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. For the weeks at the end of October, there is no deck more appropriate than the Mary El. She’s gorgeous. She’s sex. She’s raw and graphic. She’s full of deep occult symbolism. Honestly, she gives me nightmares. I had to work up my courage to pull this one out for readings.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Page of Wands. You likely can’t see it in the picture, but the banner above this young Joan of Arc’s head has the words Mary and El spelled out. If this card could speak it would say: “I am the result of powerful artistic inspiration and vision. Many of the images have resonance to the artist, and might not have resonance with anyone else. And I don’t care. Like Joan of Arc I’m not doing this for you. I don’t exist for you. I exist for a higher purpose. “
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
Page of Disks. The LWB (which is not so little) talks a great deal about baby’s feet and sandals. About how this is where the rubber meets the road. This card says: “I will always give you the next step – a real and practical next step.”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
The Emperor. Oh, how much symbolism can you pack into one card? Trust me, more than you thought possible. While this is one of my all time favorite Emperor cards, it’s also the most complex. I think this card says, “I speak of many structures and ways to organize a reading – Jewish mysticism, Egyptian poetry, world myth. There will always be an overwhelming amount of information in a reading.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Justice. Pardon my French, but she says, “There’s no room for bullshit here. Tell the truth or don’t bother.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
King of Wands. He gives me the chills. The LWB says he’s all about mastering your own energy. And yes, I highly recommend taking some grounding breaths before engaging with this deck.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Queen of Disks. Oddly, she’s soft. She says, “I’ll create a garden when you can grow strong.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
Lovers. Despite how eerie and intimidating the deck can be, it’s beautiful. Made from love, and “love is everything.”