So i get told heaps that it is “unlucky” to buy your own Tarot deck. Or else i get asked if this is true. I don’t believe this for a moment, though anyone who wants to gift me a Thoth Tarot is more than welcome.
The reason it’s considered an ill-omen to buy your own comes from the Burning Times – in an age of oppression and council (!) driven atrocities & theocide against those considered not with the Christian program, it was essential to be able to say someone else gave you the ‘devil’s playing cards.’ Same reason so many powerful witchy herbs achieved such popular culinary usage…And the mega-powerful & magic Artemesia (Flower of Artemis) was re-named as the dull-sounding Mugwort…
Currently I have the Waite Deck & i love it but the Thoth deck is something else; it always feels modern and the images translate more directly into one’s subliminal mind than do the medieval ones of the Waite. Obviously, the accuracy of any form of divination depends upon a variety of factors & keeping a journal is vital to understanding. So that you know what a card or a dream image means to YOU. It’s always personal.
I still totally recall throwing my first and only Thoth deck into a fire as Pluto was about to conjoin my Midheaven. I was too new to astrology to get the Pluto thing but i was sitting squat-legged on shagpile rug in front of a blazing late winter fire doing my tarot and it kept coming up with the same stuff – no matter how i shuffled…The Tower, Death, Nine of Swords…blah blah blah, the shit-fest from hell…I didn’t feel freaked out getting the cards -the vibe in the room was benevolent – i felt relaxed and connected with a good force.
But the cards – i blamed them & chucked the whole lot in the fire, went to get a glass of wine, called a guy to come around and assuage the tension…SO the cards i destroyed were right! The very next week the newspaper i was a journalist on closed down so I was unemployed and in the same day the man i was in love with told me he’d just gotten his ex pregnant as he “owed” her a baby + my flatmates took off, leaving me with what then felt like an insurmountable bill to pay. My point: the cards were right.
This is a point for astro-fiends & wiccan types only but it’s like how in astrology the Koch house system seems to work right down to the minute when it comes to timing transits but be a bit dodgy for natal charts – with Tarot, it’s like the Waite deck is sensational at glomping onto the mood/vibe but Thoth seems to be – like the Koch house system- super accurate if you’re working with receptive peeps.
Thoth is the Egyptian Mercury-Hermes…BTW
Note: I don’t think ‘theocide’ is a word – what do you call a ‘genocide’ purely against pagans, witches or people you suspect have a belief system different to yours?
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