must try harder…

…or my ongoing attempt to read tarot.

As I wrote about last year (! I can’t believe it is another year),  I had begun to learn tarot.  After a rather frustrating beginning, I, with the reassurance of a dachshund tarot deck had started to make a wee bit of progress.  Sort of.

Since then, I have made definite strides in my understanding and enjoyment of the cards.  At least the cards themselves.  My enjoyment is discovering new decks.  Seeing the artist’s interpretation of each card is truly fascinating.  It is much like discovering a new author whose prose just ‘speaks’ to you.  Okay, I will type out the truth: I fear, if I don’t take preventative measures immediately, I may become a deck collector – but not a tarot reader!

To be fair to myself, I have made a great deal of progress.  I have a very (very and comparatively) basic grasp of the cards, but I have quite a way to travel before becoming an intuitive reader.  And yes there cards that I get and others that – hmmm – just not clicking.  An example:4BD67844-6604-46F4-8D33-D001B0E17401

The Moon card.  (This one is from The Textured Tarot.).  From the very start I liked this card.  It is, to me, a card of mystery and strength.  Of traversing the night bravely whilst staying on your path, of soaking in the energy of night and reaching a new understanding.  I’ve never gotten the lobster.   However, many many many (okay all of them) readers and writers of books hate/fear this card.  They say the dark combined with the full moon symbolizes the unknown and having to rely on your intuition. To get this card means you are controlled by inner fears, paranoia, anxiety, and mental instability, and if you get this card stop what you are doing and run!  One goes as far to say that if it appears in reverse you need to seek professional help.  Yikes.  I may be in trouble here.  What am I missing?  or…..I have discovered one reader who says this card means ‘stay on your path’.  Hmmmm

 So as you see, I am still facing a steep uphill climb.  or am I?  I can’t be sure but every so often, things do make sense.  Sometimes a a couple of cards will make a sentence.  But I haven’t given up.  I am still muddling through!  

Accidental Tarot

Do you remember back at the beginning of the pandemic, with the first of the lock downs/stay at home/shelter in place orders, the initial fear/panic and compliance?  We stocked our cupboards as best we could, thanked our deity of choice for having cupboards in our life as well as the ability to stock said cupboards, and then tried – as best we could – for the potential positive uses of our time such as:

not only learn, but master two or three languages,

get started on that book I believe to be lurking inside me, 

achieve the yoga crow pose,…… maybe I clean out a drawer or two….

Yes indeed that last one was my winner.  I organized, recycled, and threw away bunches of stuff.  During this embarrassingly short purge time, I came across a Rider Tarot Deck.  I had purchased this particular deck years ago in an effort to learn the tarot – something I have wanted to do since childhood.  It was not an instant affinity.

Now this is THE deck that created tarot as we know it and therefore studying this deck is vital.  While I loved the intricacies of the symbolism, the sagas behind each card, and above all learning about Pamela Colman Smith, I did not connect to this deck.  It simply didn’t speak to me – I don’t know why.  Not wanting to give up, I went searching for another deck.  And came across Melissa Wortherspoon’s Etsy site and saw this:


The Low Rider Dachshund Tarot

What? Dachshunds speaking tarot? It was too silly and delightful for words. Oddly enough, I did not purchase the deck immediately but continued on my search for a far more ‘serious’ first deck. After poking around various blogs and channels, I realized the truth: the dachshund tarot was my perfect deck.

The artwork is unbelievable! Each card is simply beautiful. The packaging is fantastic: a hard box with magnetic flap closure and an extensive full color booklet. And all the better, since I’ve known and loved dachshunds forever, (and so has Ms. Wortherspoon), I found myself starting to grasp the intent of the cards.

Since purchasing and using this deck, I’ve really begun enjoying trying to learn tarot. Oh it will be a very long time before I gain any skill level, but I’m making a start – I have purchased a brand new all human deck.

Thank you for reading and stay safe.