Mix and match cards in one reading: Your Creative Ally in the Year Ahead with tarot

You're a tarot addict, or you have two or three decks ... All are worthy of your use, or at least a few are! What should you do with the decks you have?

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Use more than one deck at a time.

This isn't a new technique, particularly for people who own oracle decks and tarot cards. Mixing readings so that such cards can work together is a useful tactic.

Why use tarot decks together?

Imagine the messages: Each deck has its own personality

A 78-card deck conveys a multitude of insights, given context, timing, whether reversals are read, the number of cards drawn, etc!

Each deck is its own personality. That may sound strange, but with the artwork and spirit established by the artist, the efforts of writer for the accompanying book, and the physical design itself, those little cards inevitably have a signature voice!

The opportunity for discord or harmony

If I wanted to toy with the potential for one stark worldview clashing with one that is perhaps gentler, I might use my Deviant Moon Tarot along with my Victorian Fairy Tarot.

I enjoy using more harmonious cards for my Creative Ally in the Year Ahead tarot reading.

Well, Hello, Tarot! -- Reacquaint yourself with decks from days gone by

The Creative Ally in the Year Ahead reading is available for $20 Dec 24-26, at $10 off the usual price. Order here.

The Creative Ally in the Year Ahead reading is available for $20 Dec 24-26, at $10 off the usual price. Order here.

Deck blending is a fun way to dust off the ol' Rider-Waite-Smith or other deck you've ignored the last year or two.

I chose three decks for the Creative Ally in the Year Ahead readings:

I wanted to work a bit more with other decks.

I have connected with the DruidCraft Tarot periodically in the last five years. 

The Chrysalis Tarot deck links me to Denver, CO, where the writer of the deck and I share a circle of friends at the Denver Tarot Meetup and where we both have family. 

The Tarot Mucha has been a standby for me shortly after I reviewed it for Spiral Nature.

Example: Layers of lessons with tarot archetypes

In the Creative Ally in the Year Ahead readings (on special Dec 24-26), I draw one card from the DruidCraft Tarot to signify one's creative ally.

This establishes a sense of energy, or an archetype that relates to the seeker.

Then I draw from the Chrysalis Tarot to designate that arhetype's behavior in the four seasons ahead.

Finally, the Tarot Mucha, with one card for each month, identifies the milestones of the coming year.

Results may vary

As with any experiment, your results may vary. This is a nice opportunity to practice with a variety of decks. 

Using different sets of Rider-Waite-Smith decks would be interesting, using ones as slightly varied as the Commemorative set, the Universal Waite, and a small version of the Rider-Waite-Smith, for example. Or bordered and borderless versions of the same deck.

When tarot cards repeat themselves in a larger reading, as The Hermit had for one of my clients, this can be more telling than its repetition over a period of readings. In that one snapshot in time, the archetype of The Hermit deserved to be honored.

Next time

I'll be joining the Tarot Professionals blog hop. Like many of my colleagues who study and use tarot, I will write about working with a new deck for divination purposes. Look for this blog on Jan 7.

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Tabitha Dial is a tarot, tea leaf reader, and creative mentor in Lexington, Kentucky. She facilitates theCreate your Fate (Tarot and more) Meetup and teaches seminars at the Mystical Paranormal Fair once a month. Her poetry has appeared in articles on SpiralNature.com, in "Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology", and in "Tarot in Culture" Volume Two.