I've got an urge to buy a new tarot deck, but I really don't know which to buy, so Sharon at Songs from the Wishing Tree offered this idea for a spread:
1. Where am I now with my tarot decks?
2. Where do I need to be?
3. What are the characteristics of the deck that can help me get there?
Oh, look, it's a 5 again. It's been so long since I drew one. A 5 and two trumps. The two trumps are divisible by 5. Interesting (but possibly irrelevant).
Well, it's true my recent tarot buying experience was a 5 of Swords kind of thing. The deck I bought was faulty and I had to spend three or four days wrangling with the seller via email to get my money back. That has soured me on that deck a bit, and I won't be buying a replacement for it, though I might use the faulty one, once I feel less bitter about the whole thing. I look at my deck collection now and I really don't know which way I want to go with it.
The draw tells me The Aeon (or Judgment) is the direction I need to go. That certainly is a clear message of opening up to all possibilities. Such bright colours. The figure standing in the middle with her finger on her lip looks thoughtful, like she's encountering something new. Nuit overarches,and there are little embryos at the bottom. Someplace fresh is where I need to be. Someplace that makes me put my finger to my lip in slight confusion but also with wonder.
The deck that can help me is one that is complex, ever-changing. One that gives me new ideas to ponder, new directions to go in, new insights, every time I look at it. It is a colourful deck, a dynamic deck, that cycles energy and fires both my intellect and my spirit.
To be honest, that sounds a lot like the Thoth. But there are no doubt other decks that would fill the bill.
I'm no closer to finding a deck than I was before, but that was still fun to do. Just a quick little draw with a a few impressions. I haven't looked at this in-depth. Deck buying for me is usually pretty impulsive. I just see something and go 'Oooh! Pretty!' and click buy. :)
Edited to add: After I posted this, I stumbled across this deck and ordered it--the Bonefire Tarot.
Edited again on 13 Sep 2015 to add -- Turned out Bonefire Tarot was not for me. Thoth wins!