Q: I am really interested in Tarot, but I keep reading that you can't buy your own deck, so how do people get theirs?
A: That is a common misconception; you can totally buy your own tarot decks, and most people do. Personally, while I always appreciate being gifted tarot decks, I've found I connect better to decks I have chosen myself. So don't hesitate to purchase one you like!
Q: Is there an actual starter deck? Or can I just buy whichever?
A: Many people start with a Raider Waite as it's the oldest and most recognizable, but given that almost all decks available come with an instruction booklet, you can really start wherever you want!
Q: I honestly just don't like the Raider Waite, it is boring and cookie cutter and I'd prefer to start with something a little prettier. Do you have any recommendations?
A: I'm quite fond of both the DruidCraft and the Wild Unknown tarot; the artwork is amazing, but it also provides a very thorough explanation book for both.
Q: I have runes at home but it just isn't resonating with me. Is it something that comes with time?
A: It definitely can be. I personally don't have the best relationship with runes, though I have found that wooden runes work better for me than stones. Alternatively, if the set you have isn't working so well, perhaps try a different stone or a wooden set; on occasion, the stones themselves can cause a block. But don't feel you have to work with runes, if it isn't your thing, don't worry!
Q: Are love spells immoral?
A: That depends, on one hand, any spell that intends to remove a person's free will is morally questionable at best, however, there are some who argue that a love spell will only work if the intention is already in the person. Given that spell work isn't an exact science, I would recommend avoiding the area.
0 the Fool: Trust, new beginnings, blind faith, journeys.
I the Magician: Skill, study, reverence, power, study.
II the High Priestess: Wisdom, female leadership, mystery, potential.
III the Empress: Motherhood, connections, abundance, nature.
IV the Emperor: Logic, fatherhood, authority figure, male energy.
V the Hierophant: Tradition, education, priesthood, group identity.
VI the Lovers: Soulmates, love, passion, sexual connection, partnership.
VII the Chariot: Direction, self confidence, decision making, power of will.
VIII Strength: Inner strength, self control, self confidence.
IX the Hermit: Solitude, connection, introspection, self study.
X Wheel of Fortune: External changes, new beginnings, personal growth.
XI Justice: Fair treatment, results, important decisions, cause and effect.
XII Hanged Man: Sacrifice, alternate perspectives, letting go.
XIII Death: Sudden changes, endings, death of concept.
XIV Temperance: Patience, temperance, balance.
XV the Devil: Inner demons, deep dark secrets, bondage to negative energy.
XVI the Tower: Upheaval, drastic path changes, downfall, collapse.
XVII the Star: Hope, serene energy, divine beginnings, giving.
XVIII the Moon: Divine feminine, emotional turmoil, grandiose visions.
XIX the Sun: Joy, vitality, rebirth, enlightenment, potential.
XX Judgement: Evolution, judgement, divine calling, personal beliefs.
XXI the World: Success, integrating ideals, feelings of fulfillment.
Lady Wynnie is the ArchPriestess and founder of Covenant of the Rose. She is also a talented writer who will be blogging about the coven and it's happenings!