier time choosing and using different Tarot and Oracle decks.
  3. Find several decks that interest you. Look at them all together, and then choose the one (or two) that feel right to you. As you hold them in your hand, notice the weight of the cards. Can you get a sense of the energy coming from the images? Does one deck feel better in your hands than the others? Are the cards flimsy and poor quality, or do they feel substantial? Are they large cards or small? Can you deal them easily, or does their size (too large or too small) make it awkward?

Remember that everything about learning how to read Tarot will also teach you how to tap into and trust your intuition – so make choosing your first Tarot deck your first lesson in trusting your intuition! You’ll know when everything feels “right” – the way the deck fits into your hands, the images on the cards, and maybe even the way the deck finds its way to you. Trust the process, and you’ll be setting yourself up for success as you learn how to read Tarot cards.

How did you come across your first Tarot deck? I’d love to hear your story!

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