Alchemical Thoughts

Archive for January 31st, 2019


Day 28: What is your ‘go-to’ Tarot book and why?

Day 29: How do you feel about Tarot deck modification? Do you draw on your decks? Trim the borders or is it a no go for you and why?

Day 30: Do you carry out predictive Tarot readings? Yes, no, why?

Day 31: What question/s do you most often ask the Tarot? (for yourself and for others)

We made it to the last day of the 31 Days of Tarot 2019 challenge. I found this to be both a bit of fun at times and a good reflective exercise for me. I hope my four readers enjoyed it as well. So, let’s wrap up the challenge.

Day 28. If a deck has a companion book, that becomes my “go-to” book while using the deck. Otherwise my current quick reference book is Jane Lyle’s The Illustrated Guide to Tarot (link to my review). It is a basic, simple Tarot reference book that while mainly for RWS can work for any deck. I also like that Lyle provides abstract meanings for court cards in addition to the “usual” references to persons. I tend to see court cards as people or traits or more general messages, so in my learning an abstract meaning can help.


Day 29. Personally, deck modification is a no go for me. I just do not see the appeal in altering, cutting, trimming, etc. on a deck I spent hard money on to acquire. Do I wish some decks were borderless? Absolutely. Am I going to cut them up for that? No.

Having said that, when a Tarotista shows off a deck they trimmed, if they did a good job at it and looks good, I can appreciate it. Not my thing, but as others often say, you do you.


Day 30. Not really. I use Tarot more as a personal development tool. More for checking on a current situation and get ideas, tips, advice on what to do or possible solutions.


Day 31. For me, I simply ask Spirit/the Divine/ the Cosmic Joker to reveal what I need to hear or be aware of that day. For others, I go with what they may ask.




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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