Happy Halloween you guys! Well, Happy Halloween tomorrow. Hope you all are getting your spook on. To be honest, I wish Halloween wasn’t specifically October 31st. I wish instead it was just the last Saturday in the month. Weekday Halloween just seems a little anticlimactic. Everyone already had their big parties the weekend before, most people went to work or school today and will go back tomorrow–bah! It deserves to be celebrated on a weekend when we can give the actual date more attention! It’s not even Halloween yet, and I sort of feel like it’s already over.
Okay, I’ve said my piece and no one’s changing anything. In honor of All Hallow’s Eve tomorrow I’m doing a somewhat occult-y topic of tarot cards! Woohoo! Now, tarot cards aren’t really all that spooky, but we do associate them with witches a bit (gypsy witches is probably more accurate). I love things like this. I have an old OUJI board sitting in my window, along with this weird metal owl lamp with a green light, and a peculiar black cat wood sculptor. I plan to get a few skulls to brighten the area as well. Haha! I absolutely adore the whole southern gothic, macabre feel sometimes.
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Anywho, I like tarot cards. I’m not really someone who prescribes to a specific belief, but I do enjoy meditative practices, and I’ve always considered Tarot a game of meditation. I think tarot is all about getting into a thoughtful, relaxed and free-flowing state of mind first and foremost. Then you go through the ritual of setting the cards down and begin to look over them. There are some guidelines to what cards mean, but you take that as a starting point and run free with the idea. Letting your mind just float along its own course. Your mind can go places and think of things that you may be suppressing a little in the day-to-day. Even if you aren’t suppressing anything, I find it’s a great hobby to promote creative thought.
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It can also be a fun thing to pull out and do for friends just for the fun of it–haha. Really though, it’s a fun little fortune telling game to do with friends. It doesn’t have to be all meditative like I like to make it.
Historically Tarot was just another card deck invented “back in the day” (*cough* mid-fifteenth century). It wasn’t even considered a tool for fortune telling until hundreds of years later. You can also find people playing regular tarot deck card games in Europe to this day. Here in the U.S. though we only really know it as an occult-y thing. If you are interested in the actual tarot game, check out the how-to here or a simplified how-to here. It’s apparently a lot of fun.
I think finding the right Tarot deck takes a little time. At least, a bit more time than grabbing a deck while headed to check out. That’s because there is such a vast variety of different artwork for tarot cards! It’s entirely acceptable and expected to pick up a regular box of playing cards, but with Tarot, you need something you feel a connection with when looking at. Remember you’re supposed to look at these cards and let your creative mind explore the personal meaning at the moment. Having a tarot deck, you find a little ugly, or completely uninspiring is going to kill some creativity. Also, if you end up mainly just using it for get-togethers then you at least want something that looks cool when you bring it out for your friends.
That’s why I’ve put together a sweet list of video game inspired tarot decks for you to look at.
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This awesome Tarot deck is fan-made and hard to find. This tarot deck came into the scene a few years ago and made it’s round on the internet. Now it seems lost to time. It is still one of the best looking Pokemon decks I’ve come across, and if you are head over heels for it, you might have to scour the internet to find an artist to commission this creation too. Deviant art and Reddit are where I recommend artists for commission work.
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This is an excellent looking tarot deck that was a collaborative effort by a small group of Korean artists. If you’re a huge Mass Effect fan, then you can check out the entire deck here.
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This deck was included with the special edition of Dishonored. It is a little different from your typical tarot deck and doesn’t come with divination instructions. However, you can find fortune telling instruction on the internet for this deck these days. You can pick up this tarot deck from Amazon or even Walmart (online), but eBay is probably the best place to find this.
Legend of Zelda
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This deck is a find from Etsy that seems to sell out before the seller can manage to print off more. Right now they are sold out, but just last month they were getting them printed. I’m sure they will have some more in stock soon if you are itching for a Legend of Zelda tarot deck.
Dragon Age Inquisition
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This deck only came out with the game and is no longer being made. However, people are still selling it on the web. eBay has it’s share, though pretty pricey. The cheapest I could find was $99!