Have you heard of Blog Talk Radio? I donâ€™t know how long itâ€™s been around but I just discovered it a few months ago, and I have to say that I love it. There are tons of radio shows that you can listen to live or subscribe to via itunes to listen to later (which is what I do). If you listen live, you can participate in a live chat room or call in for a reading (depending on the show). I have several favorite shows, including Beyond Worlds, The Tarot Lady, and Storm Cestavani. One of my favorites was also Tarot Talk, but they are, sadly, no longer broadcasting.
One of the co-hosts of Tarot Talk was Georgianna Beohnke. She was recently on Stormâ€™s show and told a story that just delighted me. Probably one reason that I loved it so much is that I just know that some people will find it shocking. Not so long ago, I would have, too. But I’ve mellowed a lot in the last few years.
Some years ago, Georgianna was sharing quarters with a dog companion. Well, he was really a puppy not a dog. And, like most puppies, he loved to chew. Her things mostly. The situation between them grew more and more stressful and culminated one evening when Georgianna came home to find her Thoth Tarot cards (given to her long ago by her mother) strewn all over the house. She followed the trail of cards, picking them as she went, Â amazed that none of the cards were damaged, until she got to the last card. The only damaged card was the 5 of Wands, which is Strife in the Thoth deck.
Georgianna took it as a sign that the strife between her and her dog friend was now over and they have been very close ever since.
Georgianna loved that deck. It has personal meaning and history as well as being a favorite tarot deck. And so, to this day she continues to use it sans the 5 of Wands, which is okay by her, as she doesnâ€™t really care for that card. But she does use all three of the Magician cards that came with it. She isnâ€™t worried about the missing strife at all. She feels that if it is meant to come up then either other cards will work together to create the message or the client will select another deck. When asked what she does when all three Magicianâ€™s show up in reading she responded, â€śWow! Well, would you look at that!â€ť
I love her attitude.
So, if one card from one of your favorite decks got destroyed, what would you do? If you could choose which card was eliminated from your deck forever, which would it be?
NOTE: I just read a blog by Alison Cross (on the Tarot Association of the British Isles blog) about ideas of what to do with decks that are missing cards (if you decide not to read with them). Check it out.