In the last 18 months I feel like I’ve moved house so many times.
Over and over, I’ve packed my belongings into boxes and moved my life into yet another temporary new home, inevitably losing clothes, books, letters, tools and half-finished projects in the process.
I don’t, however, lose my tarot stuff, because my favourite and most essential items are all packed in to one tardis-like box. Example: I’m currently house-sitting for a friend, whilst I’ve barely brought enough undies to last me the week, sure enough my tarot box is here, so I know I have all I need to do my job.
Since it’s always fun to nose into each others’ belongings, I thought I’d share some pics!
As my main reading deck, the Wild Unknown Tarot is always close to hand. Here also is a piece of labradorite gifted to me by the lovely Lis, of Little Fox Tarot, when we met in Portland last year.
The wooden lightning bolt is made from cherry wood by my friend Sara Blackthorne. There’s a piece of Celtic quartz – my favourite from a batch bought from a man in Wales who digs them carefully by hand from the hills around his home.
The pink deck is Dori Midnight’s Dirty Tarot, a beautiful, DIY, queer oracle made my one of my greatest witchy heroes. The key opens the box.
The blue and white reading cloth is my favourite – it was a gift from another hero and friend, community activist Mary Clear, of Todmorden.
I made this magic wand on the beach at summer solstice (admittedly this doesn’t fit in the box!) It’s a green-cut rowan branch painted with India ink and dried and charged beside the solstice fire.
There’s a compass, which I often use in tarot readings, a shell, which represents the element of water, rose quartz bought on my birthday last year, and a handmade beeswax candle.
The shells and pebbles in the bowl here are from the Oracle Adrift, a ‘beachcombers oracle’ that I created recently. The candle is another I use for tarot readings, I have no idea where the little holder came from. Secret Soul Sheild is a ‘boundaries’ spray I made to protect me from bad vibes, and behind this is a cleansing mist I made to clear the air before a reading.
The tiny talisman is a grounding, focusing tool created for me by Asali Earthwork. Tarot and Transform gem and flower essences were gifts from Alexis J Cunningfolk and Emily Plumtree. There are matches for lighting candles, and a postcard illustrated by Glennie Kindred.
The decks I actually keep in my box are Thea’s Tarot, the Dreaming Way Tarot, the Tarot of the Cat People, the Collective Tarot, the Wildwood Tarot, the Shadowscapes Tarot the Rider Waite Smith Tarot, the Kitty Kahane Tarot and the Laughing Eye, Weeping Eye majors-only deck. I also have both Crystal Portraits decks.
Some of these bags I knitted myself, others were gifts. The lovely crescent moon bag (which holds Thea’s Tarot) was made by my friend Polly. The silky blue-green one holds the Shadowscapes Tarot and was made by tarot reader Roz as a thank-you for making her website.
The tiny vessel you see on the right is an antique gin measure, a Christmas gift from Emma.
The Collective Tarot and the Wild Unknown Tarot live in their own special bags, both custom-made by the wonderful Bobby (who is astrologer Tabby Besley‘s mum, by the way!) They are strong and beautiful and I treasure them. You can order your own bag from Bobby right here.
Do you have a tarot box, altar, reading space or bookshelf where you keep your favourite tarot things? Please share! Send a nice clear photo and a description of the contents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.