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 ordered one of the first editions of the Isidore Tarot Deck off Etsy and had it for a while, didn’t particularly like it for anything but one-card readings, but after cutting the borders off wanted to re-interview the deck to see if things had changed.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
10 of Wands. This is one of my favorite surprises in the deck – an alligator with 10 wands behind him, almost if they are stuffed in his pockets. It makes me see the 10 of Wands in a new way. I love that it came up in this position. It’s so much of what I love in this deck – traditional image with the dark possibility of each card on full display. If this card could speak it would say: “I am a bit sneaky. I can speak to you of the dangers and pleasures of too much. For that reason, I’m a great deck to ask about all your vices, but particularly addiction.” Hmmm… don’t know where that last part came from, but I’ll go with it.
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
10 of Coins. Another animal in a suit and top hat. A parrot letting other birds out of a tower. If this card could speak it would say: “I’m bold. I’m odd. Deal with it. I have reached a place where I don’t need your approval.” It’s true, the deck has already gone into a second edition, and the new version has addressed many of the concerns I’ve had.
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Knight of Cups. This is one of the most stunning cards in the deck, if you ask me. A woman in a Victorian coat stares at a cup as she rides a chimera. If this card could speak it would say: “I am dreamy, almost to a fault. I look like one thing but am another. I’ll be hard to get a clear reading from. I might make sense only in dreamtime.” True again. Often it’s only after sleeping on a reading with this deck does the reading ‘pop’ for me.
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Temperance. A goat with red wings mixes the typical water and wine. If this card could speak it would say: “I know restraint in madness. I know of the power of patience, and will make you sit still in chaos and stop all your rushing.” I don’t know why, but this also speaks to me of a deck that can be great in questions of addiction, obsession, and worry.
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
9 of Coins. A thin bird holds a hooded falcon in a garden. Not an a-typical image for this card. If this card could speak it would say: “Be quiet when you work with me, and work alone. I’m not for the public or someone unrefined. It needs to be just us, in our own little beautifully cultivated space.” This fits with one of the things I’ll mention in my formal review, that this is not a deck you want to give to a newbie.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Page of Coins. Another thin bird, holding a coin. If this card could speak it would say: “You’ll learn a concrete skill from me.” Great! I wonder what that will be?
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
The Hermit. My favorite card in any deck I buy. This is a frog, an animal of land and water, in a dark suit and tails, with a cane and lantern. If this card could speak it would say: “I will show you the way to something new, but it will take silence and a great deal of reflection.” Interesting, that seems to fit nicely with the 9 of Coins. I’m glad I din’t get rid of this deck, but took the time to try again and understand it on a deeper level. Clearly there is a deeper level.