Tarot x 5: The Tarot of Jane Austen

Deck used: Tarot of Jane Austen (Diane Wilkes, Lo Scarabeo). Collage images by Rookie.

Deck used: Tarot of Jane Austen (Diane Wilkes, Lo Scarabeo). Collage images by Rookie.

I'm a die-hard Jane Austen fan and there could not have been a better deck to thrust me back into the world of tarot than the Tarot of Jane Austen. I spotted it in my favorite bookstore and didn't even think twice. While I haven't read all of Austen's books, this book helped me reacquaint myself with the author in a way that watching the documentaries and the movies and reading and rereading my favorites (Persuasion is my number one) never could. 

What's my favorite card? The Justice card is my favorite because for a Major Arcana card that I always find kind of dry and boring (sorry, Justice fans), this deck's take on it is so clear and easy to absorb, if you're familiar with Pride and Prejudice or any of its modern-day spin-offs (You've Got Mail, anyone?). This is the tipping point of the story where Darcy tells Lizzie the truth about Mr. Wickham and sets the record straight (for the Colin Firth version fans, it's the exact midpoint between parts one and two). In You've Got Mail, it's when Tom Hanks' character finally tells Shopgirl that he and NY152 are actually the same person. It's laying everything on the line so that you see the black and white of the situation.

What's my least favorite card? Not only is Northanger Abbey the last Austen story I ever watched, its plot and characters just don't speak to me. The 5 of Candlesticks (wands) confuses me when it pops up because I have absolutely no recollection of this scene in the story and I don't care enough to actually read the book. Meh.

Who was I when I bought this deck? Totally immersed in the yoga world, I was just off vinyasa teacher training and working at a studio. While not a lot of the yoga folks could relate to my Austen fandom (there was just the one… shoutout to Zip if you're reading this!), I would regularly bring this with me to the studio and give readings to anyone willing to give it a try. This reading was done after hours at the (slightly messy) reception desk I was watching over. :P

When did I buy it? 2014. I had no idea it was already a rare gem at the time so I totally lucked out. Upon my last check, this deck is now up to $200 in value! What!

Where did I buy it? At the Rockwell branch of Fully Booked—which, for Manila-based folks, is always worth a look at because they actually carry a very good selection.

I bought the deck as a standalone, did a little research a year or two later and found out that there was a more comprehensive guidebook. Scored mine as a secondhand buy on Amazon!

I bought the deck as a standalone, did a little research a year or two later and found out that there was a more comprehensive guidebook. Scored mine as a secondhand buy on Amazon!

How did I find it then and how do I use it now? This deck took a long time for me to break in, TBH. When you're not familiar with tarot and its structure and you layer on all the Austen business on top of it, things can get very confusing. After I'd gotten tarot meanings down pat, I was able to go back to this deck and use it effortlessly.

I like pulling this deck for fellow Austen fans and also for love-related questions. Its Bildungsroman spread is charming and quaint, but still so relevant to love in the modern world—much like Austen's books.

Why is it part of my collection? Because I cannot and will not resist anything Austen-related! 

If you want to know more about this now very hard to find deck, you can check my review here.