Magic is Everywhere (Tarot Tuesdays)

So, today, I really want to talk about this Art Nouveau tarot deck that I just got.


Antonella Castelli’s Tarot Art Nouveau deck, purchased at Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC

It’s beautiful. Seriously, gorgeous. My favorite cards in this deck are the Lovers, the Devil and Death, because I just think they’re so fantastically represented, but I really do love all of them. The pictures are gorgeous and the colours almost seem to glow. It’s crazy.


Clockwise from top left: The Devil, Death, The Lovers

Anyway, I decided that this deck lends itself really well to a bit of a series in which I describe the cards and tell you a bit about what they mean to me and how I interpret them, and then you guys can tell me in the comments what you think, how you interpret certain cards, and what cards you’d like to see next. Sound good? Great, glad you like it.

This time, I’m just going to tell you guys a bit about tarot and reading the cards. As an intro, I’d like to say that I’ve been interested in tarot cards since middle school and have been (attempting) reading them since I was in 9th grade, or about 14. That was almost ten years ago, so I’m not necessarily the most qualified, but I have certainly learned a couple of things over the years.

So, the first thing that I think is most important is picking a deck that hasn’t been opened and played with so that you can fully saturate it with your energies. This is important. When you open it, handle each card, look at them, feel them, get to know them. Love on them as if they are your significant other whom you have not seen in months. Lick them, if you have to. I would. It’s also a good idea to pick a deck that truly speaks to you and really catches your eye, you know?

Okay, once you’ve got your sticky energy all over these new and beautiful cards, it might be a good idea to learn a few layouts.

The simplest, and quickest, is the 3-card layout. Basically, shuffle the cards up really well while thinking of a question or a problem you want guidance on. Then, separate your deck into 3 smaller decks. Hold your hand over them and feel the energies caress your hand. Pick the one that calls to you most and put the other two aside. Then, starting from the top, lay out three cards in a row: Past. Present. Future.


My life, all laid out in a row

The next step is to turn them over. Don’t flip them over, because then they’ll be upside down. I always learned that cards that were upside down had the opposite meaning of what they were rightside up. And, you don’t want to get a great card and then accidentally turn it upside down and read it as being a kind of sucky card, right? So, just turn them over so that they’re facing up instead of down without any flipping, if that makes sense.


Ooo, fancy

Also, it’s totally okay if one of your cards does end up being upside down, or – as they say in the card reading world – being “reversed”. That’s actually totally fine! One of mine was, as you can see above.

Now, I’m not going to tell you what I asked, but I will say that I found the outcome to be pretty much accurate. For me, at least! So, go on, give it a whirl!

There are also plenty of other, more complicated layouts that you can try. I’m not going to tell you about them (unless you want me to!), but I will say that my favorite complicated layout is the Celtic cross spread (this is a very good website for explaining them – the only difference is that i put my two across my one like a cross, not overlapping it like this site has done).

So, are there any cards you want to hear about first? Did you try the spread I taught you? What was the outcome? I want to know everything! Oh, I also do “tarot” with a deck of regular playing cards, so once we’ve gone through the tarot deck and their meanings (and their reverses), I can go through my playing card deck and the meanings I use for them (and their reverses). Sound good?


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