This post is inspired by Kelly from The Truth in a Story. After a lot of us have participated in Chloe’s tag: 3x3x3 divination, she has started her own tag about our first and last tarot and oracle deck and other divination systems which don’t involve cards. So let’s start with the last part of this tag:
Other forms of divination
Sixteen years ago I’ve made my runes using ordinary pebbles. Tarot wasn’t in the picture yet. I felt I should work with runes because they were part of my ancestral heritage. Also you have only 24 runes and 78 tarot cards. So the decision was very easy at the time.
This is my first and my last divination set other then tarot or oracles. Although I have become a fervent collector of card decks, I have never felt the need to try out other forms of divination beside my runes
My very first tarot deck was a pocket version of the Rider Waite Tarot, which has softer color tones than the yellow box Rider Waite. I remember taking it with me on a holiday. I tried to read and understand the guidebook but all it did was confuse me and I didn’t want to unwrap the cards because I was so afraid to pull the Death card before we traveled home. Who know what powers this deck could have…???
When we were safely at home again I bought a book from Hajo Banzhaf which opened the doors for me to more in depth tarot studies
My last Tarot deck is the Wild unknown Tarot. Although I only have this deck for about five weeks it has already become one of my favorites. It amazes me each time how these pen drawings with a touch of color can evoke such deep feelings and so much meaning. I also love how well it works together with my Runes. A wonderful match between a first and a last
My first oracle deck was the Dutch version of the Goddess Guidance Oracle deck. I wanted to work with some of the depicted goddesses and needed representations on my altar. At the time I thought I had to pick this deck very carefully because I had no intention to buy any more oracle decks. It was gifted to by M about four years ago.
My last oracle deck is the Gaia Oracle. Again the Dutch version and again because I want to use it to explore the Divine Feminine. Lately I have been very interested in Germanic goddesses. Like Holda and Freya. I’ve discovered there is so much more to them than what you read in most books. This is also true for Erda, Eartha, the personification of Earth (Aarde in Dutch). She is similar to Gaia, so working with this deck is a great way to relate to her and other goddesses.
I have really enjoyed this tag very much. It has brought back a lot of memories and it was fun to see how much ideas about divination can change over the years.