Hey all! Happy Mercury Retrograde! I'm celebrating by traveling. I'll be off partying in the woods and mountains with no internet for the next week. Be back by June 1st. Daily card draws will start back up then. Have a great week and don't let Mercury get you down. Cheers!
I’m coming down with a cold and don’t feel up to thinking too hard, so I figured I’d do a light and fun post this week, with a bit of show and tell. Let’s look at different ways of storing your tarot decks.
I want to get something straight right away: it really doesn’t matter how you store your tarot cards. The cards are just paper, and they won’t get mad if you decide to keep them tied with rubber bands in a stack on the floor. You don’t need to spend any money on extra accessories or do anything fancy to store your cards.
That said, it’s really fun to come up with personalized storage for your deck collection. Pampering your decks can make taking them out to do a reading feel a little more special.
You could store your decks any number of ways - in boxes, in a desk or bureau drawer, stacked on a bookshelf, or out on display. You can keep them in their original packaging, place them in bags, wrap them in cloth, or tie them up with ribbons. You can store them by themselves or add crystals, trinkets, or memorabilia.
When I first started getting into tarot, the prevailing wisdom was to keep your tarot cards in velvet bags, preferably black. (Oh the ‘90s . . .) That was never quite my style. Now the trend is to wrap your decks in silk scarves, a look I’ve always loved.
I keep my decks together in boxes. I picked these two boxes up on sale at a craft store.
Serious collectors may cringe, but I hate fussing with the deck’s original packaging. With the exception of really well packaged decks like the Wild Unknown, I’ll either toss or file away the original boxes and little white booklets, and wrap my decks in scarves and bandanas. I collect my decks to use them, and not for the sake of collecting, trading, or re-selling out of print decks.
I like to keep tumbled stones in my tarot boxes - amethyst for cleansing and clear quartz for amplifying energy.
When I get a new deck, the first thing I do is head to the nearest consignment, vintage, antique, or junk shop to find a scarf to match the artwork on the deck. I’ve had amazing luck finding scarves with the perfect prints in $1-$5 bins. I love this silk ‘60s scarf paired with the Jolanda Tarot.
My all-time favorite (so far) is this fantastic compass scarf, paired with the Morgan Greer deck. I found it the day after I wrote The Compass Rose Spread, now my go-to spread for general readings. The Morgan Greer deck is my main deck for reading for others.
A nice alternative to scarves, especially if you don’t like mixing pre-owned items with metaphysical tools, is to cut a square piece of cloth, about the size of a bandana. I used a scrap piece of lace to wrap up my Dreaming Way deck for two reasons: it was lying around and it matched, and lace like this doesn’t fray on the edges when you cut it. 2-Minute no-sew projects are the best projects. You can pick up similar lace at any fabric store in almost any color. You should only need 1/4 yard to wrap a deck, which will set you back $1 to $3.
How do you store your tarot decks? Let me know in the comments!
I had a different post planned for this week, but when I saw the Intuitive Tag on Benebell Wen’s tarot blog, I had to give it a go. I'm not usually into chain questions, but this set is too fun to pass up!
You don’t have to “be psychic” or even consider yourself intuitive to read cards, but I know a lot of us tarot nuts are very much into intuition and other aspects of the woo arts. Here are some of my experiences and viewpoints:
1. Share your first paranormal experience that comes to mind.
This is tricky, because when we say the word “paranormal,” we tend to think of stuff that’s really big, flashy, or out there, when in reality, most spiritual and intuitive experiences seem so normal and small at the time, they’re easy to dismiss. The word “paranormal” primes us to want Hollywood magic, TV ghosts, and flying saucers. I’ve heard of people having powerful experiences, but most of mine have felt pretty everyday. What counts?
Since I was tiny, I’ve been drawn to all things paranormal and spiritual, and especially all things witchy. I longed to glimpse something magical and fantastical, but brushed off instances of actual intuition because, well, they just seemed normal. (For instance, I’ve always felt other people’s emotions as though they were my own, but I've never coded it as “paranormal.”) I've always been a romantic dreamer and a skeptic at the same time.
When I was around 11 or 12, I started having occasional dreams that “came true” or correlated with later events and conversations, and I first encountered undeniable spirit/ghost activity in my late teens.
Once in college I was working alone in a big, empty studio, in a building known to be actively haunted. Suddenly the radio blared on at full volume from within a locked cabinet. It couldn’t have been a power surge, because it was the weekend, and the power had been left cut off from that side of the studio. I changed my little radio to match the same station, and kept working. The radio in the cabinet played for a few songs, then turned itself off.
Many of my “paranormal” experiences have been so utterly banal and simple, though, that it’s funny. In high school, I’d dream that work was getting cancelled, and then I’d wake up to a call that my shift was cancelled. In college, I’d dream about eating pancakes, and there would be pancakes as a surprise treat for brunch the next day. (Actually, since I was on a “special” food plan for allergy kids, pancakes were a big deal!)
My intuition gradually snuck up on me, and it’s still a work in progress.
2. Have you ever had a premonition?
Yup. I’d even say most people have had premonitions, whether they’ve noticed or not. Premonitions can be “big,” but more often they seem small and are easy to forget. That’s one reason why it’s so good to write down your dreams if you want to develop your intuition. You may be having premonitions in your dreams, but forgetting them.
3. When did you get your first Tarot or Oracle deck? What deck was it?
I got my first tarot deck as a Christmas present when I was 13. It was the Shapeshifter Tarot by D.J. Conway, Sirona Knight, and Lisa Hunt. I only connected to it for a couple years, then passed it along.
4. What element do you connect with the most?
Water, which is funny because I don’t like to swim much. There’s a lot of water in in my personality, though, and nothing helps like being near wild, running water when I’m really anxious or stressed.
5. Do you believe in Faeries?
I’m meh on Faeries. I haven’t encountered Faeries, myself, so my inclination is to say “no.” I have trouble connecting to the word “Faeries,” though. Its connotations are too cutesy and precious for my taste.
I’m influenced by the Irish heritage in my family. In Irish folklore, faeries are anything but cutesy and precious. They’re feral creatures and widely varied spirits, many tied to the land and to natural forces. Some are benevolent, some are malevolent, and more are in between or disinterested in human affairs. All of them command a degree of respect, and have their own interests and priorities. Even the benevolent among them can be dangerous. I’m more inclined to believe in that kind of Faery, and if they’re out there, they’re not critters I’m interested in fussing with.
I do believe in spirits, and I believe there are spirits about that are neither human nor animal. I’m not inclined to call them Faeries, though others might.
6. Do you prefer the Moon or the Sun?
The Moon. I love the Sun, but it’s surprisingly easy for me to pick sides here. I sunburn easy and I’m a total night owl. Besides, you can look directly at the moon.
7. What is your favorite Crystal or Stone?
Is all the rocks an option? Of crystals, if I have to pick favorites, I’d say labradorite and quartzes. I’m also on a bit of a pyrite kick lately. Of stones in general, glacial boulders out in the woods.
8. Can you see spirits/spiritual beings?
I’m honestly not sure. I don’t practice mediumship, and I don’t see spirits directly or clearly with my physical vision.
However, I’ve gotten impressions in my mind, like seeing a dream image, only you’re awake and know you’re neither dreaming nor hallucinating, or like imagination, except it doesn’t feel like it’s coming from you. I’ve also seen figures or flashes in my peripheral vision that may have correlated with spirit activity. It’s really easy for me to dismiss these things as imagination or optical illusions, so I don’t know if they’re significant. Sometimes they seem to be, and sometimes I’m too skeptical to believe it.
Here’s a recent example: I was helping my mom clean out the office a couple weeks ago. I went upstairs to get something and thought I saw one of the cats on the floor out of the corner of my eye. I turned to say hi and there was no cat there. I asked Mum if she’d recently dreamed or thought of our old cat, who passed away several years ago. She said, “actually, I just finished shredding the last of her medical records now."
And an older example: Years ago, I worked in the same building as the studio I mentioned before. I felt watched 100% of the time I was in there. I witnessed some strong ghost activity, like the radio incident, and many of my coworkers reported seeing figures and apparitions. Because the thought of physically seeing spirits has always freaked me out, I'd find myself projecting thoughts like “I know you’re there and I don’t want to see you, so don’t you dare go visible!” I never saw anything directly, but I’d go home and have dreams where my day would repeat exactly as it just had been, only in the dream I could see the ghosts, where they’d been in the background, and how they’d interacted (or not) with the day’s events. I don’t usually repeat a day’s events in my dreams. I’ve only ever had a handful of dreams like that, all when I worked in this building.
So are things like that just coincidences, just imagination, or real spirit contacts? I’m undecided. If they’re real, they’re subtle, and not anything I’ve actively developed.
9. Would you rather be able to fly on a broomstick, breathe under water, make things grow fast, or control fire?
Broomstick. No question. Next!
10. What is the animal totem that you feel most connected too?
I’ve got a fox connection going right now. My most significant animal dreams lately have been of foxes.
I don’t know about totems, per se. I think individual animals are just that - individuals, with their own minds, priorities, and personalities. But all species have something to teach us through the stories of their evolutions, behaviors, and cultures.
I adore critters, and there are many species I feel drawn to. Cats, owls, bears, rabbits, coywolves, mockingbirds, hawks, deer . . . if it lives in North America and has four legs of fewer, I probably love it. Anything with 6+ appendages (stingers count), I have to evaluate on a case-by-case basis.
11. What is your first animal/spirit totem?
I’ve had an irrational obsession with all cats, great and small, since birth. Though I may have just been getting a jump on my crazy, spinster, cat-lady title . . .
12. Tell us about your first spirit guide?
13. Do you feel more connected to the stars or the Earth?
The Earth. It’s where I’m at right now, so my perspective is much more Earth-based than star-based. Also, I am extremely wired to the seasons and the weather.
14. What is your preferred method of blessing/cleansing?
For cleansing tarot cards, I use candles, and sometimes combinations of gemstones (rose quartz, clear quartz, amethyst, and citrine). For cleansing stones, I usually use either moonlight or candles.
15. What color do you feel most spiritually connected too?
I’m a visual artist. Asking me to pick a color is like asking a mother to name her favorite child. I can’t imagine one being more spiritual than any other.
Ok, tag - you’re it! If you’re reading this and you’re a card reader, an intuitive, a witch, a hippie mama New Ager, or into the woo arts in any way, copy and answer the questions in your own blog. Have fun!
My name is Evvie Marin. I'm an artist, writer, and ever-loving sucker for the woo arts, especially tarot. I have a B.A. in art and theatre and I've been reading tarot cards for about fifteen years.
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