Recap: 50 of my favorite tarot cards, from 50 different decks, in celebration of my 50th birthday.

 

Favorite #1 – High Priestess
Druidcraft Tarot

 
by Philip Carr-Gomm, Stephanie Carr-Gomm, Will Worthington

The Druidcraft Tarot

 
“Don’t start with your favorite deck,” I thought. “Too much pressure.”  I should have known better.

The deck chose me, of course, as it always does: by getting other decks to show their inadequacies.  There’s a great deal of arrogance in that method of persuasion, yes; but also confidence, which we are told is one of the defining traits of true beauties.

 

One deck leapt off the shelf, its box flying open so the bagged deck could land on the chair next to me. “Hello!” After a legitimate scan through the deck: Fun, but not inspiring great awe at the moment.

Since there will be links on these pages to buy each featured deck from Amazon or the deck creator, maybe a deck that’s ‘hot’ right now would be better…a deck people are excited about, an artist being talked about in tarot’s social media circles.

The right business move, but still doesn’t feel right.

 

So there the Druidcraft sits, in its ancient leather box originally meant for electronic test equipment back in the 50’s and wrapped in a tie-dyed scarf that was found who-knows-where.

 

Now pick one. A shuffle and quick scan through the deck to pull candidates leads to 14 potential favorites. “And these are just my favorites for now,” I think to the unchosen cards. “I love you all equally. Now be quiet.”

 

As I call to my favorite, who calls back the loudest but the High Priestess, ensconced between stone pillars, calling down ancient magic.

 

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Her cape billows, hiding her activities from the unitiated. Her feline companion stands beyond the pillars; she already knows the secrets within.

A dress full of stars beneath a ragged tunic displaying what looks to be a family crest. Stars signifying magic as ancient as time, a crest signifying tradition passing down from one generation to the next. She carries both and uses both in her secret magic.

The worn stone table and pillars imply use over time. Her forebears used the same location, calling up power and energy rooted at that spot on Earth. She communes with them as she adds her energy to theirs, creating a Time Paradox in the parlance of today’s science fiction stories: She comes there because she’s heard of the energy there, and by doing so adds her own power, increasing through time. Each generation of Priestess hears the prophecy of power and understands that she is part of it, she creates it as do her ancestor and descendant Priestesses.

The book on the bench: knowledge for her or knowledge from her?
Yes.

 The sliver of Moon behind her conspires to hide her activities from the uninitiated. Who among them would understand the connection to past and present? When someone stands out, a person with the glint of knowing in their eyes, she will call to them and teach them how to see, and know, and add their own energy to the Earth.

And if you picture the reverse view, it might look like The Moon card:

 

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