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Looking back on five months of “decks of the week”

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For my 100th public post on this blog I’m going to look back on the “deck of the week” project that was the reason I started blogging here again pretty much exactly five months ago. So far, I have used 21 decks in 22 weeks (17 of them have been tarots, the remaining four were oracles, one of which was a non-card oracle). I think this is totally worth a toast!

Those have been 22 very different weeks in terms of my tarot-related activities.

Sometimes, I did a lot of readings in one week, like with the Navigators Tarot of the Mystic SEA, Waking the Wild Spirit, or Deviant Moon (unfortunately, I can’t show you most of the readings here so you just have to believe me). The one thing I’ve stopped pretty soon is doing daily draws/readings. I just don’t have that many questions. As a result I currently don’t participate in exchanges all that much, and I also don’t read much for myself. I’m also doubting that readings are as interesting to the readers of this blog as they are for me (and hopefully my sitters). I may eventually go on to borrow the idea of Tarot Bonkers to read in second person or the one of Sharyn’s daily draws with more or less “impersonal” associations (and an interesting quote). Or I may try and read for fictional/historic characters that are somewhat well-known like Satu did a while ago (I especially liked the ones for Eve and Voldemort).

In other weeks I felt more like contemplating a certain aspect of the deck as a whole (e.g. gender in the Deviant Moon, flora and fauna in Waking the Wild Spirit, Hubble space telescope photos that have been used in the Quantum, the Classic suits, or relationships between men during the Renaissance inspired by the Da Vinci Enigma). That has always been fun, especially since all of these studies happened because I suddenly got curious about something…

In yet other weeks I’ve done experiments or exercises with the respective deck (e.g. rearrange furniture and write a Halloween story with the Margarete Petersen, read about Star Trek episodes with the Balbi, do a reverse tarot reading with the Songs for the Journey Home, try out unusual reading methods with the Da Vinci Enigma, chat away with the Silicon Dawn). I’ve also enjoyed those a lot, mainly because I like trying new things. I’ve come across several other great ideas for future experiments on other people’s tarot blogs, so I may use a few of them eventually.

Sometimes I read a lot of background material (like with the Discordian Deck and a little with the Da Vinci Enigma), and sometimes I read nothing but the cards. Often, I just explored individual cards and decks on the side while I was doing a reading (usually for myself). I’m aware that combined readings/card reflections aren’t the best way to present insights, so this is another aspect of this blog that may benefit from some changes.

And sometimes I just blinged the hell out of a card or two (Deviant Moon, Thoth [not a “deck of the week” yet], International Icon Tarot). I’m sure there will be other candidates for that approach.

I was surprised to discover that I wasn’t as happy as I thought when I had the chance to reconnect with old favorites (e.g. Housewives, Ironwing). This led me to the decision to focus mostly on my (nearly) unused decks in my selections for this project. I was also surprised – once again – how well I could read with non-scenic pips (Balbi, Classic, Oswald Wirth, and also the Discordian Deck), and how much I enjoyed that. Finally, I was surprised by how much I liked decks that I felt hesitant about at first (Balbi, Discordian), and how right I was about thinking I’d enjoy others (Key to the Kingdom cards, Silicon Dawn).

I once used two decks in one week (Discordian, Fantastic Menagerie) because I feared one of them (the Discordian) wouldn’t read well enough for me, but quickly noticed that not only had I erred in my assessment of this deck, I also didn’t have the time to look at two decks in just one little week. I also used one deck for three weeks (Silicon Dawn) because I had been looking forward to exploring it during my holidays and then extended the exploration for the entire duration of my time off work. I don’t plan to repeat this with another deck, but the Silicon Dawn was definitely worth it.

The main “trick” for me with this project was not to allow myself to use a different deck just because I don’t like the one I’ve picked for the week (exceptions were my short interlude with the Story Cubes, going back to the tarot deck of the previous week to fulfill an exchange agreement that I couldn’t do with an oracle, or one reading with an erotic deck for an exchange where only those decks were allowed). I found that I can get along with nearly every deck for a week (the Celtic Wisdom Sticks  were the disastrous exception, closely followed by the mess of the Northern Shadows – but I still stuck with each them until the week was over).

I have decided to let go of four of the decks I’ve used (Waking the Wild Spirit, Quantum, Celtic Wisdom Sticks, Tarot of Northern Shadows). I most regret not clicking at all with the Northern Shadows, but pretty pictures really don’t make up for incredibly sloppy research and egomania. I’m actually really glad that I managed to pick some decks for the trade/sale list since I don’t consider myself a collector for collecting’s sake. My idea still is to have a library of working decks, and I’d rather have a small one of tried and tested ones than an ever-extending one of decks I barely get out in a year. I have also acquired seven new tarots/oracles (most of them from fellow Aeclectic members) since I started the project, three of which I’ve already used.

The most-clicked post (excluding the Pagan Blog Project ones) was Bling the Deviant Moon! and the least-clicked one was Why “Deck of the Week”?. The Deviant Moon is one of the most searched-for decks, closely followed by the Margarete Petersen. Most people come here by way of a Google image search, but I hope that some of them also stay around for some of the text.

So far, the project has been totally worthwhile. It kept me using my decks and it made me explore new ones that I hadn’t used before. A week seems a good time to get at least a basic idea of a deck and its compatibility with me, so I’ll stick to that schedule. Anything less would be stressful, and anything more would make me procrastinate because there’d always be next week… Since I’m easily bored, a good deal of variety is key to sticking with something for an extended period of time. I’ve found a lot of interesting things to do with a tarot (or oracle) deck, and I’m sure I won’t run out of ideas anytime soon.

I also have a question or two for you readers (feel free to answer any or all of them):

  • What kinds of tarot/oracle posts on this blog do you like best? Why? (Excluding the ones for the Pagan Blog Project, because those are a completely different category of writing for me.)
  • How do you feel about the posts from the “reading” category, especially the ones that aren’t also “experiments”? Do you like them? Why (not)?
  • Would you like to see some other kind of tarot or oracle-related posts that I haven’t written so far? (I’m not saying I’ll fulfill any wishes but you may just inspire me!)

Please feel free to add any other comments you’d like to make about this project and my way of blogging about it. I’m very curious! I’d also like to get a better idea of your interests and preferences so I can better judge what of my writing is of public interest and what is better kept behind the scenes. After all, I don’t want to bore you!

And now all I have to say for today is: Good night!

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Three reasons to keep the Oswald Wirth Tarot

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This has been the week with the least tarot/oracle action ever since I started this blog. I did a single reading with the Oswald Wirth Tarot, and I don’t yet know if it was any useful to the sitter. Other than that; I hardly even touched the deck, let alone worked with it in any way.

I didn’t feel a great urge to work with the deck, and right now I’m thinking I may just pass it on. Before I do so, however, I want to give the deck a chance to make its case and tell me three reasons why I should keep it.

Seven of Wands – Ace of Wands – The Hermit

One thing would have come up with every card: the beautiful bronze slightly metallic backgrounds of the deck. Definitely a big plus! The Seven of Wands shows the reduced decorations on many of the pip cards, and also the two-way symmetry of the Wands (2-10). This means even less to go on in a reading than the pips of the Tarot Classic offered, which means a need for greater abstraction from the actual card image and a need for more study of numerology. Could be an interesting challenge!

The Ace of Wands displays almost the entire color palette of the deck, which looks very nice on the bronze backgrounds. I also adore the lacy sleeve because it’s such a big contrast to the limited decorations of the other pip cards. The two Wands cards also make me think that the deck warns me against rash decisions – have I really explored it enough to be sure I won’t want it back once I sell/trade it?

Finally, the Hermit brings a snake as his companion, and that definitely makes me pay attention. It’s such an unusual animal to see in this card! Also, the way he holds his stick makes me wonder if he’s blind – and if so, for whom he’s holding up the light?! All of this suggests this deck has some hidden treasures I haven’t even come close to discovering yet. The writing on this card makes me aware that I’m not even bothered by the German titles (as I usually am) – after all, as a Swiss, Oswald Wirth was German-speaking, even if he spent most of his life in France.

I think I’m convinced to keep the Oswald Wirth deck in my tarot library for now, at least until I’ve done a second round with it.

New Deck: Oswald Wirth Tarot

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Let’s see what the random number generator has in store for me this time…

Another difficult choice… I think I’ll skip the Shining Tribe for now because I know I would have to switch to an entirely different system again and I don’t think I have the time for that. I’m very tempted to pick the Ironwing because I’ve liked it a lot when I used it the last time and because it seems right for the colder season due to its limited color palette. But I think I’ll go with the Oswald Wirth Tarot for this week. After all, it has been suggested for the second time now.

That means I get to stick with another historic deck with non-scenic pips, so I can sort of continue from last week. Since I won’t have many free evenings next week, that feels very appropriate.

This is another deck that hasn’t even been shuffled, yet (or did I put it back in order?). I immediately like the bronze-colored backgrounds because they give the deck such a warm feeling. The pips seem very sparsely illustrated, even compared to the Tarot Classic from last week (a Marseille reproduction). I’m curious to see how that will influence my reading them.