Like many tarot enthusiasts, I have quite a collection of decks. Most of them donāt get used much, beyond an initial review, some brief study, and a few readings. No matter what decks move through my life, I always have one main deck that I use. This deck has changed over the years, so I think of myself as a serial monogamist.
The World Spirit Tarot was one of my longest and fondest relationships. I adored this deck and still have my beat up old cards and worse-for-the-wear book, signed by artist Lauren OāLeary in 2001.
I am not sure why I move on from one deck to another. And generally speaking, I donāt go back. However, this may be a first. The World Spirit is calling to me. And how could it not? The art is so vibrant and compelling.
One of the great things about this deck is that it features many different types of people. I always fancied myself as the woman in the 2 of Pentacles, especially back in the day when I straightened my hair.
As a Capricorn, I enjoy the moment in the 3 of Pentaclesāafter having worked hard and gotten everything just so and then showing it someone so they can be totally awed.
The World Spirit is more than pretty pictures. The 3 of Swords is a particularly intriguing image, with the figure turning away in despair, the āwriting on the wallā in the form of the parchment, and that mysterious figure reflected in the mirror around the corner. Donāt you think the use of mirrors in certain tarot cards is extremely interesting? The Lo Scarabeo Tarotās High Priestess is holding a mirror; I really like that.
The 6 of Cups from this deck holds a very special place in my heartā¦and my office. While working on this deck, Lauren had a baby boy. After the production process (both of the baby and of the deck!), we agreed to a swap. I knit her precious boy a sweater and she gave me a hand-printed and hand-colored print of this card.