I have had a set of tarot cards given to me years ago by a family member who had bought them and never took to it. I played around with them from time to time, doing basic ‘readings’ for my family and myself, by rote from the book. I didn’t use them very often, but kept them around, pulling them out again every so often.
It wasn’t until I came across an art deck on Ebay, Gothic Tarot by Anne Stokes, that I really got inspired. I loved this deck on site, but once I received them, I realized the Minor Arcana was not illustrated, just numbered with the symbols of each suit. I wanted to use this deck, and read it properly, not just from a book, so I set out to ‘learn’ the cards.
At first I thought this consisted of not much more than memorizing key words to each card. It soon became apparent that there was much more to it than I had a first thought.
It was then I embarked on a self-taught journey through the Tarot.
My inspiration was that Gothic Deck, but I have since come by another, the Witches’ Tarot, that is perfect for me, and it has become my go-to deck. But the Gothic Deck sits beside my bed in a beautiful, carved wooden box. It is very special to me, as it was the inspiration that set me on this path of learning and discovery.