I find the modality of tarot reading to be helpful for many reasons, one of which is that there are so many different decks in existence, each with its own unique perspective on the themes that come up in tarot. I currently own several, and have always thought it would be valuable to do a side-by-side analysis of the imagery used in each. That's why when two of my fellow tarot readers on Instagram created the hashtag #tarotperspectives, a challenge to other Instarot enthusiasts to pull the same card from three different decks each day in August, I jumped on board, but expanded the challenge to include a daily blog post for each card. I chose three decks I felt were vastly different in intention and style: The Smith-Waite, created by A.E. Waite and painted by Pamela Coleman Smith, a familiar and in some ways outdated deck; The Haindl, a mystical and overwhelmingly symbolic deck entirely created and painted by Hermann Haindl; and the Collective Tarot, which is my standby professional deck, and a bit niche, collectively, as it were, created by a group of activists, artists and healers.
I quickly realized that this would expand beyond just August for me- I have enjoyed the process so much thus far that I intend to get through all 78 cards. I will be adding to this post as I put up new blog posts, but this will serve as the master post where you can find all the cards' comparisons linked. I've included every version of the card's title in this index, along with the questions I have assigned to each card as I believe that questions are of the utmost importance, and are essential to what the cards prompt us to consider.
This post is a work in progress until I've made it through all 78, so keep coming back to check on what's new!