Deck Collector's Challenge: Days 19 to 24

Decks used: Centennial Smith-Waite (Pamela Colman Smith, US Games), Cards of Chaos and Black Lilly Tarot (Aya Rosen, Gamecrafter), Tarot of Jane Austen (Diane Wilkes, Lo Scarabeo)

Decks used: Centennial Smith-Waite (Pamela Colman Smith, US Games), Cards of Chaos and Black Lilly Tarot (Aya Rosen, Gamecrafter), Tarot of Jane Austen (Diane Wilkes, Lo Scarabeo)

Onward and upward with the #tarotcollectorchallenge courtesy of the lovely Avalon. I'm having so much fun rifling through my deck collection and really figuring out my likes, dislikes and everything in between!

Your least favorite tarot guidebook: Thoth. And this is just the little white book I'm talking about. I hear that really diving into the full-fledged Crowley book takes a lot of patience, focus, concentration and commitment. I have none of those but what I do have is an immediate connection to Lady Frieda Harris' artwork. For now, that will have to suffice.

Your favorite OOP deck: The Tarot of Jane Austen (which I talk about in detail over here). After I had given up on reading tarot because of the Thoth's LWB incomprehensibleness, I thought I was done. And then I saw this deck in a bookstore and because I'm such a big Austen fan, I had to have it. It was still a stretch, connecting to the tarot using this deck but it was the one deck that peaked my interest again, and got me on the lookout for a deck that I could really understand and get behind.

Your favorite tarot artist: Aya Rosen, who is behind the Black Lilly Tarot, Metro Tarot cards and Cards of Chaos. I love, love, love her illustrations—they're bold and deep and modern and so, so beautiful. If you aren't following her on Instagram, it'll do you well to check out her account. Her work in progress Thoth-based cards are to die for!

Your favorite deck for pathworking: Centennial Smith-Waite. It's the first deck I ever tried "diving into" via pathworking, which makes it the easy winner in this category. With the addition of both the After Tarot and the Tarot of the New Vision to my collection, really exploring the tableaus and putting myself into the scenes contained in the RWS cards becomes even more of an adventure.

Your first tarot deck: Thoth tarot. I bought it because I knew I wanted something that didn't have the "typical scary images" (I was probably thinking of the RWS at that time). I was in a specialty bookshop with my high school friends and thought it would be fun to do some fortunetelling. I picked the Thoth because it looked the most different and didn't really have illustrations of scary-looking people. 

The last tarot deck you acquired: Divina Tarot. I'm a huge fan of Mary Elizabeth Evans' work in Spirit Speak, so I follow her work closely. I'm an early adopter when it comes to her decks after falling in love with the Spirit Speak Tarot, and as soon as she released this latest addition, there was no doubt I would get it! It's been such a lovely experience really getting to know this deck—I love how it seems to speak straight to my heart.