Well, I was pretty bummed to have missed posting this week’s #tarotthursdaythree on Thursday. I had a funky work schedule this week — worked three midnight shifts then had to switch back to the day time on Friday. Ugh. Needless to say my sleep patterns were a little off, which found me very sleepy on Thursday during the day and not very productive….
Anyway, here are my answers for this week’s installment of #tarotthursdaythree, hosted by Julia, and questions from me!
1. How do you feel about the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS)?
Basically my answer to this question inspired this set of questions. The RWS was my first deck, but not the first one that really inspired me to learn. (I feel like I’ve told this story a million times but now YOU GET IT AGAIN!). I had my tarot read with a RWS deck at a Fasching/Karnival/Mardi Gras party (similar to Vanessa’s story). My reading was done only with Majors, and I don’t even really remember what she said, but I think I got the Devil, the Hanged Man and the Tower…? Yikes! I was intrigued by the mysticism of tarot — I had watched this woman read strangers’ tarot all night, and everyone was impressed. Like a good little tarot beginner, I purchased a RWS deck but ultimately put it aside for years before purchasing The Wild Unknown, which is the deck that really started my journey.
Lately, however, I’ve been connecting really well with my RWS. Originally, I just did not connect with the RWS images. They seemed aloof and disconnected from the daily life that I experience. As I learned more of the card meanings, I developed a connection with the traditional symbolism of the cards. This idea/practice is discussed also over at Julia’s and Jill’s posts. I find that the more decks I work with, the more other decks’ images come to mind as I’m reading, particularly with the RWS, which I don’t think is bad. This helps to remind of of the different dimensions of a particular card. My favorite rendition is the Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot, which is just dreamy in my opinion.
Anyway, so umm yeah, lovin’ the RWS lately.
2. What was your beginning deck?
Well, I guess I answered that above — oops! First purchased deck was the Rider Waite Tarot Pack, but The Wild Unknown is what got me really excited to learn tarot.
3. Do all beginners need to start with the RWS (or clone), in your opinion? Why/why not?
I am woefully under-qualified to give tarot beginners any tips….but, I would mainly recommend a beginner to look at the Rider-Waite-Smith and clones to see if they connect with any of the decks’ images. As I know, if you’re not inspired by the art, you’re not going to be inspired to continue to learn. If you don’t like the RWS, pick a deck that speaks to your intuition and has gorgeous art.
That being said, I feel that there are so many RWS clones that it should be easy these days to find one that a new reader can appreciate. Furthermore, if the reader intends to make a life-long study out of tarot, starting with a RWS would be most beneficial. So basically…..any rules here are meant to be broken *shrug*.
Well, that’s it 🙂 … I think I already linked to everyone who has done this round so far (Julia and Jill). Let me know if you make a post and I’ll check it out!
What do you think of the RWS? What is the ideal beginner deck in your opinion? Let me know in the comments.