30 Days of Tarot – Day 7

7. What is your favorite card (both in terms of the deck’s artwork and divinatory meaning)?

Favorite in the Minor Arcana:

3 of Wands

The three of wands is all about seeing what is there. It’s about the big picture. For some reason I love it. I appreciate the symbolism in the Smith-Style illustrated minors. I love the way it appears in many “pip” decks (decks with non-illustrated minors such as the Tarot De Marseilles in the lower right of the above image).

Favorite in the Major Arcana.

The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man from my personal study deck

As far as favorite card visually, I have always been drawn to the Hanged Man.

Hanged Man.jpg
The Hanged Man from The Wild Unknown Tarot

The Hanged Man means different things to me depending on how the card is placed and what intuition tells me, here are a few thoughts:

  • Ultimate surrender. Winning by conceding to the course you know needs to be taken.
  • Sacrifice. Giving up for the good of others your wants. Seeing wants as less important than needs
  • Deciding to take the action that is unpopular, but moral.
  • Tests and trials
  • Initiation
  • Submission
  • Suspension, waiting, holding off in making a decision
  • Taking time to think, but working while you do so
  • Martyrdom


30 days of Tarot challenge – by The Tarot Sybarite (Full list here).

The Wild Unknown Tarot has a website here, other decks pictured above can be found in the 30 Days of Tarot – Day 3.

30 Days of Tarot – Day 3

3. Do you have more than one deck that you use, and, if so, do you have a favorite? If not, why do you like the deck you have chosen?

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I feel like if I had a lot more moving capital I’d buy every deck that struck my fancy.

As it stands I have 6 working decks and 2 retired decks. I find I favor them for different things. One of the retired decks I spoke about previously in this challenge The Spiral Tarot.

I don’t think I have a favorite, I reach for different decks for different things.

The Wild Unknown Tarot 

I have the second more colorful edition of this deck. I love that are no people in the deck, well; no human people. This my favorite deck for shadow work, introspection, and journaling. The divergence from traditional imagery makes me reconsider the cards and help me think about the relations between cards.

Shadowwork - Day 1

Universal Waite Tarot Deck

This is a riff on the “traditional” Smith-Waite deck. I have mostly retired this deck. It was the deck I bought to replace The Spiral Tarot circa 2005.


Mucha Tarot

I use this deck to read for others. I was a bit disappointed that it does not have more body diversity.

Daily Draw - 01-01-16

The Smith-Raider-Waite Tarot

I use this deck as well to read for others. Generally if I get this deck out I’m reading for strangers.


Shadowscapes Tarot

Oh my is this deck GORGEOUS. I love the flowy water colors, I love the purpley color palette. This is my travel deck. It lives in the bag I carry around. If I give a random reading or pull a card on the train this is the deck I’m reaching for.

Shadowwork - Day 4

The Wildwood Tarot

As you can see below this deck uses non-“standard” suits for it’s minors. It also renames several of the majors.  I have had this deck for sometime; however, I am still getting to know it.

knight of bows

Tarot de Marseille 1736 (French Edition)

One of the oldest compleate Tarot decks this deck comes in many varieties. Below is Le Bateleur, “The Mountebank”, the first trump in the Tarot de Marseille. (image links to the wikipedia article it comes from, I could not find an image I like, new computer problems). I got this deck when the spouse and I were talking about Tarot history. I don’t use it regularly. I do use it when teaching.


Motherpeace Round Tarot (Mini)

I wanted a round deck really bad and when I saw this at the local witchy shop I had to get it. The mini deck fits well in my hands, which is important because it’s not easy to shuffle. I don’t use this deck often for reading, but I do reach for it when I want to  meditate on one card quietly. I feel like the circles sort of encapsulate the ideas and helps me circle back to it.


30 days of Tarot challenge – by The Tarot Sybarite (Full list here).

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Tarot Shadow Work Day 3

► Day 3: Home Life – Security, Belonging, Self-Worth

Home life is closely tied to one’s sense of security, belonging, and self-worth. By analyzing the condition of the home life we experienced during childhood, we can shed light on how these aspects of ourselves developed.

Reflect on what your home life was like growing up. Consider things like household income, inter-family relationship dynamics, overall lifestyle, etc. Was financial stability a source of stress? Was the relationship between your parents conflicted? Did you feel accepted by your family? Did you feel safe at home? Did you live a life in a suburban setting, in the boonies, in an orphanage?

Tarot Question: What aspect of my home life might I benefit from taking into consideration?

Shadowwork - Day 3
4 of Swords

Rest, relaxation, and recovery.

Quote From The January Shadow Work Challange Post by UnmaskingTheDivine 

Deck used is: The Wild Unknown Tarot

Daily Draw Draw – Three of Wands

Back in October I was drawing my daily draw. I got around 15 days in before I stopped having time to draw the card I drew every day and also when I got to The Devil which took a lot of unpacking (and failed drawings). That card was so hard for me to draw that I gave up after finally getting something I’m happy with. Today I decided to start up again with my drawing of the three of wands.

The idea with these drawings is to distill my feelings about the cards into keywords. I am trying to avoid redrawing the Smith-Rider-Waite deck. I am not going to do detailed drawings for the minor arcana.

This deck is for me. My goal is to go through my whole draw intentionally viewing each card as upright and then once I’ve finished do daily draws intentionally viewing each card as reversed. I am leaving the bottom of the card blank so I can draw again.

The deck I’m drawing from changes based on the deck I picked that day. All of my current decks have the same numbering scheme (Strength included). I am distressed noticing that a lot of my decks are Smith-Rider-Waite clones or very Smith-inspired at least. I will work through deck reviews of the 7 decks currently in my collection.

That all said here is today’s draw in 6 of my decks:

3 of Wands
See what I’m saying about Smith-Inspired art? (Deck list at end of post)

After carrying the card with me for the day and thinking on it quite a bit here is the drawing I made:

3 of Wands - Draw

The 3 in tarot relates to The Empress – assuming that you read the non-court minor arcana as related to the 1-10 Major Arcana – and relates to germination, planning and beginings. When we relate this the suit of wands and intuiton, thought, and action we can distill down to these keywords:


This is a very base look at the card. My end goal doing this is not just to make a clear view for my own intuitive meanings for the cards, but also to reinforce the base of my knowledge of the cards.

I will work to put up past draws and future draws as time allows.

Wish me luck on this process!

Decks above from Left to Right, top to bottom:
The Wild Unknown Tarot
Universal Waite Tarot Deck
Mucha Tarot
The Smith-Raider-Waite Tarot
Shadowscapes Tarot
Tarot de Marseille 1736 (French Edition)

Tarot Reading – Yule

Four tarot cards laid out. The 3 of Pentacles, the Sun, The 6 of cups and the Hanged Man (Reversed)Today’s spread I did in a slightly different way than normal. I shuffled the deck and thought about how this new chapter of the wheel of the year would go. Then I searched the deck for the sun. The idea that I would read like this:

Past Card (the one in front of the sun)
The Sun (“Current”)
Future (After Sun)
Thing to keep in mind (Bottom of the deck)


The past held teamwork and ambition, the future holds nostilgia and innocence. I should keep in mind giving things up for no reason…

(The deck pictured is The Wild Unknown)

[Poem] Return of the sun


As I leave my home the sky lightens. I smile knowing the sun made it back to the world. It does not feel anybwarmer, yet. The wind is cold and wet but yet, I can feel it in my bones that the sun slowly tides distant spring. The web of connectedness that connects below the surface of the world is humming life today. Bulbs and seeds are neastled in their cold beds beneath the fallen, damp leaves, waiting.
The horizon lightens casting the sky with cool toned beams of light. Naked trees cast their hands to the sky in welcoming waves to the sun as he peaks his distant face between the clouds.
Winter wanes away.
During the night the white stag danced, now as morning comes the grey of the sky continues to light. The candles we used to keep the dark at bay flicker out.

(The Wild Unknown Tarot can be found here.)