There’s an old “rule” in Tarotland that you shouldn’t purchase your own first deck. Supposedly, someone should give it to you. I’m not exactly sure where this came from.
In my opinion, you should definitely *not* allow someone to give you your first tarot deck.
Let’s start with my “tarot origin” saga. Most of it is explained here, but in a nutshell: I was a TV reporter in a Southern, mid-market station. I bought a tarot deck as prop for a story. When it came time for me to turn the deck in to be reimbursed, something told me to keep it and forgo the money.
It was the best decision I could have made.
That deck was the Renaissance Tarot, now known as the Secret Tarot. Again, I bought the deck not knowing I would use it, but now realize that my intuition “knew” it was the one I needed.
The reviews for the Renaissance Tarot were so-so when it came out, from what I remember. Taking the deck at face value, it’s certainly not for “beginners”. The imagery is an acquired taste and I don’t agree with all of the interpretations. But I love the deck. Something drew me to it and to this day I can’t explain why. This is “my” deck, warts and all.
Now, if I’d waited on someone to buy me a deck, two things would (or wouldn’t) have happened:
- I would have never encountered this beautiful deck. Whoever would have bought me my first deck would probably have chosen a standard RWS deck. And that would have been a big turn off for me.
- I probably would have never started reading cards. I was living in the Deep South. Tarot card reading, at least during that time, was still considered the “Devil’s work”.
Which means you wouldn’t be reading this.
Another thing to consider is the reason why someone gives you a deck.
When someone gives you a tarot deck, they are doing it - hopefully - with the best intentions. They’re doing it because they believe that deck will open spiritual doors. They’re doing it because they’re excited for you.
Shoot, they may even be doing it because they love you.
The issue is that there’s a strong chance they’ve picked that deck based on what they think you need to learn in tarot or what they *think* you’re going to use the deck for or what they *think* you will like.
Or what *they* like.
There’s nothing wrong with that. But, do you really want to start your tarot path with the thoughts and energy of someone else? Yes, it’s great that someone cares enough to buy you a deck, and if it happens, keep it...and make it your second deck.
Your brain is prime, untouched real estate. Don’t let someone go all “Manifest Destiny” on it. Cultivate your land your way.