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 funded a Kickstarter campaign for the Tabula Mundi deck by M. M. Meleen and was delighted to get it in the mail a few weeks ago.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
4 of Cups. Luxury. If this card could speak it would say: “I am a luxury. I am not a basic deck, nor should I be the first in any collection.” I also get the impression, looking at the four phases of the moon depicted on the card surrounding a pearl (of wisdom?) in an open shell, that this is also a deck that is not great for the quick one or two card readings. This deck takes time. And isn’t time a luxury for all of us these days?
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
3 of Disks. Work. The message is clear, “I am work. I take time and study. But, if you want to improve your readings I’ll give you the building blocks to get there with my many layers of symbols.”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
2 of Wands. Dominion. The card seems to say “I have a particular viewpoint. I am built on particular dogma. That will not be for everyone.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
The Star. This is one of my favorite cards, but also one that I rarely take time to interpret into words. When she shows up I feel loved and safe and like it’s all going to be all right. I noticed right away that this was true, but that even here there was a lot of symbolism I needed to investigate. I think the card is saying, “I’ll show you things you’ve been overlooking, and new ways to see cards you have grown overly sure of.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
6 of Wands. I can’t help but notice that on a card that is normally about single victory, there are two figures here – an owl and a lion. The owl is a creature associated with the moon and hidden or suppressed knowledge. A lion is almost always associated with the sun, and a heraldic symbol of ruling families. I think this card is about using both traditional knowledge and intuitive insight in collaboration in a reading.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
5 of Cups. Disappointment. This took me aback. But then I looked at the image of dead fish in a desert, and the pyramids (receptacles of buried knowledge) in the distance. The card says, “You’ll never get where you want to go with me. We will never be done. There is just too much to explore. Focus on the process, not an outcome.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
5 of Disks. Worry. Again, not a great card. Usually it’s a card of feeling being kept outside of something. But if you look closely at this particular card it looks like someone has jammed a rod into a complicated DJ set up, and the computer is smoking and the records are breaking. The LWB says something about using knowledge to break out of harmful patterns (or grooves?). I really like that. If the card is trying to say, “I can help you break free of limiting beliefs” then I’m all for it!