The Magickal Creatrix Blog

Take Your Tarot Decks from Chaos to Organised

Deck collecting is an awesome hobby but once you get more than a handful of decks in your possession keeping them tidy and organised can prove challenging.

In this article, I share my top tips for deck organisation and display.

Introduction

I call myself a tarot & oracle deck collector. Partly to justify the number of decks I own, but also because I purchase card decks for the pure joy of adding to my collection. Yes, I love exploring the artwork and the multiple themes as part of my creative and spiritual journey but I also love to collect.

The Challenge

Organising multiple decks in an ever-growing collection can be a challenge.

I would love a great big display case or bookshelf totally dedicated to my decks but right now I don’t have the space to make this work.

It’s time to work with what I’ve got and recently I gave my decks a bit of a reshuffle to get the best from my collection.

I hope this inspires you to get creative with your own deck display and organisation.

Getting Organised

Things I Want to Avoid

There are a number of things I don’t want to happen with my decks:

They get hidden away and forgotten about

There is nothing worse than putting your decks away in a cupboard where they will never see the light of day again. I’ve been there and done that. And although it’s fun to re-discover hidden decks, it’s a shame they were hidden in the first place.

They don’t get used often enough

When they are hard to access or hidden they tend to not get used enough. Regardless of how many decks you own, it’s important to form a relationship with them all. Not all decks will be ‘active’ decks. I have some which don’t work for me as a divination tool but the artwork or the product itself give me enjoyment instead.

Clutter stops the fun of collecting

I’ve already mentioned that I love collecting decks, but I don’t love clutter. So for it to be possible to enjoy collecting decks, it’s crucial for me that I create a system which feels neat, tidy and manageable.

Getting Organised

Things I Would Love to Achieve

Also, I have a number of desirable outcomes from getting my decks organised.

Easy Access

It is so nice to view and access my decks with ease. Not being able to do so stops me from enjoying my collection to the fullest.

Be Inspired to Explore

This sort of comes under the easy access category as being able to see what I have in my collection and get to it easily means I’m more inspired to explore my collection. Often I find that my eyes are drawn to the right deck at just the right time and this is made easier when I can see what I already own.

Boost Deck Use Frequency

I want a way to use cards often, display my current card draws and be inspired to look for additional guidance and support throughout the day. I fully believe that picking a card in the morning and doing nothing with the meaning all day is a waste of time. I regularly come back to my cards throughout the day as the relevance to the meaning of the cards tends to increase with time.

Encourage Continuous Learning

Learning the tarot is a life-long commitment and working with either tarot or oracle for personal growth and spiritual development is something I will do for the rest of my life (I hope). I want to make it easy to access my current studies, books, resources and guidance by making space near my decks for easy access.

Starting to Get Organised

Getting my decks organised is firstly about displaying the collection I am so proud of and secondly about managing a growing collection without feeling cluttered or overwhelmed.

What’s your reason for organising your decks? Let me know in the comments at the end of this article.

Knowing this will help you decide how to get organised.

The Stages of

Getting Organised

Where?

Choosing where to display and store your decks

I’ve got a great unit from IKEA which was purchased for my arts & crafts supplies. However, through use, I’ve gradually brought my most used art items closer to my drawing table which is the practical place for them to be. This means part of the IKEA unit can be turned into the perfect display case.

Consider repurposing a unit that isn’t working to it’s potential and shuffling things around

The Stages of

Getting Organised

How?

Choosing how to display and store

The biggest challenge with decks display and storage is that they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. This means they can look messy and chaotic without much effort.

If this is the case for you, then try to work out a good way to categorise them.

Grab all of your decks and lay them out on the floor and begin grouping together based on categories such as themes, author, artist, preference, use, size or colour

The Stages of

Getting Organised

What?

Current use decks

Current use decks are your focus decks for the week, month or year depending on how you want to work.

I think it’s really important to stick with your favourites over a long period of time and then rotate a few different decks into the mix at the same time to allow you to enjoy and experience as many as possible.

Create space for your current use decks. I like to have 3-4 decks on hand for the month ahead. Keep them somewhere that you can access easily and quickly

My Deck Organisation

Let me show you some of the organisation of my own decks
In this section, I decided to keep together decks by author and then expanded this to decks which also came with an accompanying book which didn’t fit inside the deck box.

Here I have decks by Kim Krans, Danielle Noel plus The Deviant Moon Tarot, Pagan Otherworld Tarot and New Worlds Tarot which all have additional books written by the artist.

This section is mostly tarot decks, with big boxed decks at the back and smaller ones at the front.

I’ve also added some sticky hooks to the side of this cube to hang tarot bags.

Using containers really helps here as I can easily get to the decks at the back this way.

I really wanted a section for books and current studies and this is it.

My tarot texts are at the back and then The Murder of Crows Tarot and notebook are here as this is the deck I’m currently studying and making notes on.

My favourite tarot text of all time is The Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen which you can see in the photo as the giant book to the right.

Deck Display Goals

You may not be able to achieve your deck display goals today but it’s good to have an idea of what you’re aiming for in the future.

Consider what your ultimate deck display goals are. Perhaps using a drawer or cupboard is all you need, or if you are like me then you will have the desire to display your decks with pride on a mystical cabinet of wonder and amazement.

Learn

Want to explore the cycles of life with your cards in 2021?

Exploring the Cycles of Life Tarot & Oracle Card Journey 2021

Exploring the Cycles of Life Tarot & Oracle pack is a tool for tapping into the energy you experience as you navigate the cycles of life.

By using your tarot & oracle cards with the guidance in the pack you will embark on an inner journey of self-discovery and empowerment in 2021.

This pack is different from other card reading spreads as it has been deliberately created with the flow of energy through the months of the year in mind. 

Each card you draw has a relationship to the one before and the one after, and each spread you work with supports and guides the others spreads in the pack. 

Exploring the Cycles of Life Tarot & Oracle Pack represents the interconnectedness of life, energy, vibration, the planet and the cosmos. 

Email

sarah@themagickalcreatrix.com

Instagram

@themagickalcreatrix

Social Media