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 see seven. Yup, I can’t resist making this a Seven Card Spread.)
Full Disclosure: Again, I’ve chosen a deck that I have previously done an interview with. Upon review, this interview gets at a lot of great points about the deck. Really all that was needed was a much clearer picture to accompany it. As a large deck, it’s hard to get a good shot!
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Guardian: Woman of Crystals. (Queen of Swords.) I am not at all surprised to see this card here. The blue-painted woman is meditating in a sea of sparkly crystals. Often, I draw a single card of the Voyager before I meditate, and find that is a great way to focus my thoughts. If this card could speak it would say: “I focus you. I cut through the BS.”
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
Growth: 10 of Wands. It seems to say “I will be useful throughout your growth process.” The LWB talks about finding roots while also finding branches, growing in all directions.
3. What are your limits as a deck?
10: Fortune. (Wheel.) The card seems to say “What goes up, comes down. I can’t protect you from that as it’s a natural part of life. I’m less a predictive deck than a deck that will help you cope with the roller coaster of life.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Rejoicer: Woman of Cups. (Queen of Cups.) This card speaks clearly and says “I can help you get in touch with the deepest, intuitive parts of yourself. And it will be a pleasurable experience.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Oppression: 5 of Wands. The eagle on the card looks right at you and seems to say “If you look straight at your limiting beliefs, assumptions and biases, we can work well together. Don’t flinch or you’ll piss me off.”
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Sensor: Woman of Wands. (Queen of Wands.) I love this card. In this deck this card shows up at particularly special times. I know what she is saying is “I’ll help you heighten your abilities to process more of what you see in a day. You’ll be more observant and thus make better decisions.”
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
Purity: 2 of Wands. This card speaks to me of a powerful dream I once had. It was a dream of silence, and simplicity. I hope that this card is trying to say “I’ll help you transition to a more peaceful way to live.” But, it could also be trying to say “I look fussy on the outside because of my collage style, but I was made with the purest of intentions and actually give really clear readings.”
It should also be noted that this reading includes 3 Queens, 1 Major, and the numbers 2, 5, and 10. Something about that speaks of a reoccurring cycle of stability, insecurity, and again stability – but the Queens speak to ways to become the person who can handle those changes. I often find that this is true for the deck. It isn’t about predicting so much as helping to focus and problem solve.