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 often see seven in these posts. Yup, I can’t resist making this a Seven Card Spread.) I got the Wild Unknown Tarot a while ago – when it first came out. I’ve struggled with it since then. I figured it was time to give it a proper second shot.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
4 of Coins. If this card could speak it would say: “Don’t hold on too tightly.” I think that’s good advice for such a simple deck. I often try to read too much into it, and end up disappointed.
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
5 of Cups. It seems to say “I’ll help you re-evaluate your expectations.” This is also a good thing for both this deck and, well, my life. I tend to over-complicate things.
3. What are your limits as a deck?
The Sun. The card seems to say “I have so much energy! Perhaps that will turn people off?” And I have to admit, this is one of my least favorite cards as it’s so simple. Lovely, but simple.
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
The Hanged Man. This card speaks clearly and says “You need to stop struggling and just relax. That’s how you gain a new perspective.” Good advice for dealing with a deck that has irked me in the past.
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
8 of Wands. It seems to say “Be open to sudden flashes of insight.”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Father of Cups. (King) Interesting that last week with the Voyager Tarot I got the Queen of Cups. So I know what he is saying. “I’ll help you support your family and community with your intuition. I can help you as a counselor.” This is actually really nice, as this is the card I’d like to use in a study group I can’t seem to get off the ground.
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
9 of Coins & 10 of Cups. They both jumped out. They are both so positive and perky! It forces me to realize that I have a bias against overly positive decks. All cards have a good and bad connotation. It irks me when a deck is too sweet or light – or too simple like that sun card. But, in the LWB for this the 10 of Coins has a message: “Do not doubt this power.” Noted. I’ll relax. I’ll put aside expectations and welcome the intuitive flash of insight.
Here’s to a new relationship with a deck that has a lot of power.