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 BirdQueen 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?
10 of Wands. An insect with newly hatched babies. Certainly a new interpretation of the message, but effective. If this card could speak it would say: “I relate everything to the natural world and its cycles.”
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
Princess of Keys. A Jay, my mother’s favorite bird, swooping away from a tornado. Partially because of the connection to my mom, I feel like this card says: “I will help you avoid only the big stuff. Little lessons and failures are good. I might tell you things slightly after they happened, or with only enough time to avoid them in the last second. ”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Prince of Coins. A lucky bamboo, in a pot. Um, really? A potted plant? Well, I guess that means if this card could speak it would say: “Sometimes, like a vary comfortable and cared for person, I might not have a global perspective, just the one of my little corner of the world.“
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Princess of Coins. A fabulous image of a tree in bloom, but also heavy with fruit. If this card could speak it would say: “Yes, I put everything into the context of the natural world. Yes, I can be overly sweet and simple. But do not forget how magical the natural world is. I am powerful.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Nine of Wands. This image of a praying mantis looming over the bodies of dead spouses (I presume, as that’s what they do) made me immediately think of the writing advice: “Kill Your Darlings!” It adds further to the idea that this deck is brief when delivering messages.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Prince of Cups. Another court card! And he’s pink! I’m not a pink person… but perhaps that’s the whole point. If this card could speak it would say: “You could use some softening up. Not every reading need to be harsh to be life-changing. Sometimes pink and cute is good.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
Two majors jumped from the deck at this point – Justice and the Hierophant. Yipes. I have to admit I don’t quite yet ‘get’ the image on the Justice card, but the Hierophant is lovely. An elephant on a red carpet holds a scepter and wears a crown. If this card combo could speak it would say: “Despite how I look, or how you react to me, I am clear. Black and White clear. Also, I have a great deal to teach you. Buckle up, Buttercup.”