Tarot cards are, as I’ve said, something I’ve always been interested in, so even though I wouldn’t call myself an expert in the craft, I have slowly, very slowly, been collecting decks for the past eight years or so. There’s a magic to the feel of the decks, the way the energy of them speaks to you if you’re willing to listen. (Odds are my mom will read this–hi!–and she’s someone who’s probably scoffing at every sentence, and that’s okay.) Something like this isn’t for everyone, but Tarot and magical thinking and astrology and energies are something that grow more dear to me each day, and I think they help shape my life and myself into something positive. It’s a compulsion, and it’s one I don’t see a point in fighting. Currently, I have three decks of Tarot cards sitting atop my dresser: the Rider Tarot, Tarot of a Moon Garden, and the Nigel Jackson Tarot.
My first deck was the Rider (or Rider-Waite), a pretty classic set. If you’ve seen Tarot cards at all in your life, chances are you’ve seen this deck or some variation of it. Honestly, it’s not my favorite. It’s too “normal” of a deck, if that’s possible, so it doesn’t click with me very strongly. But it is my first, so if nothing else, I keep it for the sentiment and as a reminder of where my interest began rather than actual use.
The Nigel Jackson Tarot was my second, and the art is probably my favorite on this set, along with the backside design. I don’t necessarily know much about art, just what I like when I see it. I remember picking out this deck at the store and immediately loving it. The only downside to this deck is that the cards are so large they don’t fit comfortably in my hands, so I don’t use it for readings very often.
My most recent deck, Tarot of a Moon Garden, I got while I was in England, and it’s the one I use the most. It’s the same size as the Rider, fitting easily in my hands and also being nice to look at. This one holds the most memories for me; I can still easily picture the bright yellow store front where I bought this, the shelves of figurines, baskets of crystals, and dim lighting.
I also have a fairly long wishlist on Amazon of other decks I want, particularly the Joie de Vivre Tarot, the Tarot of Jane Austen, and the Tarot of Pagan Cats. It’s one of those items I want a collection of because not only are they something I can use, but also something I appreciate looking at.