Someone commented on my tarot photo last week asking what my first deck was if not the rider waite. I started thinking of what my first deck really was. I was gifted my first two decks for my 14th or 15th birthday. They were the renaissance deck and the aquarian tarot. Somehow I lost my original aquarian deck, and to be honest i never really liked the renaissance deck. It was not my vibe at all. The first deck I ever bought myself was the tarot of a moon garden. It has such beautiful whimsical, colorful, and definitely magical imagery. For years I used this deck exclusively until I found the Osho zen tarot after becoming obsessed with his book "love, freedom and aloneness" in my early twenties. This zen deck is still one of my favorites.
For those of you who don't follow me on instagram or have heard, I am designing my own deck. It is something that I have been wanting to do for the past 5 or 6 years. In my research for this deck, I decided to buy the original rider waite deck after already having collected about 20 decks. It seemed like it was about time. While I am still deciding on a name, the deck is based around all my favorite things, flowers, herbs, crystals and mushrooms. It is hand drawn in my favorite style, pen and ink. Ive always loved the simplicity of outlines, and black and white. Still toying with the idea of color, but if you want to follow along the journey be sure to follow on instagram! @aquariansouldesigns.
I also realized while taking photos of all my decks that with over 64 pictures, I would need to split this up into 3 parts. This first part is of all my handmade decks. The others are more commercial decks. These decks are also among my favorites as there is so much love poured into each one. So without further ado, here is part 1 of my tarot card collection.