I’m a little late to this, but I have made a mini-commitment to post a little more on my blog, so I thought I’d take up Ethony’s 31 Days of Tarot challenge (link about this on her website)– and talk first about my top five decks of 2018. Also, I skipped Day 1.
(First off, can I say it feels weird to look back on 2018? Something about my urgency to move on maybe?)
In all of 2018, I used nine decks. My favorites were:
- The Everyday Witch Tarot. This will probably always be my favorite. It has such a direct, modern and kind way of communicating. I love all the cats in it too!
- Tarot del Fuego. If you want a deck that makes you LOOK at the cards, and maybe even look into some parts of yourself that unnerve you, this is the deck. Yeowza, I loved it. The pentacles were tough to understand, but I love his art.
- The Wooden Tarot. This was a late-ish add in my collection. A lot of that was because I really wanted some of that imagery in my life. And, I was supporting a sort-of local artist. I loved it. The images could be a little sparse, but again, it challenged my interpretations and pushed me a little.
- The Anima Mundi Tarot. Oh Lord, this deck arrived into my hands early 2018 via a Kickstarter campaign (the first I ever supported), and I loved this deck. I loved the animals, the gold gilded edges and the messages! So spot on, so kind, and so lovely. I took this out on my first day reading for others, and many people chose this deck. It was quite the work-horse and so perfect.
- Spiritsong Tarot. I think a month or so away from Anima Mundi made me crave more animals in my draws! I love Paulina’s artwork, and I almost impulse-buyed this one. I actually used this one the most (well, this one and the Everyday Witch Tarot) during 2018. I didn’t really realize it. I guess I really love animals. Her guidebook is also pretty good. Short, but sweet.
Decks which didn’t make the cut:
- The Mystical Cats Tarot. I really wanted to like this one. I love cats, but this one constantly fell flat. I am totally bummed.
- Steampunk Tarot. I went for this mainly because I heard the guidebook was great. I knew the theme wouldn’t totally jive with me, but I thought I’d give it a go. I did like it a lot, but when I went to pick decks for public readings, the very mono-ethnicity of the whole thing became a total downer.
- Paulina Tarot. Like I said, I love her art. I just loved Spiritsong more.
- The Wildwood Tarot. I purchased this one a couple years back. I have been using it the past month or so, and it’s doing a good job, but the whole Celtic thing is challenging to get behind. I don’t know what it is. Maybe because I was raised in so many large cities, I couldn’t understand the places the deck wanted to take me to.
That’s it, thanks for reading!