My very first deck was ordered from Amazon.com in 2000/01. I used my mom's credit card and waited about two months plus for it to arrive. When it arrived, I remember my absolute happiness holding the precious package in my hands. My first deck was The Enchanted Tarots. After a few days, it became clear that it was definitely not a deck for beginners, the pictures were absolutely beautiful with all the intricate design. But that's where the confusion begin, every detail of the card was to be taken into consideration and looked into for hidden meanings. I half kicked myself for choosing such a difficult deck but then again, I never regretted getting it. Out of the tens of thousand of decks out there, this was the one that called out to me.
My next deck was the Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Deck. A fifteenth century styled deck. I can truthfully tell you that I have never used this deck for a reading and will probably never. The cards are roughly 19cm x9.5cm. Imagine how big they are. Not to mention the cards are all without words, so you pretty much have to literally count each staves / pentacles / hearts / swords there are in each picture. It doesn't help that the pictures are blur-ish. There has been good comments from other users but unfortunately, this deck didn't quite appeal to me because of the level of difficulty.
The Goddess Tarots are indeed another one of my favourites. The pictures are almost equally as beautiful as the Osho Zen. It's entirely a different style used but still breathtakingly beautiful. If you're interested in the pictures, do check out Elisa's blog.
One thing about choosing tarot decks to those who are interested. NEVER choose a deck just because it was recommended by a friend or just because you think it looks good in your bag or because you want to impress people and so forth. The deck MUST appeal to you and call out to you. It's pretty much like getting a pet. One look and it'll pretty much either repulse you or attract you.
The one deck that I frequently use for readings is my first deck, The Enchanted Tarot. I feel confident when using it despite the difficulty in translating and it's pretty much my first love. <3 style="font-style: italic;">The post below is originally meant for my Ghost, Ghouls and Vampire post. I decided to postpone the entry till a later date close to the oncoming Hungry Ghost Festival.
Just for your information, it's sixth sense that makes people feel "them", and EVERYONE has sixth sense, it's just whether you're sensitive or not. How many times have you turned when you felt 'someone' staring at our backs? We certainly are not born with eyes on our backs so how is it that we know? Think about it.
But it's people born with the third eye that allows them to see "them". But not all third eyes allows us to see ghosts. It splits into many many categories and such. Most usually has a combination of two or three or even more. Mine is a combination of precognition as the main and seeing 'the supernatural' as a sub. which is not very strong which explains my occasional not being able to see them.
I have no teacher, no master and therefore my chi or whatever is pretty much leaking everywhere like a broken fountain and can occasionally awake or attract them. T.T or so I've been told. Not much I can do at this point.
I do read tarot cards for people occasionally when people approach me to do a reading for them, my readings are free till recently when a friend told me that I'm to take a 'token' from the recipient, so now a days I do ask for a 'token' in form of money, how much? I don't particularly care. I'm happy to say that my 'accuracy' is usually about give take 80% accurate but I didn't feel like I had the right to demand a certain sum of money considering that I consider myself a novice even after reading for close to eight years. *shrugs*
Not to mention, I'm a little picky about customers, I don't read for people who are merely curious and people who are too close to me. Reading tarots are not easy for me, it drains and saps my energy and usually after two readings, I'll crawl back to bed. That's one reason why I don't do it to satisfy the curious. Also, when it comes to reading for close friends, it becomes hard because you fear saying things that might hurt them and you know you'll say things that they don't always want to hear also, some things are private and they'll tend to feel embarrassed when you mentioned something regarding their private lives that they aren't to keen to let people know.
Not to mention, I know of some 'friends' who does reading online, how is that possible to me, I have no idea. Not knowing how the person looks like or even the name sounds a little impossible to me but hey, if it works for them, there's nothing I can say right?
I usually do a Celtic Cross Spread since it tells of the problem, the cause of the problem, and the outcome of it so it makes things a little easier. I never ask my recipient the question except whether it's a relationship or career question, that's all. After that I'll translate what the cards tells me (usually from the first or second card alone, will answer my question whether it's a relationship or career question but I ask to double confirm) During the times I translate, I must admit that I do feel a little silly. It's like playing, "Pin the tail on the donkey". being blindfolded and blindly jabbing at the ass(donkey) hoping to hit the ass (behind).
Wanting to give the recipients a little privacy, I usually ask them to give me an accuracy rating, that way, they don't disclose what's wrong and right and therefore save them some embarrassment.
P.S: I hated one of my lecturers in college, Adrian when he said that reading tarots were sinful and demonic or whatever. Hey, if you're that great of a Christian, don't live with your girlfriend and indulge in pre-marital sex. Bleh!
I read tarots to help people in decision making, and to warn them of things to come. And so far, I've not failed to remind them that Tarots are meant to be guidelines and nothing is confirmed, also I only read 6 - 9 months into the 'future', I don't tell people how to live their lives and they come to me!
One last important info for people with third eyes:
AVOID going into Genting's Casino!! Not only do they block your vision, they close off your third eye (a major pain in the ass to get them re-opened!) Your vision will remain blocked and close even after leaving the casino.
I did the mistake of entering and played the 'Big or Small', my predictions were accurate but delayed. Sounds funny? I predicted six games and they were all delayed, got a nasty headache and left and had my third eyes closed for close to six months before I got help. But it's no longer as awaken
Enter at your own risk.
July 06: Updated on Mior