We continue our discussion on Tarot myths. One myth, though it is beginning to disappear, still resurfaces from time to time in the Tarot forums.
That is: “You must not buy a deck for yourself; otherwise, you will experience bad luck. The deck must be either given to you as a gift or stolen.”
Where does it come from?
I have heard that this myth stems back to the old days when decks were very difficult to come by and even illegal in some areas. Thus, deck were sold “in secret” so often, that the only way to obtain a deck was by someone who had connections. Much to the chagrin of shop owners and deck creators, part of this myth states that stealing a deck is acceptable – just as long as you didn’t purchase it for yourself.
Truth or Rubbish?
Of course, this myth is pure rubbish. The power of the cards lies not in the physical bits of paper upon which the images are painted, but rather within the Tarot reader. If all of us had to wait in order to be gifted with a deck before reading, most of us would not be readers today. And if by some chance we are given a deck as a gift, who is to say that that deck will be the right one for us? I have received decks as gifts that I consider practically unusable – they just simply did not resonate with me. Thus, it is up to us to find a deck that is appropriate to our interests, beliefs and ideals – a deck whose art is compatible with our tastes. It is up to us alone to find our ideal deck. And what is the ideal deck? The deck that you will use.
What if I want a Tarot deck as a gift?
Of course, receiving a lovely deck as a gift is wonderful, especially if it is a deck that resonates with you (and it never hurts to drop hints…). So much the better! But you don’t have to wait for someone to gift you with a deck. I have purchased all of the decks that I work with on a regular basis and they work just fine.