Tarot Update

I’m glad this is a short month, but not for any reason you’d expect. It’s not that I’m especially looking forward to spring; I certainly won’t mind warmer temperatures (though I do dread the wind). And I’m definitely not looking forward to March and the anniversary of Jeff’s death, though I must admit that after all these years, the day doesn’t carry the pain it once did.

The real problem this month is with the tarot deck I’ve been using. Each month for the past nine months, I’ve chosen a different tarot deck from the collection my deceased brother left me, trying to see if any of them resonate with me. I don’t do readings, just ask a question like “what do I need to know today” and then pick a card to study. So far, there hasn’t been any special connection to any deck, though I have liked some more than others.

The one I am using this February is the one I like least of the decks I’ve sampled. There are others I dislike so much I won’t use them, such as the witch’s tarot and a renaissance tarot that feature anatomically correct figures, something I don’t particularly need at the start my day. But this one — The Jungian Tarot — seemed interesting in that the cards were supposed to be tied to Jung’s archetypes, but only some of them were archetypal (the Major Arcana and the court cards). Most of the cards I dealt myself were the numbered cards, and they did nothing for me, especially since I kept getting the same card — the ten of wands.

The ten of wands certainly seems to illustrate its meaning — oppression — because it is a particularly oppressive card.

I could, of course, changed decks in the middle of the month, but then I wouldn’t get as good a feel for the cards.

In another three days, I’ll be picking a different deck. I hope that one will be more to my liking.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator

10 Responses to “Tarot Update”

  1. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    I’m too superstitious to switch decks.

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    I look forward to seeing the new deck.

  3. Uthayanan Says:

    I hope in three days you will get a good new deck and will fulfill your month. I am going to have three anniversaries in March.
    Our wedding anniversary
    Her birthday
    And mine (not important) all in March !
    I don’t know how I am going to react after her departure everything seems different and strange to me. I am learning to go through with it.
    I wish you a good deck !

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      All those anniversaries in one month are rough. I have two: my birthday (as you say, not important) and his death day, but I am a lot further away than you are. I tend to think it will be a rough month for you, but there will come a time when it isn’t as bad, though it will probably always be a nostalgic month for you.

  4. Spirituality Awakening Says:

    Yup. According to my own research, every tarot card loses its intuitive effects after some time, so it is a good idea to change if you are using it a lot. 🙂

  5. Angel Like Says:

    i love new and colorful tarot card decks

  6. rajeev patel Says:

    Thank for the Updates ❤

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