Back home, while choosing books to lend to a friend who was going through some personal stuff, I came across the Rider Waite Complete Tarot Guide book. Based on my own inscription on the first page, I bought it in Singapore Kinokuniya more than three years ago. The book served as proof that my interest in tarot isn’t due to the current trend. I was already intrigued by it for some time. Unfortunately, the book didn’t make an impression on younger me.
Also, I didn’t own a Rider Waite Smith tarot deck back then, which made it harder to learn from.
It’s like watching a foreign movie. It might be telling a story, but I just didn’t get it. And I wasn’t a fan of my then and only tarot deck, the Vanessa Tarot deck. The cards were too small, making it hard to shuffle and it came in a tin box which I loathed because it’s always so cold when I touched it.
In short, I didn’t get the gist of it nor I feel connected and soon abandoned the world of tarot.
My interest reignited when I got a professional tarot reading last year.
During the same time, I started listening to the Biddy Tarot podcast. At first, I was hooked by her motherly shooting voice. The podcast is usually short enough to keep me company in the morning when I got dress before going to work. It calmed the morning madness down and cocooned me. Soon it becomes a part of my morning routine.
One day, Biddy talked about choosing my own tarot deck. She said to choose something that speaks to me. Then only I realised, oh yeah, I can actually select another deck that I will be happy to learn from instead of sticking with the only one I had and disliked! Duh!
Knowing how picky and particular of a Virgo I am, I took my time with this.
I did my research, I googled the pictures and read extensively what others said about the decks. I liked a few decks such as Sun and Moon, the Asian Tarot, the Gaia, the Green Witch and some other cartoon-characters-like decks. I also had been strangely drawn to the Nefertiti deck at Spellbox, even though I had never seen the inside of it.
After considering everything and anything, I chose the Everyday Witch tarot deck by Babara Moore. She is the author of many books such as witch broom, etc., which I have read before.
I put my order in, and a couple of weeks later, after waiting patiently, the deck finally reached my office cubicle. I tore it open and immediately put it away. It’s weird enough that I have crystals all over my desk; a tarot deck would create a full-blown scandal. I gotta avoid the modern Salem witch trial, the office edition.