Reading the comments in my post about the High Priestess from the Tarot of the Elves has raised many questions for me that I had not thought about while writing that post, so I thought a follow up was in order, most of them not necessarily related to the card I originally wrote about. Here are a few things I’ve been mulling over and would like to what you think:
1. The Tarot of the Elves is a narrative deck. It tells a story and the cards relate directly to that story. Is it right to take a card from a narrative deck, totally out of context, and ask “so, what do you think about this?”
2. Is it right (or should I say useful?) to draw conclusions about any tarot card based on just looking at it? If so, who can/should draw conclusions? Those who read the supporting material (such as the companion book or the designer’s notes)? People who have studied tarot extensively? People who have studied a bit? People who know nothing or very little about tarot?
3. How much of the card’s meaning should come from the image on that card? How much of a card’s meaning should come from our responses, both immediate and considered, to it?
4. Are all tarot decks meant to be read with? I recently participated in a teleseminar called Divination: How to read the Future Now. Rachel Pollack was the first presenter. She said something about art not just being part of tarot but that tarot itself is an art form. Are some decks meant to be study decks rather than reading decks? If so, how are they different from reading decks.
I am sure there are more thoughts wandering around my brain, but those are all I can round up for now.