People aiming to learn Tarot wonder how to pick their first deck. Does it have to be traditional, Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) or a clone deck? Does someone have to give it to you? Hmmm?
There is an advantage, using a traditional deck, in the sheer number of resources available. The imagery in RWS and it’s kissing cousins are especially rich, multi-layered and rooted in many esoteric traditions, so there is a lot to work with, in mastering a broad vocabulary of potential divinataory insights.
On the other hand, RWS may just leave you flat or another deck may simply sing to you. Are you supposed to ignore your inner voice in learning to better exercise your inner voice?
One of my favorite answer for these kinds of questions is, “It’s up to you!” Every step of befriending Tarot is another inch along your own Fool’s Journey, and it’s personal. No one else can tell you which deck to begin with because no one else is YOU.
As far as waiting to be given a deck–well, I can tell you for a fact your first deck doesn’t have to be a gift to “work.” Otherwise, me and whole bunch of other readers would have been out of luck!
That having been said, I usually suggest people get RWS or clone, and buy it themselves instead of waiting on divine providence, as soon as they take a notion. Ha!
What do you think is important to remember in selecting your first deck?
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