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 Deck: I picked up the Dali Tarot Jubilee Edition for next to nothing, on a whim at a bookstore that had put it on deep discount. I have never actually used it for readings, as I assumed it was just a collection of Dali’s images, not a deck he designed start to finish. This week, after learning that another one of my decks was worth a lot more than I paid for it , I looked around to see if I squirreled away any other firs editions. Lo and behold, the Dali tarot. So, it was time to give it a test-drive. I have been very surprised by the complexity of the images and the power of the readings.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
The Magus. Of course! The most important thing about the deck is that Dali made it, and there he is as the magician with the tools of his trade – including the melting clockface. What I love about the companion book is that it states “we are all artists and magicians.”
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
King of Disks. This card, with another image of Dali as a sleepy king surrounded by fingerprints in paint says: “You are master of your wealth and success. Your greatest asset is inside.” This, along with the first card, give me an idea that this deck is more about how to find artistic success.
3. What are your limits as a deck?
4 of Cups. I think this card says, “I am not here to help you with inspiration, or when you are down in a creative slump.” This confirms my feelings. You’d think that a deck like an artist by Dali would be about inspiration and the creative process. I’m getting the feeling it’s about what to do after you have created something.
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
6 of Swords. The book that comes with the deck calls this “translation.” How to translate your creative impulse into a living?
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
7 of Coins. This card has been coming up a lot. It’s sings “work work work work work” to the tune of that hit song. It also says “#everydamnday.”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
7 of Swords. Not only has this card come up a lot lately, it’s been coming up for this position for these deck interviews. Lately I’ve been developing a whole new understanding of this card. Sometimes it’s about lies. But it’s also about oppression, and doing whatever it takes to get out of a bad situation. Sometimes that means not playing by “the rules.” A new interpretation that springs to mind is “work smarter, not harder.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
Emperor. The phrase “like a boss” comes to mind. In case you missed the theme here, this is not a deck about flights of fancy, despite the images that seem so messy and silly. (I mean come on, famous images of The Sun King painted over with your bare hands? Collage images? It all looks like a child could have done it and can’t help but remind me of silly social media phrases- and yet, when you really look at the cards, there is power there and great artistic skill.) This deck is about how to master your creativity, life, domain.