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.
Alchemical Tarot, 4th Edition
Art Nouveau Tarot
Book of Shadows Tarot: Volume 2 (So Below) | Created by Barbara Moore, Sabrina Ariganello, Alessia Pastorello
Dark Carnival Tarot
Dreaming Way Tarot
Fountain Tarot: review here
Gilded Tarot Royale
Joie de Vivre Tarot
Legacy of the Divine Tarot
Mystic Dreamer Tarot
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
Triple Goddess Tarot | by Jaymi Alford and Franco Rivolli
Wild Unknown Tarot
Witches Tarot | Created by Ellen Dugan, Mark Evans
Gilded Reverie Lenormand
Gold and Silver Lenormand | by Paris Debono
Kendra’s Vintage Petit Lenormand
Mlle Lenormand Blue Owl
Sirens’ Song Lenormand | by Carrie Paris
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!
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