Tarot Thursday Three: January 19, 2017

Another Thursday, another #tarotthursdaythree, organized by Julia, with questions from Ania.  Read on, friends….

1.  If you could design your own tarot deck and have it mass-produced, what theme would it have and what would it look like overall?

Hmmm this is certainly an interesting question.  I’m thinking about my favorite decks and what they include… Well, my favorite decks don’t have much in common with each other, ha!  I love the way The Wild Unknown uses color, the way the Pagan Otherworlds uses RWS symbolism, the way Slow Holler busts stereotypes, the way the Wooden uses whimsical and weird nature, the way the Fountain is so diverse…. so, umm, something that combines all that stuff?  Yeah.  Also, it would need to be anchored in some kind of reality.  I have a hard time with fantasy decks and don’t really reach for them (except for the Deviant Moon, I suppose).

2.  How do you feel about the Celtic Cross spread?

Well…..I’ve never used the spread, because it’s huge and daunting to me.  Ugh, I’m the worst.  I guess that tells you how I feel about it.

3.  If you could have any deck in the whole world (that you do not already), which one would you pick and why?

Hmmm.  I’ve tried to get away from deck-lusting because it tends to get me in trouble (meaning: gets me a whole lot of decks that I don’t use).  I don’t really know of any rare or OOP decks that I’m dying for *off the top of my head*.  But….I’ve been wanting the Soul Space Oracle for a while.  I asked my mom for it for Christmas (and thus didn’t buy it when she had her awesome sale before Christmas), but of course my mom didn’t buy it for me because cards are ~*evil*~.  So yeah.  I’d also like the Light Grey Tarot.  It’s not expensive or OOP, so I could easily purchase it, but…. I just haven’t.  Like Joanna, I like to trade for decks if at all possible, because I really love the feel of a secondhand deck, so I tried to trade for the Light Grey but didn’t get any bites….

That’s all from me!  At the time of publishing, here are the other #tarotthursdaythree posts that I’ve seen:




Answer the questions in the comments or on your own blog — and let me know if you make a post so I can check it out!

exploringly yours,
Alaina x

Author: Alaina

writer + explorer

17 thoughts on “Tarot Thursday Three: January 19, 2017”

  1. I also have a hard time with fantasy, or really abstract decks…I feel it could throw off the reading in a way so I prefer sticking closely with RWS-based imagery.

    The Fountain is stunning. love its clean and elegant aesthetic and drool over it on Instagram lol.

    1. Oh I love the Fountain. It’s my go-to for reading for others because people respond so well to it, but it sticks closely to RWS meanings and imagery. You need it 😉

      Yeah, abstract decks don’t really work for me, either. When I’m always reaching for the guidebook, I know it’s not good for me!

  2. TFW you don’t get the gift you asked for because your mom knows best, so relatable haha! Also agreed that you’ve gotta try the Celtic Cross at least once in your life ❤

    1. Alright, alright… I’ll give the CC a shot! Results will be posted, so keep an eye out haha.

      Yeah, she, like, wouldn’t even tell me that she wouldn’t get it for me. Oh well. I got other very nice gifts this year 🙂

  3. Meh Celtic Cross is not necessary imo. I think there are better large spreads to work with. But most inquiries don’t require a zillion cards! Only if I really wanna go in depth and get some back story, do I go there.

    1. Yeah, I’ll have to try the celtic cross I think though – just to see if I’ll like it or not. I’m not huge on large spreads anyway – I love your fool’s journey spread pdf – those are some great large spread ❤

  4. The Celtic cross is actually not as daunting as it seems. It is more like the outline of a story, which you can elaborate on as detailed as you like I really enjoyed Mary Greer’s take on this spread in “Tarot for yourself”

  5. Hokay, I have finally posted my responses to these questions which means that I can now read everyone’s replies!! I have the Cosmos Tarot and Oracle by Light Grey Art Lab, and I really like it. I haven’t looked into the Light Grey Tarot much, possibly because I was concerned about the card art being so vastly different. But… that’s how it is in the Cosmos, and it doesn’t bother me. So perhaps it is worth a second look! Ellen describes the Celtic Cross really well – as an outline or snapshot of point in time. I don’t use it often, but I love it!

    1. I almost bought the Cosmos Tarot and Oracle a while ago, but backed out. But the Light Grey Tarot keeps catching my eye…

      I’ll have to give the spread CC a shot, apparently!

  6. Hello!
    The Celtic Cross spread as described in The Wild Unknown Guidebook by Kim Krans is really simple. It works for me and I don’t find it daunting, I recommend beginning with her version.
    I can’t believe that I was the lucky receiver of Autumn’s Light Grey Tarot deck and that you want it so bad. Darn it! I will be playing with it more and let you know how it goes. I am glad to hear about your experience with The Fountain tarot. It looks so amazing. I wanted to buy The Fountain when they offered a 2 for the price of 1 deal during the holidays, but I talked myself out of it, (that was silly!) I loved reading about your “dream deck” creation…I can somehow imagine what your deck would look like, having seen your tarot spreads and the decks that you work with.

    1. I have that guidebook so I guess I’ll start there 🙂

      Hahaha no worries girlfriend! I didn’t even realize she was giving it a new home 🙂 I’m happy you have it! Yes let me know how you like it 🙂

      I love the Fountain! You should definitely get it next time you can 🙂

      I’m happy that you could somehow imagine my personal deck….I still can’t really, hehe.

  7. I felt the same way about thinking of what tarot deck i would create, but I would venture on fantasy decks 🙂.

    I say try the CC at least once, you know what they say “don’t knock it til you tried it”?

    My mom would probably also not buy me a deck, but my sisters would 🙄

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