I was 14, it was the 1960s, and I was searching for answers, peace, something to quiet my thoughts. My local mall had a funny little gift shop, full of glass figurines, candles, stuff like that and they had the University Press RWS and the Aquarian . Also an I Ching set. It’s amazing they carried these things in my conservative town, but there they were and I snatched up all 3 and then went to the Pickwick Books - oh my goodness how I loved that bookstore! - and picked up a copy of Eden Gray’s Complete Guide To The Tarot. I studied and absorbed and got fairly good at reading. The cards calmed me and became a comfort.
Then I met and married a man that had studied astrology quite thoroughly, along with the Bible and some rather strange interpretations of it. He also thought Tarot was entertaining but silly and possibly evil. He encouraged me to become Christian and at some point in my born-again zeal, I threw out my decks and book. I regretted it shortly thereafter but the damage was done.
A few years ago, again in a cycle of searching, I was browsing my Barnes & Noble on a rainy Sunday and bought the Steampunk Tarot because I found it beautiful and a new RWS deck and and Eden Gray’s book. I discovered the AT forum and loved finding many kindred spirits there, study groups, questions & answers - not to mention many wonderful decks to purchase. I had no idea! My bank accounts are somewhat lighter now but it’s been a lot of fun. I love the art of tarot and am especially drawn to nature decks.
I re-acquired my first love, a University Press RWS, through the AT forum. I will always be grateful to Rodney for making it available to me. The minute I received it, it felt like coming home.