I first bought Wildwood Tarot without any knowledge about Tarot. Will Wothington's art is such an amazing feast for the eyes. I found comfort and peace with the deck but I couldn't read with it. At the time, I didn't have a clue that I could read it and I wasn't interested in learning to read. When I finally started my Tarot journey, Sun and Moon deck was the first deck I bought on a whim. Just my luck, it has simple picture and beautiful colors but it's a mix between Rider-Waite Smith and Thoth system. I couldn't read with it. For me, a Tarot deck is only useful when I can read it and get information and guidance from it. So, I gave that deck away to a better home.
The first deck that I learned my Tarot foundation was Anna K. It's simple and so easy to read. But I grow uncomfortable very quickly about the lack of balance in some cards. In my opinion, every single card has positive and negative sides, just like life, hardly ever black and white but full of shades of grey (And NO, not that horrible movie!!). I have never been attracted to the art of the traditional RWS so I look for its clone.
The next deck that I love is Steampunk from Barbara Moore and Aly Fell. She did a great job explaining the cards and the deck is much more balanced. The only down side is the brown hue colors. I'm that girl that only loves bright things. Although I love that deck, I always wish for something more colorful.
The next deck on my adventure was Fey Tarot. Lovely, fantasy, colorful! The bad side? I soon realized the deck triggered my intuition for understanding the meanings of some cards but it provided me either gibberish readings or opposite-result readings. I found a new home for that deck too.
After a long time of research, I decided I needed to get back to the basics. As much as I like whimsical and fantasy, I want a deck that gives me straight up answers and reliable for readings. I resisted the original RWS deck strongly. I don't know why I have such a strong resistance; perhaps due to my stubbornness :D
I found Sharman-Caselli Tarot deck. It's what I need! I can read with it easily and the answers it gives are straight up with a gentle tone. The only thing I don't like is the quality of the cards. It's hard papers and the illustrations are not sharp. I don't shuffle it well and I wish for the images' borders to not be blurred.
Gosh, why am I so hard to pleased? I finally gave in and bought Llewellyn's Classic Tarot, a different style illustrations of traditional RWS with more vibrant colors. I came across it before but I didn't like the face features on internet. Now that I feel that I strongly need a traditional deck and I still resist the original or even the Universal Waite deck, I took the plunge and bought it. To my surprise, it's exactly what I've been wanted!
The colors are perfect. The face features don't weird me out like on the Internet and the deck shuffles like a dream. The illustrations are clearer but are the same with traditional RWS. And the best of it? People are right, there's something about the traditional deck that reads like no other. This deck has been given me great readings. After some initial readings, I interviewed the deck :D (I usually don't interview decks, I just use them right out of the box)
Tell me about our relationship (the deck and me - I always believe each Tarot deck has a personality)
What is your strength? Your weakness? How will the readings be?
Its weakness is it's quite blunt in ending. It might not be for transformation type of readings. It'll show me things that are inevitable, its bluntness might not be always welcome. I'm perfectly fine with that. I'm brutally blunt myself so I want a deck just as blunt and straightforward as I am. I believe transformation is a long process that a client usually can't get out from a single reading any way so it'll be no problem for me.
The type of readings we'll have are great. It'll show me the general big picture of the situation so I won't be biased. It'll be my hard-working deck and keep me and the readings down-to-earth. Just my style!
This deck comes with a companion book written by Barbara Moore. I love her but I believe her Steampunk companion book is better written. Nonetheless, for a beginner, this book will be a good starting point. Although I didn't get much out of the book, I learned some great symbols that I overlooked before.
In conclusion, this new deck is becoming my go-to deck! For the first time, I'm 100% happy with a Tarot deck! I look forward to our journey! :)
Now, who wants a reading? XD