The Fifth Spirit Tarot deck

Tarot Decks Update

Here is a list of the tarot decks I own or once owned. It’s in order of the frequency I use it, which also means how much I adore it. I bought most of these decks myself, while some are gifted to me.

The Fifth Spirit Tarot

I have been using this deck for more than a couple of months now and absolutely love it. Having the book also elevates the whole experience of using the deck. Highly recommend it.

The creator, Charlie Claire Burgess, is currently working on an oracle deck, which I plan to pick up the minute it’s dropped on Kickstarter.

Best use for: learning tarot, spring season and self discovery.

Moon Void Tarot

A surviving-Covid support deck which I got as an early Christmas gift for myself. This was the first deck I bought together with the book. One of the best tarot decisions I have ever made and will continue making.

I have a feeling Moon Void Tarot is going to be one of my forever decks.

The creator, Stefani is coming up with the 3rd edition of the deck. Instead of just black and white, she is infusing the latest edition with a soft pink. Some of the cards have been modified as well, which might just be enough of an incentive for me to get the latest edition.

Best use for: self-empowerment (there is only one archetype on the whole deck, a long haired woman), winter season, self discovery and learning tarot.

Read the deck interview here.

 The Spacious Tarot

It’s a birthday gift from Fafa in September 2020. Making it the first tarot deck I have ever gotten as a gift. The cards are beautiful, gentle and kind. I recently downloaded the $5 guide audio that I have been listening to during my runs. Read The Spacious Tarot deck interview here.

Best use for: self-care days and summer season.

The Gentle Tarot

The latest deck that joined the family. I am currently working through journaling the 78 tarot cards in sequence; starting the first minor arcana card tomorrow, so tbh I am not 100% sure how much I like this deck just yet. Please come back later for an update.

Best use for: self-care days, in nature and spring season.

This Might Hurt Tarot

I got it to celebrate starting a new job in the new company in the early 2020. Read the This Might Hurt deck interview here.

Best use for: socialising and party.

The Numinous Tarot

I tried so much to like this indie deck. It’s colourful. It features candles instead of wands, bells instead of swords, pentacles instead of books – making it much more relatable. But I just am not a fan of it. Happy to it trade off.

The Light Seer’s Tarot

An impulse purchase during lockdown. Happy to barter it.

The Cat Tarot

I bought this deck recently, just because it’s a cat themed tarot deck. Unfortunately, I was unable to connect, let alone learn from it. Happy to pass it to anyone who is into both cat and tarot.

I will keep updating the list. I used to have a few more decks which I donated to a witch during the great-Covid-purge. I am keen to exchange some of these decks, especially with the hard to find tarot decks, do check out if you are keen too. Thanks.

Film Camera MjuII Kodak Ektar 100 Nine of Pentacles The Moon Void Tarot

Channeling The Lady of Leisure with Nine of Pentacles

I had never given much interest on Nine of Pentacles until one day I saw it on This Might Hurt Tarot deck and read the description on the booklet. Then and here it’s crystallized in my mind that I want to be the lady in the Nine of Coins. That’s the energy I want to emulate in my life.

I started looking at other the Nine of Pentacles to see the different interpretations offered by other tarot decks. In the classic Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, the Nine of Pentacles drawn as a lady in a robe holding a pet bird on her finger. It’s well, pretty irrelevant, which might be why the card never caught my attention before. But in This Might Hurt Tarot deck, it’s depicted as a girl reading a book in a garden.

I can relate to this image so much! It’s what my dream life looks like, precisely what I want to do in my leisure days.

The Hermit Tarot

An Evening with The Hermit

I have the apartment for myself this evening. Earlier, I counted the last time I had the place for myself for more than an hour or so. It was pre-lockdown, which coincidentally was during my redundancy months. It was almost a year ago. Far too long, no thanks to Covid.

“The solitary evening must be celebrated”

the Virgo in me has spoken.

I took a long hot shower and poured myself a tall glass of chilled Moscato. It was the only bottle left from the eight bottles we bought last month in preparation for Christmas celebration. Pinning the thought that I might be a fully functioning alcoholic aside, I put the cookie dough on the tray into the oven. Yes, it might be a weird choice to combine cheap chilled Moscato and chocolate chips cookies on a summer evening, but those things bring me joy.

After putting Final Destination 2 as the background noise and while waiting for the oven to make the “DING” sound, I took out all my tarot deck. Tonight we party! Well, not all of us, as I only invited the Hermit from each deck.

The thing is, even though I claimed to be an introvert and a through-and-through

who need their space and me-time, I have yet to connect with The Hermit card. I have yet to sit and meditate, let alone journal with them. And I guess today is a good day as any to connect the archetype that I am all too familiar with.

Traditionally, The Hermit is about taking some time to contemplate, solitude, isolation, introspection, me-time and carving some space for oneself. With those characteristics attach to them, the Hermit can be seen as well harmless at their best and dull at their worst. It’s not without reasons. The Hermit is a not threatening card. None fear them in a reading. But at the same time , The Hermit card doesn’t scream good luck either. Well to be fair, The Hermit doesn’t scream for anything.

Even for a yes-no question, The Hermit won’t give you a resounding answer immediately. They will need to contemplate the question first, for some time — preferably alone in the dark. Before coming up with, what they think as, a well thought answer.

They can be border lining with boring those Hermits, but let me ask you this:

What can be a better card to represent our collective 2020 experience if not the Hermit?

It’s the epitome of the lockdown, confinement, isolation — both self-imposed or forced.

Back to the Hermits that I laid on the table — I could see a thread that connects them all, from the classic Rider Waite Smith tarot deck to The Light Seer’s Tarot deck, the lantern.

In The Spacious Tarot deck, The Hermit is depicted as a lantern, brightening the dark woods with its’ light. The guidebook says this about the tree in the woods: “they offer a clearing, a sacred space for you to reconnect with yourself.”

Refreshingly, in both This Might Hurt Tarot and The Numinous Tarot decks, the cards are drawn as feminine figures. Though their faces are hidden (typical The Hermit), the long grey-hair and the shapely coats indicate their womanhood.

In This Might Hurt Tarot deck, the woman is holding a lantern illuminating a dark snowy night. It’s beautiful. I also love Isabella Rotman’s parting message regarding the card. She said:

“It doesn’t mean that you need to rent a cabin in the woods and throw your cellphone in a river. You just need to withdraw enough to listen to yourself.”

And I will do just that right after this with a book companied by a plate of freshly baked cookies, another generous serving of Moscato. I wish you a lovely start of the weekend!

Ten of Wands Moon Void Tarot Black and White Tarot Run

Ten of Wands My Old Friend

It has been my morning routine to pull a tarot card for the day.

This morning, it was the Ten of Wands. I half-expected to pull either this card or the Eight of Pentacles as I had another busy day ahead. But unlike yesterday, where my day was equivalent to the Ten of Swords energy (I didn’t draw the card, it was too chaotic of a day to even connect with the deck), today I was prepared.

I had written down the three most-important-things to tackle at work. I have stocked enough snacks to go through the four meetings and later to fuel me through the overtime. I even prepared a question to ask Clarissa Goenawan, the author of Perfect World of Miwako Sumida, who was going to have a zoom author meet and greet later today. At the same time, I have deferred some of my non-urgent tasks to next week, reducing the tasks on my Todoist app to the lucky number thirteen. And by the time I write this here, I have ticked off running, Indonesian groceries shopping, laundry and some other things from the list, leaving only five more things to either do tonight or to be rescheduled to tomorrow. and I am okay with both.

Ten of Wands is not a delightful card. In the reading, for a yes-no question, this card is the unwanted adjective to the answer. The:

“…but it’s going to be a hard work…”

or another variation of it, crowning it as the “long-sigh” card.

Even when you see the artwork depicting Ten of Wands in the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck, you can almost expect the man to release a long-sigh once he reaches his destination and able to put the ten of wands he has been carrying (albeit in a weird position). 

I also let out a long sigh when I saw the Ten of Wands today, but mine was followed by:

“Hello there, old friend!”

As a Virgo sun and rising, I have fully embraced the energy of the Ten of Wands in my life, claiming it as a part of my character. My shadow show self. I knew all I needed to do was to put my warrior queen headband and go through my to-do list.

Brewing The Two of Wands

It was still pitch black dark outside. I had been up for some time. Unable to go back to sleep. This time it wasn’t because I was sick or stressed out. After all, I just had a long weekend. My mind had been filled with random ideas.

Ideas for the day (I should run first before attending my first 9 AM meeting), for the week, month and the end of the year. Faster than those ideas were the ideas on what to write for my NaMeWriMo drafts.

I tried to remember some of these ideas while dismissing the others because the last thing I needed on this garbage of a year is feeling burnt out. Especially, this close to the holiday season. After some more time passed, and it was clear to me that I would not go back to sleep, I sneaked out to the living room.

Once outside, I reached out to my trusty tarot deck — waiting for me on the bookshelf — took a few deep breaths and pulled out a card.

Two of Wands

On point.

For me, two of Wands (Aries) carries the energy of contemplation.

The tea-brewing of ideas. I’d need to let it steep first, witness the colour change adding flavours thanks to the heat before sipping it.

All these metaphorical ideas brewing made me crave for an actual hot cup of tea. A perfect company for the cold Melbourne morning (mornings in Melbourne generally tend to be on the cold side no matter what time of the year it may be). On this morning it was Singapore Breakfast tea from T2Tea.

While waiting for my tea, I rummaged through my witchy-drawer where I kept the rest of my tarot decks. I pulled out the Two of Wands from The Light Seer Tarot and This Might Hurt tarot decks to company the first Two of Wands from The Spacious Tarot deck. The card from Rider Waite Smith tarot deck was not required as I have memorized the traditional image.

A man, wearing a red robe, holding a globe in his hand, standing on the fortress, overlooking the sea with two wands standing in between him.

It’s not too different from the This Might Hurt deck, which has my favourite depiction of the Two of Wands. On it, a girl is sitting on her car front, reading the opened map in her hand, there are two different sized wands in between the car.

Though the Two of Wands is often associated with travel (both the globe and the map), today I see it more of the planning stage. The stage of collecting and brewing some of those ideas who came knocking way too early.

I considered waking Fafa up, so he could take a picture of me ‘contemplating’ from the balcony with the sunrise as the background as the image depicted in The Light Seers Tarot deck, but decided to let the man sleep in peace. Also, the sky is too grey to make an Instagram worthy picture.

Instead, I opened the laptop and wrote this in morning silence, while sipping my tea. I must say, among those many 5 AM ideas, writing this experience felt like a good one to follow.

This Might Hurt Tarot Isabella Rotman

This Might Hurt Tarot Deck Interview

Tell me about you:

1. Your vibe:

Eight of Pentacles

The Apprentice – This is the card of putting the hard work to learn a craft or master a skill. This deck invites me to work with it for the rest of this year to learn tarot as one of my goals in 2020.

2. What type of reading suits you best/What are you good at?

Wheel of Fortune

This one is a bit hard for me to understand. I would like to think this deck is going to support my tarot journey through thick and thin. It’s also very moldable as in I can use it for any type of reading, from personal to professional, from fun stuff to heart breaks.

3. What is a challenge for you?

King of Cups

Leadership through emotional strength. The limit of this deck is finding a balance of emotions. Managing feelings without repressing them. Listening to unconscious without being overwhelmed by it. How to show compassion to the community while taking care of oneself.

4. How to treat you?

Nine of Swords

Err…

4. How do you spill your tea?

Three of Cups

Party with Friends – The deck is telling me to always bring it to social events and gathering with friends. I will take it out and introduce it to the group whenever the opportunities arise.

6. What are you here for?

The Sun

Oh happy day! This deck is here to teach me to see the world with a sense of wonder. To find and spread joy in my tarot journey.

7. Our vibes together:

Knight of Pentacles

The one who rides all the way through. This deck will ground me. It’s reliable, will work alongside with me diligently and stick it my learning.

Perfect!