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31 Days of Tarot 2019: Days 14, 15, 16, and 17

Posted on: January 27, 2019


Day 14: Which tarot decks give you the most insight by way of the imagery and symbology of the cards rather than intuition or basic tarot knowledge?

Day 15: What is in your Tarot ‘to-go’ bag? Your Tarot travel bag?

Day 16: What Tarot card in the deck do you look out for the most when you get a new deck? If you don’t like that card does it ruin the deck for you?

Day 17: What is your favorite way to Tarot Journal? Planners, apps, bullet journals?


For Day 14, off the top of my head:

  • Hermetic Tarot (link to Aeclectic). Very rich in symbols and imagery. I admit I have not worked much with it as I want to make time to explore it.
  • Modern Spellcaster’s Tarot (link to my review). Works well of intuition and basic meanings, but it also offers a lot in imagery and symbols.

There may be others in my collection, but I need to explore them more.


For Day 15. When I take a Tarot bag, say for a public reading, I have in it the following, give or take:

  • A couple of Tarot decks. Usually the daily use deck, if the deck is OK to use with others, and other decks I’ve found work well with others well like Steampunk Tarot (Moore and Fell, link to my review), Santa Muerte Tarot (link to Llewellyn), and Gaian Tarot (link to my review).
  • An oracle deck. This can vary.
  • A small notebook for notes.
  • A Tarot journal containing some spreads, for reference.
  • Water bottle. Because hydration is important.
  • A small cloth to lay the cards on.


For Day 16. I usually look for:

  • The Hermit- IX.
  • Justice- VIII or XI depending on the deck.

Usually, if I dislike those two, I can still like a deck if the rest of the deck’s art is good. However, a literal Hanged Man, as in hung by the neck, can freak me out a bit on a deck It might not ruin a deck for me, but it would make me a bit leery about using it. It’s kind of like “handle with care” for that deck.

What really ruins a deck for me is good Major Arcana art then finding the Minor Arcana is “pips only.” To me, that feels often like an artist got lazy, tired, or said “fuck it.” For Marseilles and historical decks I get it, but in modern decks unless there is a reason, “pips only” just seems incomplete, which to me is a deck to avoid. After I bought a deck on impulse that looked good only to be “pips only,” I now research decks and images before I make a purchase. However, that is me. For others out there, you do you.

On a side note, I do have a couple of basic Marseilles decks which were gifts. In fact, I started my Tarot journey with a Marseilles deck. I switched to an RWS style deck since Marseilles was not working for me, but now that I’ve learned a bit, I think I can give Marseilles another go. I did acquire a couple of good books on Marseilles decks, and I am determined that those pips are not going to be the boss of me. We’ll see how it goes.


For Day 17. Just a good nice, and not expensive journal notebook. In it, a combination of regular writing on Tarot and related topics, notes, ideas, and commonplace book of Tarot, oracle, and other cartomancy and esoteric things.



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.

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