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 am so excited about this deck. I met the creator 2 years ago at NWTS and have been drooling over the deck ever since I saw a draft deck. I love the idea behind the cards – can you capture the energy of the card without depicting people? Can you read in all directions? It was a no-brainer to make this the first deck to play with for 2018.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
10 of Wands, sideways. “I am not a beginner deck. I am not easy. I require work, and effort, and preparation. But I’m worth it!” So true. This is not a first tarot deck. This requires an advanced level of intuitive understanding and the tarot meanings. Also I love that this is a building. It’s one of the most attractive things about the deck, that it’s about places not people.
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
Page of Wands, reversed. This young woman is great at the start of a project, bringing fresh perspective and new ideas. I think this card says, “I’m great to consult on projects at various points, for inspiration and a fresh take, but I might not be the most consistent companion. Make sure that you don’t try and use me every day.”
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Lovers, sideways. I thought when I first saw this card it was a great Lovers card but also a good card for this type of deck – the people are there, but so at the trees – speaking to a union but not the traditional kind. But in this reading, all I could think was “We are not always going to get along. I’m not here to stroke your ego. I’m about more than that.”
4. What do you bring to the table? What lessons can you teach me?
Five of Swords. This card says, “I’m good at spreads about conflict, particularly unresolved. I can tease apart before and after if the now is muddy.”
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Wheel. This feels like it’s about the calendar – or perhaps it’s just that it’s about to be New Year’s Eve. Again, a hint of an idea that this is not an everyday deck, but a great deck for big projects and planning. Also, I like my Wheel cards to be impersonal – as fate is impersonal. This one resonates like that.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
7 of Coins, reversed. Ok, ok. I get it. You are a deck that requires work and real attention. Amazing results can be had, but you can’t just treat it like every other deck.
7. Anything else I should know? Any question I didn’t ask?
Two cards jumped out – the King of Wands and my favorite card in the deck, the Library of Congress. The King says “I can be a bit dramatic, I’ve got style that’s hard to ignore.” Fair, and true. But it’s a style I like. The Library of Congress card is awesome, and the meaning as outlined in the not-so LWB is also awesome. “Sometimes I don’t give you all the answers. Sometimes I’ll make you do some research or legwork on your own. Not everything can be known right away.” I know that for some people this message would come off as snippy or unfriend, but as someone who spends a great part of every workday helping young people to do their own legwork, I really respect it. Just like I like my Wheel cards a touch impersonal, I like a deck to have a touch of attitude and keep a few secrets, well, secret.