Getting to know a Tarot deck

There is, in my opinion, only one way to "bond" with a deck, to get to know a deck, or to decide if a deck is for you.

You need to spend time getting to know every card in the pack.

I appreciate with 78 cards in a pack of tarot cards this is quite an investment of time, but it is the best way to really understand any deck, and is the basis of being able to read with a deck fluently.

There are many ways to structure this process, this is how I like to do it;

#1 Gaze at the cards, 1 at a time (I chose 30 minutes per card as I knew I wanted to move into professional tarot card reading)

#2 Record your thoughts about the card, what do feel, see, what do the symbols mean to you?

#3 Research what other people have to say about this one card. I had a pile of 29 books that I compared, you might choose one or two favourite authors. But I think it is important to start with your thoughts, then compare them to other peoples.

#4 Compare the card to the same card in other decks. Perhaps one you know really well, or a well known deck. I compared the Rider-Waite & DruidCraft (the 2 decks I was getting to know) with Thoth & Morgan-Greer. What is different, what is similar, and how does this alter your perceptions of the card?

#5 Finally I went through all my notes and wrote down my key ides. My hard work was worthwhile as these can still be found on Amazon as two e-books!

It may seem like a lot of work, though you can scale it back and gaze for shorter time