What was your Gateway Deck? The True Black Tarot by Arthur Wang (via Kickstarter)
What about that deck made you want to stick with tarot? I already had a superficial interest in tarot, but had no idea the variety of decks out in the world, nor that Indie Decks were a thing! And then, True Black Tarot jumped out at me (no, really, it did), and I signed my soul over to the Devil card. I think I now always look for new decks trying to mirror that spark I have for TBT. So far, nothing comes close — and I don’t want it to.
Do you still read with/have that deck? NOT YET!!! Current ETA: next week, as I’ve opted for the misspelled “Heirophant” deck so my copy will be special and quirky.
What is your favorite/most learned from deck? My baby will always be the RWS Centennial in a Tin. It’s the only deck I’ve got a backup copy of so far. But the Kokeshi Tarot is one of my soul decks for it’s bright colors and simple design. And it’s adorable, duh!
What is the deck that you just can’t use? The Wild Unknown and Deviant Moon — BLEK.
How do you feel about the RWS/Marseille/Thoth decks? Thoth = Love, RWS = Marry, Marseille = Kill
Where do you whip out your decks? At my Deck Desk, and most recently, in cafes with tarot friends.
Would you consider yourself a Deck Dealer? A Deck Pusher? A Deck Enabler? 100% a deck enabler — GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL (maybe).
What deck is at the top of your wishlist? The Orisha Tarot by Andrew McGregor
If a Deck granting Magic Being appeared at your door, what is the deck you’d ask them for? The Caroline Smith/John Astrop Trifecta: Oracle of the Radiant Sun, The Runic Tarot, and The Elemental Tarot.
How did your Gateway Deck influence your tarot preferences and reading style?
The goth in me looks for black & white decks that have clean & clear artwork.
The artist in me craves minimal design, images that are easy for my newb self to decipher in this early stage of my tarot study.
BUT, in the short time I’ve been reading cards, I’ve found that I also like some other styles…
The spiritual, bisexual psychologist in me tends to be attracted to brightly colored, chakra driven cards.
Native American/indigenous/POC inspired decks speak to the old Puerto Rican Taino panda-polar-black bear spirit within me.