Tarot Tip: Study Your RWS & Thoth!

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In the modern Tarot landscape, the overwhelming percentage of decks that you’ll encounter use either the Rider-Waite-Smith deck or the Thoth deck as their “role model.” Most decks closely follow one or the other of those two blueprints, and decks that stray too far from them run the risk of being dismissed by the Tarot world as being “not true Tarot.” This isn’t to say that the modern Tarot world can’t open its collective mind up a bit, but the reality does offer up certain truths.

One such truth is that even if you don’t care for the RWS and/or the Thoth decks, they’re like a common language. They’re very widely analyzed, used, and discussed. There are a million online resources where you can look at scans of the cards, and talk about them with other Tarot people. There are scholarly books written about them, and courses that utilize them. And even if you only use some obscure, fringe deck…it’s probably *still* influenced by one or both of these two Tarot titans.

The point, then, is that even if you don’t make regular use of the RWS or the Thoth decks, you can learn immense amounts about Tarot if you study them a bit. And as noted, you don’t even need to own them in order to study them – you’ll be older than The Hermit by the time you exhaust all the free online resources out there that deal with them! You can really broaden your understanding of your own favorite deck if you compare it with one or both of these enduring templates, and take note of both the similarities they share with your deck, and the differences that set them apart. This advice sort of follows the adage about needing to learn the rules before you can effectively break them…

And tune in tomorrow here for a special announcement about the Tarot Toolkit Online Course that I co-taught with Vickie Wilson of Eternal Athena Tarot!

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