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Deck of the Week Sign-up Thread, Week 322: Sept. 4 - Sept. 10

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A thread for those who would like to work through their collection of decks, participants choose decks from their collections to work with for the week. Some use one deck, others use two or more. Some combine methods: Tarot, non-tarot (e.g. oracle), playing cards, or any other divinatory method is welcome. All we ask is that you use at least one tarot or oracle deck.


No collection is too large or too small. The only rules we have are the Tarot, Tea & Me Rules; Be respectful of one other. Please join us!

  • Please post with your choice of deck(s) for the week
  • Chat away about your deck, how you're finding it (or not), etc., it's all up to you 
  • Participants may either choose to share their readings here in this discussion thread or opt to have their own journal in the Journals Forum and link it here
  • Yet others may even have an offline journal in paper & pencil/pen form

Share as often, as much, or as little as you like. You can drop in and out at anytime—reality and life permitting. New to tarot? Long time reader? Come on in!



  1. fire cat pickles: Rosenwald T22
  2. Bodhiseed:  Idiosyncradeck Tarot paired with the Mixed Emotions Cards
  3. Rachelcat: Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights
  4. Akhilleus: Deviant Moon


Click here for DoW 321 (8/28 - 9/3)

Click here for DoW 323 (9/11 - 9/17)

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Thank you Fire cat! Hope all of the DoWers have a great week!


This week I'll be using the Idiosyncradeck Tarot, created and self-published by Jessica Bott. Along with it, I'll be drawing from the Mixed Emotions Cards, created by Petra Martin with Kris Wiltse (Illustrator) and published by Heron Lake Press. Today's draws are the Star and Desperate:

star.jpg desperate.jpg
This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it's ready to come undone. You have to realize it's going to be a long process and that you'll work on things slowly, one at a time. ―Haruki Murakami

When life flattens us, we instinctively look for hope and a way out of our predicament. Yet Desperation, that frantic fear of impending doom, can throw our guidance system off kilter. Suddenly we see 'signs' where there are none, look to 'gurus' who are simply con men in robes, and spend money on any scam that promises a quick fix. We'd do better to take a few calm breaths until the logical part of our brain comes back online. It's likely that we didn't get here overnight, and it's probable that it will take some time to get back on our feet. 

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Hi crew!  Happy to be back!


This week will be another Lo Scarabeo storybook illustration deck, Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights created from the art of Léon Carré that illustrating The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, 1929, by J. C. Mardrus. 




This is a repurchase.  I had it in my “literature” collection category, but when I realized I couldn’t figure out the stories from the illustrations, and I really didn’t feel like putting energy into that, I gave it away.  But now I have the new “classic book illustration” category, so it’s back!


The small illustrations with elaborate borders are also a little difficult to see for aging eyes.  I actually like the borders, which definitely fit into the Middle Eastern theme, but they do take away card real estate that could be used for larger main illustrations.  Oh, and it has one of those LS double-ended backs that actually works!


So it looks like I’m in for some more illustration reading without knowing the stories behind the pictures this week!  Let’s see how I do!  Wash and shuffle, and on to the interview!




What is your most important characteristic?  The Chariot

How cool is it to have your procession preceded by a growling leopard?  And consist of a black horse, a white camel, and an amazing pink parasol? 

The deck is about glamor, show, and power.  It’s going places but in a very elaborate and deliberate way.


What is your strength?  Ace of Pentacles

Beauty and exoticism.  It’s definitely worth owning and keeping this time!

It’s a combination of natural and human-made beauty.


Your weakness?  7 Wands

The merman is caught in a net, but the fisherman better hide behind that rock because the merman isn’t going to go quietly!

It depicts some conflicts because without conflict there is no story, but it’s mostly just about gorgeousness and exoticism again.  Can’t get much more unusual than a merman in a fishing net.


What can you teach me?  The Venerable Man (Hierophant)

I would say holy or supernaturally powerful man.

The deck might encourage me to delve into the stories after all.  Or maybe take a closer interest in esoteric things again.


How can I learn it?  8 Wands

Jump right in!  The water’s fine!  I’m on the right track by being free and unfettered in my interpretations of the illustrations, just like the women unselfconsciously enjoying their swimming.


What will be the outcome of our work together?  King of Wands

Wow, that’s a really old tree!  The king is using it as a backdrop so the viewer associates its ancientness and stability with his reign.  It’s very, very old, but very much alive.  A power propaganda move.

These illustrations will have a strong effect even though I don’t even know the old stories they relate to.  I will master a way of using them that works.


That was quite fun!  I think we’re going to have a good relationship!



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Thankful for this restful weekend. Was able to take pics of my daily draws this past week. I just posted them in my daybook here: 



I enjoyed working with the Deviant Moon. I'll be reading with it again next week. 

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