The different Tarot decks

Yet, herein lies a problem because one first needs to understand this symbolism in order to fully comprehend the significance of the cards. As hardly anybody is familiar with the interpretation of this deck's pictures and symbols, beginners especially often feel  overtaxed by the complexity of the Crowley cards rather soon. Another difficulty in dealing with these cards is the fact that all of the Minor Arcana have names, and one might easily be tempted to interpret entirely bases on the names instead of the symbolism. But, by doing so, one often misses the point. 

Meanwhile, hundreds of Tarot decks have been published and new ones ar constantly being produced. The beginner is often faced with the question which one to choose. 
Understandably, a lot of people just follow their aesthetic tastes and buy the cards they are most atrracted to. The problem often arises with the first attempt to interpret the cards because meaning of the cards in different deck vary. Why else would ther be a new design? It is therefore important to find exegetical texts appropriate a various decks. Most literature is on the Rider-Waite cards and the Crowley Tarot. If one decides to buy other decks, especially more exotic ones, one ought to check the availability of useful interpretation books first. 

From: Tarot for Everyone, Hajo Banzhaf


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