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.
This is a special deck. It’s something I made for myself from a box of 100 postcards. I’ve been wanting a deck to study with for a long time, but haven’t found one where the colors resonated or the images of people were quite right for me. When I saw this box of postcards of textile patterns, I knew that the absence of words, people and traditional imagery could help me out. I’ll write about the creative process in more detail later, but I decided to start using it ASAP (right in time for that fourth Super Red Moon!) and did do an interview before I started.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
The Hierophant. Perfect as my intention was to create a deck to help my tarot studies. I see Trump #5 as a teacher and spiritual mentor, and I’d hope this deck can be that for me now.
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
The Moon. Yes, the card of delusion or illusion, but also of hidden things. That’s part of the deck I really like, actually. I didn’t want words or people to distract me from the energy of each card. Also, it’s a deck that was created and first used under a SuperMoon so it’s going to have a strong lunar vibe.
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Strawberries! Ok. I love this card. The Prisma Visions has a card like this – sort of a Happy Squirrel card. I included two cards like this in the deck. The first was Strawberries and it stands for all that is unknown in the universe, but reminds us that sometimes that’s because the good stuff is still being created for us. A card of an unknown, positive future. I also included a card called The Veil, which is the opposite. Perhaps as this deck is created by me, and I am not all knowing (and completely ok with that) it will be a deck that sometimes says: “You can’t know that yet” and then giggles in response to a question.
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
10 of Wands. This card seems to say: “I can teach you about when it’s all too much, the weight of ambition, and when to stop.” Interesting. As I struggle to put the finishing touches on a manuscript about how to do this process to make your own tarot deck, I can see how this topic is bigger and more unwieldy than I thought – likely everyone who dives into tarot knows what I mean!
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Page of Wands. It seems to say: “Let’s have fun!”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Lovers. Oooo, interesting. A card I struggle with. It’s one of the cards that made me think of a study deck. I hope this card it here to say: “I can help you with integration, and wedding things that seem like opposites together.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
Queen of Coins. She’s here to say: “Practice makes perfect.” I better get to work with that study plan!