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Prompt for Day 12: The divination tool outside Tarot that you used most in 2019.

That would be oracle cards, like the ones picture below. From the photo below, which I am reusing, the Wisdom of the Oracle would be the oracle deck I used most in 2019.

Top 5 oracle decks of 2017

These are the Oracle Decks I identified as my Top 5 for 2017.

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You can find the original prompts by Ethony Dawn here.

Prompt for Day 4: 5 Most Used Decks between 2010- 2019.

I started my Tarot journey in 2016; February 17, 2016 was the first entry in my first Tarot journal. So for me this period goes from 2016 to 2019. This would be a period of 4 years. I went through my Tarot journals to see what I was using. Based on that review, I found these to be the decks I used the most between 2016 to 2019.

  • Steampunk Tarot (Moore and Fell; link goes to my review of the deck at Itinerant Librarian). I used this one during 3 out of the 4 years, and it was the deck that I was using for my daily draws at the end of 2019.
  • Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night (Corsi; link goes to my review of the deck). I used this one during 3 out of the 4 years. This is my usual “go to” deck for Samhain/Fall/Halloween season. In 2019, to try something different, I used the Ghost Tarot deck (also by Davide Corsi; link to Aeclectic for reference purposes as I have not reviewed it yet).  I do like the Ghost Tarot very much, so I may alternate using it with the Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night for Samhain/Fall/Halloween, at least until I try a different one, and I do have some others in my collection that would fit well during that season.
  • Gaian Tarot (Colbert; link to my review). Used in 2 out of the 4 years.
  • Santa Muerte Tarot (Listrani; link to my review). Used in 2 out of the 4 years.
  • Witches Tarot (Dugan and Evans; link to my review). Used in 2 out of the 4 years. Since I am not a fan of traditional Rider Waite Smith decks, i.e. I do not particularly like Pamela Smith’s art, this deck makes a good clone for when I want something very close to traditional RWS.

For oracle decks. I only had two that I consistently used:


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You can find the original prompts by Ethony Dawn here.

Prompt for Day 3: Top 5 oracle decks of 2019

As for the Day 2 prompt, top 5 Tarot decks of 2019, this refers to decks acquired/added to my collection in 2019. I only added two oracle decks in 2019.

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In the photo:

  • Angelarium: Oracle of Emanations.
  • Mausolea: Oracle of Souls.


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You can find the original prompts by Ethony Dawn here.

Welcome to the start of my third year doing Ethony Dawn’s “31 Days of Tarot” prompt series. The challenge is mainly a You Tube event, but since as I have said before I do not currently have a You Tube channel, I do it here on the blog. This year I will also crosspost these prompts over on my new NewTumbl blog (i.e. the Tumblr refugee blog I now have where I post a good amount of my Tarot and cartomancy stuff). Last year, I ran a bit behind, so the fact I am able to post the first prompt on time is a good thing. We’ll see if I am able to keep up. I may post a post a day, or I may combine prompts and do one post a week or when I can get to it.

For me, I enjoy doing this because it gives me a chance to reflect a bit on my Tarot and cartomancy practice. So, without further ado, let’s begin.

Day One prompt: “What Tarot goodies did the holidays bring?

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I got the following Tarot, oracle, cards goodies this Christmas/holiday:

  • Tarot de los Magos deck kit. This is the Spanish edition of the Wizards Tarot deck kit by Corrine Kenner. The original went out of print (and the secondary market has gone obscenely insane in pricing this as it often does when some relatively popular deck goes out of print). A Spanish edition was available at reasonable cost, and since I can read Spanish fluently, went for it.
  • Mausolea: Oracle of Souls deck.
  • The Everyday Tarot mini deck kit. This deck is by Brigit Esselmont of Biddy Tarot.
  • The Millennium Thoth Tarot deck. This is by Renata Lechner, creator of the Thelema Tarot and the Arcanum Tarot. With this deck, I have her three decks now. The Thoth deck may take me a while to get to study as Thoth is a different system than the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) I usually use, but I do have the intention to study it. I can tell folks now that having looked it over, the Millennium Thoth is a beautiful deck.
  • A Tarot place mat. It’s the place mat I used in this photo to put the decks and book on.
  • The Complete New Tarot book.
  • The Bruce Lee Special Edition Playing Cards set. OK, this is not quite Tarot, but I felt a need to add it. One, the set features great photos of the man on one deck. The second deck in this nice tin set contains a set of affirmations and quotes from Bruce Lee, which can make for nice daily reflection displays, do a card a day kind of thing. As some of my readers may know, I also collect playing card decks, plus someday I would like to learn to do divination with playing cards, so there is the connection to the prompt.
  • A small red dragon figurine. It is not pictured as it came nicely wrapped in bubble wrap. I have not decided where to place it yet, so it is safe wrapped for now. As soon as I place it, I will take a photo and share.

I hope to review the book and the decks down the road over at The Itinerant Librarian. Meanwhile, thanks for stopping by, and hope you will return for the other prompts.

Paz y amor.



Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.


These are the books I reviewed at The Itinerant Librarian for July 2019. If you missed this, or it is new to you, feel free to check them out.

I also reviewed the following cartomancy decks:


Finally, I also watched and commented on some media items in June 2019. See my Media Notes: Roundup for July 2019.


With these four prompts, I get to wrap up the challenge. This is the first time I have attempted this kind of blogging challenge, a challenge where you do prompts over a month, and doing it around Tarot has been interesting as well as helped me reflect a bit on my Tarot learning journey. Doing them ahead of time too has been helpful given my schedule is not always one that allows me to do this on every single day. So, here we go with the last four prompts:

Day 28: Share one celebrity that you would refuse to read for, no matter how much they paid you (and why!).

Day 29: What are your beliefs around the mechanics of a reading? How do you think it works? Is it your subconscious, higher self, Spirit?

Day 30: What is the most culturally inclusive deck that you own?

Day 31: What are your favorite Tarot apps, do you work with them? On what platforms smart phone, tablet, etc.?


Day 28. Definitely the Pendejo In Chief. He is known for not listening to anything you try to tell him anyhow, so why bother? He does not have enough money to get a reading from me. He is way too stubborn and self-centered for anyone to try to tell him anything. And the same goes for anyone who voted for him or supported him or continues to support him. I definitely do not want any of those people anywhere near me, and if I know they are one of them, I will not read for them. I am sure they can find a reader; it just will not be me.


Day 29. I am not sure on the beliefs about readings. I am pretty much a heathen, though I would not totally see myself as full atheist. I am somewhat spiritual and still seeking kind of thing. I think readings and readers can vary from people who are very spiritual and guided by some higher power (whatever you wish to call it) to those who do it by the book to folks who know the symbols and combine it with a cold reading ability. Allow me to add that I do not think having the ability to cold read is necessarily a bad thing. I think, if you pin me down, an ideal reading combines intuition, a little spirituality, some cold reading, and a little book learning. In other words, it is not just one thing, but a combination of factors that make a reading. These factors vary from reader to reader, and depending on how each reader combines them in a variety of ways is how you see if a reading is good or not. For me, this can account as to the wide variety of readers and how they read. After all, you can put a spread out, and if you have five or more readers, they may all give you a different reading of the same cards. That I do find interesting.


Day 30. I have two decks that I see as culturally inclusive at this moment: the Gaian Tarot (Colbert) and the Modern Spellcaster’s Tarot (Marquis). Deck links here go to my reviews of the decks.


Day 31. I do not really work with Tarot and oracle card apps. I have some Tarot sampler apps on my smart phone that I got to try out, from Fool’s Dog, but otherwise, I do not have any specific apps I use. I prefer to use cards in print. However, I like the idea that in a pinch I can do Tarot on my phone when I do not have a deck handy.


You can find Ethony’s original prompts here.

Combining days once more into a single post. I find that this works for me better than making a bunch of very short posts. Anyhow, here are the prompts for these three days:

Day 25: Tarot or oracle– which one would you read with for the rest of your life, if you had to pick one? And why?

Day 26: Thoughts on Tarot become “mainstream”?

Day 27: Share your first professional reading experience (either as a reader or seeker).

If I am forced to choose, it would be Tarot what I would read with for the rest of my life. I think it is because of the structure. Tarot has a specific set of symbols, structure, and arrangement. For the most part, a Tarot deck is a Tarot deck no matter which deck you pick up. As much as I like oracle cards, each deck is its own world. In the end, I am glad that I do not have to make this choice.

I do not have any substantial thoughts on Tarot becoming mainstream. If anything, I like the idea that it is becoming more accessible to the hoi polloi like me. It is nice to see that it is not just something for the select few in some far off cabal or something old ladies do from their homes in the other side of the tracks. I am not a fan personally of exclusivity and exclusionary practices, so this is a nice development in my humble opinion. Learning it also appeals to the librarian in me who enjoys reading and learning new things. If nothing else, I hope that as it gets more mainstream, the stigmas that were attached to it gradually fade away. Having Tarot and oracle decks can be as common as having a deck of regular playing cards; that would be a nice vision I think.

I need to note I have never had a professional reading experience neither as reader nor seeker. I would love to have a professional do one for me some day, but I have not found anyone I feel I can approach at this point. As for me, I sure as heck am not ready to do professional readings. Would I do it some day? Maybe. I think I would rather do it here and there for friends and put a tip jar out. At least for now.

You can find Ethony’s original prompts here.

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