King's Journey Tarot Deck
The purpose of this blog is so that I can document my journey through the King's Journey Tarot deck.
This deck was designed by Chanel Bayless and drawn by James Battersby. I came across this deck a while back through my brother who is a big time tarot enthusiast. I purchased the deck and found in the beginning that I was having trouble using it. It has a passing resemblance to the Waite-Smith tarot but many of the images (e.g. Lovers, Chariot, Justice) are very different from any deck I've ever seen.
I am a creature of habit and I like a "familiar and comfortable" deck where I don't have to work very hard to understand the cards. I've always liked to combine using the image and the book meaning of the card - usually leaning more toward the book learning part as I am a bit of an intellectual. I have to drop the words and allow my soul and spirit to come out in order to take in the images and allow them to shape the interpretation of the card.
Throughout the deck I'll be mentioning "Chanel's Deck" for brevity but I understand that James was a huge influence in the symbolism of the cards and the playfulness that is ever-present in this astounding Tarot Deck.
So Chanel's deck challenged me on that level. Take the Chariot card.
Now, if you were to look at the Waite Smith chariot you will see a man in armor in a chariot drawn by two odd Egyptian-looking animals. The chariot is actually not moving as the animals are sitting.
When you look at KJ (I'll use KJ as an abbreviation for King's Journey from now on), you see a man in blue robes standing at a crossroads, on the left is an ominous looking cave and on the right is a monster hiding behind a tree.
Now, my "safe and comfortable" tarot reading mind just didn't know what the heck to make of this! I fumbled around and finally saw the crossroads as a sort of an interpretation of the two animals that are pointed away from each other - as well as one being black and one being white.
I don't want to get deeper into the interpretation right now. I'll do that when I get to the card.
So here's what I'm doing.
I'm going to go on the King's Journey myself. I am going to blog on each card in order and what the card means to me as far as interpretation and how it applies to my life. This should be a fun and cathartic way to experience the deck and learn it as well. I would love to know what's going to happen but I'm just going to have to see what happens.
I'm setting a 6 month goal to complete this mission. This is an expanded 94 card deck with a fifth suit as well as two completion cards. The order I'm approaching this is:
Spirit (exclusive to this deck)
Final two cards
Alright, the introduction is done so on with the show.....