Hey there! 😃 I want to buy my first tarot deck, but first I want to know some things, like, how do you bond with it? How do you get to know it? I'm pretty new hehe😅 oh and is there something else I should know first? Thank you in advance!😄
There are many ways to bond with a tarot deck tbh; I talk more in-depth about it [here]. I don’t just want to copy-paste the same information if it’s already on my blog, ya know?
Here is another post on [Ways to Bond With Your Tarot Deck].
Some other useful tarot posts:
- [Fifty Tarot Card Tips]
- [Tarot 101 - Tips]
- [Tarot Tips for Beginners]
- [Tarot Tips for Newbs]
- [Things I Think Newbie Tarot Readers Need to Know]
You can find many more useful posts in my [#tarot tag].
Introductory tarot spreads:
I think the big things to keep in mind are…
Go with a deck you feel drawn to / like the art style of. This will help with bonding with it, at least it did in my circumstance. The first big thing I heard about tarot was having to like the cards, at least a bit, because it helps form a connection on its own that can then be built off of.
What sort of art style that is, is up to you. Some people say the cards that feature the traditional tarot symbolism are the easiest and best for beginners, because they try to tell the meaning of the cards in the art itself, so you begin to rely less heavily on the book. Which is great, if you’re into that. If you think you will understand the card readings without the symbols, go ahead and get whatever appeals most to you.
Speaking of the book, it’s okay if you have to flick through it to find card meanings. I’ve been reading for over two years, and my crap memory prevents me from memorizing all 78 card meanings. And it does come with time. I definitely know a good portion of the cards by general memory by now, but not all of them. You are not a bad reader if you still use the book.
Your deck does not need to be gifted to you, or secondhand, for it to be powerful. This was another one that I heard a lot of starting my own tarot journey, and I have bought every single one of my decks. They are all powerful in their own ways, and ridiculously (painfully) accurate. Not everyone has people in their lives who read tarot who can gift them a deck, and some people really like to hold on to their decks anyway. It isn’t necessary.
It will take time and practice. I was doubtful of all my readings at first too, but seriously, the more you use them, the more familiar you get with the cards, the easier it will be to tell what they might mean in a situation. It’s important to pay attention to your intuition, your initial gut feelings when you see the cards - sometimes that proves to be the more accurate answer than what the book may say.
It’s also good to sometime deviate from the book. If you find this card keeps showing up in these sorts of readings in similar positions, take note of that. Not every deck behaves the same, so while one deck may show a pattern like that, others may not. They are each unique and have their own reading style as well as art style. Your deck will show you its reading style in time. (Mine are all really straightforward, blunt, almost in a harsh way, but they know I need to be told it like that or it won’t sink in / impact me.)
Okay, that’s what I’ve got for now, I hope it helps. Best of luck to you on your tarot journey!