This week's #tarotthursdaythree question set was contributed by the lovely Ania who's come up with a sort of theme, we'll say. This one is all about our collection and what it means to acquire or even over acquire in some instances. With the prevalence of images online and the ease of which we can share our never ending deck collection, it's so easy to fall into the trap of wanting to keep up with the Jones'. I'd love to know your thoughts on this one and keep reading to see my responses!
1. What feelings and thoughts does the concept of a "tarot deck collection" evoke in you?
My first feeling is excitement. I love looking at my collection, even just leafing through cards. It's so easy to have an appreciation for each one on a purely artist and aesthetic basis - let alone the joy that comes with actually reading with it. Yeah, I'd say I have mostly positive feelings; comfort, excitement and joy.
2. Is there such a thing as owning too many decks, or not enough decks?
This is for everyone to suss out for themselves. Universally speaking and regardless of circumstance, I'd say that there is definitely such a thing as owning too many if it becomes problematic. Meaning, if more importance is being placed on keeping your collection growing than say, paying the bills or achieving other goals and dreams that are linked to finances, then perhaps something needs to be questioned. At the end of the day, I think we all need to make these choices consciously and for ourselves.
3. Do you think the prevalence of deck images and sharing online creates a desire for more decks? Are you affected? How do you handle it?
I think with anything, things are basically neutral until they're not. Meaning, things can be either negative or positive based on many factors including our own perceptions and circumstances. By in large, I'm a big supporter of the internet and believe it has shown the ability to do remarkable things culturally and socially. For this reason, I totally support people sharing their collection and buys in whatever ways they feel called to do this. There will always be an audience for that.
With that being said, no, I don't get impacted by it. Well, not overcome by it anyway. I have made purchases based on what I have seen online and I'm grateful that I had this forum to access those images to make those decisions. But that's the key - they are my decisions and they are made only after I've asked myself the important questions. But, I rarely buy new decks. I actually have a pretty small collection relatively speaking and haven't purchased a new deck in months. I have to ask myself: will this deck add to my collection? Is it going to do something for me that my other ones do not? The answer is probably "no". I also quite simply CAN'T purchase every deck I want because I have made choices to pour my resources into my home. So basically, if i'm to achieve other goals in my life right now, I can't act counter intuitively by spending money on things I don't need. I've got pretty good willpower and even when I'm being coexed and prodded to purchase the latest and greatest, I'm fine to look away.
How about you? Can you stand the pressure to keep up? Do you have a growing (and then some) collection? Or do you got this under control (lol)? Let me know in the comments OR grab these questions and answer in your own blog!
Until next time :)