Tarot: Finally

The Moon - Shadowscapes Tarot

The Moon, from the Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephani Pui-Mun Law

Off and on, for years now, I’ve been trying to learn to read the Tarot. Convinced I should do it the way you’re “supposed to”, I fought and struggled to learn with either the Rider-Waite Deck or Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris’s Thoth Deck. But even though I long ago memorized most of the individual card meanings, I could make no sense of the arrangements of colorful pieces of cardboard I laid out in front of me.

Then I discovered the Shadowscapes Tarot. Although the images are uniquely different, to say the least, at heart it’s a traditional Tarot deck. I picked it up in the bookstore, held it in my hand for a moment, and impulse-bought it. I’m so glad I did. These pieces of cardboard tell me things. For the first time I’m doing my own amateurish readings for myself. I love geomancy but I know even in these early days the Tarot is absolutely amazing, enthralling.

Speaking of the images on the cards — they are fantastical and absolutely beautiful. There’s so much detail on each card I wish the deck were bigger, huge even, the way my Thoth deck is. You can take a look at some of the cards and some of Ms. Law’s other artwork here.

When I’m ready, I’ll take up either the Rider-Waite deck or the Thoth deck and learn to divine with one of those. In the meantime the Shadowscapes Tarot is proving immensely satisfying.

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4 thoughts on “Tarot: Finally

  1. Cassie says:

    Sounds like an interesting pack. I have often started with tarot but got bored because the pack itself didn’t inspire me.

    • Rachel Izabella says:

      Hi Cassie! Maybe start looking for a deck that resonates with you. Because the feeling you get when the cards start “speaking” to you — it’s just amazing. Much love, Rachel Izabella

  2. Robert Mitchell says:

    Another testament to the power of Art! I got my first deck as a teen in the 70s. I thought I had a standard Rider-Waite deck but later I realized that it had been re-colored by the manufacturer. The Fool’s rose, for example, is red instead of white. I bought a new deck, but it didn’t feel right, so I gifted it away and stuck with the old one. It’s going on 40 years old now, and my connection with it is very strong and sacred. If the Shadowscapes Tarot resonates I’d stick with it. As the master said, “To find water, dig one well not many.”

    • Rachel Izabella says:

      I attempted to learn using Rider-Waite several times, but though I knew the individual card meanings the cards just lay there, dead and silent. But the Shadowscapes Tarot speaks to me. I’m going to stick with it till I can use it proficiently, meaning do a competent reading for another and not just myself — which will probably take several months more practice —, and at some point afterwards learn to read the Rider-Waite and Thoth decks as well. I don’t think “clients” who are at all versed in Tarot will take a reader seriously who can’t read using the Rider-Waite deck. It’s the only deck some people take seriously. And the Thoth deck — it’s just so impressive and striking that I think it would be invaluable for some “clients”. —I put clients in scare quotes because, although I would like to read professionally, I may never do so. I have other possibilities for a secondary income. (Everyone these days should have a secondary income: America isn’t the country it used to be, sadly.)

      Thanks for commenting and much love! —Rachel

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