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Am not quite prepared for the time input required to start studying the tarot properly. Don’t have the time and don’t have the energy or brain power. Tried a few readings but feel too conflicted about the tarot for them to be meaningful, half-assed as they were.

So I find myself returning to my favourite oracle decks. If five of the cards and the book weren’t still AWOL, I would be playing around with and perhaps studying the Faeries’ Oracle. (As an aside, I find it minorly but continually annoying that people keep referring to it as “Froud’s Faeries”, which completely discounts Jesa MacBeth’s hand in the creation of the deck. In my head, it’s her deck that just happens to feature artwork by Brian Froud.)

Instead, I’ve been turning more and more to the Fortuneteller’s Mah Jongg. I really like this deck. I’ve had it for a few years — 12 maybe? I think I bought it since I moved here, though I may have bought it in Halifax. I really don’t remember. It was published in 1988 so it was some time since then. Actually, that’s probably a sign that I bought it in Halifax as I can’t picture me finding a new copy in a book store here 8 years after it was published.

I do remember going to a psychic fair here several years ago. We wandered around the venue and I saw at least one copy of the deck/book at a bookseller’s stall. As we continued wandering around, we stopped at an Asian woman’s table because I saw that she was using the exact same cards. I told her how much I loved the deck and she said that she wished she could find another copy as hers was getting old — seemed kind of destined that I point her towards the copy I’d just seen on the other side of the room, though part of me has always wished that I’d grabbed it myself as there have been times I wished I had a backup copy. When I’m gainfully employed again and able to afford shopping sprees again, I think I’ll buy a backup copy or two of it — I’d hate to ever be without it. It’s hard to find but I did find a company in the UK that still sells it.

The last of the tarot decks I’d ordered arrived on Monday. I’d ordered the Maroon Tarot at the end of January and had received an e-mail very shortly thereafter saying it would be mailed soon. Apparently “soon” meant a month later, as it was postmarked February 27. Ah, well.

So, barring any new purchases (I’m trying SO hard not to, both because I really can’t afford any new ones and because I really need to make an attempt to get to know the ones I have before I add to the mix), I’m ready to start exploring.

I had initially thought that I would move sequentially through the deck, starting with the Fool and ending with the last of the suits. But lately, my mind has been drawn to a specific card, which keeps turning up in various readings. (I’ll talk about that card in another post.) So I thought I would essentially go through them in whatever order seems to leap out at me at the time. Might be “pick a card, any card” random, or it might be a card that keeps popping up, or it might just be a card I like — or don’t like.

You know, it pays to clean your bookcases every now and then. I found a load of things that I was having trouble locating, including my wayward Druid Animal Oracle as well as my Karma Cards and Tarot of the Witches (both of which were tucked inside a chocolate cigars box) and the book for my Fortune Teller’s Mah Jongg cards. Now, if only the wayward book and 5 stray cards from the Faeries’ Oracle would turn up, I’d be a happy camper. (I think I tucked the cards in the book after the last reading I did so if I find the book, I should find the cards — if not, I have no idea where the cards disappeared to and that would be disastrous as they are my favourite deck.)

Still waiting for the last of my shopping spree items to arrive. If I’d known I was going to be laid off last week, I wouldn’t have bought so much (damn, it’s a hard lesson to learn). But the packages are nice to receive. I think there are 4 packages still to arrive: the Maroon Tarot, the Tarot of Prague and Bohemian Gothic Tarot, some marvelous padded, lined tarot bags, and some worry stones (amethyst, goldstone, and jade — I already have a moonstone worry stone). I feel like I’m missing something but those are the ones I remember.

Once the last of the tarot decks arrives, I had plans to start my tarot studying in earnest but, for the time being, I need to concentrate on finding a job. That includes brushing up on my French. So my posts over the next little while will be more general tarot/oracle/spirituality posts, rather than what I’d hoped for.