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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 05 Apr 2004, and now archived in the Forum Library.



Dragons_Wing  05 Apr 2004 
i was thinking of taking a smaller rws deck and pasteing each card into my journal and use that for studying writing notes about each card and such. has anyone done this or something similar? 


tmgrl2  05 Apr 2004 
I got an extra RW deck and I have a photo album about 7x7 ...Each side holds two cards side by side...So I set out the cards, four to an open page...and when I get to the Minors...I set out the Four Aces, twos, etc., so when I open to that page...I can see all four at once...that way I can flip quickly to card I need to see when I study and my notes are separate in a journal of readings...

I'm just getting into Tarot de Marseilles...I may set RW side by side to the Tde Marseilles deck I like best...first I want to set different Tarot d Marseilles cards of same trump or suit side by side....Diana suggested this recently...Someone gave me the album as a gift and oddly enough, each page holds just two cards that slip in each side...

I probably wouldn't glue one in journal, since I go back so frequently to different cards...so album works for me...gl

terri 


ros  05 Apr 2004 
I have an extra deck that I wrote on. I use this deck to learn all the cards.
When I do readings with the new deck I can remember where I wrote what & the symbols & marked.
I feel touching the cards when I learned them made it easier & faster.
I also have a journal that I wrote all the extra explanations in. 


Imagemaker  05 Apr 2004 
I have a photo album that I've put 4 decks in to compare them. (notes in a separate notebook)

At different times I've taken one deck out and put another in. I wouldn't glue cards down, I like to leave my options open. 


WalesWoman  06 Apr 2004 
Neat idea! Or you could use a color copy machine or a scanner or digital camera, then you'd have pages you could write on and not mess up a deck or have it out of commission while you did your comparisons study. 


Centaur  06 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by tmgrl2
I got an extra RW deck and I have a photo album about 7x7 ...Each side holds two cards side by side...So I set out the cards, four to an open page...and when I get to the Minors...I set out the Four Aces, twos, etc., so when I open to that page...I can see all four at once


This reminds me of the tarot-catalogue in one of the pagan stores in London. Each page is a different deck, with perhaps four or five cards of that deck on display. 


Imagemaker  06 Apr 2004 
The store near Neal's Yard? After a Rider Waite deck bought at home, I got my first alternate deck there (Osho Zen). Great choices of decks and you can see a decent selection of the individual cards first!

The other good place in London is Watkins Esoteric store on Cecil's Court. Oh, to be in London again! 


Centaur  06 Apr 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Imagemaker
The store near Neal's Yard? After a Rider Waite deck bought at home, I got my first alternate deck there (Osho Zen). Great choices of decks and you can see a decent selection of the individual cards first!

The other good place in London is Watkins Esoteric store on Cecil's Court. Oh, to be in London again!


Yeh, that's the one. It is called 'Mysteries'.

Not so sure about Watkins though. Everything seems to cost a bit TOO much in there. It is nice for a browse though.

Oh, and there is also Treadwells, which opened last year near Covent Garden. Very cool little shop, and with lovely staff.

;) 


Imagemaker  06 Apr 2004 
Yes, Watkins is more expensive. Good for finding decks right on the shelf for the impatient though :)

I'm far away now and can't go at all . . . 


twilight_reader  12 Apr 2004 
Great idea Waleswoman! This would make my journal much more presentable, and could give me motivation to get rid of all the chicken scratch. Thanks. 


Cerulean  12 Apr 2004 
Once in awhile I come across a novelty called "The Smallest Deck," made in Hong Kong, I believe, and also a Universal Waite keychain version. The UW keychain version was small enough to paste with a gluestick all 78 cards in a 5 x 7 notebook, one to three to a page.

There's other novelty and low-cost RWS I believe, that would make this a charming journal...

Mari H. 


Dragons_Wing  13 Apr 2004 
the deck i was thinking of pasting was my deck that was about the size of a cig. box. i dont really like to read w/ them too much cause they just feel soo small. i prefure the larger pictures and the feel of the larger cards.

maybe it just makes me feel like one of those old crones you see in movies :)

come in let me tell you your future little one ;) 


Shalott  13 Apr 2004 
Neat idea! This could be a good use for my Miniature RWS, which is just too small for me to really use. 


firemaiden  19 May 2004 
I don't think I would ever want to do this to a deck, especially since so many books already have full illustrations. But it sounds like a fun idea. 


Silverlotus  19 May 2004 
I just browed a scanner from a friend, and now I have another use for it! I would love to have my notes and a picture all on the same page, instead of spreading out the deck all the time. Very handy!

I do realize that scanning pics and printing them out starts to run afoul of copywrite laws, but since it is for personal use, perhaps it would to okay. 


Satori  24 May 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by firemaiden
I don't think I would ever want to do this to a deck, especially since so many books already have full illustrations. But it sounds like a fun idea.


This is interesting because a friend gave me a deck that must have come off of a sale table at one of the larger chain bookstores, you know, the stuff made especially to be sold as a sale item?
Anyway, they are PCS cards, but with part of the image cut down and re-colored. Could the colors be any more putrid-mustard yellow, muddy purple, a brown that looks pinky, and black and white. So I'm looking at these ugly cards thinking how can I make use of them and I think-flash cards for study, or glue them in a book to use.
But then, I went thru the Universal Rider Waite deck I have and I was just so stunned at how beautiful they are. PCS's artwork actually seems to vibrate off of the cards with the new colors. I've been away from that deck for a while, using Robin Wood's deck and the Whimsical. I just go for the bright colors I geuss and what do you know, both colored by Mary Hanson-Roberts. (Interesting to note I don't see her deck mentioned on the forum very much....)
So, I still don't know what I'll do with that other deck. The paper quality is pretty flimsy. The best part of the set is the book, which I plan to keep as a study guide. Under each card description is some very good mythological info about each card and sometimes historical too. Each card is pictured in color.

I like the idea of a separate tool for the study guide, something concrete, and so using a deck doesn't bother me. By the same token there are other considerations to using cards in a less ritualistic way. Unfortunately, I've seen people giving out Voyager Tarot cards at psychic fairs as business cards...and later saw those cards in the trash or blowing in the wind.

That psychic fair and the Voyager deck were what got me hooked on Tarot. At the free tarot class you chose a card on the way in. Then everyone took turns free associating about the card they had chosen. I got the 5 of worlds, which was pretty doomy and gloomy, but I didn't see it that way. In the top left corner one lonely and dried up cornstalk blew in the breeze. I focused in on that cornstalk and saw someone who had lost a battle but not the war. That was it. I had to have the entire deck. It took me 2 years to get it, but Voyager was my first deck.

I digress. I'm working on a new journal format for my new studies and have taken some great ideas from these posts. Thanks everyone, as always, I depart armed with wonderful information from all of you.

Namaste, 


CreativeFire  25 May 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by WalesWoman
Neat idea! Or you could use a color copy machine or a scanner or digital camera, then you'd have pages you could write on and not mess up a deck or have it out of commission while you did your comparisons study.


So that I can still use my decks for reading with etc, I scanned images of the cards from the decks that I have and printed them out on a colour printer to paste them in my journals. In my first journal I pasted in all 78 cards from the RWS and then gradually went through and wrote all my notes and thoughts out based on that deck.

In my second journal I used cards from different decks that I was doing comparison studies on so that I had the images all there as a reference and side by side visually along with my notes. Then I just cross referenced the two with page numbers etc but made sure this time I left a blank page to add more notes in later! :)

Even though I love handwriting in my journals I am only going to do the majors in the 2nd one and have started the minors on the computer where I can insert the images in and save my hands from writer's cramp and work through it a lot faster.

Having an image of the cards pasted in the journals is great for reference instead of digging out the different cards from the different decks if you want to look at something quickly.

Like Silverlotus mentioned, I also felt that as this is only for personal use it should not go into any copyright issues. I also make sure that I note the name of the deck and author of the deck on the pages. For those who don't have a scanner there are some web sites that already have images of the cards that could be useful for notes as well perhaps.

CreativeFire 


Melissa`  25 May 2004 
Creativefire, I love the way you did that.

I think I may have found something to do on those boring days.
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. :)

~ Melissa 


Satori  25 May 2004 
Beautiful journals Creative Fire.
Love the Calligraphy, now I begin to guess why you named yourself thus.
Thank you for sharing with us. 


WooMonkey  25 May 2004 
CreativeFire,
Your journal is breathtaking! I can see why you get writer's cramp, (and why you'd want to avoid it) but the calligraphed version is SO beautiful!

:) 


CreativeFire  25 May 2004 
Quote:
Originally posted by Melissa`
Creativefire, I love the way you did that.

I think I may have found something to do on those boring days.
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. :)

~ Melissa


There was a thread a while ago about journals and how different people did them. I think I mentioned in there that I found doing these journals not only a good way for the info to sink in while I was writing them out but also very therapeutic colouring and decorating the journals as well while contemplating the cards themselves. A bit of "down time" from work / life stresses so as you say Melissa, a good thing to do on boring days, or even just hanging around while you are watching TV or listening to music.

It is however slow going, as I mentioned, and really when it comes down to it is the content and not so much how it looks, but by it being both I find that I have them out all the time and more inspired to pick them up and read for remembering previous ideas and thoughts on certain cards and adding new things. My memory is not as good as what it used to be - so this has helped a lot more of "stick". :) LOL

CreativeFire 


The pasting cards into books for study thread was originally posted on 05 Apr 2004 in the Talking Tarot board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Talking Tarot, or read more archived threads.

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