Welcome to the Beltane Blog Hop. The topic for this Hop as provided by our intrepid wrangler Joy Vernon is Continuing Education. She invited us to talk about classes we're taking or recommending or what we're doing to further our Tarot Education. Unlike some of the topics where it takes me a while to get inspired to write, this one is easy as I further my knowledge of tarot by buying and using multiple tarot decks. What I've found is that every deck's creator puts their own spin on the cards and working with multiple decks helps me to learn more about the nuances of meanings in each of the cards.
Once I realized that every deck spoke to me in different ways, I started to look for different ways to incorporate different decks into my practice. I typically work with one deck for spreads and another for my daily draws. I also work with different decks in different locations as I've found that some decks respond better in different geographical locations. For instance, The Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert always talks to me when I visit California so I always take it along and make it a practice to pull a few cards at the beach or in the redwood forest. I didn't realize when I first started taking the deck to California that Joanna had lived in the Santa Cruz area and many of the images are drawn from that area....but I digress and will need to write a separate blog post on that topic.
I'd like to share with you a couple of my experiences with a couple of different cards and how working with various decks helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of the cards. I've also found that as I broaden my understanding of those cards, that deeper understanding applies no matter which deck I am working with.
Six of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
The visceral reaction to hoarding came when I saw the Four of Pentacles from the Everyday Witch Tarot where a man is sitting on a trunk and looking around suspiciously as if someone is going to come in and take his wealth from him at any moment. The guidebook said, "Fear of not having enough may be more harmful than the lack itself." This meaning resonated with me as I have seen in my own life how fear is so much more destructive than negative situations. What was interesting to me was that both the image from the DruidCraft and the Everyday Witch show a man with a trunk, the way they are portrayed conveys vastly different messages.
|Dark Goddess Tarot|
If you'd like to get some more continuing tarot education, hop back to Arwen's Blog, hop ahead to visit Katalin's Blog, or click on Master to visit the Master List.