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.)
Notes on Spread: 1 Major, 2 Pages, 2 4’s and 3 Wands
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
The Star. Wow. Boom. Don’t you love it when the cards just hit you over the head with synchronicity? I had spent the past 10 minutes trying to Google the palindrome on the back of the cards to no avail, and then the first card I draw for this interview is the one that explains the palindrome. In the not-so-little accompanying book, the author talks about the palindrome as a protection against demons. The back of each card is a magical charm, and it’s in this card on the pillar behind the woman pouring water. Stunning. I love this deck already.
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
7 of Swords. This card says: “Not all labors are a good idea. I might not be the best to ask about what kind of project to embark on, as I’ll embark on anything without thinking!”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
10 of Wands. I think this card says, “I sometimes bite off more than I can chew. There might be too much information on a card to process right away.” Well, yeah. There is SO MUCH stuff going on in each card, and that’s before you even know anything about the art or architecture in the city.
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Page of Cups. “I bring Beauty! Pure emotion! What else do you need?”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
4 of Coins. The message is clear “Treat me with respect. I am a treasure.” As it does come in a little book with gold ribbons, and it’s a numbered first edition, I think this is likely true.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Page of Wands. She says, “I’ll help you with one tool in your tool chest, but I’ll make you a beginner all over again.” Also, I can’t help but notice all the Lenormand-type nods here in this image – perhaps this deck marries well with a Lenormand reading on top?
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
4 of Wands. A great card that has come to mean, for me, cooperation and fruitful networking. So this card says, “We’ll be friends. I can help you make friends!”