Then one day you read about a deck that youíve never seen before. Maybe
itís a privately published deck or perhaps itís only available from
Europe. You love the deck but decide that you really donít want to start
ordering decks from overseas. You manage to stave off the craving for a
while - maybe even months.
Then one day you decide to check out this Tarot store in San Marino that
everyone is talking about and once there via the Internet you start
checking out the other decks they offer. You find several that youíre not
familiar with but which intrigue you. You decide to read some reviews and
ask a few questions of your online friends. What you learn only adds to
your desire for these decks.
And one day you realize that you must have this deck too.
So you visit the online store again and find the two decks you want. You
may even add another deck or two - after all the shipping isnít that much
more expensive and if you tried to find them in the US the cost would be
much more prohibitive. Then you wait impatiently for your international
package to arrive. Once itís in your hot little hands you rip off the
wrapping paper and reveal the precious treasures concealed within. Your
hands explore the decks, you hesitate for a bit before you open the
shrink-wrap. Youíre enjoying the anticipation. Will you like this deck
as much as you hope?
Finally you take a deep breath and rip the deck open and explore the
cards. A feeling of deep satisfaction fills you as look through the
images. Each is everything you wanted in a deck. And for a few more
months the Tarot beast sleeps.
Then you stumble across a privately published deck. The images absolutely
blow you away. Maybe itís a collage deck or perhaps itís a fabulous
reinterpretation done by a talented artist. Something about this deck
touches a chord in your soul. You must have this deck. Then you look at
the price and your heart stops. You canít possibly spend that much money
on a Tarot deck - itís ridiculous. I mean really $25 or $35 you can
justify, but $50 or $100 - absolutely not! Youíve got responsibilities Ė
children, bills or repairs on the car. Real life has gotten in the way of
your Tarot collecting.
But maybe, just maybe, if you save up a little bit at a time you can
afford the deck. After all itís a limited edition or a unique work of
art. Whatever the justification you use - something about this deck is
calling to you and you know you must have it. So you scrimp and stash
dollars here and dollars there and finally you have saved up enough to
purchase that deck of your dreams. You hurriedly send out your order and
wait for the deck to arrive. On the day it is delivered you feel a
sublime sense of satisfaction as you open the deck. For that moment your
world is perfect. With a deep sigh of contentment you hold you deck and
your soul is complete.
Slowly, over time, your Tarot collection grows. You begin seeking new
decks to add to the collection and eagerly looking at the information
about new deck releases. And one day you realize the your Tarot
collection has taken over a significant portion of your home. You look
back and realize that it was a slow progression. First it was new decks
that you bought for the artwork - whether you planned to read with the
deck or not. Then it was imported decks - from Italy, New Zealand or
Germany. Then it was independently published decks costing more than you
You see the milestones in terms of dollars - your first deck over $50,
then your first deck over $100 and then your first deck over $150. You
may draw some limits - no Majors only decks or no black and white decks or
no decks without an English little white book. But deep in your heart you
know that if the right deck comes along youíll break those boundaries
too. So take a deep sigh and repeat after me ďMy name is (blank) and Iím
Donít worry, there are many of us out there. Unfortunately we often end
up enabling each other much more than helping each other overcome our
addiction. But hey, life is short and if thatís the worst addiction you
have - well who are you hurting? So enjoy the variety and beauty of the
decks you own and eagerly await all those wonderful little beauties being
released somewhere down the road.