31 Days of Tarot: Days 1 to 8

Eleven months ago, Ethony posted a 31 Days of Tarot YouTube Challenge and all the readers, mentors, and teachers I watch online jumped on the bandwagon. I thought it would be a good way to wrap 2016 up to join and participate (albeit almost a full year late, haha).

If you're into tarot, I encourage you to post and join too!

My mom and I on the train in Tokyo, 1986

My mom and I on the train in Tokyo, 1986

Day 1. What was your first introduction to tarot that made an impact?

My mom used to have a reader come over to the house so she and my brothers' then girlfriends (now wives) could have their cards read. I was too young to be read for, but I always watched on. Even as a young kid, my interest was piqued!

I trimmed and edged my Thoth in copper Sharpie when I decided I wanted to try and work with it again. Taking the borders off really helped me connect with the images almost 20 years after I'd first bought the deck.

I trimmed and edged my Thoth in copper Sharpie when I decided I wanted to try and work with it again. Taking the borders off really helped me connect with the images almost 20 years after I'd first bought the deck.

Day 2. What was your first tarot deck? Was it a gift or did you buy it for yourself? 

I bought the AGMuller Thoth when I was a freshman in college. I was with my friends and thought, why not? There were a couple of boxes on display at the specialty bookstore but I remember choosing the Thoth because I liked the illustrations and didn't think they looked scary (I assume, now, that I was veering away from the RWS drawings even if I had no idea what they were).

Day 3. Are you a tarot deck Collector, Hoarder, or Exclusive Betty? How do you use these decks in your readings? Multiple decks in one reading or just one all the way? Does it aid your practice?

COLLECTOR, most def. I can say this with a straight face because I actively purchase back-ups of my most well-loved decks and keep them sealed. I've seen the price of my old Jane Austen Tarot Deck skyrocket without me even knowing it was a collector's item so now, I'm a lot more discerning about purchasing decks. 

For my readings, I tend to combine tarot + oracle. Having a collection aids my practice, especially in my Daily Draws. I pull a card every morning from whichever deck I choose. I try not to repeat decks throughout the week so I'm well acquainted with all the cards I own.

I bought this deck in February 2014 and it's been a staple in my practice since then. Love the first edition!

I bought this deck in February 2014 and it's been a staple in my practice since then. Love the first edition!

Day 4. What would be your favorite deck if you had to pick? Three faves for those of us who have a tarot deck addiction problem.

The Wild Unknown, no contest. It's modern, it's well-made, it's not cheesy, and it's what got me to connect with the tarot.

I love the graphic novel feel of the English Magic Tarot. Can't wait to get to know it better next year.

I love the graphic novel feel of the English Magic Tarot. Can't wait to get to know it better next year.

Day 5. What tarot decks are you looking forward to getting to know better in [2017]? 

I've been working with The English Magic Tarot for a few weeks now and it really intrigues me. I love the way its book is written, but I can't imagine reading and absorbing everything in one go. I'm hoping to take my time with it until I get really comfortable with it next year.

Day 6. Tell me about the time you gave your first tarot reading.

After I purchased the Thoth back in college, all my friends wanted to get readings from me. I had one friend from high school who was already going to a different university than me who went all the way to my house one afternoon because she felt she needed answers about some guy problem. ^^ It was all in good fun. She asked questions, I laid out the Celtic Cross and read off the answers from the LWB. As far as I remember, she said it was accurate because she came back another time!

Day 7. How long have you been reading the tarot for? Do you feel you will ever stop?

Not counting my initial Thoth experience, I'd been reading seriously for the last 3.5 years. I don't think I'll ever stop! There's too much to learn and discover with the cards to ever really get sick of it.

Who hasn't tried out the Past Present Future spread?

Who hasn't tried out the Past Present Future spread?

Day 8. What were the first three tarot spreads you learned?

One card, Past-Present-Future, Celtic Cross.