I think most people would advise you to have a good look around at what’s out there and just pick one with art that you like or symbols that you connect with. This site is a great resource for seeing some sample art from what has to be thousands of different decks. They have a category for beginners as well, ans you can just scroll through and find something that you like then check on Amazon or something like that.
My first deck was the Elemental Tarot and the symbols were super easy to learn and remember, which made it easy for me to learn more “standard” type decks. I still have some decks where I need to sit down and learn the companion book (Golden Tarot) and others where the first time they were in my hands I felt innately in tune with them (Halloween Oracle and Celestial Tarot) so there are degrees in which you will physically connect with a deck, but that’s okay!
7/11 breathing. A skill to use for anxiety. It’s recommended to do it for 10-15 minutes. Like any other skill it does require a lot of practice. I advice that you practice it when you are feeling calm so you are ready in a time of need. If you lose count, which is easily done, simply start again until you do 15 minutes. It will also help with distraction even if you don’t get it right the first hundred times.
Breathing out longer than you breathe in actually activates your parasympathetic nervous system!
Anxiety is your sympathetic nervous system (“fight or flight”) setting off all the alarms, while breathing like this will set the parasympathetic system (“rest and digest”) into action shutting off the alarms and settling your nerves.
Other things that help: laughing, checking out what’s going on around you (moving head and eyes to orient to your surroundings), getting curious about something.
Take care, be safe.
Please use this, guys, it can really help calm you while being triggered and when you’re in a stressful environment.
I do something like this before every tarot reading session. It grounds me hella fast.
May your card shuffling be smooth and effective
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The cards I use are:
The Faerie’s Oracle
Archangels of Atlantis
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This is so so sooo important
So I did this deck interview with Tarot of the Silicon Dawn yesterday. I almost redid it because I like, “WTF is up with all these motherfucking pentacles in my motherfucking spread?” even after doing seriously solid shuffling. And in this deck, pentacles are associated with fire rather than earth, so…damn. That’s a lot of power.
There’s just so much energy here.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
4 of Pentacles. Completion. When I first looked at this card, I saw meditation, reading, relaxation. There’s a sense of calm and security when you first look at this image: reading on your porch with the wind rustling the pentacle wind chimes? Fuck yeah, I call that secure. And it’s an initial assessment that matches up with aspects of other 4 of Pentacles. But reading the companion book told me to take another look. So I did. That cozy home is right on the edge of the cliff, and the porch overhangs that edge. Not only could you be staring into the rift below, you’ve also put yourself further over it! The reds and oranges here also belie that security. They’re warm, but they’re also fire. And while fire protects, it doesn’t take much for it to overwhelm you. As a wildland firefighter, I learned that lesson quick.
I see this as a reminder that I can’t get too complacent with this deck, or with tarot in general. This false sense of security is important to remember because things are always changing, and this deck won’t let me forget that. If I want to continue growing, I need be be willing to give up the illusion that things will be the same, be safe. This card also tells me that while this deck is willing to acknowledge the less secure side of things, it’s also about contemplating them. Yes, maybe that rift and the overhanging porch is scarier than it seems to be at first glance. But sometimes, we need to be willing to put ourselves in that position to learn, to contemplate, to grow.
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
2 of Pentacles. Will. This image is a hell of a lot stronger and more powerful than the traditional RWS balancing act. There’s still a lot of balance here, but it’s infused with fire and energetic power. I’m reminded of The Chariot and The Magician, both of which are about willpower: creation and maintaining. This deck is incredibly willful; I can see that just by looking at the cards. It’s all about harnessing the energy and power of tarot and its symbolism, then yelling into the Void that “I AM HERE.” ToSD doesn’t give a shit what you think - you can see that in the smirk on the person’s face. It’s going to do what it wants to do, and hopefully you’re along for the ride.
3. What are you limits as a deck?
9 of Pentacles. Strength. I’m going to quote straight from the book here because I think this line honed in on the limits: “Act without thinking. Do without being. Strike hard (hope you aimed).”
The Pentacles are represented to me as video game superheros. They have superpowers and can do things we dream of being able to do. The problem with superheros, however, is that sometimes they get overwhelmed by their powers, get lost in the strength they have, decide that their results more than justify their means. And so sometimes, they move from the bright moral goodness that we normally ascribe to them to the murkier morality of vigilante justice, of “I need to do whatever it takes to defeat my enemies, for the good of the people as I see it.” Their judgement can get clouded and their energies/powers take over. I can see this deck being like that. Thoughtless, too in the moment, too in the power, ready to strike at anything…and forgetting to aim. As a limit, it can be moderated, but it’ll take work.
4. What are you here to teach me?
10 of Pentacles. Oppression. More power, more strength. Not just overwhelmingly so - worldendingly so. This card has two points for me. One, this deck can help teach me to grow in tarot, in bettering my skills, and just becoming that tiny bit more badass. At the same time, its willing check me, to remind me that being a world eater isn’t the best route to take… we all need some x-wing fighters to serve as our superegos when our id and ego get out of control!
5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
9 of Swords. Cruelty. Oh man, if this wasn’t a bag of mixed messages, I don’t know what is. I love that this card can be read in so many ways: betrayal, trusting the snake, hidden threats; pulling the sword from your back, sharing burdens, taking away the pain. It all depends on the direction that dagger is going. To me, this tells me that I need to cognizant that this deck is its own neutral agent. I can trust it…to a point. It may be painful to work with at times, but the larger goal can be worth it. In the book, there’s a line about “sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind,” and I feel that applies here. What feels like cruelty and betrayal in the short term can really be your salvation in the long term.
(I’m thinking about the substance users I’ve worked with here. When family and friends put up strong boundaries and refuse to enable their addictions, or help get them into detox/rehab, it can feel like the worst betrayal. Yet it’s all motivated by love and the need to protect the addict and the people around them. Talk about a knife in the back. Talk about a complicated situation. But talk about the love and hope.)
6. What are the potential outcomes of our working relationship?
Progeny of the Void. Hey, one of these nifty cards! This is a barren landscape, empty of life or the ability to support it. But, as Urnash says, those rocks and structures serve as the backbone to the future possibilities of life and growth. There’s…something…coming from the sky, about to land. Who knows, maybe someone decided that this was the perfect place to terraform, to create something new. You have to start somewhere, right? Why not in the starkest, darkest place you can find? That’s where you see the stars best anyway.
The potential here for outcomes is staggering.
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