Is it bad luck to buy your own Tarot deck? No. So why do so many people say that it is? Understanding the reasons behind this theory will help you feel better about it.
It comes from a time when to have anything technically ‘magic’ could be a death sentence. Imagine living in an era when human rights did not exist for most people and Tarot cards or having a familiar were considered consorting with the Devil.
Saying someone gave them to you, that you don’t know what they are and of course, that you forget who gave you the gift meant plausible deniability.
It’s like how Artemesia was called Mugwort. It sounds so banal. Within the Tarot are countless symbols and references that refer to truths and myths too dangerous to have in writing.
Tarot Cards Were Once Dangerous To Own
When you do a Tarot reading, you’re partly taking the prompts from the cards and their symbols. They speak to your subconscious mind, signaling all manner of associations. But it is also Quintessence, 5th Element.
Sometimes the Tarot cards tell a story you’re not in the mood to read. I once got three cards spreads in a row that were exactly the same – I shuffled like crazy and kept getting the Tower and two others. Convinced the cards were possessed, I threw them on the fire to burn. Of course, they were correct.
That week, with Pluto on my Midheaven, I lost my job (the whole newspaper I was working for closed down), found out my flatmates had been embezzling the rent money as I was being evicted and got dumped by my then-boyfriend for reasons that seemed deranged. Now I’d like to send Pluto a thank you note. But still, it was very Tower.
Now I’d Like To Send Pluto A Thank You Note
So is it bad luck to buy your own Tarot deck? Not at all but it’s foolish to get one and then burn it in a snit. I now keep notes of Tarot reads – on and offline – and try to compare them to dreams and my astrological findings. A dream diary, astro notes, and Tarot read records are all you need to raise magical consciousness.
And then you don’t need elaborate rituals (unless you like them) or spells because you are the spell and the galaxy is communicating with you all the time. It is a practice. The Lunar Portals are useful here. If you’re feeling like your intuition is dulled down, wait till the Moon conjunct Uranus, Neptune or Pluto and tune in.
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