30 Day Tarot Challenge | Day 2

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DAY 2:  What was your first deck and why/how did you get it?

The first deck that I bought was back in the 1980s and it was a Marseilles Tarot.  I bought it, not because I was drawn to the artwork, but because it was the only Tarot deck that I could find in Glasgow.

Why did I get it? I can’t remember what spurred me into buying it….probably a desire to be Solitaire in Live and Let Die …… or maybe an episode of Tales of the Unexpected?

I do remember that I was pretty desperate to get my paws on a set!

However, I wasn’t enamoured of the blocky, naive artwork of the Marseillesl, but hell, you have to just take things as you find them, right?

I do remember feeling very wicked when I bought them – as if I’d just bought something very illicit!  I trundled back home on the train, walked the mile home and then sneaked the cards up into my bedroom.  Like most folks, I started doing readings for myself as soon as I could get the cardboard packet open!

Of course, the LWB was a very necessary part of the equation – I had not a clue what any of the cards meant!  A couple of weeks later I found myself back in the bookshop and procuring Alfred Douglas’s book, The Tarot to help flesh out my readings.

Even with the book, I was hardly knuckling down to learning the cards’ keywords – my inner Pages of Pentacles and Swords had not kicked in at that point! I was still having to refer to the LWB and Alfred Douglas’s book – but still coming up with interesting readings (but they took aaaaaaages to do!)

And after I scared myself witless giving myself a reading that turned out to be too accurate to be comfortable, the cards were shut away in a sports’ hold-all and I turned my attention to nights out clubbing with my girlfriends and buying DREADFUL 1980s clothes πŸ˜€

I think that I gave the cards and book to my sister in law in the end……

If you want to take part in the Tarot Challenge, you can find the full list of questions here: http://78keys.tumblr.com/post/36652622634/30-day-tarot-challenge

Alison Cross

The Tarot's Court Cards are my specialist area.Β  They talk to me. Not LITERALLY though ....


Inner Whispers · 17th December 2012 at 2:29 pm

Not sure if I'd ever have gotten into tarot if I'd been stuck just with the Marseilles! How's about posting some pics of those DREADFUL 80's clothes? πŸ˜‰

    alisoncross · 17th December 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Be careful what you wish for……I DO have photos of me in the 80s – it's big hair. And you know my hair anyway. Imagine it bigged up in the 80s. Think Tina Turner's wigs. Now think BIGGER πŸ˜€

    Ali x

    Inner Whispers · 17th December 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Gowan, I double-dare ya! πŸ˜‰

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