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Is it bad luck to buy your own deck of tarot cards?

How do you learn to do tarot? Does tarot have to be something your family has done like tradition to be able to do it your self?


  1. Its “bad luck” to own or use them. Tarot cards, along with other occult things (Ouija boards for example), are not what you want in your life. They are dark, and not to be melodramatic, but they’re satanic. Stay away from that sort of thing.

  2. Supposing you believe in them, it’s suppose to be bad luck. If you’re just playing around though, I don’t think it would matter either way.

  3. That superstition comes down from a time when the eldest female would ‘pass on’ her books, tools etc to the next in line. One can learn the tarot it does not have to be passed down, again another superstition from the times when such knowledge was kept ‘secret’ to protect the family and one family member would be selected to keep the families ‘secrets’, and would be taught. If you are truly interested in learning the Tarot contact me I will provide you a link to a group that meets once a week to study the Tarot and it uses.

  4. Some people believe a Tarot deck should be given as a gift. Some believe that you shouldn’t buy your first deck, and some believe you shouldn’t buy any deck that they must come to you–as a gift. I don’t believe that. I’ve bought most of my decks–I have many–and only one was given to me.
    I suggest if you believe that you should get them as a gift that you ask someone to buy them for you. However, to me it doesn’t matter. I suggest your first deck be the Rider-Waite-Smith deck (aka Rider Tarot, aka Rider Waite Tarot). The two that I like the best is the Rider Tarot Deck–it comes in a yellow box with The Magician on the cover. Or I like the Rider Waite Tarot Pack. I’m not a big fan of the Rider clones out there–the Universal Waite Tarot, The Albano-Waite, The Radiant Rider-Waite, etc. However, if any of them appeal to you you should get them.
    Also, many decks available nowadays are somewhat clones of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. For instance, before this deck the pip cards (1-10 in the four suits) did not have pictures on them. Instead, for the 5 of Cups it had 5 Cups in a pattern–similar to that of a playing card deck.
    No, your family does not have to be Tarot readers in order to learn to do it. I also suggest getting some books to read the cards. One of the best in my opinion for those starting out is “Power Tarot” because that has the definitions in numerous categories (i.e. romance, work, finances, etc.) and can help the person learning to read identify some meanings to the cards. However, know that the meanings in the book my not be the meanings you get. By that I mean you might come up with different or expanded meanings altogether as you become more familiar with the cards. In addition, Mary K. Greer is a fantastic writer on Tarot and has many books available.
    I’ve been reading Tarot for more than half my life and I’m still learning. This is not something to go into lightly and expect that you’re going to learn everything in a matter of minutes–it takes years and years of study. In addition, I know a person that’s been reading for 40 years and we often swap different techniques, and though she is probably the best reader I’ve met she still tries new things with Tarot.
    I hope you enjoy Tarot if that’s what you end up doing. Also, know that it is not evil–as some will have you believe and it’s not pure superstition. For instance, I know when a certain card pops up in a certain position that I’ll be receiving a check in the mail. Or for another example, I know that I’ll be hearing from a loved one I haven’t heard from in sometime. So that can’t be supersition or just because of a few keywords. It is a very real and special tool. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Don’t worry, there’s no bad luck in it. Tarot was originally created for playing a family of card games, games that are still played throughout continental Europe – where they all buy their own cards. If there was bad luck in it, then sometime in the last 600 years of game play, someone would have noticed!
    As for learning, that depend on what you want to do with them.
    If you want to learn how to read tarot, as in fortune telling, then I would suggest this site:
    If you fancy learning about the games, there are these two:

  6. the cards are merely tools, it doesn’t matter how you acquire them, how you store them, who touches them, or any number of other myths that surround them. you learn to read them by practicing. get a mentor or a few good books. don’t overlook ‘tarot of the bohemians’ by papus. it is available at http://www.sacred-texts.com and while it’s hard to read, its system of divination is excellent. several other good tarot books are availble at sacred texts as well. review several different divinatory meanings and decide for yourself which ones are most accurate for you. there is no right or wrong answer.


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