I really love the artwork, but I just don't connect with it.
I tried reading with it a few times but I couldn't seem to connect with it, so I gave it away.
I'd like to encourage the use of more specific language rather than the common refrain: I don't "connect" with it. What does that mean? It certainly doesn't mean the same thing for everyone who uses the phrase.
|Golden Tarot - Liz Dean|
- They feel uncomfortable with the deck's theme
- They don't like the artwork
- They like the artwork but find it doesn't represent the card essences clearly or accurately enough
- They like the artwork but find each card too "busy" or the images too fine/detailed to read with easily
- They find non-scenic Minor cards a challenge to interpret
Why does specific language matter? Well, speaking as a writer and language professional, I strongly believe in cultivating accuracy in expression. I also feel that working to be as clear and detailed as possible about our experiences is a wonderful exercise in mindfulness and self-awareness. And of course understanding exactly why someone else doesn't "connect" with a deck might help us to empathize more profoundly with their experience, and hence allow us to commiserate and/or offer better feedback.
There is some wisdom in not being overly quick to rid ourselves of decks that don't seem to do it for us in the moment: those that don't call to us now may call quite powerfully to us later. Sometimes particular decks seem to complement a particular phase of our journey, and thus make the ideal companion, even if only for a while.
And then there are decks that may collect dust for years, but are worth hanging on to anyway, such as....
My copy of the Prisma Visions Tarot - a beautiful deck, and a solid part of my collection, but one I rarely feel called to read with. Why? The artwork on some cards (ahem, Wands courts) is simply a bit "messy," which is not aesthetically pleasing to me, and in some cases has me examining a card up close muttering, "What the hell is happening in this picture??" I also think that in the creation of the suit storylines, aspects of each individual card's composition and unique meaning was sacrificed. Still, it's a lovely and extremely creative work of art.
|Prisma Visions - James R. Eads|