The Threads of Fate: A Deck Overview

The Threads of Fate by Brit June and Blaire Porter
Image by Victoria Constantino

Have you ever felt a deck call to you? Like crystals, sometimes they reach out, asking you to bridge the connection. It is a way of energetically, vibrationally communicating that they hold medicine for you, that they have something to teach you, that they can help you in some way. It was that way for me with this oracle deck.

The moment I unwrapped it, I could feel it has something to teach me. Its wisdom feels deep and timeless, and as I shuffled the cards for the first time, I could sense that they reward a meditative approach. Slowly, they seemed to communicate. Sit here awhile. Feel the energy. Let’s get to know one another. And so I did. And so we did.

Sitting in communion with the messages until they are understood is the most effective means of working with this deck. It is like soul work, in that sense, which rewards the meditative, slow approach, as knowledge builds upon itself and realizations dawn with each new asking and exploration and growth becomes as a result of the questionings and answerings layer by layer, as with each reflection, meditation, journal entry, with each moment of stillness, we slowly begin to understand ourselves and our lives and who we are, where we are going, and why, and in this way, we begin to approach true self-knowledge.

In response to my query for a card describing the deck, I received The Pillar. That is to say that it is a pillar of wisdom, a structural support through the teaching it can offer, and also a container, holding space for the reader to tap into their own internal guidance and connect with their higher truths. So it is, in that sense, also a conduit.

In the guidebook, the authors indicate that this is precisely why the deck was created. It is intended, they write, “to help you establish a deeper relationship with yourself, your intuition and all the allies, guides, and spirits you may work with. The most important thing is that you feel empowered and unlock your own personal medicine.” And there begins the journey.

A Jane Austen Tarot Deck: An Interview

A Jane Austen Tarot Deck by Jacqui Oakley
Image by Victoria Constantino

This deck interview uses the spread and corresponding questions by Katey Flowers.

In this charming deck, Clubs = Wands, Diamonds = Pentacles, Hearts = Cups, and Spades = Swords.

The Deck’s Personality

I found this deck to be very forthright, refreshingly so, allaying my initial concerns that it would offer only surface readings lacking any real depth. It has substance and a certain manner of getting to the heart of things, conveying truth in no uncertain terms—much like Jane Austen herself.

Additional Aspects

One thing to note about the deck—and this may be considered a benefit or a compromise—is that, because it is structured on playing cards and doubles as a gameplay deck, the Major Arcana cards are duplicated over the Minor Arcana. For example, The World is also the Ace of Diamonds (Pentacles), The Sun doubles as the Nine of Clubs (Wands), and so on. Ultimately, as with any tarot deck, the reader should use their instinct to direct them in the interpretation, considering the question, the situation at hand, the influences of surrounding cards, and what their intuition is telling them.

In a feature perhaps more suited for novice readers or those who read purely for entertainment, the accompanying guidebook distills the essence of each card into a single word. Those are included in parentheses following each card below.

What can you teach me? Jack of Clubs (Energy)

This deck accurately conveys the energy of a situation or undertaking. It has a firm pulse on the inner workings and motivations of a thing or situation; it is an instrument of acute vibrational attunement.

Describe yourself: 7 of Spades/The Chariot (Assertion)

Before doing this interview spread, I gave myself a reading and came to the conclusion that this deck’s personality is characterized by forthrightness, as mentioned above. My observation is confirmed in this card, whose keyword is, aptly enough, assertion.

Describe me: 2 of Diamonds (Adaptability)

Go with the flow, live and let live, make the best of every situation. What can I say? Adaptability is my superpower.

How can we work together? 3 of Diamonds (Collaboration)

I love the literalness of this. Yes, we will indeed be working together collaboratively. It’s the beginning of a beautiful partnership.

Your strengths: 3 of Hearts (Celebration) & 5 of Diamonds/The Hierophant (Tradition)

This deck celebrates traditions—again, so literal! It honors the beloved author, embodying the essence of her personality and her persona as a writer, while embracing the lovely heritage her work encompasses. The strengths that shine through in this deck are some of the same strengths that defined her life, work, and personality.

Your weakness: 7 of Hearts (Choice)

This deck’s weakness is not really a weakness, per se. This card simply confirms that the deck cannot dictate for us, that ultimately it can only guide us as we rely on our free will to make our own choices and determine our fate. This card seems to say, The choice is yours and reminds us that we are the masters of our own reality. After all, as Jane Austen wrote, “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

Our potential together: Ace of Diamonds/The World (Completion)

Ah, this is interesting. The World comes to say that this deck can be a powerful tool to help guide me to the best outcomes in any situation, and its aspect as the Ace of Pentacles indicates it can help steer me toward new beginnings and help me to see new potential. Whatever questions I bring to it, it will be a loyal companion, assisting me in ways that will benefit my highest good and show me accurately the outcomes so I can make informed decisions and move ahead in confidence.

The Wild Unknown: A Deck Interview

The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck by Kim Krans
Image by Victoria Constantino

This deck interview uses the spread and corresponding questions by Katey Flowers.

In a time in which a pandemic is sweeping the mass consciousness, I followed my inner urging to do something fun, to invest in something new that would bring me joy. I have long admired The Wild Unknown tarot deck and in my seeking, happily found it in a bookstore. I like to start off my partnership with every new deck on the right foot, as it were, with a getting-to-know-you interview. This provides an introduction and is a way for me to understand the energy and personality of a new deck.

The results from my interview with The Wild Unknown reveal a deck that cuts to the bone, that takes no part in fluff or sugar-coating. This deck deals with primal archetypes, with universal symbology that is the essence of life distilled. It is the subsconscious made apparent, revealing itself in images that speak to who we truly are, rather than who we think we are.

What can you teach me? The Self

In the most literal interpretation, this deck can teach me about myself on deep levels that help me understand my subsconscious mind and inner workings.

Describe yourself: The Vessel

This deck is a conduit, a means through which information is carried, held, and contained.

Describe me: The Mother

The mother is a creator, a life-giver, a magician of sorts, a source of life and creativity, especially in the sense of creation, and new beginnings. The divine feminine, to some degree, lives within us all, as we all generate and incubate our own reality.

How can we work together? The Mask

This deck can teach me about myself and show me the layers that make up my persona, personality, inclinations, talents, and the true identity beneath it all. It reveals both the mask and what is beneath it.

Your strengths: The Stone

This deck is reliable, as it is founded on archetypes which are immutable though always in flux, eternal yet ever-changing. Its wisdom is an anchor.

Your weakness: The Box

This deck is necessarily limited in that it cannot possibly reveal everything or include every archetype. It can guide, but the ultimate and most meaningful guidance comes from within.

Our potential together: The Judge

This deck can act as a compass and as an advocate for discernment, guiding me to make choices that are balanced and just, given the energies at hand.

Divine Timing

Divine timing is a commonly used term that can mean different things depending on where you are on your journey. Abraham-Hicks teaches that when you ask, it is given. To a large extent, when something comes to you depends on you and your degree of allowing it to come into being. Are you blocking it with resistant thoughts, actions, or beliefs? If so, then you are holding it at bay.

It takes the nonphysical very little time, according to our linear understanding of time, to assemble all of the cooperative components for the things we want. Sometimes, manifestations come about as the result of a progression of events, and we are meant to enjoy the unfolding and witness it in appreciation for all its magnificence, for the extraordinary way in which is it is assembled, revealed, and delivered to us.

When we are in alignment, we are in a place of receptivity that allows guided action to come to us. These actions can be seemingly inconsequential, but can lead to a truly uncanny unfolding of events. Something as simple as calling a friend can generate powerful momentum that ultimately has us standing in the middle of a manifestation.

We are divine beings, and divine timing is often about how much we are letting in. Because we are co-creators of our reality, we are also working in concert with other divine, nonphysical beings who, from where they stand, have a bird’s-eye view and can see the bigger picture that is hidden from our limited perspective. This is why so much of our experience is about trusting—remaining steady in the knowing that things are working out for us to our greatest and highest good. If we stay strong in that belief, because we create our own realities, then it will be so.

Sometimes, we have to do inner work like healing and clearing old energies and beliefs and replacing them with energies and thought patterns that bring us into a place of allowing and receptivity, so that we are a vibrational match for what we want to bring into our lives. In this case, divine timing becomes about our readiness to receive.

It could be that we need to be in the right place at the right time to propel events into being. It can be about meeting a certain person or making a certain contact or any number and combination of events and components that will lead us to the place we want to be, and to the things and situations we want to manifest. When we are in that place of readiness, we allow the guidance to come through and receive it, sometimes as thoughts and ideas, and other times as suggestions, ideas, or opportunities from outside sources.

This is where trust becomes really important. Trusting that inner knowing, that little voice of guidance that comes through to gently suggest action steps, can be so powerful. Try following through and see what comes about. Keeping a journal of these events and the guided action that led to them can be a powerful tool for reflection later on. As you read through the unfolding of events, you may notice patterns and details that help strengthen your belief as well as your understanding of the way the divine works, both with us and through us.

March: A Reading for the Collective

Here we are, already in March! This year seems to be zipping by at lightning speed. With the first day of March being preceded by a leap day, we are hurtling toward powerful expansion, supported by universal energies to connect to our truth and our divine nature, and to stand firmly in our empowerment.

With so much exciting energy flowing all around us, I felt moved to do a reading for the collective for this month. The three Major Arcana cards that appear for three out of the four full weeks in March indicate that significant changes are happening that are life-altering and possibly karmic.

Q1 (Ten of Cups): What is the overall energy of March?

This month will be filled with joy and emotional fulfillment. This card also says that feeling into our joy brings us further expansion. This month will bring harmonious changes and developments. Abundance and celebrations are highlighted. There is much to be grateful for.

Q2 (The Emperor): Week 1 energy (March 1-7):

The Emperor tells of material success and leadership. He is in a powerful position but he is wise and fair, intelligent and responsible. He represents solidity and security in the material, financial, and business/career sectors. He can represent an authority figure in your life who impacts you in a positive, supportive way. This can indicate moving up in your career, getting a raise, a new job, or a successful outcome for you in matters of law.

Q3 (Three of Pentacles): Week 2 energy (March 8-14):

Flowing nicely from The Emperor, the Three of Pentacles shows you excelling in your work, receiving recognition for a job well done, and achieving rewards and satisfaction. You are skilled, and your work is being recognized and bearing fruit. You enjoy expressing yourself through creativity, you enjoy what you do, and others enjoy what you create. Your work and ideas are profitable and this week, you could see an increase in income and more work coming in.

Q4 (The High Priestess): Week 3 energy (March 15-21):

The High Priestess is depicted in the Rider-Waite deck sitting between two pillars, one black and the other white, signifying duality–that of the inner and outer self, the material world and the spiritual, light and dark. She encourages us to look within, to tune to our own perception and inner guidance, to examine our hidden talents, and consider what may be coming to light. Something is gestating that will soon emerge into being. This week, spending time in meditation, contemplation, and journaling will pay off in meaningful ways.

Q5 (The Hierophant): Week 4 energy (March 22-28):

Like The Emperor, The Hierophant is in a position of supreme leadership, but he is a spiritual authority where The Emperor is a figure of worldly power. The Hierophant can represent a guide figure, traditions, or a religious institution that will play a significant role in this week’s unfolding. Upright, this card indicates you are benefiting in some way or are being supported by institutions, that you are ascending to a position of leadership within such an institution, or that you are or are becoming a spiritual leader, teacher, or authority.

Q6 (Eight of Wands): Guidance from the Universe:

This card says keep moving! You are going places and life is rising up to meet you. Embrace all of the excitement and new experiences this action-packed month has for you. This is a busy time and you may even take a whirlwind trip or two. Seize the day; seize the moment! Expect rapid-fire changes, sudden advancements and progress, split-second decisions, and opportunities coming to you from out of the blue. Everything is going really well for you! This promises to be an exciting, inspirational month. Flow with the changes.