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 Posted: Mon Oct 8th, 2007 11:08 am
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Originally posted by Susi

I would be interested in hearing about what other tarot collectors are looking for in their collections, and what it is that  drives each one individually to collect cards (aside from addiction and obsession)....is it the collector stimulated by the artwork, the artists research,  print quality,  deck theme, or $$$value of a deck, or just out of print decks.

 If the artwork is the motivating factor, does the collector seek painterly fine art cards, antique reproductions, comic book style illustration, variety, etc? 

 what  have you purchased recently and why?...what is about a past acquistion that makes it your favorite?...what do you need/love about a deck that makes you search for it on ebay?... wherever possible, scans of the cards might accompany text explanations.

-susi

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My first deck - Tarot of the Cat People - was a present. The next three were Clive Barretts Ancient Egyptian (also a present), Courtney Davis' Celtic and Jui Guoliangs Chinese. This gave me the idea of trying to get decks based on different cultures and I spent ages tracking down copies of the Xultan, Southwest Sacred Tribes, Haindl and Clive Barretts Norse Tarot.

Then it turned into whatever I liked the look of :)  I'm not that bothered about limited editions, whether something is in print or not, just 'do I like it?' and 'can I afford it?'

I'm not sure what I'm looking for. I've only recently started reading again after a long break, so I wasn't looking for that mythical 'perfect deck'. I just find them beautiful.

Recent purchases -
Grail Tarot - I'm interested in the Grail and the Templars and I loved the look of this deck, it's beautiful.

Golden Botticelli - Liked the art.

Lo Scarabeo - Liked the look of it and the idea behind it. Looks very readable.

Fortuna's Wheel - Would buy anything with Nigel Jacksons art on it.

Phantomwise - Fell in love with it!

Favourite decks -
Llewellyn - I always wanted a Welsh deck, and this is beautiful, I even like the sketchier minors. My reading deck, and following an idea suggested on AT I have the whole deck on my mobile.

Greenwood - spent ages wanting this before finally splashing out and buying it. I find the art captivating. A deck to meditate over and another I have on my phone now.

Honourable mentions - Nigel Jackson, Alchemical Tarot, Vertigo.

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I had a small collection ot tarot decks dating back to the 1970's. Around 1980 I even printed and sold a small batch of the Falconnier Egyptian tarot, through my Hermetic Journal magazine. In those days I was fascinated by the esoteric interpretation of symbolism, however, during the 1980's and 90's I grew away from those views and came to see modern esoterics and the Jungian interpretation of symbolism as essentially flawed. My interest in tarot waned. My small collection was just left on a high shelf unappreciated.

About five years ago I was looking at some artwork and something led me to do a little research on modern tarot designs. I suddenly found myself in a massive ocean of different tarot designs. So much had been published during the 80's and 90's, that it was a revelation to me. I suddenly realised that modern tarot was an art format, that was totally unrecognised and unappreciated. The tight structure of the arcana was forcing artists to explore different ways of approaching the subject. Instead  of this being a limitation, it  focussed their artwork. Tarot designs could be seen as documenting the social history of our era.

Usually when I research something, I go to a good library and read my way into the source material. With tarot this was impossible. No major library collects tarot and librarians seem to view this as ephemera. I realised that if I was to make a proper study of the subject  I would have to collect the actual decks. Thus began a mad few years when I built up my collection. This now amounts to 1600 tarots (in decks and books) and hundreds of other unpublished designs I have in the form of scans. My collection is really a research resource for my ongoing work with tarot.

Sadly, few people see anything of value in tarot imagery. Most art historians are ignorant of this material and dismissive, if not openly hostile, towards it. I hope that over the next few years I may be able to encourage people to see tarot as a valid artform. I became obvious to me that many wonderful tarot designs were being produced but were never going to be published by the mass market publishers, so in 2006 I began to publish tarots in my Art Tarot series and now have made fifteen with many more hopefully to follow. I do have limited resources, but lots of will power. I have been trying to get some major gallery to allow me to mount an exhibition of tarot art, however, the art world seems stubbornly closed to this - despite the fact that tarot truly documents and reflects modern social history. Perhaps some day I will be able to find a supporter that might allow this project to come about. Once an exhibition is designed and a catalogue produced, then it can be hired out as a travelling  exhibition.  I would hope that, in the decades ahead, tarot might become more recognised by the art world and collectors as a valid and exciting, lively, art form. It is in Italy, but in the UK and the USA it seems to be still marginalised and pushed out by the art establishment. There are a lot of fixed, rigid, frozen attitudes and prejudices to break down.


I hope this explains something of what has motivated me to collect tarot.

 

 

 

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I purchased my first deck, The Elemental Tarot, in 1996.  I didn't really know what to do with it, and I didn't understand the need to 'connect' with a deck.  I was interested, but not obsessed.

After my husband left, I has some days where I was extremely sad and lost.  One day, as I laid on the the bed crying, for no particular reason my two year old daughter took the deck off the shelf and brought it to me.  She said, "Mommy, here are your cards."

It was my saving grace and I have been passionate about it every since.

Althought I can't afford to collect all the decks I would like to have, I get the ones I really want and I enjoy collecting and studying the artwork more than any other Tarot related activity.

I echo Adam's comment about few people understanding the value of tarot imagery.  The imagery and symbolism is the essence and I believe will one day take it rightful place in the world as a recognized artform.

Gayla

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Ambriel wrote: I purchased my first deck, The Elemental Tarot, in 1996.  I didn't really know what to do with it, ................ I get the ones I really want and I enjoy collecting and studying the artwork more than any other Tarot related activity.

Gayla

I hope you still have the deck, it's a real beauty........there's that old saying about collecting (regardless of what it is you collect).......buy what you love and you'll always be happy ;).






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 I get the ones I really want and I enjoy collecting and studying the artwork more than any other Tarot related activity.


This is my most favorite thing to do with my cards as well.  I like to pull out several decks and pore over the imagery. It's relaxing and interesting. I have noticed details that I've looked at for 30 years, but never really saw before.  Every once in a while I get a wild hair and there's ONE particular deck I MUST locate and look at.
Recent acquisitions include the Sternemadchens Tarot (which I've been after forever) and Chris Butler's Inner Vision Tarot.  My current fave is the Ma'at Tarot, by Julie Cuccia-Watts. It is just spectacular. If you haven't seen it, or the Blue Moon Tarot, which was its precursor, Google it NOW! :PKimber




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Hi,

I have around 50 decks but don't really consider myself a collector of Tarot decks so much as a student of the esoteric.  It was a great surprise to me to find out that a couple of decks I have are now worth so much ( Alchemical Tarot and Hermetic Tarot). 

The Masonic deck by Jean Beauchard is a favorite.  Perhaps someone has details of his new Le tarot des Alchimistes ?  It is available from Amazon France, but I was wondering if an English version of his book might be forthcomming.  This site is great learning resource on Tarot, which I stumbled across during on e my of frequent visits to Adam's masterful Alchemy website.

Militis

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Well, I guess I'm just a budding collector but the roots of it go a long way back. When I was 16 I became interested in why people hold some beliefs and for a while I did a lot of reading about the witch trials and the why people believed there were witches at all. Later I became interested in the beliefs surrounding tarot cards.

After putting these studies aside for other things, my interested in tarot was renewed when, ten years ago, I developed a passion for the numerous games - and this remains my principle interest. More recently, I began collating my notes on the games for my Sister's family in the States and I found myself discovering more and more packs that I liked - both created for games and for/by occultists. So, the few packs that I had from all those years ago (along with the standard face packs for games) have become the seed for a collection.

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I played around with my Dad's Grimaud Marseille back in the early '70s.  My first ex-husband bought me the first printing of the Crowley deck to reach Australian shores in the '70s, for my birthday .... and then tore it to pieces because he was not centre of attention.  Ho Hum!

After that, I dipped into and out of tarot for decades, and even when I became tarot-addicted it has only been in the last few years that I have become a collector. I was, in fact, determined to not become one ... so much for determination.  I have a couple of graphic computer-art decks ... gifts ... but otherwise don't collect them ... just not my taste.  My interests are very specific, although this isn't necessarily evident from my list of decks, because much of my deck buying is impulsive, comfort buying.  I suffer badly from major depression and an anxiety disorder ... deck-buying eases much of the suffering which goes with these conditions.

Insofar as the cards are concerned, my interests are historic, symbolic, art-driven and uniqueness-driven.  I have a particular fondness for black and white decks, for Marseille and related, limited edition decks and Il Menegello decks.

My favourite deck of all time is i Tarocchi di Dante e dei Fedeli d'Amore, which I have the great fortune to possess.  The Marie Claude Purro Tarot comes a close second.

I am also particularly fond of 22 card decks because for me, the Majors are the heart of Tarot ... are the tarot.  I don't expect anyone else to agree with this.  Maybe when I get past painting the Majors, I will change my viewpoint.

Am I still on topic?  I've forgotten what it was.:?

 

mythos:)

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My SO had one (RWS). Then I saw another (1JJ) that was different  and I bought that to compare. Then I saw the Thoth. Then...........

.........the rest is history. I love them; I can spend HOURS comparing them etc.... I also read with them, but less than I do just staring fondly at them....

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To enter my collection (which only numbers 368 as of today, including duplicates), a deck must meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • the art must speak to me in some way, shape or form (be it beauty, color, style, something so ugly that it's beautiful, etc)
  • the theme matches one of the many subcategories of my collection
  • there are more than 78 cards and/or the author/artist has something new, different or interesting to say
I don't buy decks for their potential collectable value. As my partner says about his boxes and boxes of comic books, he's a "saver" not a "collector." While he may put some of the comics into protective sleeves, he reads them all and saves them for future use. Similarly, I open all of my decks (except for the duplicates) and at least look through all the cards once.

For the most part I buy things that I like and hope to use someday. Of course, I'll have to live to be 1000 years old to study and use all the decks currently in my collection, much less the ones I continue to buy....

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I received a Rider-Waite deck as a birthday present in 1971, along with a paperback of Waite's Pictoral Key to the Tarot. I still have the deck but only learned to read cards for real after I got a better book.

Despite my awkward efforts at reading,  it always seemed obvious that the cards "work," although "how" is a mystery I'm happy to leave mysterious.

When I moved to Europe a few years ago I was surprised to find a dozen or so different decks in the local toy shop.  I bought a few, including the Tarot of the New Vision, wondering why I'd never thought to "look behind" the scenes myself. In Italy I bought and later gave away a lovely historical deck from Il Meneghello--I can't recall which one--because I was flummoxed by the swords/batons pip cards.

I also found the Aeclectic site. I got the Golden Tarot by Kat Black and the Victoria Regina as soon as they came out.

I started reading cards more frequently and getting better at it. I'm hyperrational and rarely discuss this.

Last year I began collecting and although my collection is miniscule compared with others', I don't believe in collecting things in general and am a "give it away, get rid of it" type of person, minimalist, in most things.  I suspect I am collecting partly as superstitious bulwark against unpredictability, as my husband is with the American army in Iraq.  Although I see collecting a symptom because it is so out of character, I take great delight in the beauty, grace and whimsy of well-designed and produced decks.

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For me its the artwork and the buzz i get from buying them. it gives me that I'm a kiddie in a sweet shop feeling. I am intrigued by what is behind the deck how it will read and the different angles people take to make one thing in particular. There are many reasons as to why I love tarot. It's a great investment, I enjoy it, it makes me really happy and I love being able to read for myself and others. The depth I can into with one deck varies and the emotions I feel from them vary. I love being a medium and dont really need the tools but for me they are something tangible I can show to people. so many reason for loving them..it would be to infinity if i carried.

 

 *sits eating chocolate mousse and flake.* and decided to quit the babble 

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shadowbane wrote:
 *sits eating chocolate mousse and flake.* and decided to quit the babble 

I love Cadbury Flake bars, you must be in the UK? My mother-in-law is in Northern Ireland and sends them in our Christmas package each year.

To die for!

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Oh you get sent flake bars...I need her as friend then!:-) you are so right they are to die for. I love something called lindt creme bruelee but £3.00 a bar is awful.hello from the UK BTW.

cya around love reading the threads

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I should like to revive this thread, since many new members have joined the forum since we last discussed this question.


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OK. Add to mine - GREED. :D

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Greed?
What kind?

Like, decks are a good monetary investment?
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No, just that I cannot bear that there are decks out there that I DON'T have and I want ALL OF THEM, every LAST ONE, you hear (yes, Adam, I owe you money.....)
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And how come we can't count addiction and obsession?

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I have the bright shiny object disease...ohhhhhhh lookie ...then I acquire and enjoy for a while and then the next oh lookie bright shiny ... and well they begin to add up.

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I am with you, Nicole...may I take the "oooh Shiny Defense" too, please?:D

I never meant to be a collector, and even though I have about 80 decks still, it barely compares to most collections.

I have the decks I like. Or the decks that were acquired very cheaply (like at garage sales) and then went out of print, and allowed me to trade up for ones I liked better.

I like decks that are fun and themey. If they are limited that's cool, but certainly not a factor.
I seem to have an oddly themey fantasy/whimsical collection.

and I wont even get into all the oracles...those were acquired for a different reason...

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Rodney pretty much answered just like I would have.  

I have to like the art, for some reason.  

And/or, it has to go with one of the themes I collect.  

I don't collect decks because they might be worth money someday, because, as my husband says, "You going to sell any of them?   Didn't think so."   LOL.

I am currently working on a project to read with all my decks.   At this point I may be finished sometime in 2011 .  

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I don't consider myself a collector, I only got nine decks so far, and that's not gonna change drastically in the near future (only plan to buy a few that I really want, like a Thoth, a Hermetic and a Tarot of the Master).
When I bought them (except my first, a RWS that came with a book by Banzhaf, in 1994) I took into consideration the following:
- artwork and symbolism (by finding samples on the Internet)
- accompanying book/booklet or availability of further information
- presentation (box, cachet)
I have to mention here the Lo Scarabeo White Cats Tarot, that I bought just to use it with my nine years old daughter, in order to not let her watch too closely at the images on my favorite, Liber T - Stars Eternal  :D

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Thanks for reviving the thread; it's really interesting.

I'm motivated by a longtime (lifetime, really) interest in the esoteric side of Tarot, coupled with a more recent appreciation and delight for the wide range of artwork styles, mixed with a bit of genetic OCD. I can't call myself a collector because I don't have many decks and I really want to keep that impulse in check if I can. (As I learn more, though, my list of "I want"s is getting longer and longer...)

I'm a bit of a treasure hunter also so if I found something I thought might be sought by another collector I'd probably buy it (if it was affordable) in order to trade for a deck I really want for myself.

When I want a deck for myself it has to speak to me in some way. Sometimes I will like the artwork but then I'll open the deck and the cards just don't feel right; the size or shape might feel awkward or what have you. (Am I the only weirdo this happens to?) I just bought the DaVinci deck recently and I love it, the colors are such a beautiful muted palette and the cards just feel right. I'm still getting acquainted with it. For quick readings I always turn to my old Morgan Greer, I just feel very comfortable with it. Another recent buy is Tarot of the Secret Forest, which is probably not a deck I would read with but the artwork just fascinates me, and I love the B&W versions on the flip sides of each card.

Sorry, I rambled a bit, didn't I. I'm not even sure if I answered the question. Anyway, I look forward to being part of this forum, it's really great to be among other tarot lovers and I'm sure I will learn a lot!

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I really like your approach, Adam, and I love what you are doing with the art decks. Where on earth do you keep 1600 decks, though?!

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OctoberGwen wrote: Where on earth do you keep 1600 decks, though?!
Storage, by itself is not a problem. The difficult thing is finding some means of storing the tarots so that you can easily access one you wish to look at.  They some in such a wide variety of packaging that it is impossible to find some way of putting them in a simple ordered format - unlike books in a bookcase in alphabetical order. A large part of my collection is now in some rather neat cabinets with sliding drawers.

The "1600" has grown a little now.

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AdamMcLean wrote: OctoberGwen wrote: Where on earth do you keep 1600 decks, though?!
The difficult thing is finding some means of storing the tarots so that you can easily access one you wish to look at. ...
A large part of my collection is now in some rather neat cabinets with sliding drawers.

The "1600" has grown a little now.


Yes, I was just reading that thread about storage a little while ago. The cabinets sound good - so the drawers slide out and the decks are laid in so you can read the box spines, is that right? Are the drawers fairly shallow, then?

I have a very attractive hinged wooden box that currently holds all my decks quite nicely, because I only have a few. I like to think I'll only acquire what can fit into the box...once I have too many to fit, it will be time to cull from the herd. We'll see how successful I am. ;-)

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I suddenly realized that I never actually wrote in this thread. So although I am not a newbie, here is my story of my collection :hp.

I saw my first tarot deck at New Years Eve 1995 at a friends house. That was the Hanson Roberts and I fell in love. So first day the shops were open, I went out and bought it. After that, I added the odd deck.. Thoth, RWS, stuff like that.

Then in 1999 my collection really started to take off. I went to the US and visited a metaphysical store. Ohh.. so many lovely decks. I came home with about 6. But it didn´t stop there. Because on that trip I also discovered Ebay. If there is anything bad for your credit card, it is Ebay:f.

At first I just bought some decks, then I became obsessed with selling tarots as well. Which in turn lead to searching the net and shops to find decks to sell.. which in turn lead to me buying more decks for myself... LOL! But I still managed to hold back and only buy cheap decks or mass market ones, save for a few. Until I went to the Chicago conference. I bought my first expensive decks there.. the Blue Moon Tarot and the Transformational from Arnell. And pawed at all those wonderful collectables at the Tarotgarden table in the trade room. And I totally fell in love with the Roses and Lilies RWS that Kaplan showed, which then became my dreamdeck.

The rest is history. I got even more hooked, have no limit anymore... :vand I spend way too much money...:n, but I got a great collection...:ce:bl.

 

I have several sub collections within my collection that I try and keep as complete as possible

- RWS and clones, I try to have every RWS version or clone ever published

- Black and white decks , unless I really don´t like the deck, I want to have it

- Asian Tarots

My criteria for purchasing are different every time. First and foremost, I have to like the deck. If I find it ugly, I don´t get it. Period. Some tarots I buy for the beautiful artwork, some the symbolism. Some just because they belong in the collection to make it complete - like RWS clones, some because they are collectable. And some because I have seen them in progress and I find the self-published decks very special. But I do love all of them.

So here is my story of now... ± 1200 decks :gi.

 

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Hm. My storage is a bit messier - but I can find any deck easily using my database !

Here it is....

I only have between 1500 and 1600.... so far..... :sd

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gregory wrote: Hm. My storage is a bit messier - but I can find any deck easily using my database !

Here it is....

I only have between 1500 and 1600.... so far..... :sd


Oh darn, and I thought I was gaining on you:cc... still about 300 to 400 to go :ee.

I can find most decks with the database in my head :gi.

Isn´t it sad that I actually know which drawer to open for a deck... sigh...:f

 

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truelighth wrote: I can find most decks with the database in my head :gi.

 


OMG! Do you have room in there for anything else ?

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Not a lot. Which is why I have two identical CDs of the thing we are singing in choir just now....:kt

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nicole wrote: truelighth wrote: I can find most decks with the database in my head :gi.

 


OMG! Do you have room in there for anything else ?

:cl


Ehhmm.. nope, not really. Couldn't you tell? :cl

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truelighth wrote:
At first I just bought some decks, then I became obsessed with selling tarots as well. Which in turn lead to searching the net and shops to find decks to sell.. which in turn lead to me buying more decks for myself... LOL! But I still managed to hold back and only buy cheap decks or mass market ones, save for a few. Until I went to the Chicago conference. ....
 

Start saving your pennies...

I have been chomping at the bit trying not to say anything but just got the go ahead from Janet, letting me open my big mouth...

It is not until 2012. And in the spirit of the hub bub about the end of the world we figured why not go out tarot style with the "End of the World Tarot Congress"  

:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce

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*hyperventilating* a Tarot Congress? o.m.g. :ww


I'm extreeeeeemely green/novice/wet-behind-the-ears compared to everyone here but this is a terrific thread to give some form to my newly budding uh-diction.

When I first started learning tarot it never even occurred to me to "collect" tarot but then I realized, hey, I already have a small collection! It's not large, it's definitely not even valuable, but it's my small collection nonetheless.

It's like someone who starts to buy art because they like certain art pieces, they accumulate more, they become an expert in a certain genre merely because it interests them, et voila: une collection!

I suppose what motivates me are, of course, the images and how they speak to me. In a way, there are 2 "artists": the artist who designed the deck and the "curator" (the publisher).

Plus, decks are comparatively/reasonably affordable, and each deck is basically 78 tiny pieces of amazing art.

As I become more involved in tarot I've also started noticing what I like, and that my tastes are evolving.

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undul8r wrote: *hyperventilating* a Tarot Congress? o.m.g. :ww


I'm extreeeeeemely green/novice/wet-behind-the-ears compared to everyone here but this is a terrific thread to give some form to my newly budding uh-diction.

When I first started learning tarot it never even occurred to me to "collect" tarot but then I realized, hey, I already have a small collection! It's not large, it's definitely not even valuable, but it's my small collection nonetheless.

It's like someone who starts to buy art because they like certain art pieces, they accumulate more, they become an expert in a certain genre merely because it interests them, et voila: une collection!

I suppose what motivates me are, of course, the images and how they speak to me. In a way, there are 2 "artists": the artist who designed the deck and the "curator" (the publisher).

Plus, decks are comparatively/reasonably affordable, and each deck is basically 78 tiny pieces of amazing art.

As I become more involved in tarot I've also started noticing what I like, and that my tastes are evolving.

:c


Welcome to the forum :)

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I originally collected for the artwork, especially if the artist showed a talent for strong linear design and used the compositional space wisely.

Then I began to seek out decks that had esoteric meanings, like the Masonic tarot.

Now I have pretty much stopped collecting since there are too many decks out there that simply re-hash the Smith-Waite iconography but with a twist.

If I came across something along the lines of T the New Tarot again, I might consider buying it. But for now, I am pretty well "T'd" out.

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nicole wrote: Start saving your pennies...

I have been chomping at the bit trying not to say anything but just got the go ahead from Janet, letting me open my big mouth...

It is not until 2012. And in the spirit of the hub bub about the end of the world we figured why not go out tarot style with the "End of the World Tarot Congress"  



Huh, what, Who........

MORE INFO PLEASE......:kt  "End of the World Tarot Congress"   SHEESH, who woulda thunk? 


Janet?  Is she organizing it?  NEED MORE INFO......

 DEC 21, 2012 (in Mayan)

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I keep mine straight with my Excel spread sheet.  If I ever lost it, I would be lost.  No rhyme or reason to my storage.  The decks I have ordered are in black at the bottom, once I get them, they move up and become blue.  The advantage of Excel is that you can sort the sheet any way you want.  I also have a list of "I wanna's".  And that list is added to frequently just be reading this forum.

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nicole wrote: Start saving your pennies...

I have been chomping at the bit trying not to say anything but just got the go ahead from Janet, letting me open my big mouth...

It is not until 2012. And in the spirit of the hub bub about the end of the world we figured why not go out tarot style with the "End of the World Tarot Congress"  

:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce:ce


 

Yahoo, a new congress. I sure hope to be there. I am certainly gonna save my pennies. I loved the last Chicago congress!!!:ce

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skad1 wrote:
I keep mine straight with my Excel spread sheet.  If I ever lost it, I would be lost.  No rhyme or reason to my storage.  The decks I have ordered are in black at the bottom, once I get them, they move up and become blue.  The advantage of Excel is that you can sort the sheet any way you want.  I also have a list of "I wanna's".  And that list is added to frequently just be reading this forum.

WOAH. Impressive. :ro

*insert "NOT WORTHY" emoticon here*

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I started collecting because I became bored reading cards for people.
The whole am I getting Laid tonight thing was far from the true depth
of what the cards are about (at least for me). I find tarot artists (for the most part) to have a deeper focus into the symbolism behind the tarot.
Looking at the art work is much more inspiring than telling someone they probably ain't get lucky tonight!

Great Thread!
CC

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skad1 wrote: I keep mine straight with my Excel spread sheet.  If I ever lost it, I would be lost.  No rhyme or reason to my storage.  The decks I have ordered are in black at the bottom, once I get them, they move up and become blue.  The advantage of Excel is that you can sort the sheet any way you want.  I also have a list of "I wanna's".  And that list is added to frequently just be reading this forum.Mine's in Access, which will also sort any which way - and automatically adds up the prices of my sins, and has a sub-table for books and stuff like that....

I do save it in Excel as a back up every now and then.

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CastleCrest wrote:
I started collecting because I became bored reading cards for people.
The whole am I getting Laid tonight thing was far from the true depth
of what the cards are about (at least for me). I find tarot artists (for the most part) to have a deeper focus into the symbolism behind the tarot.
Looking at the art work is much more inspiring than telling someone they probably ain't get lucky tonight!

Great Thread!
CC



:gi

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I got hooked on tarot when I was about 11 or 12, and my mom got me my first deck (the Hoi Polloi). It's been a longstanding love affair ever since! I read tarot professionally and did astrological readings for several years; I really don't read for other people anymore though.

I used to have a more judgemental attitude towards different decks; e.g., only acquiring ones I "liked".  But I found that I can learn an awful lot from a deck I don't resonate with, if I listen long enough.  Some of the ones I didn't like at all (like the Thoth) have evolved into some of my favorite decks now.

I am in love with the layers and the depths of the archetypes; my soul sings when someone creates an expression of an archetype that makes me see and experience something in a startlingly fresh new way.

I look at tarot differently now.  Years ago I didn't have any understanding of its remarkable capacity to speak in so many different ways to, and through, so many different individuals. My life has been enormously enriched by hundreds of people I have never even met - thank you. :D 

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Hi. I just joined this forum--I don't consider myself a collector, per se, but I do love seeing and playing with decks. I am more of a reader and teacher than anything else, though I also review decks.

Nice to see some friends on here (Saskia and Kimber) and Gregory, whom I've always enjoyed reading on various forums.

I tend to buy decks I found excruciatingly (irresistibly) beautiful or decks I think will add to my insights about the cards. My favorite decks are collage decks, but there are a number of other decks that I love.

I very much wish I knew what my first tarot deck was--I remember that it was a Marseilles/IJJ variant in a yellow box. I bought it in 1976.

Two things turned me into a "collector"--someone with a lot of decks. My friend Michele was a huge collector and she was a big influence. And then I took over her website (Michele's Tarot Page, now Tarot Passages). I had 200 decks when I started the website and now I have over three times that many. That may sound like a lot, but I don't buy decks that I don't love or think I'll read with or think I need for my site.

 

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I was wondering and now - yes, got it ! We have actually emailed.... AGES ago. You would know me by my REAL name.... But that's a secret on forums.


Think cats :kt .

You gave me the phrase I have since always applied to gregory..... "companion of my heart"....

I collect because. I had one, I had two. I found a great store and....

And tarotpassages had a terrible effect on me, too. I have all the reviews up to when you had to take time out saved on CD, in case it fell over !

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