It’s a great idea to ‘interview’ a new deck before you start to work with it, and many people rely on the following 6 card spread in that process for an effective intuitive exercise. (Six, you say? I see seven. Yup, I can’t resist making this a Seven Card Spread.) I recently got the Linestrider Tarot Deck, and after shuffling it three times to fully randomize it, I started the interview.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Page of Wands. If this card could speak it would say: “I am young! I have lots of energy! I’m excited to get started!”
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
The Magician. If this card could speak it would say: “I am magical, serious and playful. I am serious about play and might not always give you a straight answer.”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Eight of Cups. If this card could speak it would say: “I’m sometimes unsure. I might take you places you don’t want to go.” Also, this is one of the few cards in the deck where the image runs to the edge. It’s clearly a deck that the artist struggled with, and perhaps this might point to a flaw in the deck?
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Two of Swords. If this card could speak it would say: “I’ll help you make difficult decisions. I’ll work best when you need help deciding between two options.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Page of Pentacles. If this card could speak it would say: “This should be pleasurable. Put on music when you read with me. Place me on silk. I am beautiful for a reason.”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The Wheel of Fortune. If this card could speak it would say: “We’ll turn the wheel together, riding out highs and lows. I might even help you make sense of how The Wheel turns.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
Judgement. If this card could speak it would say: “Don’t question my readings. Despite how I look, I know what I’m doing.” It’s interesting to note that the angel in the image has a red mask half on, half off its face. A great way to capture the idea that all things work out for a reason, but they don’t always appear to be on the right path at first glance.