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 (or eight!) in these posts. Yup, I can’t resist making this a Seven Card Spread.)
As it’s October, the month of Halloween, I wanted to start using my most witchy/occult/creepy decks for spreads this month. The Deviant Moon is the perfect deck for the week of Halloween – spooky and weird with a strange sense of humor, it’s the one you want to put in your coat pocket wen headed to a Halloween party.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
5 of Wands. Four figures fight with dead branches, ignoring the glowing flower behind them. If this card could speak it would say: “I am full of distractions. I look scary and complex, but it’s a ruse. I’ll use my nature to bring clarity to situations where there is unnecessary conflict.”
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
Knight of Wands. He’s a flea, and a butterfly all at once. I think this card says, “I am lovely and hideous all at once. I flaunt it and will help you too flaunt your opposites too.”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
6 of Swords. “If you work with me, you have to go on a journey to a different reality. You have to suspend disbelief. Not everyone is willing.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
3 of Coins. This card says, “If you work hard, you will unlock me. You’ll see where I am simply painting a face on something in order to disguise it, and where the truth lies.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Ace of Wands. A woman holds a baby. “Treasure me.” Aww, this deck doesn’t get a lot of TLC, that’s true.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
7 of Coins. The description of this card got me. A young witch practices her magic in a factory garden. With a rusty nail as a wand she brings a tree back to life. The deck is modern, and as ugly as a factory in a dying city sometimes, but I’m in a big ugly city myself. Perhaps this is a great tool for us modern, city-bound folks.
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
3 of Cups. This confirms a sneaking suspicion. How do you suspend your disbelief in order to engage with the scary images here? The cards know: “Get drunk with me!” Not great for everyday, but if it’s age-appropriate and you are at a party on Halloween, a drink before giving a reading might be something to consider.