I've been running into Tarot cards a lot lately. A weekend excursion to a festival resulted in my husband and two other friends of ours making our way into a new age bookstore. I hadn't been in the shop in many years, but it was a lot as I remembered: crammed with books, incense perfuming the air, silver and semi-precious jewelry near the cash register, plus oils, little bags, candles and more. So much more. It's a place to get lost in, for sure.
One friend ended up purchasing a book on reading Tarot cards, and the shop itself had a massive assortment of different card types. I don't really know the craft. I've read a bit about it, but want to learn more. I only have one deck at home, and it's been looked at more than anything, as it's a Cat People tarot, and the art is beautiful and intricate. Perfect for someone like me, who loves cats and art.
But the Tarot keeps coming. I was proofreading a book for a client, and Tarot was referenced in there, too. And it keeps sticking in my brain.
One of my characters, Poppy, actually reads cards and palms in her magick shop, and I've long been wondering what deck she uses. Finally it came to me. She'd have designed her own deck. And since she likes herbs and studies the magical properties of plants, she'd probably have a deck of herb-inspired cards. From there I got to thinking that I want a crack at designing a deck of my own, as I'm also interested in plants, for their healing and magical properties, as well as their history.
I see a winter project in the works, with a rosemary card perhaps indicating memory, or a sage card pointing toward wisdom. I'm really just spitballing here, but it sounds like a fun, and dare I say enchanting, project.
Once I get some cards planned out, I'll share sketches here. I really love the idea of such a deck, where someone who relies in great part on instinct would concoct her own divination system from something that holds a lot of meaning to her.
I'm Magenta Wilde, author of the Poppy Blue paranormal fantasy series, and the forthcoming Happily Hereafter series. Hint: It involves ghosts.