What was your Gateway Deck?
Truth be told, I can’t remember what my gateway deck was. I got the Mythic Tarot and the Enchanted Tarot around the same time so I credit them both with being the decks to introduce me into the world of Tarot. Both were purchased second hand so I didn’t have the original packaging for the Enchanted Tarot or the book for the Mythic Tarot.
What about that deck made you want to stick with tarot?
At the time I was in to Greek Mythology so I thought that using Greek Mythology would help me understand the concepts of Tarot Reading. Ironically, the stories featured in the Mythic Tarot were stories I wasn’t very familiar with. The Enchanted Tarot featured soft colors and a dreamy setting to relay basic tarot archetypes. This setup was more fitting for my aesthetic.
Do you still read with/have that deck?
I do have both decks however, I did lose track of them for a time. I either sold them or gave them away. Long story short, the decks weren’t in my possession after some time. I was able to track down both decks recently and I use the Enchanted Tarot more often than I use the Mythic Tarot.
What is your favorite/most learned from/most drawn to deck?
This is a tricky question for me as I am currently in the middle of a huge deck expansion. My collection has grown by 80 over the last year and a half however the one deck I am constantly drawn to is the Sasuraibito Tarot. I think this deck has somewhat of a cult following in the community because it is so well done. The artwork is unique and lend themselves to intuitive interpretations.
What is the deck that you just can’t use?
I try not to keep decks if I don’t connect to them although I have one deck that I just can’t use. The Ascended Masters deck from Hay House. I just can’t connect well to this deck at all. It feels cold, plastic, and artificial. When I look at the images I feel unsettled. I get the same feeling I get when I see a wax figure of an actual person. I can’t tell you why I still have this deck in my collection.
How do you feel about the RWS/Marseille/Thoth decks?
I learned how to read tarot on my own for the most part. The system I taught myself on was mostly RWS influenced. I’m very interested in learning Marseille and incorporating it into my reading style. Thoth doesn’t seem to interest me largely however there are certain Thoth based decks I’m drawn to.
Where do you whip out your decks?
For the most part I do most of my reading in the reading space I created in my home. I won’t say that I am in a Tarot Closet but most of my family don’t openly support it, or they don’t understand it. They haven’t shown interest in trying to understand my tarot practice. The friends I have know about my reading and from time to time I’ll read for them in their homes.
Would you consider yourself a Deck Dealer? A Deck Pusher? A Deck Enabler?
I am 100% a Deck Enabler. I have no shame in admitting it either. If you love it, and you can afford it, and you cause no harm, why should you stifle it. I mentioned earlier how my collection has grown over the past year. It’s because of this community that I can find new decks and deck creators to celebrate and support. Because deck collecting isn’t very main stream I feel like it’s important to do your part to help keep this community thriving. If that means shouting from the rooftops your love for a deck, then grab me a ladder.
What deck is at the top of your wishlist?
I CANNOT wait until Yoshi Yoshitani has completed the Fairytale Tarot she is currently working on. I think it combines all the things I love most about deck collecting. It’s full of vibrant art, rich colors, unique artistic details, and it combines multicultural folktales into one story.
If a Deck granting Magic Being appeared at your door, what is the deck you’d ask them for?
I’d ask for a deck that featured Black Women from EVERY walk of life. Showing the multiple facets of life that we fill but are often overlooked and forgotten by the media. I would ask that this deck be colored in deep jewel tones that flatter deeper colored skin and or the undertones of black skin. I’d also ask that this deck be illustrated in a style that would be found in a graphic novel. Khalid Rosemin is working on something very close to my holy grail deck. I hope it comes to fruition.
How did your Gateway Deck influence your tarot preferences and reading style?
I think the colorful and artistic qualities of the Enchanted Tarot combined with the narrative aspects of the Mythic Tarot have influenced my aesthetic. Both decks are RWS based decks and I think my strong preference for RWS imagery has been influenced by this fact however I don’t think that this is the sole reason I am drawn to RWS. I think I am partial to RWS because I have a deeper connection to the symbolism used throughout the RWS deck. While you could spend your whole life trying to unpack each nuance of the RWS deck symbology, a lot of it just makes sense to me.
I am so excited to be working with a group of individuals who love to collect and support Indie Deck Artists as much as I do. Community is a word you hear a lot when referring to this collective group of individuals who want to honor and love a craft the way we love deck collecting, but that’s exactly what this feels like, a community. My first interaction with Amanda was when she won the very first giveaway I hosted on my Instagram. I didn’t know much about her at the time but I was so happy to know she would be the recipient of my giveaway. I am so glad that I have been able to continue working with Amanda because she has introduced me to the rest of the amazing individuals who contribute to Indie Deck Review. We each come from different places and different walks of life but through their connections I am once again reminded of how small the world really is.