Alchemical Thoughts

This is my deck interview spread for the Tarot Grand Luxe deck. You can find my review of this deck over at The Itinerant Librarian.

Deck Interview Spread for Tarot Grand Luxe. Top card is first position, then read the spread clockwise.

Prompts. The top card is the first position, then read the spread clockwise.

1 Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic? 

Ace of Coins. A deck of abundance, generosity. A good deck to study and works on manifesting abundance. This is a good deck to explore material and practical matters. Questions about work and career, money and resources. Need to consider new ventures and material opportunities, this is a good deck. Overall a down to earth deck.

2 What are your strengths as a deck?

The Tower-XVI. A strength of this deck is in shattering illusions and wrecking sacred cows. If something needs to come down, this is a deck that will tell you bluntly and directly. In times of chaos and destruction around you, this is the deck to have. This deck also reminds you that after destruction you can rebuild. 

Remember the quote: 

“Where there’s revolution there’s confusion, and when there’s confusion, a man who knows what he wants stands a good chance of getting it.” — John H. Mallory, in the film Duck You Sucker (1971).

This deck can help you figure out how to get what you want in times of chaos and confusion.

3 What are your limits as a deck? 

Ten of Swords. Overly emotional and painful questions and issues can be a limit here. Very dark questions of ruin and betrayals could be a limit. Not a deck for pessimist and negative thinking. Probably not as good for shadow work. 

4 What are you here to teach me?

The Magician-I. Second Major Arcana card here. Here to teach you many things, many possibilities. Teach you how to bring your tools and resources together, do your studies, put in the work, express your will. Teach and remind you of the potential and ability you already have, so put them to work. Quite literally teach you to work your magic. Bring together knowledge and wisdom. 

5 How can I best learn and collaborate with you? 

Four of Coins. Focus closely on goals and intentions. Do not waste time, nor resources. Go within, focus inward. Keep your resources close, keep your counsel to yourself. No need to spend extra in terms of resources, time, coin. What you have is enough. Work with what you have, work smart and frugally, efficiently. Work in a steady and reliable way, work in a gradual sure way.

6 What is the potential outcome of our working relationship? 

Page of Cups. A sense of wonder and optimism. This will be a fluid relationship but you do have to be willing to go with the flow. Be more comfortable with expressing emotions and exploring intuition, and exploring the subconscious a bit. Working with this deck can help increase your intuition and awareness. 



This prompt is based on this YouTube video by The Raven Seer, and you know how it works, they are responding to someone else and on and on. The prompt is simple: what are your 10 favorite Tarot card deck backs? I have more than 10 Tarot decks, but these were the ones that came to mind at this time, so this response could change down the road. To be honest, taking the photograph was easy. Finding the decks, pulling a card for each one, and setting up the photo is what took some work.

My Top 10 Tarot card deck backs.

I picked the decks in no particular order. The decks presented are as follows on the photo. I am providing links to my deck reviews and deck interview spread if available:

Top row, left to right:

Bottom row, left to right:

Photo from Flickr user Raider of Gin (fairerdingo). Image used under terms of Creative Commons 2.0 Generic Attribution License.

These are the books I reviewed at The Itinerant Librarian for the month of June 2021.

Here is also the media roundup for June 2021.

Here is a spread I am doing mainly for fun. July 2 is UFO Day, and on July 8, 1947 the U.S. Army issued a statement on a “flying disk” (they soon changed it to a “balloon”) found near Roswell, New Mexico. This spread comes from Sasha Graham’s book 365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day (link to my review of the book). About the spread, the book states: 

“The UFO Spread asks the tarot questions we all want to know regarding the existence of flying saucers” (143). 

So in the spirit of UFO Day and just for fun, I figured this was a nice light spread to try out this week. This is where I remind people we do this for entertainment purposes. The spread is to resemble the shape of a light disk. The first position is top left, then you read the cards clockwise. By the way, I just started using the cloth you see in the photo this month, and it worked out nicely for this spread. 


UFO Spread using the Gilded Tarot Royale deck.


1 Do UFOs exist? 

Eight of Cups. I’d say yes, possible. It will take some searching and seeking to see if they do. As the old slogan says, the truth is out there, so get to looking for it. We may not know yet, maybe a disappointment or two, but keep searching. They are out there. 


2 What do they want? 

Two of Cups. Some collaboration. To learn from each other. Meeting of the minds, and I am sensing in a peaceful way. Hopefully share ideas, stories, knowledge. 


3 Where do UFOs come from?

Nine of Wands. They come from afar, and it has not been an easy journey for them. It’s taken them time and effort to get here. However, they are getting closer, their efforts are to pay off. 


4 What do UFOs look like?

The World-XXI. They may look awesome, dynamic, inspiring wonder. Whatever we might envision, it would be better, more awesome, more wonderful. This appearance will defy or exceed expectations. It could be anything but certainly an appearance beyond what we may expect. We should keep an open mind to many possibilities. As Spock might say, “infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” 


5 Why do people believe in UFOs?

Knight of Cups. An ideal. Like many other ideals and legends, people need something to believe in, something inspiring, something hopeful. UFOs represent something different, better perhaps. A lot of it is the idea of seeking something higher. Even if UFOs are not found, the search, the quest inspires people. 


6 Have I ever seen a UFO?

Two of Swords. Maybe, maybe not. I am leaning to no; I have not seen one. For me, no clear evidence at this point, and I think I’d need some impartial proof. Perhaps when the time comes, vision will become clear so I could see one. 


A lot of cups, three out of the six cards in this spread, so I am sensing this can be an emotional topic, close to people’s heart. Emotions mostly seem positive. 


This is my deck interview spread for The Good Tarot deck by Collette Baron-Reid. You can find my review of the deck at The Itinerant Librarian.

Deck Interview Spread for The Good Tarot. Top card is first position, then read clockwise. Spread for The

1 Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?

Four of Fire. Fire is the suit of wands in this deck. A place to come together. A good deck to read for yourself as well as reading for others. A deck to explore creativity and your own music and rhythm. This deck can be a sanctuary of light for you and others. Bringing in the good.

2 What are your strengths as a deck?

Call-20. This would be Judgement-XX in a traditional deck. At the most literal, this deck will call you out. No sugar coating here. You will hear what you need to hear. This deck will also shake away any complacency and call you to work for your highest good and your best interest. It also call you to help others find their highest good. Additionally, a good deck to settle accounts.

From companion book:

“I’m being called into a deeper and more authentic relationship with myself, with my Higher Power, and with others” (22).

3 What are your limits as a deck?

Fool-0. Foolish and/or very light things can be a limit. Do not be fooled. Deck may appear nice and gentle, but it is not lightweight. Impulsive questions and issues, questions that may require a quick or snap answer can be a limit here. Lack of seriousness is an issue.

4 What are you here to teach me?

Queen of Air. Air is the swords suit in this deck. This deck will teach you to think and read the cards in a clear and logical way. To speak truth no matter how it can cut for truth needs to be heard. But this deck can also teach you to deliver that truth in a nurturing and compassionate way. Also teach you to listen actively, to act in a fair and balanced way. Teach you also to clear the air, cleanse, purify.

From companion book:

“Can I let go of false truths and be rigorously honest with myself and others?” (31).

5 How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Two of Water. Water is the suit of cups in this deck. Go with the flow, keep an open mind, follow intuition, and remember this is a collaboration, a partnership with you and the divine through the deck. Bring your part, they’ll bring theirs, and things will work out together. Be willing to submerge into the Good and Great Work for you and others. This is a reciprocal relationship, an emotional one at times, and fluid one.

6 What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Ten of Fire. A relationship where this deck can help lighten the load and better help you balance things. A time of fiery creativity where you figure out what is really important to keep and what can be burned and discarded. A confident and strong relationship focusing on creativity, passion, and what matters, releasing the rest.

From companion book:

“I thank it for what it did for me, but say good-bye to the emotions, relationships, and situations that I realize do not belong in my life anymore” (58).

July 2021


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