Anonymous said: This isn't for a reading but I know you're particularly good with Tarot so I thought maybe you'd be a good person to ask.. Anyway I want to make my own deck. But honestly? I have no idea where to begin. I don't know what to include/etc. I'm basically on a whole blank. I had an idea of what I wanted when I bought the blank deck but now, the idea doesn't seem so great and I could really use some suggestions if you're up to it! :)
Okay so at one point I thought it would be a great idea to make my own tarot from scratch. And then I forgot about that project and did something else. But yes you CAN make your own tarot and you can make a good, usable one, and if you do it right it could be super useful to you.
- RESEARCH. ALL THE RESEARCH. You need to have a good idea of why the deck is how it is. Why is there particular imagery connected to each card? How does the imagery change between decks? How do modern decks compare to older decks, and why? Get down to the nitty-gritty, the tiny details. Yes two of cups represents a true love, but why, and does it always, and how has that been represented? I personally got a bunch of books on tarot, with publish dates ranging from the 1800s to the present. If you have a favorite deck, a lot of decks will have a companion book and that can be helpful. Also I know Jung can be a piece of shit but I would recommend at least becoming familiar with the archetype idea.
- Figure out why you’re doing this. Is it just because you wanna? Okay that’s fine. But if it’s because you’re trying to reflect something in particular, or answer questions that you have, or fill a gap that you find lacking in other decks, or whatever, figure that out. It will play a part in how you represent the ideas in your deck. Does it need to be super complex, or simple?
- If you follow a particular path/deity/religion, decide if that will play a part in your project. Dedicating a project can be good if your god/whatever is into that. You can ask for help, direction, meditate on the ideas, whatever.
- Do the thing. And then don’t just forget about it and leave it half finished like me. Make it meaningful to you.
- Don’t forget to calibrate the deck, just like any new deck you’re going to need to figure out its strengths and leanings. Don’t assume you’ve made the perfect deck. Also it’s possible that this deck will only read for you, or on specific subjects. That’s okay. :D
Also keep in mind that all of the imagery must be cohesive. Not just a bunch of random pictures. This will enable the deck to make strong connections, thus making it a more efficient tool.