Now, those of you who have been reading my various posts know of my predilection
for ‘woo-woo’stuff. One of those things are Tarot Cards. I picked up my first deck
when I was 13 years old. If I still had them, my oldest deck would be 36 years old
Well, I no longer have just one deck; I now own 38 different Tarot decks. Mum and Matt keep their eyes peeled for decks that I don’t have, so it was time to check on all of my decks, and make a list of all of them and print it up so Matt can carry it in his wallet for quick checks whilst out and about.
So, with little fanfare, and a lot of work, here is my list of Tarot decks (and a couple of other variants of the premise of the Tarot:
1&2: Medicine Woman Tarot (both decks were gifts so I won’t give
one to someone else)-These cards have a lovely style of artwork,
and have made the switch from European symbols to Native
American beliefs and thought patterns.
3: Celtic Dragon Tarot- I am a freak for Dragons, I even created a dragon alter ego to carry
the power I don’t wish to yield. I am also part Irish, from County Cork, not too far from
County Meath and the Hill of Tara.
4: Fantastical Creatures Tarot- My next to newest deck, I also bought the deck for my
uber-friend Shiloh, who uses them well as a tool for her writing. There is something
delightful about knowing that she has the same exact thing I have, it shortens the land
miles between us to the space of a thought racing along the myelin sheath of a neuron.
5: Shape Shifter Tarot- I have had a decades-long fascination with the idea of
Shape Shifting, whether it be the European, Oriental, Pacific Islander, African
or Native American. I feel most resonant with the versions where, through a
lifetime of Spiritual Learning and practice
one can re-create the essence of what they are Shifting to.
6: Zen Osho Tarot- Definitely one to meditate upon, full of the clear images of
Buddhism, I don’t often use this deck, which is a pity, because I will never
grow familiar with the cards
if I don’t use them.
7: Rider-Waite Tarot- My oldest deck, a gift from my Grandmother DeShaw
in 1978-79. I use this deck for a here-and-now readings. It is excellent for the
“Will I get the job/girl/raise/grades that I want?” sort of layouts.
8: The Gifts of the
Goddess Tarot- I
have yet to crack
these cards, the
time is not yet here
for that. I must
trust in The God
and Goddess to
show me when.
9: The Answer
Deck- My brother
Matt found this
deck and thought
them amusing and
he is right. For
someone who has
read the tarot for
over 2/3 of her life,
this is more of a
teaching tool than
one of divination.
10: Rune Stones-
I bought a set and
that Runes and I
don’t mix well.
They’re still around
because I refuse
to throw away or
get rid of
something that is
Perhaps one day
when the Earth
signs in my
active I’ll play with
them some more.
11: Power Thought Cards- A delightfully illustrated deck of positive affirmation cards, just pull
one out and meditate on the meaning and symbolism.
12: Yoga Cards- Learn yoga from the cards, when I have the space to try them, I’m sure I’ll
have a ball with them.
13: Arthurian Legend Tarot- I am a born, dyed in the wool lifelong hopeful romantic. Why
wouldn’t the Arthurian Cycle also fascinate me? The cards are beautifully illustrated, and are
a rich tapestry of symbolism and the Arthurian Legend. I take then out and just wander
through them from time to time, letting them sink into my subconscious.
With that sort of propensity, and having grown up with all of the usual children’s books, as
well as the books that Mum read to us, Shakespeare, this amazing coffee table book on
Greek Mythology, as well as the books she deemed tame enough for our tender little psyches.
She had a helluva time with me, I have always been a voracious reader, and so I was perhaps
10 or 11 when I first read William Peter Blatty’s “The Exorcist”. Not long after that was
when I discovered lecherous limericks, they became a method to cope with helping Mum
study Microbiology, Internal Parasites to be exact, over a plate of spaghetti.
14: Egyptian Tarot- I saw this deck at a yard sale in Oregon and had to have them, fortunately
everything was priced to go, so I was able to afford them. They are done in the linear style
of pen and ink, and were simply black lines on white paper. I say were because I am slowly
colouring in the cards in the shades I deem appropriate.
15: Classic Tarot- A brighter hued version of the Rider-Waite deck, it was part of a kit that
Matt found me and it came replete with a bright purple silk scarf to wrap the cards in and
lay them on when doing a reading.
16: Tarot of Atlantis- A deck yet to be explored.
17: Gypsy Witch Cards-These were originally my Great-Grandmother DuBay’s and they were
passed down to me after she passed on. I come by my talents naturally, my Great-Grandfather
Myers and my Great-Great-Grandfather ‘Big Joe’ DuBay were both Faith Healers, and
Grandma DuBay told fortunes with a poker deck of cards. She stopped after she predicted
18 Healing With The Angels Oracle Deck- Mum found these for me and they are beautifully
illustrated in a variety of styles. This is a deck for comfort and acceptance; I use a simplified
form of bibliomancy (fortune-telling with a book) to choose a card to meditate on.
19: World’s Smallest Tarot Deck-These were a gift from my Middle Brother and his sweetie, the cards themselves are smaller than my pinkie fingernail so I leave them be for fear of losing one. LOL
20: Wheel of Change Tarot- Another deck I’ve used very little, although they are visually attractive
21: The Baseball Tarot-I bought this deck thinking that men would relate to this interpretation.
22: The Aquarian Tarot- Another deck that I bought simply because of the artwork on the cards. They lack the symbols that other decks are rich with, hence they read very simplistically.
23: Native American Tarot- I feel very drawn to the Native American Peoples, family legend
has us descended from a French Explorer in the early 1700’s, that befriended, then married
into and finally was a chief of the Northern Michigan Chippewa peoples.
24: Magic of Numbers Oracle- I am not a math whiz by any road, but, what can I say? They
were on sale!!!
25: Cards of Nostradamus-The same here, clearance sale finds. This one has since been given
some oomph, thanks to Matt buying me a book on the Prophecies of Nostradamus.
26: Well-Worn Path Cards-Tarot with a Wiccan Base, one to use when I am meditating on
concepts of the Wiccan Practices.
27: The Fairies Oracle- How could I resist a deck surrounded with Fairy Lore, and
amazing artwork for my eyes to pore over and squint at.
28 The Lost Zodiac- Not really a Tarot deck per se, it is a deck illustrating a number of
constellations not represented in the traditional 12-sign Horoscope, each of these
constellations is attached to a specific decanate (10 degrees) of a Sun Sign.
29: Matt bought The Mayan Oracle Deck- There is no book so I am taking a quick course
in Mayan astrology so I can ‘read’ the cards correctly.
30: Magic Cards of the Russian Sybil- How could I not get this deck?? I bought them mainly
because of Heather Blakey’s alter ego Sybil.
31: The Dream Kit- A combination of cards, book, journal, and Dream Catcher, to help you
record, understand and eventually ‘own’ your Dream Life.
32: Tarot Dice- The whole Tarot put onto dice you roll, instead of the
shuffle-and-concentrate-on-your-question bit with the cards.
33: Antique (1924) French Tarot Deck- These were waiting patiently in a nearby Antique
Shop for me. The cards are en Francaise, which tickles me to no end.
34: The Magical Menagerie-A deck of magical and mystical creatures, designed to help
people ‘see’ their Spirit Guides.
35: Druid Animal Oracle- Your Spirit Guides, with a Celtic/Druidic twist. Another deck
better for meditation than divination
36: The Llewellyn Tarot- A reworking of the classic Tarot deck, by one of the leading
suppliers of magical books and tools.
38: Babylonian Tarot- I bought this deck for one lone card. Once when I was getting
overexcited a friend said, “Down Tiamat!” when I saw that this deck had Tiamat in it
had to have it! LOL
Tarot- These are
my workhorse cards
second hand, beat
up and chinchilla
chewed, they are
worn to a velvety
texture; these are
the cards I use for
I use these and the
The Classic Tarot
deck is a practical,
deck is very