I asked the ladies in our Tea and Tarot group what 10 decks would they take away with them if they were to go on a 6 month vacation. I really enjoyed hearing what everyone came up with and checking out their decks. I got to play with decks I've never seen before, which is always nice.
I'm putting the hashtag #6months10decks out there for those of you that would like to share the decks you would take along with you.
I took the question from the perspective of having quiet time to really delve deep into the decks away from my norm.
My list goes like this...
Mary-El Tarot by Marie White
Exquisite and powerful, if there is a theme in The Mary-El Tarot, it is one of the alchemy of the soul; of finding balance, symmetry, mastery of the self, and becoming your own genius. This deck is stunningly illustrated with traditional oil paints and a depth of symbolism found in the old classics. The accompanying guide, Landscapes of the Abyss, takes the reader through the meanings of each card via the landscape of the Moon and the High Priestess, through the geometry of the temple and the Tree of Life, the Merkabah, and the caduceus! Enter a doorway between heaven and earth, between microcosm and macrocosm, between the world of eternity and infinity. A rare gem suitable for all levels of tarot experience.
I've had this deck for such a long time, every time I sit down with this deck I have such a great time and get some strong messages. I'd love to spend time and energy getting to know this deck on another level.
The Art of Love Tarot by Toni Carmine Salerno
The Art of Love Tarot brings a contemporary New Age approach to the age-old tradition of tarot. The major arcana reflect modern versions of the traditional archetypes, and the four suits (stars, hearts, angels, and trees) complement the themes of Toni's work. These cards hold a divine, loving energy that will encourage balanced, harmonious readings. With them, you'll creatively manifest your dreams and desires.
Over the past year I have so enjoyed Toni Carmine Salerno's cards. This deck has such a great energy, I love the readings from this deck this is why I want to spend more time with this sweet deck.
The Light Seer's Tarot by Chris-Anne
Chris-Anne has re-imagining the traditional tarot archetypes and symbols in a contemporary, boho, and intuitive style, The Light Seer's Tarot expresses the light and shadow sides of our natures and explores the lessons that can be learned from both.
The expressive characters who live within the landscapes of the cards tell stories, ask questions, and provide guidance. This deck is an ideal companion as you seek to uncover the places in your life-and in yourself-that are most in need of illumination.
I was one of the lucky ones to back Chris-Anne's kickstarter so I have a copy of the first edition to play with. I love this deck, everyone loves this deck and I've been getting some great reading from them.
Everyday Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake
A fun, practical, easy-to-use deck for every witch. Charming images pair with simple explanations to make this the go-to deck for anyone seeking to learn or practice the tarot. Based on the classic Rider-Waite deck but updated for the busy modern witch, this tarot has a whimsical air while still being dedicated to the serious job of providing answers to life's tough questions. Author Deborah Blake brings her practical, down-to-earth style to create a deck that is simple to use and focused on the positive.
This is such a fun deck for me to use and that is why I would bring it along.
Modern Spellcasters Tarot by Melanie Marquis and Scott Murphy
Combine traditional tarot symbolism and modern eclectic witchcraft for truly magickal results. Artist Scott Murphy renders the familiar elements of the Rider-Waite in a fresh style featuring ancient Pagan mythos, diverse ethnicities, and contemporary practical spellwork. Designed with both divination and tarot magick in mind, this versatile deck is appropriate for beginning and experienced witches and tarot readers alike.
This has got to be one of my favourite decks that I have used constantly this year and even though I have the app on my phone I would like to have it with me, especially for alter work.
Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert
This beautiful deck focuses on healing the earth and the self. The Major Arcana represent 22 soul lessons and archetypes. The Minors illustrate elements, numbers, and people. The book is amazing including divinatory meanings, themes, exercises, symbolism, journal questions, affirmations, and ten spreads. Gaian spirituality understands that humans, plants, animals, stones, and stars are all inextricably linked when one strand is pulled, the entire web is affected. Especially intended for those who practice earth-centered spirituality.
I'm so connected to this deck which made it really difficult to choose this deck over Joanna's Herbcrafter's Tarot deck. No, I can't choose I would have to sneak The Herbcrafter's deck into my bag too.
Dreams of Gaia Tarot by Ravynne Phelan
The philosophy of the Dreams of Gaia Tarot is to seek, to feel, to grow, to heal. This deck will strengthen your connection to your divine self, whilst helping you to identify and heal past experiences that hold you back from living to your fullest potential. Learn to recognise when times of growth and change are approaching, and face them with confidence and a sense of anticipation. Learn when to take action, and when to be still. Learn to trust in your intuition. Dreams of Gaia Tarot allows for a more personal, intimate, and effective system for using cards as a roadmap to navigate your life path.
Such a beautiful deck that I really want to spend more time learning about.
Before Tarot by Pietro Alligo
Following the tremendous success of the New Vision Tarot and the After Tarot, the Before Tarot shows tarot readers and collectors the scenes that take place immediately before the images rendered in the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot. Each of the Arcana opens a new window into our understanding of the cards, adding a time dimension to what we see and what it means.
I cried when I opened this deck as I felt they had captured the perfect before scene of each Ryder Waite card. I love working with this deck!
Bonefire Tarot by Gabi Angus-West
This vivid and expertly hand-painted Tarot cards was inspired by the vintage, old-school tattoo flash of Sailor Jerry Collins. Influenced by Rider-Waite, this deck and guidebook are styled for the serious life explorer, identifying important symbols and key thoughts visually, so you may intuitively read the cards and demystify your own journey. Fully equipped to tackle anything—the microcosmic to the macro-enormous—the Majors feature archetypal figures sure to play roles in our lives as aspects of ourselves or situations we are bound to encounter. The Minor suits have their own look and set of common symbols and are concerned with life's little details. Along with a comprehensive glossary of symbols and their meanings, three simple spreads, and descriptive essays to guide you, this set offers eternal truths via the timeless medium of Tarot.
I really want to read this book again. I love the way Gabi talks about the cards and having something bright would be a lovely contrast to the other decks I've chosen.
Crow Tarot by M.J. Cullinane
Crow Tarot invites us to fly through the veil and connect with our intuitive powers through the mystical energy of crows and ravens.
I really wanted to add a crow to my logo as I feel very connected to these birds, even though we don't have them here in New Zealand. I feel in love with this murder of crows which surprised me. This are one of my favourite decks I have purchased this year.
I found it really difficult choosing only ten decks here are a few of the other decks I was contemplating.
Just to mix it up I was thinking of adding in a pip deck with me and I always enjoy using this deck.
Aura Soma Tarot
This deck has recently found it's way to me, it has such a loving energy which I love. I also love that the creator is living on Waiheke Island.
Daughters of The Moon Tarot
I bought these ages ago and the Isis card was missing so I didn't feel I wanted to use the deck. One of my friends had the deck and photocopied the Isis card for me so I laminated it and my deck is full so I'm ready to spend some time with this deck now.
I look forward to seeing what decks you would choose! Don't forget to use the hashtag #6months10decks on social media platforms.