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’ve had the Tarto del Fuego for a few weeks now, but recently got the chance to sit down for an ‘interview.’
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Ace of Cups. An image of a breast pouring milk into a cup. If this card could speak it would say: “I come from pure emotion. Frantic, ecstatic life force. Artistic inspiration gave me life.”
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
The Knight of Pentacles. An image of a horse skeleton, ridden by a man to a cliff. If this card could speak it would say: “I am obsessed with death, yes, and that is scary to some people, but I’m just a fiercely practical deck. There is no sugar-coating going on in my readings.”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Knight of Cups. An image of a horse, that is growing a tree from its back, with all four hooves in a cup. If this card could speak it would say: “I try to fit a lot in. There is a lot going on and each card means several things. It gets messy.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Queen of Pentacles. A woman, underwater, with sea creatures dancing around her. As I turned over this card I could hear something a friend once said about almost drowning: “Once you let go, and realize death is inevitable, the whole thing is quite beautiful, and simple. You get clear and very pragmatic. A good way to go, really … and as it ended up, a good life lesson.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
The Moon. An image of a multi-eyed woman in the moon, looking down at a lot of creatures, including a two-headed dog. The two-headed dog and snake eating its own tail are powerful symbols for me that pop up in reoccurring dreams. Heavy stuff. (Can’t you just hear Madonna singing “let’s get unconscious, honey” because I sure could. I love that song.) If this card could speak it would say: “My greatest lessons are not accessed head-on. I’m a deck to think on and better yet to dream on. Readings with me won’t be complexity clear right away.”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The Six of Pentacles. An image of a flower, fed by a bloody hand, growing coins at each leaf. If this card could speak it would say: “I’ll access something deep and deeply personal, and help you live a more beautiful life. Come to me when you want steps to make things better and more beautiful for yourself.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
Page of Swords. I’ve drawn this one several times and have learned that this woman on the card scatters the shadows of doubt with innocent words. If this card could speak it would say: “I’ll surprise you with my solutions. I’ll surprise you by how much I know. For all my messy images and frenzied energy, I get the job done.”