collapse
2019 Donation Drive

It's time for our annual Server Donation Drive! We need to raise at least $650 (same as last year) to keep The Cauldron's server online for another year. Please help! Either hit that Paypal button to the right and make a one-time donation in any amount or set up a monthly Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor subscription. You can find more info in this message!

Donations as of 16 Sept 2019: $660 donated. $10 more our minimum goal! Let's beat last year's total of $99 more than the minimum!


Note: This total is updated manually, usually once a day


* "Unable to verify referring url. Please go back and try again" Problem Logging In?

If you get an "Unable to verify referring url. Please go back and try again" error when you try to log in, you need to be sure you are accessing the board with a url that starts with "https://ecauldron.com".  If it starts with https://www.ecauldron.com" (or "http://www.ecauldron.com") you will get this error because "www.ecauldron.com" is not technically the same website as "ecauldron.com". Moving to the more secure "https" means it is more picky about such things.

Author Topic: Making Tarot Cards  (Read 1034 times)

Hiir

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Join Date: Jun 2013
  • Posts: 4
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Making Tarot Cards
« on: June 25, 2013, 02:35:49 pm »
Many people make their own runes. Makes sense, since you get much more of a connection with something you made yourself as opposed to something mass-produced you purchased. I'm quite sure the act and spent time creating something adds a lot to its spiritual value, so to say.
So I want to make my own tarot deck as well. Partly because I just cannot afford it, partly because I don't even trust store-sold decks. What connection do I have to it? None. I would feel much more comfortable with my own cards made from scratch.
I've got the bases made, 78 cards, a quite comfortable size; I painted their backsides all the same colour and cut round the corners, etc. Now I am at the fun part - designing.
I have no problems with drawing, it's something I do a lot. The thing is - all guides to understanding and reading tarot cards are very directly related to the scenes pictured on each card. Most minuscule of the details all seem to be of utmost importance. Am I supposed to just look at a classical deck and redraw all the 78 scenes exactly? I would much prefer using my own symbols and style while still reflecting the message each card is meant to carry. Would this mess the reading up a lot? How important is it really to adhere to all of the symbolic nuances?

Many thanks!

Jack

  • Adept Member
  • ********
  • Join Date: Apr 2012
  • Location: Cascadia
  • Posts: 3168
  • Country: us
  • Total likes: 90
    • View Profile
    • Jack of Many Trades
  • Religion: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
Re: Making Tarot Cards
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 03:16:50 pm »
Quote from: Hiir;113627
Am I supposed to just look at a classical deck and redraw all the 78 scenes exactly? I would much prefer using my own symbols and style while still reflecting the message each card is meant to carry. Would this mess the reading up a lot? How important is it really to adhere to all of the symbolic nuances?

 
You're "supposed to" do whatever makes sense to you, since you're the one who's going to be reading with it. Use what's useful to you, and then learn to read the specific deck you're creating.

I have a cartography deck I designed; I don't actually call it a tarot deck because I don't use the symbols at all.
Hail Mara, Lady of Good Things!
"The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly." -Madeleine L'Engle

Jenett

  • Staff
  • *
  • Join Date: Jun 2011
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Posts: 3079
  • Country: us
  • Total likes: 635
    • View Profile
    • Seeking: First steps on a path
  • Religion: Initiatory religious witchcraft
  • Preferred Pronouns: she/her
Re: Making Tarot Cards
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 05:05:17 pm »
Quote from: Hiir;113627

I have no problems with drawing, it's something I do a lot. The thing is - all guides to understanding and reading tarot cards are very directly related to the scenes pictured on each card. Most minuscule of the details all seem to be of utmost importance. Am I supposed to just look at a classical deck and redraw all the 78 scenes exactly? I would much prefer using my own symbols and style while still reflecting the message each card is meant to carry. Would this mess the reading up a lot? How important is it really to adhere to all of the symbolic nuances?

 
As Jack says, "Tarot" implies a certain relationship between the cards, but there are tons of other options for card decks for divination that aren't Tarot.

In terms of the symbology - there are certainly plenty of Tarot decks out there that do totally different things for symbology. (My current favourite, the Shadowscapes Tarot, doesn't use a bunch of the most common traditional symbols)

*However* in my experience, the decks that actually work best as Tarot decks build their own sets of symbol language, and carry that language across a large number of cards. (Shadowscapes does this really well, in my experience, but she does it by layering some of the traditional references into less traditional ones, and then linking the less traditional ones in multiple ways, so that they can get referenced in other parts of the deck and still make sense. A lot of novelty Tarot decks get this wrong.)

Have you poked around at the Aeclectic Tarot site at all? They both have samples of hundreds of decks, and the forums have excellent discussions of deck creation, different symbol sets, etc.
Seek Knowledge, Find Wisdom: Research help on esoteric and eclectic topics (consulting and other services)

Seeking: first steps on a Pagan path (advice for seekers and people new to Paganism)

Sola Stone

  • Apprentice
  • ***
  • Join Date: Apr 2013
  • Posts: 30
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Making Tarot Cards
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 06:32:27 pm »
Quote from: Hiir;113627
So I want to make my own tarot deck as well. Partly because I just cannot afford it, partly because I don't even trust store-sold decks. What connection do I have to it? None. I would feel much more comfortable with my own cards made from scratch.


Well, the idea of store brought decks is that you form or strengthen a connection to them through repeated use, but if you want to make your own, more power to ya.

Quote
I have no problems with drawing, it's something I do a lot. The thing is - all guides to understanding and reading tarot cards are very directly related to the scenes pictured on each card. Most minuscule of the details all seem to be of utmost importance. Am I supposed to just look at a classical deck and redraw all the 78 scenes exactly? I would much prefer using my own symbols and style while still reflecting the message each card is meant to carry. Would this mess the reading up a lot? How important is it really to adhere to all of the symbolic nuances?

 
Symbols are a tool to help you remember the meaning of a card and, perhaps, to give you a better understanding of that meaning. The fact that a given object can symbolize different things to different people is one of the reasons why there are so many variations of tarot decks around today. I think, then, that if you are willing to put the time and effort into designing your own deck, you should use symbols that are meaningful to you. The only way I can see this affecting your readings is positively.
Discovering North: Where I fumble around in the dark about spiritual stuff.

Hiir

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Join Date: Jun 2013
  • Posts: 4
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Making Tarot Cards
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2013, 09:54:09 am »
Thanks everyone for replying. I feel more secure about designing them myself, now.

Quote from: Jenett;113637

*However* in my experience, the decks that actually work best as Tarot decks build their own sets of symbol language, and carry that language across a large number of cards. (Shadowscapes does this really well, in my experience, but she does it by layering some of the traditional references into less traditional ones, and then linking the less traditional ones in multiple ways, so that they can get referenced in other parts of the deck and still make sense. A lot of novelty Tarot decks get this wrong.)

Have you poked around at the Aeclectic Tarot site at all? They both have samples of hundreds of decks, and the forums have excellent discussions of deck creation, different symbol sets, etc.

 
Ah, thank you, it seems like a lovely site! I will definitely read what it's got to say.
Yes, that is what I was thinking, I have many personal symbols from life in my mind that would carry the meanings on the cards very well. And I absolutely understand the referencing part. It's basically just like a language, isn't it, just a language of symbols; and so it would be okay if I made up my own as long as I understood what all of it meant and the words all made sense in their context.

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
2 Replies
5594 Views
Last post August 21, 2012, 02:35:43 pm
by Laveth
3 Replies
1079 Views
Last post November 25, 2011, 07:11:19 pm
by AthenaiiseSofia
7 Replies
1302 Views
Last post December 25, 2011, 07:04:59 pm
by dragonfaerie
22 Replies
2388 Views
Last post August 24, 2012, 08:40:04 pm
by Phaedric
7 Replies
6015 Views
Last post October 29, 2012, 03:40:11 am
by Elementalist

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 31
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 3
  • Dot Users Online:

* Please Donate!

The Cauldron's server is expensive and requires monthly payments. Please become a Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor if you can. Donations are needed every month. Without member support, we can't afford the server.

* In Memoriam

Chavi (2006)
Elspeth (2010)
Marilyn (2013)

* Cauldron Staff

Co-Hosts:
LyricFox & Randall

Senior Staff:
Darkhawk

Message Board Staff
Board Coordinator:
Sunflower

Assistant Board Coordinator:
Aster Breo

Board Staff:
Allaya, Chatelaine, HarpingHawke, Jenett, Morag, rocquelaire, Sefiru

Discord Chat Staff
Chat Coordinator:
Morag

Reserve Staff:
Aisling

Cauldron Council:
Bob, Catja, Emma-Eldritch, Fausta, Jubes, Kelly, Phouka, Sperran, Star, Steve, Tana

Cauldron Assistants
[Non-Staff Positions]

Site Assistants
[Non-Staff Positions]
Webmaster:
Randall