From: Cold and magickal Norway in a town near Bergen!
You seem to use lots of decks. Do the meanings of the cards, or the interpretations you give them, change from deck to deck?
First of all I generally do not use all the decks I buy, allot of them I buy for the artwork and to see the various cards in different interpretations. I often test them out but generally I only use perhaps half a dozen decks and the rest I just collect, though I do like to mix it up at times and use a deck I do not normally use. Secondly yes for me the cards will have different meanings depending on how it is drawn and what images and symbols are present, especially since I do allot of intuitive reading. I think there is a base archetype that is the same over all cards of the same type, but the details change from deck to deck.
For example The Sun is one of the most positive cards in the Tarot deck, and in most decks it is a pleasant card that show light and often happy children, however in one of my decks Vampire Tarot The Sun show an unfortunate bloodsucker who is withering in agony as the sun burns him, that card have allot darker meaning than The Sun usually do in my opinion, though it have the same core meaning as all The Sun cards, allot of the meaning is changed with the grim imagery.
I am still learning the cards so still using books, and grappling with the different authors' differing meanings for the same cards. I find they also change when they are writing about different decks.
Different Tarot Readers seethe cards in different light, there are some common themes but generally how each card is to be read is very individual. What I recommend is that you get a notebook and as you work with each card make note of what interpretation which seams to make the most sense for you, that way you will eventually have your own understanding of the cards, just copy in what authors you agree with have written, write up your own experiences and create your own way to view the Tarot.
I wish you well
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