Summer 1986 my soon to be wife (now ex) wanted to get me a special gift. What she bought me was a deck of Tarot card's. This is the only deck I have ever owned that I did not buy. Something strange happened with this deck, and I've never found out exactly what.
Samantha (Sam) wanted to get me a 'joined the Navy' gift. I had recently enlisted and was in the delayed entry program. She went to an occult shop called Ye Olde Mystique Shoppe and purchased a Tarot deck called The Stairs of Gold by Tavaglion. The shop owner asked her as she checked out what they were for and Sam told her, a gift for my fiance. The shop owner then asked her if she could bless the deck before she left the store. Sam thought this was a cool idea and soon left with a 'blessed deck' of Tarot cards. She gave them to me and I went through the complete deck to look at all the cards. This deck is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, great art work and the symbols on the cards... They are just wonderful to look at.
I began using them, everything seemed fine and I really liked this deck. A friend asked for a reading... As I waited for them to come by my house I was 'casting' the cards... Just shuffling them, then laying them out, picking up those cards and laying out another 10 cards. Something caught my eye... I had just pick up a 'casting' that had the Ace of Coins in the 7th position. My next 'lay out' had the Ace of Coins in it... In the 5th position (for reference I use the Celtic Cross Pattern) This card being in another 'casting' was really odd as I was just picking up the casts and setting them to the side. So I pick up my last cast and sure enough there was the Ace of Coins... Now sitting beside another Ace of Coins... My deck, which had the normal amount of cards, now had two (2) Ace of Coins. I didn't know what to think...
First I thought it may have to do with the meaning of the card...
Ace of Coins: Satisfaction... Perfect contentment, happiness.
Good sentiments, but not much help...
Long story short... The next 2 times I go to do readings for people, as I do my 'warm up casting' a similar thing happened... The next card to Double itself was the 2 of Coins (Embarrassment, moments of stasis or perplexity, arising of difficult situations). The next card... The Three of Coins (Fame, great artistic ability, Perfection that brings fame and dignity).
So by the end of the Summer I have a Tarot deck that has extra cards and I have no idea where they came from. I keep my cards in a silk lined, locked box and yet I have these extra cards. I consulted Psychic's (2), a Numerologist and even did reading's for myself. I never figured out why this happened.
I left for the Navy on November 20th 1986, Bootcamp, School in Pensacola Fl and reported to my first ship in Charleston, SC. I returned to Pensacola, Fl in May 1988 and when I unpacked... The box with my cards was not there. I know I packed it... But It was gone. I still use the same Tarot deck, one I have bought for myself but even after all these year's I still do not understand what was happening with that deck but I'd love to find out.