I got my first tarot decks in around 2009. I was living in Toronto at the time, and I remember that I got them from The World’s Biggest Bookstore, which was a pretty big bookstore, unsurprisingly. I don’t remember which deck I got first, or even whether I got them at the same time or not, but I do remember the process of choosing which deck to get.
I can’t remember why I decided to get a tarot deck in the first place, but I had been interested in paganism and wicca at the time and was reading all about those online, so I suppose I must have become interested in tarot along with that. Once I had decided to get a deck, I came across Aeclectic Tarot and quickly realised that there was a huge number of decks to choose from.
I did some more reading and research online, and decided that I should get a deck that I really liked, and also a Rider Waite deck because it seemed to be the one that all the books were talking about, so I thought it would be helpful to learn the card meanings and symbolism. I really didn’t like the look of the Rider Waite though, which seems like a strange thing to say because it’s come to be one of my favourite decks. I looked at a bunch of images of different cards from different versions of the Rider Waite, and eventually settled on the Radiant Rider-Waite which is more colourful I thought was less ugly.
The other deck I chose was purely based on the pretty pictures I found online. I looked through a lot of the categories on Aeclectic, anything that sounded reasonably interesting, and checked out the card images for any deck that I thought I might like. I settled on the Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti.
Around the same time, I also picked up Rachel Pollack’s Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, which I think I also discovered through Aeclectic Tarot, on the forums.
Possibly because Aeclectic was my introduction to the world of tarot decks, I had my eye on a few more decks right from the beginning. Over the next five years I added the next six decks to my collection (Osho Zen, Thoth, Alchemy 1977, Tarot Nova, Quest Tarot and a Harry Potter tarot) and gradually became more and more interested in tarot and different deck styles.
In November 2015, I bought my first Lenormand deck to see what it was like, another Ciro Marchetti deck, the Gilded Lenormand, and I started buying tarot decks more often. In 2016 I got 72 more decks, including more cartomancy style decks as well as a lot of tarot. My other half may be pleased to know that so far this year I’ve only added 44 decks to my collection. He might not though, he thinks I already have way too many :-/.