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.)
I picked the Tarot of the Crone to work with for the week of November 16th, the Feast of Hecate – a fabulous crone goddess. Her stories and myths mean a great deal to me, and I always mark the day. I’ve worked with this deck for years for this purpose and have to admit it’s one of my favorites.
Notes on Spread: 6 Majors. 2 Grandmothers.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Grandmother of Swords: Storyteller. If this card could speak it would say: “I am here to do more than tell you the future. I am here to tell you stories of your matriarchal past.”
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
9 of Disks: Community. This card says: “I am loved passionately by my community. I can help connect you to kindred spirits.”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Shadow of Swords; Machine. I think this card says, “I might be a little too abstract for some. I don’t adhere to the normal tarot patterns. I am a re-imagining.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Grandmother of Wands: Matriarch. “I am a feminine deck. I do not apologize for it. I am an ally in all kinds of feminist consciousness raising exercises. I’ll pretty much force those lessons on you!”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Wheel. The message from this pagan-inspired, women-with-a-y deck is clear: “Mark the Wheel of the Year. Mark the seasons with ritual. I can help. I shine there.”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Priestess. This is the second scariest card in the deck if you ask me. She creeps me out. She says, “I’ll unlock hidden secrets. Some you might not want to know. But at the end, you’ll be a keeper of secrets like the High Priestess.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
6 of Cups: Ritual. Again, the message is about the unapologetic pagan/wicca/feminist underpinnings of the deck. “When you read with me, do it in sacred space. Use me as an aid to ritual.”