- What was your Gateway Deck?
My gateway deck was actually two! I first ordered the Light Grey Tarot back in early 2013, then while impatiently waiting for it to arrive, I went and picked up the Golden Universal Tarot. I had absolutely no idea what I was looking for or what deck I should get, I just grabbed the shiny looking box and went with it. I was never fully connected with the Golden Universal but used it anyways. I did adore the Light Grey Tarot and still have it to this day, it’s completely dirty and well worn… I love it!
- What about that deck made you want to stick with tarot?
I think what got me to stick around tarot was how well the imagery spoke to me. Some readings I did were mind blowing and accurate. I remember a reading I did for myself on Halloween that nearly creeped me out with it’s on point nature, I couldn’t explain it and nor did I want to.
- Do you still read with/have that deck?
I do still have the Light Grey Tarot, but I traded my Golden Universal earlier on in my practice, which I regret. I read with my Light Grey once in a while for fun, it’s neat to see how much different the imagery speaks to me now than it did 5 years ago. I have a much better grasp on my own reading style so it’s fun to revisit those cards.
- What is your favorite/most learned from/most drawn to deck?
That’s a loaded question, haha! My favorite deck would have to be the Spirit Speak Tarot, it’s one that I can count on time and time again, plus I treasure the imagery on those cards. My most learned from deck would have to be the Collective Tarot, that deck seems to know just what it needed when I look to the cards. For the deck I’m most drawn to, I would have to say the Collective Tarot as well, it’s truly a special deck.
- What is the deck that you just can’t use?
Ooo… The Wild Unknown is one that comes to mind. While it’s gorgeous, I just can’t seem to connect with the imagery. I have owned it in the past and will admit that it read very well for me, but I just had zero connection to it.
- How do you feel about the RWS/Marseille/Thoth decks?
I absolutely love RWS, it’s my main squeeze if I’m being honest. The RWS system is what I learned to read with and will most likely be a system that I go back to. I have studied a bit of Marseille and adore that system as well, I feel like Marseille has a lot more freedom within the cards than what would appear. Lastly, I am just now dipping my toes into Thoth and I’m quite fascinated by this system! It seems I have fallen down the rabbit hole of Thoth and keep going deeper. I think any deck system will always catch my attention, I like to study everything I can get my hands on.
- Where do you whip out your decks?
Anywhere I can get away with it! I love bringing a deck with me while traveling or visiting friends, you just never know when the moment may strike when your cards could help! I always have a deck at hands reach no matter where I am.
- Would you consider yourself a Deck Dealer? A Deck Pusher? A Deck Enabler?
Hmmmm… I think I would consider myself a deck enabler. I love nothing more than to showcase tarot art on my social media streams and lure people over to the dark side… I mean, tarot side. Tarot inspires me daily and I like to see it daily, I’m constantly being called an enabler and frankly, I’m not sorry!
- What deck is at the top of your wishlist?
The very top of my wishlist houses a few select decks. The top is the Daniloff Tarot, I’ve wanted this deck for years and hopefully one day it will find itself to me or I may finally order it. Below that would have to be the Tabula Mundi Tarot and Delta Enduring, these decks are just breathtaking!
- If a Deck granting Magic Being appeared at your door, what is the deck you’d ask them for?
I would be torn between two I mentioned above, the Delta Enduring or the Daniloff Tarot. If I had to just pick one…. it would have to be the Daniloff Tarot. Those images just dance off the card for me and speak to me instantly when I scroll past them online.
- How did your Gateway Deck influence your tarot preferences and reading style?
Being that the Light Grey Tarot was a collaborative deck, it for sure set the tone in how I view tarot. I am an intuitive reader first and traditionalist second. I have always had a love for lowbrow art (similar to the styles you would see in the magazines of Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz) and this plays out in my deck preferences. The more quirky and modern the better, though I do have a deep love for more traditional styles like seen in the Jean Noblet Tarot de Marseille, Thoth Tarot, and your everyday Rider Waite Smith.