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This is the deck interview spread I did for the Vivid Journey Tarot (Alaire) deck. If interested, you can read my review of the deck over at The Itinerant Librarian.

To read the spread, the top position is the first position, then read clockwise.

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Cards draw in spread from top, then clockwise: Page of Swords, The Moon- XVIII, Eight of Pentacles, The Hanged Man-XII, Nine of Pentacles, and Five of Cups. Deck used Vivid Journey Tarot.

Prompts for the spread:

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

Page of Swords. A good deck for learning. Good deck for exploring and trying out new ideas. Do not be fooled; this is a Page of Swords, so it can reveal cutting truths as well if need be. If you need a deck to help you start thinking and pondering, this is a good one. It may not offer as much depth, but it will get you started in thinking, planning, and reflecting. And often, that is what you need: something to get the ball rolling.

 

What are your strengths as a deck?

The Moon- XVIII. A deck to get intuition going. Once rational, cold logic stops, your intuition can take over. This deck may help you see illusions, help you see into the shadows more. In darkness, this deck can bring some light. Also, consider the deck as having strong feminine energy, so it can help that intuition be more receptive.

Some additional insight from the companion book:

“Perhaps you would benefit from some internal work or meditation to discover what is holding you back at a subconscious level and how you can best face those fears and insecurities” (59).

This deck may appear simple but it can make you go deep when you need to do so. Once you see the shadows and illusions, you can dispel them to see clearly. Strength in intuition.

 

What are your limits as a deck?

Eight of Pentacles. Very focused, very detail oriented, repetitive kind of questions. Very mundane kind of things may be a limit here. Simple work matters, or rather attention to details over and over may be a limit. Work, career, material questions could be a limit. More concrete things can be a limit.

 

What are you here to teach me?

The Hanged Man- XII. Patience. To take time to pause, to be still, to stop a while. To look at things from a different angle or perspective. To put in work, effort, sacrifice even to see things in ways you may not have before. If you think you can rush through something, this deck will not let you. It will force you to stop, flip you around, and make you wait until you see what you need to see. Calm the mind. Stop that constantly thinking brain for a few moments, change your perspective so you can see. Calm and patience. Enlightenment will come, but you need to be still.

 

How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Nine of Pentacles. Through discipline and work, that is how you get the rewards and the learning. Put the work in, and you’ll find it rewarding to work with this deck. Give it your best, and you’ll get results. Independent thinking and action.

 

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Five of Cups. You just might learn that not all is lost. You may get to see what you still have, to look at your resources in a more positive light. What is gone is gone, what is done is done. Grieve it if needed, but then turn around, see what you still have, what is inside you, what has been there all along. You’ll see you are not out yet; you still have plenty, so let’s work.

 

This is the deck interview spread I did for the Everyday Witch Tarot deck (Blake and Alba). If interested, here is my review of the deck over at The Itinerant Librarian.To read the spread, the top card position is the first card, then read clockwise.

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Prompts for the spread:

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

Five of Pentacles. This is a deck you can turn to in moments of need. When you need comfort and aid in hard times, this deck will be there for you; it will offer you sanctuary, warmth, comfort. Of all things, I was reminded of the gospel verse:

“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

Especially the part about knocking and the door will be opened. The door will open when you are in need without judgment or reservation but rather with generosity.  This is a deck of generosity, generosity for you as reader and seeker, and generosity and comfort for those who come to get a reading from you. When things get tough, this deck can comfort and aid.

I admit that when I started using this deck I saw it as a lighter kind of deck, capable of strong good messages, but still light. I’ll be reconsidering in light of this message. The deck does feel comfortable, a deck to use when seeking safety and refuge and aid.

 

What are your strengths as a deck?

Knight of Pentacles. Second pentacles suit card drawn. I am hearing practical matters, day to day things. When you need advice on practical, material, earthy matters, this deck is good for that. It is strong in showing you how to take actions in such matters, to be positive but well grounded before you take off. This deck will also remind you to mind the details, to make preparations, to ground yourself, show you what you need to know before you jump. Before you act, this deck asks do you have all you need? If you do, then encourages you to act in your best interest. This is a strong deck to help you plan and prepare, especially in material affairs.

 

What are your limits as a deck?

Two of Cups. Overly emotional issues may be a limit. Romance and relationship issues may be a limit for this deck more concerned with material issues. Questions about interpersonal issues and communication may be a limit here. Questions on things like attraction, compatibility, partnerships may get basic answers, not much depth for emotional issues.

 

What are you here to teach me?

Temperance- XIV. Patience. Balance. Take time out for yourself, take time to meditate, to plan, to make sure things are in balance. To teach you that you can have what you want and desire with balance and moderation. Teach you to seek calm, to slow down when things get hectic, to know when to indulge and when to abstain. This goes with the deck’s strength of grounding. Plant your foot firmly on the ground and look ahead and up. Learn about nurturing harmony and especially inner peace and calm.

 

How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Nine of Pentacles. When you are at ease and calm. Realize that you have much good and be grateful for it. Find your comfortable spot, your place of calm and serenity, and this is how you can best learn and work with this deck. Also do your reading, your research, your work to keep enhancing your work with the deck. This deck may work best in quiet moments, a little cheese, a little wine, and some calm time. No rushing here. Make yourself comfortable, and learn. Be confident your knowledge and work, what you read from the card, you’ve earned with your work. Do give yourself some credit.

 

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Three of Swords. Wow! What an ending to the spread. Very hard won lessons are possible here. It will not all be sunshine and rainbows; life is not that way. But if you persevere, you’ll learn some needed lessons. You’ll be able to speak truths, harsh truths even, to yourself and others. Going back to the start, you may come to this deck in hard moments, but you’ll come out stronger once you bare your heart. Lessons may be hard, but they will not stop you. And you may also learn a thing or two to avoid.

 

 

This is the deck interview spread I did for the Steampunk Tarot (Moore and Fell edition). If interested, from The Itinerant Librarian, here is my review of the deck. To read the spread, the top card position is the first card, then read clockwise.

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Deck Interview Spread for Steampunk Tarot deck (Moore and Fell). Top card is the first position, then read clockwise.

Prompts for the spread:

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

The Moon-XVIII (Major Arcana). Intuition. Illusion. Revealing what may be hidden, what’s behind a veil or fog. Deck is not as mundane as you may think. Solid deck to explore and develop intuition, to look deeper, to remind you that not all is as it may seem. In darkness, the Moon reflects light, which can add visibility. Also some strong feminine energy. This deck is more than meets the eye. A good deck to help you question things. This quote from the companion book seems proper:

“On a mundane level, it warns you that things are not as they seem, that you should take nothing at face value, that¬† you must question everything. . . ” (103).

But also you can find inspiration and creativity if you are willing to go deep, explore the subconscious, explore imagination.

“On another level, the Moon is a place of inspiration and imagination. You can see and experience things you’ve never dreamt of before. Feed your creativity and seek your muse in this shadowland” (103).

What are your strengths as a deck?

Six of Cups (Minor Arcana. Suit of Cups). Generosity. Generous in helping you find answers and knowledge. Simplicity. Helping you see the good and simple things in life, to keep an optimistic note. Finding the small good things, especially those good small things you might not be looking for.

What are your limits as a deck?

King of Swords (Minor Arcana. Suit of Swords). Logic, as in cold hard logic. With The Moon-XVIII as most important trait, this may not be the deck for cold hard answers. It may not be the most straightforward deck either. Rather than just giving you a straight answer, it can make you work for it, keep asking questions, give you answers that prompt more questions. You want to cut to the point, but this deck may want to meander a bit. You need to work for those answers (that may or not be a limit depending on how you feel at a given moment).

What are you here to teach me?

Ten of Wands (Minor Arcana. Suit of Wands). Hard work and practice will pay off. You may feel a heavy burden at times, but it will pass. Persevere, work hard, follow your passion to find success. Also a reminder that choices you make along the journey and the things you carry, some by choice, shape your reality now and your outlook. But you can still drop things too, rebalance and recalibrate. Keep persevering and learn from experiences.

How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Ten of Swords (Minor Arcana. Suit of Swords). You better be ready for hard truths. If you are looking for light and fluffy, this is not the deck. When it’s time to get serious, get serious. If you need to go dark, then surrender to darkness to find what you may need to hear. But do remember at the end of the cycle, sun will rise, worse is over. Having said that, do not be overly dramatic. Learn best by not always thinking or expecting the worst. Sure, there are dark moments, but not everything is a dark moment.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Wheel of Fortune- X (Major Arcana). After that serious Ten of Swords, this feels like a bit of humor, as if saying you never know. There will be ups and downs, the Wheel turns, but through it all the deck will be there to provide answers, truth, some bluntness, and maybe meander a bit. A deck that can work as conditions change. Whether up or down or moving, we can work well together. Just remember change is a certainty, and life keeps moving.

“Randomness is as much a part of life as the natural order. This card gives you a heads-up that something unexpected is about to drop into your life” (78).

Deck can be that good companion watching over you, warning you as needed, but you are still the one who needs to act accordingly.

 

 

Doing this deck interview for practice as well as to show a bit how the deck works. You can find my review of this deck over at The Itinerant Librarian (link to the review). Using the same common spread I have been using so far. Top card is the initial spread position, then follow the other cards in a clockwise motion.

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Deck Interview Spread for Santa Muerte Tarot done by me. Top position is first position, then read the spread clockwise.

A side note: As I was shuffling the deck to do the spread, Justice- XI card jumped out. At

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Justice-XI card from the Santa Muerte Tarot. This card could not wait and jumped out as I was shuffling the deck in preparation to do and read the interview spread. Over time this has become one of my favorite depictions of the Justice card.

the time I was doing this, the concept and idea of Justice has been on my mind for a few days. I’ve even found myself doing light research on Themis, the ancient goddess of justice and order. The card jumped out right away. Perhaps this is also why the deck is so appealing to me. Santa Muerte, Death, is truly impartial; she will come for all; she does not discriminate. In a world filled with corruption, cheating, lack of fairness, Santa Muerte and Justice are constant. It may take time, but they will arrive. I’ve been feeling a longing for balance, fairness, and well, justice. I am not fearful; in fact, I find the Justice-XI (or VIII if you use a Marseilles style deck) very comforting, as if telling me it will work out in the end, you just keep to your good and honest path. I am reminded also of a Bible verse of all things that often guides me as an educator and librarian: “But they that are learned shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that instruct many to justice, as stars for all eternity” (Daniel 12:3, Douay-Rheims Bible).

Let’s get on with the spread.

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

The Star- XVII (Major Arcana). Start on a positive, hopeful sign. This is a deck to give hope and comfort, something to look up to. When you feel down, this is a deck to rediscover inspiration and hope. This is an “aim high” deck. This depiction of The Star is very watery, so a deck that is good for emotional matters, reminder to go with the flow, find your beacon, and follow it.

What are your strengths as a deck?

Page of Swords (Minor Arcana- Suit of Swords). This deck will give you the news, whether good or bad. It will encourage you to try new things as you search for truth and knowledge. This is also a deck that encourages study and reflection, while keeping a sense of wonder. Put in the time, work, and reflection, and you’ll learn and gain knowledge and insight. A good deck to carefully evaluate things.

What are your limits as a deck?

The World -XXI (Major Arcana). I found this interesting. Limit may be in “big picture” issues or aspects. If you are looking for a deck to reinforce broad dreams and big schemes, which may or not be good or half baked, this deck is not it. The World often indicates endings; this is not a deck of endings. This is not a “go wild” deck. Still, the Advice of the Dead for this card is reassuring: “Do not give up and do not be afraid. The road you have taken is the right one and whatever difficulty you find will be brief and you will achieve the results you desire” (23).

What are you here to teach me?

Five of Swords (Minor Arcana- Suit of Swords). Truth, whether it hurts or not. You cannot escape truth no matter how you try to run away from it or evade it. Also to remind you at times if being right is worth alienating others. Deck can remind you there are times you will need to confront. In confronting, you might not be able to avoid, but a different angle may help you get through obstacles.

How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

Ten of Cups (Minor Arcana- Suit of Cups). Go with the flow and keep the faith. Keep an open mind and be ready for transformations. Also with practice. Set your intention to learn, trust and develop your intuition, and get to practicing. Again, go with the flow, follow your vision and bliss.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

The Moon- XVIII (Major Arcana). Right away I get intuition. Working with this deck, I can better develop my intuition. Also ability to look deep within to see truth, to see what may lie under the surface or hidden. Things may not be as they seem, but this deck can help lift the veil, point out where the illusions may be, and even what those illusions are. Look within, see your true self.

 

On an additional notes, I drew Three Major Arcana cards, which indicates power of this deck and working with it. Also the first and last cards in the spread were Major Arcana and in sequence. It gave this spread when reading it a sense of closing the circle. This spread reflects the strong connection I am getting with this deck, depth comes to mind. A deck that will tell it like it is but also allow me to study, reflect, learn, and in the end, find bliss and good.

 

I did this spread a bit after I wrote the review for the Witches Tarot (link to my review). It is the same spread I used when I did the deck interview for the Gilded Tarot deck (link to that deck interview). I will probably keep using this spread, which is fairly common, until I find a different one to try out.

For the layout, the top card is number one, and then the order goes clockwise.

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Deck interview spread revealed. Top card is position one, then follow spread clockwise.

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

Ten of Cups (Suit of Cups- Minor Arcana). Good deck for questions dealing in relationships, family, emotional issues. A positive deck. One good for positive uplifting messages. A deck you can use with friends and family. Also easy going deck good for my learning. A quote from the deck’s companion book: “Naturally, work and care are required to maintain these good relationships, but a positive and happy outcome will be achieved” (111). This tells me this is a good deck to exercise imagination and intuition, but you do have to put in work and practice. If you do, it will pay off well.

What are your strengths as a deck?

Knight of Wands (Suit of Wands- Minor Arcana). This is a deck of action. A deck of good positive energy. It can encourage you to follow your passions, set your intentions, and act. If you are hesitating, this deck tells you to go for it. Encouragement. However, be cautious, do not be overly impulsive. It will encourage you to move, accept changes that may come. Not a deck for staying still or passive.

What are your limits as a deck?

Queen of Pentacles (Suit of Pentacles- Minor Arcana). Some limitations regarding material things and issues. Possibly not as good for ground, in part due to the fiery Knight of Wands encouraging movement. Yet the deck can still be reliable and dependable. Still, this deck may nurture a bit, but it is not going to mother you.

What are you here to teach me?

Two of Cups (Suit of Cups- Minor Arcana). A second card from the suit of cups. The lesson is to learn to rely more on intuition and imagination. This card tells you that you can have a good, positive relationship with the deck, Tarot, and cartomancy, but you do have to commit to help make it happen. It can also teach you how to bond with the deck so you are comfortable and confident in readings for yourself and others.

How can I best learn and collaborate with you?

King of Cups (Suit of Cups- Minor Arcana). Third card from the suit of cups. Message of emotions and intuition coming forth pretty clear. Learn by keeping emotions in control. Sure, express emotion but do not overdo it. Rely more on intuition, letting the deck guide you as you learn more. Good discipline will pay off. Do not be afraid of that intuition and imagination. Keep an open mind and take charge. Commit, and you’ll get good solid advice. Quote from the companion book: “The lesson from the King of Cups is that wisdom comes from looking within. Temper your counsel of others with compassion and affection” (124). Be willing and ready to look within, to reflect. And do not be too hard on yourself.

What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

Ace of Cups (Suit of Cups- Minor Arcana). Four cards total out of six from the suit of cups in this spread. A lot of water, which can indicate cleansing and fluidity. With this card, a lot of potential and opportunity. As noted previously, keep an open mind. Working with this deck means opportunity to reflect, to look within to find lessons to improve. Study with this deck can be a purifying element, one to bring calm and self reflection, and opportunities to help others find their own truths as well.

 

 


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