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Day 10: Tarot decks you want to work more with in 2019.

Day 11: Oracle decks you want to work with more in 2019.


These two prompts for me tend to be tricky because I am not good at planning for using decks too far ahead. As I mentioned in this prompt back in 2018, unlike many Tarotistas I am not good at using multiple decks at the same time. I keep a Tarot deck and an oracle deck in my daily rotation.

I did look at what I wrote last year. I listed three decks in Tarot, and I did work with two of them for a good amount of time: The Santa Muerte Tarot (link to Llewellyn) and the Gaian Tarot (link to my review of the deck). I will likely keep working with these in and out in 2019.

In oracle, of the three I listed in 2018, Wisdom of the Oracle (Link to Aeclectic) deck was the one used the most. This is one I will likely keep using in 2019.

Having said all that, here are some possibilities for 2019 in addition to ones I am using already.

In Tarot decks:

  • Thelema Tarot (link to Aeclectic).
  • Arcanum Tarot (link to Llewellyn). By the same author of the Thelema Tarot.
  • Ludy Lescot Tarot (link to Aeclectic).
  • From 2018: Sherlock Holmes Tarot and the Necronomicon Tarot (links to Aeclectic). I also want to re-read Sherlock Holmes tales and H.P. Lovecraft works. In addition, I recently got Donald Tyson’ two books on the Necronomicon, and I want to read them. So working with these two decks is more a long term goal than just for 2019.

In oracle decks:

  • Enchanted Map Oracle (link to Aeclectic). A favorite that I’d like to go back to sometime.
  • Santa Muerte Oracle (link to Llewellyn). I have the Tarot deck and I like it, so now I recently got the oracle. I hope to give the oracle a good go in 2019.
  • In long term: Faery Lenormand and Gilded Reverie Lenormand (links to Aeclectic). I had no interest or intention to learn Lenormand right away. However, I saw the art for the Faery Lenormand, fell in love with it, and when I saw a good deal bought it along with the Gilded Reverie Lenormand. For the Faery Lenormand, I also liked Davide Corsi did art for it (he did the Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night, link to my review). I got the Gilded Reverie Lenormand because it is by Ciro Marchetti. Under my personal rule of buying decks for use, it means I need to work on this. I subscribed to a small set of e-mail Lenormand lessons, and I got a book on the subject. This is a new learning experience for me. We’ll see how it goes.


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You can find Ethony Dawn’s prompts, including a video explaining the prompts, over on her blog. The social media hashtag for this one is #31DaysOfTarot19.

Prompt: Tarot goals 2019


I went back and looked at my Tarot goals for 2018 when I did this prompt. One goal I accomplished was, as much as possible and time allowing, was sharing my morning/daily card draws on Twitter. I do this on work days (Monday through Friday). I usually post the card and my interpretation online in the evening; it’s worked out well, and I hope to continue in 2019. I wanted to also share my daily card on Tumblr, but after their 2018 debacle, that is not an option for me. As a minor related goal, I will be exploring other social media options.

My big goal last year was to keep on learning and studying more. I am continuing that in 2019. Reading is a big part of this. As before, I’ve gotten new books on divination, Tarot, and esoterica I want to read.

My Tarot journaling works well for me. In my journal, I jot down spreads I find in different places to try out later. They get mixed in with all my other notes. So for 2019, creating a notebook of spreads and card “tool” is a goal, so I can have that information in a handy place.

Of course, hope to continue trying out new, or new to me, card spreads. Also do more deck reviews, which can also give me a chance to do deck interview spreads.

Adding to my daily card practice, I have one more idea to try out. I try to use oracle decks, but I often forget or lack time. So I will try to do at least a weekly oracle draw for myself. We’ll see if we can make it a new habit in 2019.

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You can find Ethony Dawn’s prompts, including a video explaining the prompts, over on her blog. The social media hashtag for this one is #31DaysOfTarot19.

January 2019


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