Tarot Deck Desk Display
Above is the Waite-Smith Magician, front and back views, serving as “book ends” for a collection of often-used Tarot Cards. The Magician stands at one end, wand raised high while standing in the garden of white lillys and red roses. At the other end, his table and tools of his trade are shown; the upright staff/wand at the right of the table, the cup, sword and pentacle resting on the table.
While most of my reading are done via the Internet, I do some public and private readings. At these times I have my reading decks displayed, a code of ethics (in a clear upright photo frame decorated with miniature tarot cards), and a Readings & Rate display — all of this completes the reading table accessories. A small business card holder, embellished with a Tarot Motif (also hand carved) and a brochure display is placed elsewhere. At a later time, I’ll share images of these items as well.
My belief is that a Tarot Reader has to set himself/herself apart from the others, particularly when reading at book stores, libraries, and fairs. Dressing neatly and portraying the business accessories noted above shows that you are committed to doing well and taking yourself seriously. While many approach Tarot Reading as a lighthearted pastime, setting the proper mood permits the Reader to take charge while guiding the Querent (customer) into an attitude of being able to be guided into and through the reading. The Reader has “Intent” (which opens many doors into one’s abilities), “knowledge of the historical and specific deck card meanings” (which draws upon culturally shared images and feelings), and experience in relating and dialoging with others. The Querent needs to be able to “suspend disbelief” of the card’s magical ability to portray useful information while being open to conversation. All of this is facilitated by the presence of serious business accessories.
My question for each of you: How do you set the mood for your readings? How do you dress for the occassion? I have visited tarot readers who were women and who dressed in dress and accessories that were gypsy, pagan or eclectic in the nature — and who just “glowed” playing the part of a tarot reader. Being an older male, and having a differing personality, I couldn’t carry that sort of dress or presentation off very well. So, please share. Dave