Through the years I have seen many discussions regarding the following similar subjects:
Spending too much money on decks and other spiritual tools
How many decks do we really need?
When does deck collecting become a problem?
I don’t think it’s fair for anyone to go online and comment on blogs, videos, Instagram posts to say “You have too many decks, you spend too much money on decks, and it’s bad/greedy/evil of you!” or similar. I believe that an adult is responsible for her own choices regarding collecting decks, and it’s no one else’s business to decide when she has went overboard. If someone feels triggered by another person’s deck collection they need to unfollow/click off, end of story. You can never know what goes on behind the scenes of a video/blog/photo anyway.
But what I have noticed is that some people seem to be quick wanting to defend their deck purchases when the discussion is not even about them – which makes me wonder why? What’s the trigger?
I recently saw a post where someone said they intend to slow down on purchasing decks, because looking at how much money had went into that interest/passion of theirs in the last years, it just felt a bit too much. There were no severe financial problems, just simply someone wanting to not mindlessly spend money on decks anymore. We can assume this person already has quite a few decks right? So to me it makes sense they could easily save some money while still having tons of fun with plenty of decks in their collection. Saving money when you can isn’t a bad idea, is it?
But it’s obvious some are provoked by this choice, which in no way really affects them. Quite a few people responded in a defensive way, something along the lines of:
“I don’t go to restaurants or smoke so I don’t see why I could not spend my money on my only interest that makes me happy!”
“Other people are addicted to drugs or buying shoes or taking huge loans to buy cars so my tarot collection is pretty harmless really!”
“Well at least I am not an alcoholic!”
”No way, treat yo’self! I won’t feel guilty for spending MY hard earned cash!”
Nowhere in the post had the original poster stated that it was wrong to spend tons of money on decks, or that everyone should follow along with the same choice, but still the defensive comments kept coming in. Interesting, isn’t it?
I am wondering if “spiritual people” (for lack of a better word!) are more inclined to defend their consumerism and materialism because their interest/passion is not as “shallow” as having a collection of shoes? Most of us see tarot as a tool to become better people, grow, connect with Source or similar, while a shoe is an accessory that makes your feet and legs look pretty.
Many people in the community are vegans and buy second hand clothes because they believe it will help the climate changes that are ruining Mama Earth right now. But talking about less consumerism regarding decks and crystals seems to be a sensitive subject these days.
Are we in a bit of denial?
A deck is made of trees (cardboard) and has chemicals on it (ink) and will have to be shipped from the printer to the seller and then to the buyer (fuel). OF COURSE tarot decks are in no way the biggest threat to our environment lol but at the same time it isn’t fair to completely ignore the effects of any kind of materialism and consumerism, in this day and age when the environmental threat is seriously no joke.
Is it time for us tarot addicts to get off our high horse and admit we aren’t that much better, or worse, than those people going out to restaurants or loving their shoes?
–Having the audacity to pick on people with a disease (addiction) is a post on its own, so I won’t even go there today…
–In the last year I have myself slowed down on purchasing new decks, and I intend to continue doing so. Not because I am ashamed or feel guilty or have financial problems, simply because I want to be mindful when purchasing anything new, and really savor the moment when I get a new deck. I do not judge others that intend to buy 1500 decks this year. This post is just my reflection on why some tarot collectors get so defensive about their purchases, and often seem to want to look superior to someone that spends money on X or Y.}