Alchemical Thoughts

Archive for January 2nd, 2018

You can see all the prompts for the challenge here.

Today’s prompt: Top 5 Tarot Decks of 2017 (ones you purchased and/or released in 2017).

This was a bit tough as I added more than five decks to my collection in 2017. I have become a bit of a collector as well as Tarot user and reader. The only big rule I try to follow in adding a deck to my collection is that it is one I can use and read. Thus there may be decks I find very nice, but if I cannot read with it, I do not add it to my collection.

The five decks in the photo are decks I added to my collection this year. I purchased all of them.


Top 5 Tarot Decks for 2017

I identified these as my Top 5 Tarot Decks for 2017.


The decks are (in no particular order):

  • Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti. I really took off in my Tarot learning journey with Marchetti’s Gilded Tarot deck, which remains a favorite for me. I became a fan of Marchetti’s work, and I am slowly adding some of his other decks to my collection. In 2017, I managed to get my own copy of  Legacy of the Divine. I had previously bought a copy as a gift for The Better Half, so we each have one now. I just got this in December, and I have not worked with it yet. As soon as I do, and I get to write a review, I will post it online.
  • Dreams of Gaia. The moment I saw previews of this, I knew I wanted to add it to my collection. This deck offers a Tarot system of its own. I love the art, and it looks like a deck I can read. It will take me a while to read the book and start learning it, but I look forward to it down the road.
  • Modern Spellcaster’s Tarot. As of this post, I just finished writing the draft of a review for this deck. I hope to be posting it soon. This is the deck I used during December 2017, and as of this post, I am still using it. I found the companion book to have some pluses and a few minuses. The art of the deck is excellent, and I enjoy using the cards very much.
  • Night Sun Tarot. This is the deck that made me fall in love with Fabio Listrani’s art. It was on my wish list for a good while, and I finally have it.
  • Santa Muerte Tarot. Also by Fabio Listrani. I pre-ordered this via Amazon, the first time I ever pre-ordered anything.  This deck came in a regular and a limited edition. Initially, I was going to order one of each, but some small bit of intuition told me not to worry, to just order the regular edition. Given the low price at the time, I got two regular copies. I thus managed to avoid the clusterfuck of pre-ordering as many people found themselves disappointed, angry, frustrated, etc, as Amazon basically oversold the limited edition and started canceling orders left and right. You can likely go on YouTube and find a rant or two on that drama. In the end, based on reviews I have seen from other Tarot practitioners, the only “big deal” with the limited edition is the box, which is coffin-shaped, and even that is not that big a deal. The cards are exactly the same in both editions. This is also for me the first deck I have bought that I felt I had to use right away when I opened it. I put aside the deck I had been using previously, and I got to work with this one. I am very happy with it, and I hope to keep using it often for years to come. As soon as I am able, I will write and post my review of it.


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