One of the problems we have in the Tarot community is the perpetuated lie that we can "learn the Tarot by memorizing card meanings". It's time to stop that. Any time you have a visual component, you are going to have room for interpretation. That's what drives the Tarot!

To demonstrate this point, we examined The Modern Spellcaster's Tarot, created by Melanie Marquis and illustrated by Scott Murphy. We first compared them to the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and then worked out how they could be interpreted in their own rights. If you would like to see the images we discussed, you can find the video on You-tube, but if you are driving or otherwise occupied, we describe each card for the theater of the mind.

This is a great exercise in understanding how each deck "speaks" to you in a different voice than any other. When you are reading with a different deck than you learn with, you have to read that deck's images, not try to force the meanings of the deck you learned with or memorized. Read the image not the book!

The web site we used to look at all the cards can be found at http://editor.mantike.pro/ . This site has all of the images of over 400 decks! It is an invaluable tool for sharing spreads and studying Tarot cards. They are not affiliated with us, but we support them wholly.

Feel free to share your favorite decks in the comments section! Let us know how the art changes the meanings for you! We always enjoy hearing from our listeners.

Thank you for being here :-)

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Category:Spirituality -- posted at: 6:02pm PDT
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