My Number 1 Rule regarding apps: DO NOT PAY FOR APPS!!!
Anything you want can be had for FREE on Android. (As for Blackberry and iPhones, I can’t help you. Find someone born after 2000 — they know everything there is to know about computers and all things electronic.)
Tarot cards are something I have been interested in ever since my mum showed me her Rider-Waite Deck, with the matching black hardcover book that gave all the meanings of these cards. I was already a bit of a card shark, having played poker, black jack, and rummy with my father, paternal uncle and paternal grandfather. But these cards were different. I could feel it right away. I became obsessed; whenever my mum was out, I would take out her deck and try to make sense of it. As I got older, I purchased and was given my own decks until I had ten– or more– decks (two were Rider-Waite, so actually nine decks.)! I had also acquired a bit of a tarot book library.
One of the most important things that I learned was that tarot cards do NOT tell / predict the future.
The tarot cards simply help give you greater insight into your current situation. They show how you can use lessons from your past to help keep you from repeating the same mistakes. They can offer clear, impartial suggestions for the future based upon your current dilemma. But, alas, they cannot tell the future.
I found that certain decks worked better depending on the question and the querent (the “querent” is the person asking the question.). Another thing that I learned is that not all Tarot readers read cards that are reversed (upside-down) as reversed — they read them as if they were right-side up. (I do this too.) In amassing such a large amount of cards(78 cards times nine decks equals…), I’ve spent a lot of time looking at various decks. There is a deck for almost anything that you can imagine: but none on addiction. So I have been working, on and off, on an addiction tarot deck for a few years now. But that is for a future blog; unless you know of an artist– I can’t draw to save my life, so I’ve used Dollz to show what I want the cards to look like, and written the background info. But as Dollz has a copyright, I need an artist to draw the pictures to go with the descriptions.
The first thing to consider when downloading a tarot app is whether you want to use the app as a reference (in which case, you should have a deck that matches the apps’ deck), or for general readings, or both.
In choosing my top three picks, I downloaded and used almost 15 tarot apps. This might not sound like much, but considering the amount of free tarot apps, it is actually a pretty decent amount.
Third Place is a tie between the Pocket Tarot and Tarot Teller, which is both a tarot and a rune reader (though I’m unfamiliar with this particular set of runes). The Pocket Tarot has the most spreads out of all of the free apps I have tried. Seven in all, with more for the paid version of the app. You can shuffle then cut the deck, but on a phone it is hard to make out the individual images.
The Tarot Teller is slightly higher on my list, not just because it gives individual descriptions of each tarot card and each rune, but because it has both.
Second Place goes to one of my favorite decks, The Goddess Deck. The Goddess Deck also happens to be in my top three favorite decks of all time. The free Goddess Deck app, by Kris Waldherr, offers a “One Card Oracle” as well as information about the individual cards in the Goddess Deck. This is obviously an app for those who have the deck and don’t have the book, or don’t wish to carry the book around. The free app could use a few spreads, such as the common Celtic Cross, or even the three-card Past / Present / Future. This is why the the Goddess Deck is in second, not first, place.
First Place belongs to the Galaxy Deck. The Galaxy Deck uses the famous — and easy to get — Rider-Waite Deck. There is the usual shortcut available, as well as a widget that gives you a “Card Of The Day”. The Card of the Day is a nice review for those of us who need it, and a good way to learn for those who need to learn. Aside from the usual card meanings, and spreads (3-card, Celtic Cross, Relationship), there are easy links to Wikipedia (tho considering I give answers at 4a.m. whilst on the toilet seat to WikiAnswers, I’m not sure I’d trust Wikipedia!). Each card can be viewed full-sized (depending on the size of your screen). With a single tap, you can read keywords; the full meaning of the card alone; the meaning of the card in a spread if you are doing a spread; card associations (such as the number of the card and various symbolic meanings within the deck).
Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!
(Holy crap, talk about getting a piece in under the wire! But it is still Monday and that means Miscellaneous Monday #1 has made it!!!)
NOTE: THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PUBLISHED MONDAY 9 DECEMBER 2013. SORRY! MY FIRST WEEK WITH DEADLINES… NOT A GOOD START LOL