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 got the Tarot of the Trance a while ago, in a sale of a teacher’s collection. At first I was really drawn to it, but then on closer examination wavered. It’s a very hippie, woo-woo seeming deck at first. I’m so glad I didn’t let that deter me forever. After this deck interview (and following weekly reading) I’m excited to start using this deck right away.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
King of Cups. If this card could speak it would say (and this is almost verbatim from the LWB): “I take feelings seriously. They are the truth I deal in as I help you to master the art of living.”
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
10 of Coins. This card says: “I love to give good news! I’ll help you set goals to get to positive places.”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Moon. I think this card says, “Sometimes, there isn’t a concrete answer. Sometimes I can’t give it to you, you have to find it. As you’ll see all the majors in the LWB are associated with a question to aid a visualization, or trance. That’s not going to work for every reader or question.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Knight of Cups. (I can’t help but notice that the fish that seemed to be so tame for the King is about to eat the Knight.) So is the card saying “I can help you not to get eaten by your own unconscious.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
9 of Swords. Immediately, it seemed like the card was saying “I’ll eat your nightmares. Share them with me, let me help you process them.”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Princess of Swords. The woman who wants skillz. Yup, that’s me. That meaning is clear.
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
The Fool! “I ask great questions! I pester you with ‘crazy’ wisdom. Like the Coyote of legend, or the jester at the party, I can say things that are shocking, striking, and even scary or rude but I get away with it because people think I don’t look threatening.”
Well, clearly the cards have my number. I was too quick to judge, too quick to want a more ‘traditional’ looking deck. Let’s see what this deck has to say… I am sure it won’t be normal, expected, or boring.