By James W. Revak
THE WORST THINGS TO TELL A NEW STUDENT OF TAROT WHO IS SHOPPING FOR HIS OR HER FIRST DECK
Here are the dozen (twelve is a sacred number) worst things to tell a new student of Tarot who asks you which deck he or she should buy. Theyve all been used, I assure you!
12. Pick a deck which speaks to you. Suppose an otherwise perfectly good deck cant speak?
11. Pick a deck which feels right to you. What on earth does that mean?
10. Pick a deck which makes you think long and hard. Oops! My mistake; no one ever says this.
9. Buy the Rider-Waite-Smith; its the standard deck. Which flavor of Rider-Waite-Smith? Whose standard?
8. Buy the Rider-Waite-Smith; its easy to understand. LOL! You might as well recommend The Pictorial Key to the Tarot and other books by Waite.
Illustration (above): Temperance from the deck the author loves to hate, The Dragon Tarot, by Peter Pracownik & Terry Donaldson (copyright © 1996 U.S. Games Systems).
7. Dont buy the Rider-Waite-Smith; it fails to reflect the diversity of humankind. But which deck does?
6. Buy Motherpeace; its Goddess-oriented. Not to be said to men.
5. Dont buy Motherpeace; it bashes men. Not to be said to women.
4. Buy XYZ deck; I plumb wore my first copy out. BTW, if it is The Tarot of Baseball youre up the stream without a paddleeven if you have a bat.
3. Dont buy XYZ deck, its too complicated (evil, dark, misogynistic). Usually said of Thoth.
2. Dont buy the Tarot of Marseilles; the pip cards arent illustrated; youll have to memorize their meanings. Something wrong or unspiritual about studying?
And the absolutely worst thing to tell a new student:
1. Dont even think of buying a deck; you must wait for someone to give you one. If its the Dragon Tarot youre out of luck!
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