And so we reach Card VIII in our travels through the sequence of the Major Arcana in the TAROT CARD MEANINGS section of my website. But wait…which card exactly is Card VIII?! Some decks offer up their version of the Strength card in this position. Others, though, hold forth their Justice card or its analogue. It can’t … More Tarot Card Meanings: A Note on Strength and Justice
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 … More Tarot Tip: Study Your RWS & Thoth!
When I first discovered Tarot, I was amazed to learn that there are literally thousands of decks out there. As an outsider, I’d just assumed that the RWS *was* Tarot, and vice versa. Upon discovering the multitude of Tarot worlds I could visit, I admittedly got a little greedy. I snapped up decks in ravenous … More Decks, like Tribbles…
Most cards have some kind of framing margin that surrounds the card image, like a frame encloses a picture. For some Tarot people, the aesthetics of these borders is a pivotal issue, to the point where they’ll risk the structural integrity of their deck by using sharp metal tools to actually shave the borders off … More Tarot Card Borders
When you start collecting Tarot decks, you quickly realize that some deck creators like to get all jazzy with their nomenclature. Some will rename the Majors or the Court Cards. Some rename the Aces. And lots of them will rename the Suits. And this can be totally cool…even if it means that you have to … More The Unforeseen Dangers of Renaming Suits in Tarot