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 finished cutting the borders off my smaller version of the Thoth 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?
6 of Cups. Pleasure in the Thoth. If this card could speak it would say: “I am lush, and beautiful. I am a bit too much, true, but that can be so nice, don’t you think?” Also, the 6 of Cups is often about nostalgia, and I have to admit this was one of the first decks I dove into when I was starting out. It’s the only deck I have two versions of – big and travel size. It’s a nostalgic and comforting choice for me after so many weeks of new decks.
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
7 of Wands. Valor in the Thoth. I feel like this card says: “I am bold! I have tremendous energy.” This is true. You can’t ignore this deck. Every. Single. Card. is a bit larger than life.
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Princess of Cups (Reversed.) A dancing girl. If this card could speak it would say: “I’m a bit much. A bit dramatic. I get a little bit lost in my own version of the world.” This is also true. The Thoth is heady, and messy. It’s a great deck when thinking about your own spiritual journey, as it’s a completely different universe unto itself.
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Prince of Disks. A man holding his sword aloft, ready to cut the cords that keep the figures below pulling his chariot. If this card could speak it would say: “I can help you get clear about what does not serve. I am surprisingly practical that way.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
8 of Wands. Rainbows! The sweetest, most lighthearted card in an otherwise dark and complex deck. If this card could speak it would say: “Don’t overthink things when you come to me and ask questions. Talk fast, and talk from the heart. I respond to assertive action.”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
The Hermit. If you have been reading this blog you know this is my man, my favorite. He shows up when I am on the right track. If this card could speak it would say: “I can help you find your own internal wisdom, and move closer to your true self.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
3 of Coins. Work in the Thoth. If this card could speak it would say: “I demand your head, heart and soul to be on board when you come to me. Do not dabble. Work for it.” This is a completely appropriate message for the Thoth. I have two books specifically devoted to working with this deck and they were a great investment. (I’ll talk more about them in my deck review.) The Thoth is a deck that needs some study and devotion to get the most from the relationship. You can pick it up and get a great reading off the bat, but it’s nice to be reminded to dust off those books.