Some people carefully research a Tarot deck before they purchase it. They look at all on line scans and card images, read all reviews and ask questions on about the deck on the Tarot forums.
I am not such a researcher. If I feel, a deck could be interesting and give me new perspectives, if it has a certain “something” that can not be captured in words, I take a chance and go for it, To use it as a further stepping stone on my Tarot journey.
Also, I like to be surprised.
I like to discover something new and unexpected.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I had waited for a year, until the Linestrider finally ended up on my b-day table. I think, over this long time, just the name, Linestrider, someone, who walks between realms and realities conjured up quite a bit mystique within me.
So; how did the deck stack up to THAT kind of EXPECTATION?
Well, it certainly was fun and surprising.
With this deck, I did not first loook at all the cards and read the book, I just shuffled and started doing my daily draws. That alone provided a daily surprise.
Usually I do draw 3 cards each morning:
- theme of the day
- a Guardian/ advice
For a particular problem/ challenge, that the day brings, I may also draw the good old 2 card stand-by Card of the day/ issue and the crossing card.
So that gives me between 3 and 5 brand new card images to explore, read about and mull over every day. A good half hour, sometimes more.
I can only do this kind of thing in the deep of winter, when we have less work, are less pressed for time , when things are quiet.
With Linestrider I enjoyed this journey.
There were quite a few surprises, being confronted with an unknown image in a reading.
Some of the images I looooved and rejoiced with, some of them left me baffled and a bit taken aback.
Some images showed up again and again – just to prove their point. (6 of Wands, I am looking at you!)
That one is not one of my favourite images. Somehow it always reminds me of the neoclassical art of the former Soviet Union 😦 The 4 Knights evoke similar mildly unsavoury emotions. There are a few other images that triggered that gut feeling in me.
Then there is “the thing with the hands”
Some of Siolo’s images look all fine to me, others, she just did not get the hands right! They look either too large, or crippled or at least severely arthritic and inflamed. (Poor Emperor and Empress! And a Chariot with Carpal tunnel syndrome!? )
I think this comes from me, when I see my shamanic clients and pain from inflammation “shimmers” red in their aura……
But no idea, when and how poor justice broke her fingers……
Well, on to happier observations:
Of course I looove all the animal images! 🙂
The 9 of Wands, the squabbling Dogs in the 5 of wands, the Goat accosted by peers turned rivals in the 7 of wands, The Hermit, the Hierophant, too many to name them all:)
There were also a few cards, where for me personally the image sort of cancelled out the meaning of the card: The 4 of Wands Shows 2 Hares arranged in a circle among foliage. Keywords Siolo gives are happiness, family, unity. All good for a 4 of wands. Just all I am reminded of when I see this image is 2 mad March hares fighting in a circle, like the old Celts also showed in their knot artwork. Ad to that with Justice and her broken finger and I had much to think about that reading.It helped me to be extra careful, when cleaning ice out of the spindle of our snow tractor. My fingers stayed intact…:)
The 3 of Wands shows 2 Harts in front of 3 staked wands. One Animal is standing, its antlers too mighty to fit between the wands, the other is laying down, resting.
In readings every time I interpreted that as WAIT! Do not move forward, you will encounter obstacles. And each time this was dead on right!
But it is just about the opposite of the moving forward, expansion, cooperation message of the 3 of Wands……
Over the last 6 weeks, the readings I did with Linestrider were accurate and to the point, even with card images, that made me cringe a bit.
So will Linestrider break into the ranks of my few lustrous all time favourite “go to” decks?
It however is a good workable deck and I am a fan of Silo’s book which talks a lot about the different correspondences between cards.