Tarot Challenge : Day 01

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.

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30 Day Tarot Challenge

[ Source : 78 Keys / Ephemeral Starlight ]

Start Date : December 21, 2012 (Yule/Winter Solstice)
End Date : January 19, 2013

Note : Click on on a question to read the corresponding answer. Answers will open in a new window.

01. What introduced you to/got you involved in Tarot?
02. What was your first deck and why/how did you get it?
03. Do you have more than one deck that you use, and, if so, do you have a favorite? If not, why do you like the deck you have chosen?
04. How long have you been reading the Tarot?
05. When and where did you give your first reading?
06. What was the first spread you learned?
07. What is your favorite card (both in terms of the deck’s artwork and divinatory meaning)?
08. Which card do you dread pulling the most?
09. What card do you pull the most often? Why do you think that is the case?
10. What card best represents you/your personality (or, is most often pulled to represent you in a spread)?
11. What spread to you use most often/prefer and why?
12. Have you ever created your own spread? If so, how effective is it? (Feel free to show the spread.)
13. Is there a card that continuously stumps you when it is drawn? Why do you believe this to be so?
14. For what purposes do you usually use the Tarot (self-reflection, guidance, advice, recreation, communing with spirits/dead, communication with deity, other)?
15. How much emphasis do you put on the text-book meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism/etc. (aka reading intuitively)? Do you do both, or one or the other?
16. Do you ever use the Major Arcana without the Minor Arcana or vise verse?
17. Do you do readings using reversals? Why or why not?
18. Do you feel a “connection” to your cards?
19. Do you feel/think the cards “think” or have their own consciousness? What do you believe makes the cards “tick?” (Is it magic/outside influences or all in the mind?)
20. Do you read for yourself and/or for others? Why or why not?
21. How do you feel when you do readings?
22. Do you charge money (or other ways of compensation) for your readings/services?
23. What question do you most often ask the deck (or, ask on behalf of another)?
24. How accurate do you believe your readings are (or, do they accurately convey messages from spirits/deity)?
25. What was the most dramatic/meaningful reading you ever did? (Not necessarily the most accurate.)
26. Have you ever regretted a particular reading, either for yourself or another?
27. Do you have a special time and/or place that you use your Tarot? If so, do you reserve the deck specifically for that purpose?
28. Does anyone you know not agree with your Tarot practices?
29. Do you have a Tarot mentor? Who are they (in relation to you) and how do they inspire you?
30. Do you practice any other forms of divination? If so, what is it, and do you use them alongside the Tarot as to gain more information and insight or as something separate entirely?

BONUS : If you can create one card to add to your deck, what would it be called and what would the card’s meaning be?

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Shadowscapes : Deck Interview Spread

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.

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Tarot : Quick Reference List


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.

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Shadowscapes : The Empress

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.

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The Shadowscapes Tarot

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. 😉

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