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Behind the Scenes: My Tarot Deck Library

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The more I read for people, the more I realize that I overpack my reading bag EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

The clients that have been with me since the start of my professional career know that I bring a variety of decks with me for a session. Why do I do this? Depending on the length of the session, the client may want to switch gears in the topic of their reading. The easiest way to energetically accomplish this shift in the short time frame I have with a client (in my opinion) is by moving on to a different deck than what they were using for the previous topic. I’ve had hour-long sessions with a client in which they’ve gone through 3 different decks. One deck to do a Celtic Cross spread on a broad topic with many branches, another deck to do a short reading Q and A session on a completely different topic, and then a third and final deck to wrap up with.

How do I know which decks to bring to a client session? Sometimes, I don’t… I just bring my tried and true decks, such as the Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith or Legacy of the Divine. Most of the time now I have my bag pre-packed from a previous session, and I make a ritual out of switching out the decks in the bag. I think about the client(s) I am about to read for: I think about which decks they have liked in the past, and I do an intuitive scan as to which deck they may need now at this very moment. Rarely, I have had a client specifically request a deck (if we have worked together before).

For parties, I don’t tend to bring a variety of decks anymore. Two at the most, because there isn’t enough time usually for a party guest to select a deck, THEN get a reading (since most party readings are roughly 5 minutes in length). I don’t have a lot of time to explain to a party guest how tarot works (in general) nor that there isn’t just one kind of deck… that there are MANY different tarot decks in various themes and art styles! (See here if you are in the hunt for your first tarot deck.)

What follows is a comprehensive list in alphabetical order of all the cartomancy decks I currently own, broken up into three categories: Tarot, Lenormand, and Other. When there are multiple decks with the same name (such as Steampunk Tarot), I have specified the creators.


 

TAROT

Alchemy 1977 England Tarot SOLD!

Art Nouveau Tarot

Book of Shadows Tarot: Volume 2 (So Below) | Created by Barbara Moore, Sabrina Ariganello, Alessia Pastorello

Dark Carnival Tarot

Darkana Tarot

Deviant Moon Tarot

Dreaming Way Tarot

Enchanted Tarot

Fountain Tarot

Gaian Tarot

Gilded Tarot Royale

Golden Tarot

Herbal Tarot

Joie de Vivre Tarot

Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Llewellyn Tarot

Mary-el Tarot

Motherpeace Tarot

Mystic Dreamer Tarot

Radiant Rider-Waite-Smith

Rider-Waite-Smith

Silver Era Tarot

Steampunk Tarot | by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell

Tarot Art Nouveau (mini) | Created by Antonella Castelli

Tarot Nova: review here

Tarot of the Boroughs: review here

Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery

Tarot of the Sidhe

Thoth Tarot

Transparent Tarot

Wild Unknown Tarot

Wildwood Tarot

Witches Tarot | Created by Ellen Dugan, Mark Evans

 

LENORMAND

Gilded Reverie Lenormand

Gold and Silver Lenormand | by Paris Debono

Kendra’s Vintage Petit Lenormand

Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl

 

OTHER

Deck of 1,000 Spreads

Fantod Pack | by Edward Gorey

The Faerie Oracle

Find a Man Cards | by Paris Debono

Gypsy Tattoo Cards | by Paris Debono

Gypsy Tattoono Cards (Lenonos) | by Paris Debono

Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards

The Heart of Faerie Oracle

Old Skool Tattoo Cards | by Paris Debono

Oracle of Initiation

Tea Cup Cards | by Paris Debono


 

The next time you are scheduled for a reading with me, feel free to look over this list beforehand and specifically choose a deck (or a few) if you feel so moved. I’d be happy to accommodate you!

Blessings,

~*~Hilary~*~
www.tarotbyhilary.com

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3 Responses to Behind the Scenes: My Tarot Deck Library

  1. Benebell says:

    I love this! I’ve been meaning to organize my tarot and oracle decks in some cohesive way with a master Excel sheet or something but just haven’t gotten to it yet. You and I have a lot of overlap in the tarot department, but not in the oracle– and some of these decks you have I haven’t heard of. Time for research! (and… eeps.. even more purchases… good job, Hilary.)

    • Hilary says:

      Thanks, Benebell! Let me know if I can clarify any of the decks you’ve never heard of (as to how they shuffle, how they deviate from traditional tarot imagery and why, etc.) before you purchase!

      PS—Sorry to hear about difficulty with “Are You a Human?” test. So far it’s been the only surefire plugin to prevent spam and robo-comments! Let me know if you have a good alternative 🙂

  2. Benebell says:

    Also, just FYI, your “Human Verification” test was challenging. Or at least it was for me. :*(

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