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 should also say that I traditionally save The Housewife’s Tarot deck for readings in the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The nostalgic, cheeky images are a welcome antidote to the holiday hustle-bustle, and the readings are always surprisingly clear.
Notes on Spread: She has lots to say! 4 Majors, 2 cups and a sword card.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Ace of Cups. If this card could speak it would say: “I do not over-complicate things. I am clear in my meanings, even when it’s about emotion. Sometimes a glass is just a glass.”
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
Justice. This card says: “I’ll use your childhood sense of right and wrong to make my point. Even if it’s not a nice point.”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Knight of Cups. I think this card says, “My images are lovely, but don’t always go together. It can be a bit distracting and disturbing. After all, why is this 13 year old boy pouring champagne for that much older sketch of a woman? Creepy.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
The Tower. “I am awesome at pointing out when you have stupid expectations or hang ups because of consumerism.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
The Devil. “Don’t take things so seriously. I sure don’t.”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
5 of Swords. Huh. I’m stumped. Cutting to the heart of things?
But! Interesting as I was sewing before this interview…
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
The High Priestess. Can you see what it says on the bottle of syrup? “The mysteries of the universe are sweeter than you know!” What a great message! No wonder I love working with this deck.