Queen of Wands
I’ve been really getting back into my tarot the past month. This is something I’ve been doing since 1986, when I was 15, but after years of being “lazy” and very insular with who I did readings for (almost never apart for myself) I’ve now found a renewed passion and pleasure in doing readings for anyone and everyone. You’ll see me using a deck of well-thumbed playing cards at bars and cafes on staff and punters alike, quick simple four card readings that help me sharpen my skills again. Strangely, this is something partly inspired by the novel I finished reading last month: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (fantastic book). I’m a big advocate of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and the more progressive (psychoanalytical) interpretations of their symbolism. I still have the first deck I ever bought back in 1986; it’s the only deck I’ve ever used in earnest and is very dear to me. I decided to buy a separate deck to use in public places. Something to be less precious about. I received it today. Found it via a chance glance of an image on a search engine image search for some card or other; I was really struck by the artwork and so looked closer and found “Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti“. Just wow. Beautiful imagery. Still based on the principles of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck with a few optional tweaks. I’m still bedding-in and getting acquainted with them, but very much looking forward to using them properly in a few days or so. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to use my battered deck of regular playing cards as I did on the staff at Harvey Nichols cocktail bar tonight. A rusty nail and divination. Perfect way to end a great day.
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