quick deck review and interview: Oracle of Oddities

Working with the Oracle of Oddities by Claire Goodchild at Black and the Moon today.

I have been crushing on this deck since I first saw it after tracking down the source of her Antique Anatomy tarot (which is also pretty darn cool, btw). I’m pretty easy when it comes to decks, I have to admit- make it weird and stick a bunch of plants on it and you’ve got me.

The version of the Oracle of Oddities I have is actually the second edition. The first run went out of print a while ago and I was quietly devastated. I was excited to find out that Claire was putting together a second edition with new cards and made a point to get them as soon as I could.

The deck interview went a little weird.

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  • WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT YOU? GLUTTONY
  • WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS? OPPOSITION
  • WHAT ARE YOUR LIMITS? KNOWLEDGE
  • HOW WILL WE BEST COLLABORATE? POWER
  • TREASURE. TOXIC

Let me see if I can parse this.

There are two ways this goes, looking at this reading. Either this deck and I are going to come to a tragic but aesthetically pleasing separation or…

I’m going to work through this. It feels like this is a deck that requires that I do most of the work. It is not one to turn to when I have no idea where to go. It’s more of a guiding hand rather than access to wisdom that I don’t already have. Overuse could turn… well, toxic. I will add that the first thought I had when I saw this card is that the antidote to a poison often contains the poison itself.

Having had it for a while now, I’ve also noticed I reach for this deck when reading for others and have had a superb time with it. Clients often see and hear what they need to with hardly more than a prompt from me. It grabs the intuition and doesn’t let go until you get what you need to receive.

So here’s to an odd relationship!

deck interview: Slow Holler Tarot

Meeting the Slow Holler Tarot has been quite a ride. This deck is already metaphorically cracking my ribs open a bit so I felt it would behoove me to cast a deck interview spread to explore our working relationship. The words in italics are from the Slow Holler LWB.

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deck interview with the Slow Holler Tarot

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Deck Interview: The Motherpeace Tarot

I’ve worked with the Motherpeace Tarot a few times before this deck interview. It’s been a tentatively approached collaboration. Most of the tentative was on my part however, as the Motherpeace hasn’t been shy or hesitant when I’ve cast the cards with her. I took her with me on my ocean vacation though, and after that cleansing energy and storing her with ocean washed stones I want to know better how to work with this deck.

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Deck Interview with the Motherpeace Tarot

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Deck Review & Interview: Tarot of Trees

I’ve been pining after this deck for some time and it’s finally in my hands!

Tarot of Trees is a gorgeous indie tarot deck by Dana O’Driscoll that works with tree motifs. It is heavily inspired her path as a druid and her deep connection to trees and their spirit.

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Birth Cards: The Emperor; Death

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deck interview: Madam Clara Sees All Tarot

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Clear, to the point, objective if sometimes a bit too plain. Which makes sense considering this is a deck that comes with the meanings right on the cards. Its messages are practical, and it will do none of the intuitive work for me- that will be on me. It will likely be great for daily  draws. There’s an overarching warning here though, I can’t be too tied to the fact that the meaning of the cards- or at least one of the meanings- is typed up right on the face of the cards. My own intuition is still my best resource when trying to understand the messages I’ve been given.

Deck Interview: Welcome to Night Vale Tarot

I’m so excited to get into this deck, and first, a look at my birth cards.

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my birth cards: The Emperor (The Glow Cloud); Death (The Tiny City)

This being a fandom inspired deck, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the interview, but I was highly intrigued. Continue reading

Tarot of the QTPOC & Deck Interview: Afro-Brazillian Tarot

New deck excitement!

The Afro-Brazillian Tarot touts itself as “a channel for the beneficial forces of an ancient magic…the divinities of Afro-Brazilian Santeria, tied with the immortal archetypes of the Tarot”.

Now, that’s not quite so accurate, but going into the details of Ifa, Santeria, Candomble, and Lucumi (and other indigenous and/or afro-diasporic traditions) is not what I’m writing this post about and ranting at Lo Scarabeo (and other major tarot publishers) use of cultural and spiritual practices is its own series of posts.

I’m just happy to have a deck featuring POC faces and deities from a tradition I’m familiar with and recognize. In fact, when merging practices like these with Tarot and other tools, it’s never going to be perfect. Though there are artists from these communities doing that work.

On to the deck interview!

Deck Interview of Afro-Brazilian Tarot

Deck Interview of Afro-Brazilian Tarot

First impressions of this spread result match my first impressions of this deck. I figured it would be an energy filled deck that would often leave me breathless, as indicated by the Wands dominating the spread. In fact, its limit lies in the Cups suit! Figures.

1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
KNIGHT OF WANDS – A dark knight on a white horse tramples over an angry looking red dragon. Okay then! This is a deck of high energy and headrushes. It’s not particularly controlled and is likely to leave me lying flat and feeling ran over. I bet I get the message though, loud and clear!

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
SEVEN OF SWORDS – The imagery here is interesting. While this card often involves a person stealing away with seven swords, here we’ve got seven swords melted together and rather gnarled and curled. There’s some hope though, butterflies around it, and some flowers on the ground. Will this deck bring guide me when my sword edge is not only dull, but gnarled and twisted?

3. What are your limits as a deck?
NINE OF SOPERAS (Cups) [REVERSED] – It is not a deck of wish fulfillment, and it certainly isn’t going to give me all the answers I’m looking for- it’ll instead give me the information I need to go looking for them. With my familiarity with the traditions inspiring this deck’s art, it also feels like a reminder that this deck is not an alternative to those traditions and I should practice as I always have. Cool.

4. What are you here to teach me?
KING OF SWORDS – Messages that come as quick and fierce and surgical as the machete in the figure’s (I think that’s supposed to be Ogun though the colors are off) hand. How to move on circumstances with attention, analysis, and intention.

5. How can I best learn to collaborate with you?
FIVE OF WANDS [REVERSED] – Not by picking at the pieces of the message received that I want!

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
THREE OF WANDS – Well mastery of what the King of Sword’s energy is will result in intuition, foresight, the ability to see the whole picture. It also shows the lesson of patience, sitting still, consulting, and waiting to hear where I’m guided so that I make my next move with full vision. This way even if a message comes to me with the furor of the Knight of Wands above, I can still move forward without panic.