I love tarot decks, so naturally it follows that I would have several. The problem that I have come across with owning multiple decks, is trying to use them all. I’m not a collector in that I don’t like to buy decks just to own them, I want to use all the decks I have on a regular basis.
Something I have noticed is that when I don’t use a deck regularly I seem to lose touch with it, or don’t feel confident in it. It does make sense that the more familiar with a deck you are the quicker and easier your intuition is able to pick up on the messages, but is it still possible to connect with a deck that has been sitting on your altar or shelf unused for several months?
It seems to me that having one deck that you are extensively familiar with would make readings easier and more seamless since your subconscious would synthesize familiar images into information faster. But I anticipate working with one deck exclusively to be quite boring and runs the risk of producing stale, dull readings after awhile. I know there are readers who do a wonderful job working with only one deck, I just get bored quickly.
One things that I’ve considered is designating certain types of questions to particular decks. I have the Fenestra Tarot which is a beautiful sepia toned deck that I find very romantic and so might be good for love and romance readings, or readings on creativity and fulfilling one’s passions. I have a Universal Rider Waite Smith deck which I would consider good for spiritual readings based on its occult history and extensive symbolism. I also own the Deviant Moon Tarot which may work well for shadow work because of its dark, dreamlike imagery.
I also thought about having a rotation and just using a different deck for each reading going in a particular order. That seemed a bit too arbitrary, but more importantly it felt wrong on an intuitive level, at least for me.
What I’m currently trying, and I’m still not certain if I like it or if its a good long term answer, is using one deck exclusively for a month or two, then switching to a different deck, then to a different deck etc. The advantage is that I have the opportunity to get to know each deck quite well. The disadvantage is I still end up ignoring certain decks for months on end. I’ve also noticed that I’ve had a harder time “trusting” a new deck or a deck that I have just rotated to. I imagine that setting up some exercises to “break in” a new deck or newly rotated deck would help with that.
I would be curious to hear how other readers go about using different decks, so please comment and let me know. Thanks