Choosing your first Tarot deck

With so many options to choose from, how do you decide which Tarot deck to use?

When I first started learning to read Tarot, I did a lot of research on which deck was best to learn with. Overwhelmingly, many people recommended using a Rider-Waite Smith (RWS) deck. So, I went to my local metaphysical shop and picked up an RWS deck along with a Tarot book to begin my studies.

I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting to happen, but I could not understand what the heck any of the cards meant. Everything I had read about this deck talked about the deep, rich symbolism within each card, but all I saw was a bunch of olden looking people and places. The deck didn't evoke any response from me. At this point, I put the deck on the shelf and pretty much gave up the idea that I could learn to read Tarot.

About six months later I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across a picture of The Wild Unknown Tarot deck. I felt an inexplicable pull towards the deck and knew I had to get my hands on one. Luckily, I was gifted one a couple of months later for my birthday, and that's when Tarot started to click.

I eventually enrolled in a class, and I asked my teacher why learning with The Wild Unknown was so much easier for me; especially, when everyone recommended learning with an RWS deck. She looked at me and said, "Honey, all the decks speak different languages. You and your RWS didn't speak the same one."

This is why I teach that it's so important to choose a deck that resonates with you. You don't have to learn to read using the same Tarot deck as everyone else. Find a deck that draws you in, one that you want to spend time with, one that evokes a response deep within. That's how you'll know it's speaking your language.

When you and your deck speak the same language, your readings will take on a whole new level. The messages that come through will be more apparent, and you'll feel much more confident about your readings.

When you go deck shopping, see if the store you're visiting has the decks open for you to peruse. That way you can see if you connect with it. If the decks aren't open, you can always use Google. Search the name of the deck you're interested in and spend some time looking at the various pictures of the cards. You'll know whether or not you'll vibe with it. Once you’ve got a deck that resonates with you, you’ll be set to start learning.

P.S. If you’re interested in learning to read Tarot, I’m teaching an 8-week Tarot course called Intrepid Intuition: A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot. This class is designed to help you start reading Tarot for yourself and others with confidence and clarity. This class focuses on helping you to develop your own unique relationship with the cards and using your intuition to deliver transformative Tarot readings. Over eight weeks, I’ll lead you through various exercises and discussions that will help you put down the Tarot books and begin trusting the deep intuitive knowing that already exists within you. Class is every Tuesday from 7-9PM beginning on April 2nd.

Why would I learn to read Tarot?

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Tarot”?

A smokey, low-lit room with a man or woman wearing a turban?

Fortune telling?

Scam?

Unfortunately, Tarot readers tend to get a bad rap because of the way we’re depicted in Hollywood, and Tarot’s ability to help transform someone’s life is not often focused on. That’s why I felt it would be a good idea to take a moment to talk about the benefits of Tarot and how it can help change your life when you learn to read.

What is Tarot?

There’s a misconception that Tarot is a tool used to predict the future and tell people when/where things are going to happen to them. Personally, I don’t teach Tarot as a fortune telling tool. I believe that, as a human being, you have freewill; therefore, your future is not set in stone. You always have the ability to make a different decision and change an outcome.

For me, the Tarot is a reflection of energy. Each card holds a specific energy that can be used as a springboard to offer new ideas, ways of thinking, possible actions to take, etc. The imagery and symbols in each card evoke something within you that allows your subconscious mind to bypass the ego and shed light on your question.

The Subconscious and the Conscious Mind

Did you know that your conscious mind only accounts for about 12% of your brain? The other 88% is governed by the subconscious. The ego is a part of your conscious mind – it’s busy being logical, weighing different options, making decisions and thinking non-stop throughout the day. On the other hand, the subconscious governs your habits, beliefs, dreams and various bodily functions like your heart beat. It’s basically the equivalent of autopilot for humans.

This can be great because you won’t have to consciously think about pumping blood through your heart, but it can also be a hindrance. Have you ever tried to make a change in your life, but for some reason you keep coming up against obstacles or you just end up right back where you were? That’s the subconscious! It’s possible that there’s a belief hidden deep within the subconscious that’s holding you back. This is where Tarot has the chance to help you out.

Tarot and the Subconscious Mind

Ultimately, I believe Tarot gives you the opportunity to make the subconscious conscious. The conscious brain speaks in thoughts and words, but the subconscious speaks with symbols. That’s why dreams are typically never straightforward; they’re very symbolic.

A Tarot card is filled with imagery and symbols that the subconscious is able to relate with. From there, the subconscious sends up a message to the conscious mind that relates to the question at hand. This message can help shed light on what’s going on beneath the surface that you’re not aware of. It can help you uncover limiting beliefs that have been hindering your growth and provide new ways of thinking.

Once you’ve seen what’s going on within the subconscious mind, you’re able to shift out of autopilot and create new ways of being that are much more expansive. You’re more conscious about the actions you take and the decisions you make, which helps you to grow as an individual.

If you’d like to learn to confidently read Tarot and see for yourself how it beneficial it can be, I’m teaching a class at The Peaceful Peacock entitled Intrepid Intution: A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot. The class meets every Tuesday from 7-9PM, April 2-May 21. You can register by clicking the button below.

Tarot Reading: Breaking Through the Darkness

Today I felt called to pull a few Tarot cards to see what messages wanted to come forward for the collective, and we received the Nine of Swords, Five of Pentacles and King of Wands. I feel like this is a beautiful message for us, so let's dive in!

There are times in our lives when the stress and anxiety we feel can be overwhelming. It seems like the mindless chatter plays on loop - "You're not good enough. Who the hell do you think you are?", "They're going to find out you're a fraud.", "There's no way you can afford that." And, we let these thoughts keep us stuck in a vicious, unending cycle - a slave to our mind.

Because our fearful thoughts are stuck on autopilot, we end up seeing those circumstances manifest in our lives. We stop putting ourselves out there because we don't feel good enough or we feel like a fraud. We can't seem to get ahead with our money stuff because something always comes up. We end up in this place of unhappiness, not seeing beyond our current circumstances.

However, there's another way. You can tap into it by recognizing the Light within yourself and accepting just how powerful you are. Now, please don't think I'm telling you just to "stay positive" and all will be well. 

The mystic does not deny the darkness, in ourselves or in the world, but affirms a light that lies beyond it. And we have faith the light will prevail because we have faith that light is our true identity.
— Marianne Williamson. Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles

Denying darkness does you no good. Allow yourself to work through any pain you may feel, but also affirm the Light within yourself and beyond the darkness. Soon, miracles will start to happen. Your faith in your Light severs the chains holding you captive in fear. You'll start to see the inherent goodness in others and you won't get swept up in the fear that's running rampant in today's society.

Your Light is pure Love; let your Light be your guide. If you find yourself slipping into old, fearful thought patterns, gently remind yourself that "Only Love is real." Tune in to the Love and Light that exists within you and acknowledge that you have the power to change your circumstance right here and right now.

If you feel called to do so, try journaling this week with the prompt: What fearful thought patterns are holding me back from sharing my Light? How can I embody my Light more fully?

Superhero Tarot Spread | The Intrepid Hearts

A week or two ago I was watching Spiderman: Homecoming when the idea for this Tarot spread popped into my mind. We all have things that we keep secret, masks that we wear depending on who we're with, strengths and weaknesses, so why not learn to harness these energies to help us serve the highest good? 

I've included the spread positions and explanations of each card below. If you try it out, please leave a comment and let me know how it goes!

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  1. Your Secret Identity - The things you keep buried deep for no one (possibly including yourself) to see.
  2. The Mask You Wear - What you’re showing the outside world.
  3. Your Greatest Superpower - Where you’re currently excelling
  4. Your Weakness - Where you can improve
  5. Your Closest Ally -  The energy that will help you serve the highest good
  6. Your Arch Nemesis - The energy that’s will hold you back