Deck Interview: Experiencing Wonderland w/ The Wooden Tarot

I just received The Wooden Tarot and it is quite lovely with just a hint of intimidation. Decided to make the first reading an interview with the deck.

This should be interesting.

wpid-20150628_000734-1-1.jpgFirst impressions: not a single Major Arcana card, which feels significant for some reason. Lots of cards in shadow, and the STONES (Wands) suit seems to weigh heavily on this spread, which indicates concerns of an energetic, passionate and creative nature.

1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
SIX OF BLOOMS (CUPS) – alright then! I’m intuiting that this is a deck of memory- in that past experiences and a connection with my inner self will be important moving forward. It’s also reassuring, that despite its surreal nature, it is full of good intention should I choose to recognize it as such.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
QUEEN OF PLUMES (SWORDS) [reverse] – okay, art like the one on this card is why I treated myself to this deck. It’s reverse position tells me that this is a deck of heart space, not particularly grounded in solid reality. Which makes sense with the overall imagery and energy of this deck. The crescent moons are at the top of this card indicating a creativity and opening up of space. I’m looking forward to see how this manifests itself as a strength.

3. What are your limits as a deck?
THREE OF STONES (WANDS) – not a deck of foresight. Got it. This will not be a deck that I ask about future scenarios, it’s wispy wily nature would probably doom me if I did, or at least miss important signals. I sense it’ll be good for unlocking current energies and evaluating where I’m at in a particular moment. Good for internal work.

4. What are you here to teach me?
EIGHT OF STONES (WANDS) [reverse] – here to teach me how to move with the energy of this suit, which its reverse position indicates I tend to resist. It encourages flexibility and quick creative action where I may be feeling like slowing down or getting to grounded.

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
TEN OF STONES (WANDS) [reverse] – must resist the urge to ask too much of it; I feel like its a warning to accept the messages for what they are and not seek endless clarification once a spread is given. Weighing myself down as I move with this deck won’t work. (Seems all my decks continue to ask me to learn how to let shit go!)

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
THREE OF BLOOMS (CUPS) – the first card I could read straight from the art without checking my knowledge of the cards. Creative fruition, an ability to move with necessary flexibility, a growth of self (perhaps learning release, finally).

What an interesting conversation. Whirlwind of an experience this will be. I feel like Alice down the rabbit hole.

Deck Interview: In Love with the Mythical Goddess Tarot

The Mythical Goddess Tarot is my very first deck. I was immediately drawn to its emphasis on engaging the divine feminine as well as the beautiful art that I could see myself in. It’s a beautiful deck, I’m happy to be in conversation with it.

wpid-20150618_190436.jpgNOTE: This deck shifts its elemental interpretations of the suits and the correspondence is not always direct but serves the purpose of the deck.
1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
ACE OF SEAS (ECSTA-SEA) – concurrent with what I’ve felt from this deck and is why I always store this deck with rose quartz. She brings love, asks me to remember to move in love’s energy as I work with her. A reminder to maintain the work in my heart space that ensures I remain open and clear and full of light.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
THE FOOL (UZUME) – her non-comformity and free flowing feminine spirit are her main attractions and strengths. She reminds me to approach my journey with her as an energetic dance of light and joy in order to encourage love in all aspects of my being.

3. What are your limits as a deck?
THREE OF FIRE (DELIGHT) – but the delight that comes from release of all the things I carry is a work I must do for myself. She can only give direction, I must walk the path to this freedom on my own.

4. What are you here to teach me?
FIVE OF WIND (FEAR) – the little white book says, “Name your fears and meet them…”. Love is strangled by fear; my challenge is release.

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
CHARIOT (ATHENA) – to achieve the mastery evoked by Athena, a goddess of war and of wisdom, I must work in balance.

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
FOUR OF FIRE (COMPLETION) – a promise that this work will allow the release of negativity, release of what no longer serves me in order to move into the next space of my journey.

I love this deck so much!

Deck Interview: Grounded In Conversation w/ The Herbal Tarot

Received the idea from the littleredtarot blog, I don’t know how it didn’t occur to me to be the first thing I do with a tarot deck. Ask the deck what I’m to learn from it! The questions are the same but the layout modified to my own preferences as per my intuition.

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1.Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
PAGE OF SWORDS (Dill) – this deck comes to me at a time where I’m facing challenge and upheaval and must be at the ready with answers. However, this deck will provide answers where it is meant to and guidance should I choose to be attentive and do the necessary work in the spirit of honesty, perseverance, and truth. There is much to be learned should I accept the challenges for what they are, potential lessons. This is an exciting prospect, if a bit anxiety inducing, but it’s in line with where I am and affirms my rather impulse buy of this deck, and why it’s been so well tuned so far. I also love that it feels like it wants to grow with me. I bet a year from now, I ask it these same questions and its lessons will have evolved- or rather I will have- to match my situation.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?
ACE OF SWORDS (Chamomile) – Notably, chamomile is one of my ‘peace, be still’ herbs. As such it’s always chamomile tea if I need to quiet myself or cool my tendency to fire. In any case, on to the card reading- this is obviously a continuation of the first question. There is truth and knowledge to be found through this deck, but it will require my being attentive and willing to do the work as I move through a rather trying transition period. Support is offered should I seek it and use it.

3. What are your limits as a deck?
THE HIGH PRIESTESS (Peony) (REVERSE) – I’ll admit this one is hard to accept. The work I’ll have to do is internal work, work that ironically requires more stillness than action. Not all my answers will be here, but in meditation with myself in order to get through these challenges. I have the tools with me, I just need to have enough of a care to look. It is a message I’ve received before, be still and move with the necessary flow.

4. What are you here to teach me?
FIVE OF PENTACLES (Mugwort) (REVERSE) – Again with the lessons on getting through setbacks and struggles. I get it! I get it! It’s here for me. I must look to the abundance in the gifts from the earth. That and it is temporary, these lows are temporary.

5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
THE EMPRESS (Dong Quai) (REVERSE) – Yes, that thing about abundance and the earth’s gifts? No, really. This is the herbal tarot, and I was drawn to it for that reason. All my medicine comes from the earth, as I utilize the deck, I must also remember and use by my medicine.

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
NINE OF WANDS (Bayberry Bark) – Movement with discernment as well as a strength gained through surviving strife. A knowledge of my own potential awaits me as I learn with this deck.

Whew! Well this journey is going to be even more interesting than I thought.

for the Summer Solstice’s New Moon: Letting Go, Letting Flow

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modified from source: littleredtarot.com

I selected this particular spread because a seven card spread seemed apt for a moon draw with Yemaya in mind. Also it just felt right.

DECK: Herbal Tarot

wpid-20150616_223816.jpgIn the future though, I believe I would modify it slightly, by moving the spread around so the energy I need to move in goes in the middle… or maybe eliminate a middle altogether, I don’t know yet.

1. Where you stand: FIVE OF PENTACLES (Mugwort): Misfortune, a setback that releases for new possibility. Also a reminder to accept comfort and kindness that I am ignoring.

2. Something to leave behind: XIII DEATH (Elder Flowers): Clearing the past, leave behind old ways of being and things that no longer serve me. It’s time to accept what is ended and start a new beginning.

3. Something to receive: 0 THE FOOL: (Ginseng): Freedom to roam and enjoy. Leap forward, take risks, release yourself, don’t worry so much about the plan you had in mind. Move in freedom and abandon.

4. Something learned in past cycle: NINE OF CUPS (Squawvine) (REVERSE): Remember to be secure in what you have accomplished because it’s TRUE.

5. Something to give: SIX OF CUPS (Watermelon): Be kind, be generous, be loving, be forgiving, be accepting of others. Also remember to receive from others and not focus to closely on self for too long.

6. Your hopes and dreams: KNIGHT OF SWORDS (Wild Cherry Bark) (REVERSE): Do not be unyielding with the future, things rarely go exactly how you want them and never in as straight of a line as you would prefer. Now is the time to be easy, and flow to your future not march towards it.

7. Your needed energy to move forward in to bring about necessary shift: PAGE OF PENTACLES (Blue Flag): Remember to enjoy yourself, indulge yourself, live freely. Let what you produce in the world have this effect on others as well. In this way you’ll find the next step in your journey.

wpid-wp-1434516364635.jpgBONUS: Jumper Card: SEVEN OF WANDS (Wild Ginger) (REVERSED): By the way, are any of the wars, big or little, really worth it in your life. Take a moment step back. You have powerful energy but it is wasted on such things. Instead immerse yourself in light and peaceful undertakings, especially with self. Constant warring, treading water, inner battle will do nothing but exhaust and lives you standing still.