If you want to get serious and scholarly with your Tarot studies and history, you'll ultimately run into the three decks that pretty much form the backbone of tarot as we know it today. Historically, the Tarot de Marseille reflects the beginnings of tarot with its non-scenic pips and archaic visual interpretations of the Major Arcana. The Rider Waite Smith (RWS), on the other hand, infuses the "original" Marseille cards with a scenic Minor Arcana that, along with the Majors, incorporates esoteric messages and the occult leanings of the Golden Dawn (an organization from the late 19th century to early 20th century).Read More
If you've read any number of posts I've had up here, chances are, you've come across the story of my first experience with the tarot. The Thoth was my first purchase, I was 19 and wanted to do some "fortune telling" with my friends, and I had no idea what anything meant. The LWB was mysterious and incomprehensible, so I bought myself a How-To tarot book which, unfortunately made all its references to the Rider-Waite Smith system.Read More
To celebrate the New Year, I'm going on a beach / surf trip with friends — which brings me to the question: What are the best decks to take with you on a beach vacation?