What introduced you to/got you involved in Tarot? [ full list of questions here ]
My first ever experience with tarot was when I was in my early 20s. It was about the same time I had begun to research/learn about witchcraft (and paganism in general). I became familiar with the history of tarot and remained intrigued by it, but I did not feel confident enough to go out and purchase a deck/do readings for myself. Fast forward to late-summer/early-Fall of last year (2011) I began to get back into witchcraft and my interest in tarot was renewed ten-fold.
I’m the type of person who prefers to begin new projects and/or do significant things on special calendar dates. Be it the first of the month, at the turn of the wheel or on days like today, the 12th of December 2012. Seeing as how today also falls under the dark or new moon (also known as Hecate’s moon – how apropos!), I thought it would be an auspicious time to do my very first spread with the Shadowscapes deck. Plus, I was getting antsy waiting around for the solstice. I never said I was patient! 😉
I chose to do the Deck Interview spread as my first throw. The layout for this spread is up to the querent, so I placed the cards into two rows.
0 The Fool : Unexpected opportunity. major choice.
I The Magician : You have the ability you need to succeed. Mastery.
II The High Priestess : Intuition. secrets to be revealed. unexplored potential.
III The Empress : Nurturing to full potential. marriage. motherhood.
IV The Emperor : Ambition. authority. financial stability. achievement.
V The Hierophant : Traditional values. a wise person provides guidance.
VI The Lovers : Love relationship. perhaps love choices.
VII The Chariot : Triumph over difficulties. strength of will needed.
VIII Strength : Gentleness wither inner strength and courage.
IX The Hermit : Withdrawal for contemplation. inner wisdom.
X The Wheel of Fortune : Change of fortune. a new cycle commencing. progress.
XI Justice : Fairness. the need for a balance mind. legal matters.
XII The Hanged Man : Understanding. Different perspective. Self-sacrifice.
XIII Death : Major change. Transformation.
XIV Temperance : Patience. Moderation. Compromise. Balance. healing.
XV The Devil : Manipulation. Overindulgence. self-enslavement.
XVI The Tower : Destruction of something built on false beliefs.
XVII The Star : Hope. Healing. Optimism. Better times ahead.
XVIII The Moon : Uncertainty. Illusion. Fluctuating emotions. Unseen depth.
XIX The Sun : Success. happiness. good health. Happy marriage.
XX Judgment : Renewal. Revival. Reward for past efforts. Karma.
XXI The World : Triumph and achievement. success and happiness.
It is no secret how enamored I am with the Shadowscapes deck. For the past few days I’ve been reading, re-reading, taking notes, and highlighting the guidebook. When I’m not doing that I’m handling and shuffling the cards, taking my time with each one; examining, pondering, trying to commit each lovely image to memory.
Additionally, and this may sound silly to some, I’ve tucked the cards under my pillow at night as a way to further attune and bond with the deck. I did the same with my R-W deck, and feel I was able to work more intuitively with it. I’ve also taken the time to re-order the deck as yet another way to cleanse and charge it.
The first of December brought not only overcast and rainy weather (my favorite!), but my new brand tarot cards! I’ve been stalking this package online since I ordered it so it was a nice surprise as the expected delivery, per the USPS website, was Monday (tomorrow).
The Shadowscapes tarot deck by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law is a deck I’ve coveted for almost a year! Now that I’m more comfortable with using/reading tarot cards, I wanted to treat myself, and learn a new deck. Actually, this is an early Yule/Christmas gift from the husband. 😉