CTCW isn’t just workshops and panels! (and vendors)
There will be rituals and music and other fun activities.
This year we want to try something different: A Tarot Deck Exchange!
Do you have Tarot decks you don’t use because they don’t resonate with you? Let’s bring our poor orphan decks and see if they can find the people they were meant to work with. It would be surprising if we didn’t also exchange some insights into what makes a deck ‘right’ for a user.
I have several decks I don’t use often: a tiny deck I got for when I want to do a 50+ card spread, a giant deck to use when I hold up cards during a class. Those are worth keeping, and the Housewive’s Tarot is just fun to have and show other Tarot enthusiasts!
But there are decks that looked good on the internet, or before I opened the plastic wrap, but when I actually tried to use them, couldn’t quite tell which cards were which. I have tried three different Herbal Tarot decks, but only one really works for me. (I want the meaning of the card to align with what I know about the magickal and medicinal powers of the herb.) I love the Norse Tarot, but not the Viking Tarot. Many people just don’t like how the Norse tarot slaps you upside of the head and says: This is what’s going on, deal with it, you dunce! There are many more gentle supportive decks. I was disapointed with one deck because all the court cards were the same artwork, differentiated by the King and Queen being in blue, or red or yellow or green depending on the suit. I want the images to be different.
I know from talking to a lot of other Tarot readers that decks I like, others don’t, and decks I can’t use, they love. I can’t even imagine using Crowley’s Thoth Tarot! So let’s get together, bring our unloved decks, and see if we can trade them to each other so they can find the readers who will really appreciate them. Feel free to come to look and talk to other Tarot lovers even if you don’t have decks to pass along.
At this point, in order to not handicap our beloved dealers, we’d like to leave money out of this event. Trading is good. It will probably be scheduled early in the weekend, Friday or Saturday morning, so people can donate any decks they couldn’t trade and don’t want to take home to the fund raising auction.
The one rule we’ve come up with for the exchange so far is that everyone should be honest about what they know. If you see a deck that you know is no longer available and currently worth $75, you should make sure the person offering it knows, so they don’t unintentionally swap it for a deck going for $15. If the deck is missing a card, it will still work, but the person who takes it should know that the card is missing.
While we are calling it Tarot, feel free to bring Lenormand or other Oracle Decks to exchange as well!