June: A Reading for the Collective

Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

June promises to be a powerfully transformative month filled with shake-ups, endings, revelations, empowerment, expansion, and fresh starts. Here’s what the cards have to say:

Q1: What is the overall energy of June? The Tower

This is a month of endings and subsequent new beginnings. Old energies are clearing out and certain infrastructures that are no longer working and those that have weak foundations are collapsing. Out with the old and in with the new is this month’s theme. It’s time to let go of the past and release anything we have been holding onto that has kept us feeling stuck or trapped, or that has limited us in any way as we recognize and clear any self-imposed limitations. We can call on our allies and ask for their support as we set the intention to clear, release, and transmute everything that does not serve our highest good and welcome in what does.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Nine of Wands

The Nine of Wands is a card that shows us still standing after the trials, chaos, and confusion. We may be bandaged and bruised, but we have won the battle. We are still alive, stronger and wiser for the experiences we have made it through. This card shows better times ahead but advises us to remain watchful and vigilant, and to stay on our guard to ensure we remain safe as we protect ourselves and those we love. This week, protect your energy and the energy of your home as well as your physical safety. Visualizing energetic barriers surrounding you and your loved ones is a recommended daily practice; call on Archangel Michael to assist you with strengthening this forcefield of protection. You can set up similar protections around your dwelling.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Cups

In a natural progression from the nine to the ten, the Ten of Cups shows us advancing beyond the energies represented by the Nine of Wands as we embrace emotional fulfillment, happiness, and abundance. We celebrate the joys of life and revel in the beauty that fills our hearts and surrounds us in the form of home, family, friends, peace of mind, joy, and the myriad other ways fulfillment can manifest for us. This card can indicate that we will see significant improvements in our situation and that things are shifting for us, and it also reminds us that we attract what we believe and think about; the more we recognize the abundance all around us and appreciate the things we have, the more those things will come to us. To assist us in protecting our energy and our living spaces, a positive, high-vibrational mindset supports us by attracting the good things in life.

Q4: Week 3 energy: King of Wands

This king is a leader who is passionate about his purpose and successful in all that he undertakes to do. This card shows success, fortune, and good things coming our way this week. The king can represent a person in your life who represents the qualities of the King of Wands; this can be an honest employer or leader, someone who is fair, wise, and kind. It can also show these qualities developing in you and indicate success in leadership as you spread your wings with confidence, knowing that you have what it takes to lead with skill, competence, honesty, wisdom, and fairness. Wands are aligned with the fire element and indicate manifestation, passion, and purpose.

Q5: Week 4 energy: The Sun

By the end of the month, many of us will see expansion, new opportunities, growth, freedom, and abundance. The sun is shining upon us, and life is good. We are enjoying the fullness of our lives and feeling fulfilled in many ways. We are seeing growth and the manifestation of the things we have been working toward creating as we build a better life for ourselves, fully supported by the Universal energies and our team in spirit. This card indicates unbridled happiness and joy, clarity, vitality, achievement, success, and confidence. We can make the most of this week’s energies by lining up with them vibrationally. It can be helpful to remember that we are able to receive only as much as we believe we can. If you don’t believe something is possible, it isn’t; if you believe that it is possible for you, then it is. We are powerful creators, divine beings who set the course of our own lives with our intention and our beliefs.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for June: Four of Cups reversed

The Four of Cups tells us it would be to our greatest benefit this month to rest, to take time for ourselves, and to find a retreat. This could be in the form of daily walks, long baths, journaling, or meditation. It asks us to consider what is making us feel drained and what we can release, whether situations, commitments, or relationships that are no longer serving us. This month, we can ask ourselves questions like, What are we better without? What isn’t working for us? What is causing us undue stress? What saps our energy? What do we dread doing? This month, remember that you cannot give from an empty cup and prioritize your emotional well-being over all else, because it informs everything in your life. Go within and seek guidance from the Universe and your allies. Pay attention to your emotional guidance system; it’s your built-in compass and is there to help you navigate through life. What feels right? What sparks joy when you think about it? That may be the natural next step for you.

I am so excited to see what this month will bring! When I think about what’s ahead, I feel almost giddy with joy. That must be because a part of me knows that something good is coming. Better things, positive changes, are on the horizon. Sometimes it can be helpful to remember that certain situations can be blessings in disguise. When things don’t turn out as planned, it can be because there is something better in store for us, or that the circumstances are causing us to expand, grow, and learn, or the Universe is steering us toward better outcomes than we had planned. Be open to what comes your way, and follow the path of least resistance. Find things to enjoy in life, and let yourself experience freedom, if only in your heart and mind.

Using Tarot to Deepen Your Spiritual Connection

A Jane Austen Tarot Deck
Image by Victoria Constantino

Tarot is a wonderful tool for understanding ourselves and the world in which we live, work, and play. We can use it for guidance on any conceivable subject. While I am a firm believer that it should be approached with trust and respect, we can use it to consult on anything that genuinely matters to us and for more general guidance in a given situation. It can help us to navigate with confidence and from a place of understanding the energies that are to come in the days and weeks ahead. In this way, it helps us to better prepare for what is on its way and to make any necessary adjustments.

Now more than ever, we have time to sit with our thoughts, to examine our lives, and consider where making changes would benefit us. Many of us have the opportunity to connect with ourselves and with our spirituality on deeper levels than perhaps ever before. There are many ways to strengthen our spiritual connection, including systems, beliefs, and practices that we may find beneficial to varying degrees. Meditation and yoga can help us practice mindfulness, center our thoughts and being-ness, and open to receive messages, guidance, and wisdom from the divine.

The beauty of using tarot to deepen that connection is that we can ask a question and receive an immediate answer, albeit one we may need to sit with for a while to fully comprehend. Tarot is a medium through which we can tap into understanding and wisdom that is only as limited as our capacity for interpretation. Best of all, when we approach the cards with reverence, trust, and from a centered state in which we intend to receive guidance that is for our highest good or to receive messages from the divine, our guides, or allies, we can connect with energies linked to source and draw from the well of infinite intelligence.

There are so many questions we can ask, depending on our needs and situation, that can help us strengthen our connection to source, our allies, the higher self, and to our own spirituality and intuition. Some of those might be, What guidance is available to me? How can I deepen my connection to source/my allies/my higher self/my intuition? How can I strengthen my trust? Tarot’s strength is in its versatility, which allows it to speak to us on many levels throughout our lives. Because it is based on archetypes that speak to the whole of human experience, it is a guiding light we can turn to anytime we need it.

May: A Reading for the Collective

If anything, this year has brought plenty by way of change. Here’s what the cards have to say about the month of May.

Q1: What is the overall energy of May? Queen of Pentacles

This queen rules the earthly realm and is a caretaker related to domesticity, finances, home and family, and all things material. She can also represent earthly pleasures and creature comforts of all kinds. This card indicates a focus on life’s necessities, on having what we need and procuring resources. It speaks to our financial well-being and prosperity, and all concerns related to these. As we continue to be homebound, it makes sense that our focus is on hearth and home, on providing for ourselves and those we care for, and ensuring our material and domestic needs are met. This card can also represent a motherly figure or caretaker of some kind, someone who is ensuring the comfort, well-being, and safety of those in her charge. Be sure to show her some extra love, kindness, and appreciation this month. And how appropriate; in the US, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10. This card is also related to Mother Earth, who provides for us in abundance every day of our lives. Let’s show her some extra love, too.

Q2: Week 1 energy (May 1-7): Seven of Cups

It’s interesting that in April’s reading, the week 4 card was also the Seven of Cups. This energy continues into the first week of May. This card is inward-looking and is very much about visualizing our desired outcomes. It’s a strong message to keep focusing on what we want and to keep visualizing, to keep daydreaming, as this is keeping our vibration at the desired state. Manifesting a better living situation? Spend time daily visualizing where you would rather be: see it, feel it, live it, breathe it, and otherwise fully immerse yourself in that place. This will keep your vibe high and help you to manifest what you want. Abraham-Hicks teaches that the Universe doesn’t know whether we are in the state at which we are vibrating or not; the Law of Attraction doesn’t make that distinction—it simply delivers whatever we are a vibrational match to.

Q3: Week 2 energy (May 8-14): Knight of Pentacles

Whereas knights can be messengers or can represent movement, this knight appears to be stalled. Money may be delayed or finances can be held up in some way. A message may be on its way to you but there could be delays or unforeseen circumstances preventing its timely delivery. Just know that it is on its way to you. If you start to feel discouraged, find something to celebrate. Celebrate your wins, your successes thus far. Acknowledge how far you have come and take heart in the fact that what you want is on its way to you, and that a world of possibilities is open to you, not just in the immediate future, but always, throughout your life. Trust the Universe and your internal guidance to help you navigate and show you the way to where you want to be. This knight can also come as encouragement to be steadfast and resolute, to not give up on our goals. He can indicate that we may be seeing gains but they are not as significant or rapid as we would like them to be. In that respect, we may best be served by continuing in practicality, focus, and unwavering determination.

Q4: Week 3 energy (May 15-21): Eight of Pentacles

This month is so focused on material needs, and it’s no wonder. We are all experiencing a collective upheaval that is rare enough. These unusual cirumstances place material concerns at the forefront, and the Eight of Pentacles indicates a welcome reprieve. It shows us reaping rewards for work well done. This is a card of material accomplishment, achievement, gain, and increase. This week, let’s focus on staying in receiving mode and not give attention to what isn’t there for us yet or what we don’t have, but instead appreciate what we do have, and find joy in every way possible. When you let go and give yourself over to laughter or a joyful conversation with friends or to hours lost in creative pursuits, it opens you up to receiving everything you’ve been asking for.

Q5: Week 4 energy (May 22-31): King of Swords

This king is pointing at all of the other cards for this month, and he is closest in proximity to the Eight of Pentacles; it looks as though he is pointing directly at it, as if to say, I brought this forward. And indeed he may have, or may be. The King of Swords can be a judge, justice, lawyer, legal figure, or decision-maker of some kind, and he can also represent someone who is in the arena of communication and thought who is further up the scale, a leader in his field. This figure may have an impact on your life in some way, and he may be directly related to bringing forth the financial abundance and rewards indicated in the Eight of Pentacles. On a practical level, this can indicate a raise, new job, promotion, award, recognition, or legal ruling in your favor. It can also come as advice to take charge of a matter, especially regarding paperwork, contracts, or legalities, or to step into a position of leadership.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe: Wheel of Fortune

Whereas the Minor Arcana cards, which comprise all the other cards in this reading, indicate earthly matters—transient and temporal concerns that are passing through our lives, rather impermanent in the grand scheme of things—the Major Arcana, of which The Wheel of Fortune is a part, indicate karmic and universal forces at play. The Wheel of Fortune’s upright position in this reading tells us that there will be a major turn of events in our favor, and essentially, that fortune is smiling upon us. Things really are always working out for us. Even when circumstances look grim, we can ask what they are there to teach us. This card is an indicator that a major upswing is taking place for us, which, being that this month is so pentacle-heavy, could have to do with earthly concerns and matters material. Being that this is a reading for the collective, this upswing is taking place on a broader scale. This card indicates that there will be a major shift and events are turning in our favor.

It may be worth noting that, in the image above, after I arranged the cards in place, a band of sunlight made its way across them before I took the photo. Note that, in the weekly energy reading cards for this month, the sunlight seems to increase at it spans across those four cards, becoming widest as it reaches the fourth week’s card. The Universe communicates with us in all sorts of ways, and this lovely visual metaphor is no exception. It indicates that the light is increasing througout the month of May, expanding us in our own truth and light, and bringing more light, hope, happiness, and promise into our lives as the month goes on. Thank you, Universe.

Sympathetic Magic and Tarot

Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

Sympathetic magic is based on the law of attraction, whose tenet is simple: like attracts like. This can serve our manifestations and sacred practice through the simple use of representational instruments, such as coins for prosperity and pomegranates for fertility, to name a few examples. The idea is that objects with energies related to what you are seeking to manifest help draw more of the same; placing these items in a sacred space or throughout your home (especially in the related feng shui guas) is common practice. Tarot cards are wonderfully various in their pictorial representations of many fundamental facets of life, such as happiness, abundance, family, strength, and so on, which makes them ideal for use in sympathetic magic.

As many of you know, I do a daily card draw through my social media accounts for the collective. Often, this is a single card, but sometimes the universe delivers more. Today’s card turned out to be the Nine of Cups, a card often associated with windfalls, inheritances, and lucky winnings. Being that it is in the suit of Cups, it is also linked to the emotional realm. And because nines are associated with completion, this card carries an aspect of emotional fulfillment, happiness, harmony, and generosity. The image of the wealthy tavern keeper is often associated with this card, especially in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. In the deck I use primarily for readings, the Pagan Otherworlds tarot by Uusi, the Nine of Cups features a frog sitting on a riverbank. Frogs can symbolize a leap into something new, as well as abundance, fertility, purification, rebirth, and renewal.

If I drew this card and wanted to set up a ritual or spell around it based on sympathetic magic, I might begin by placing it in an area of significance or sacred space, along with objects associated with what I am looking to draw in. I could light a candle to meditate on my intention and goals, visualizing the outcome I want to manifest in as much detail as possible. When visualizing, if you find yourself getting hung up on details, it’s best to keep it general and focus on the feeling of what you’re after, i.e., the feeling of abundance, fulfillment, happiness, and so on.

Sympathetic magic can be as simple or complex as you like; you can set up a single card or include numerous objects, herbs, crystals, and whatever else you like. As always, you should trust your instincts. It’s nice to have the energetic support of corresponding objects, but ultimately, all you really need is intention. The most important energetic component of all is always going to be what is in your vibration, as that is the ultimate determination of what you attract to you.

Choosing a Tarot Deck

The Supra Oracle and the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

When being drawn to a certain deck, one has to wonder: do you choose the deck or does it choose you? With the many and varied types and styles of tarot and oracle decks available, there is something to suit every taste. Often, it’s the artwork that captivates us, or the theme (cats, anyone?). Some oracle decks have pithy interpretations printed on the cards, like “It’s your lucky day.” Intrigued by mystique? No pre-loaded interpretation necessary; decks featuring artwork-only leave the deciphering to the reader and may reward a greater depth and variety of interpretive nuance.

If you’re undecided and searching, it can be useful to first get clear on what you want to use the deck for. Are you going to use it for general, everyday readings, doing readings for others, for meditation or journaling? Different decks tend to support different purposes. You may not want to use the same deck you use for your own readings to give readings to others (it’s an energy thing). You might also have one that you use for visualization purposes and to support your manifestations that you employ solely for that purpose.

Sometimes, when we’re tuned into our internal guidance, we may be steered toward one deck or another, and on occasion, we don’t quite know why—it’s not always a deck we would normally choose. In my experience though, it’s always a good idea to trust your intuition. There may be a message or some wisdom in it for you that turns out to be invaluable or leads you on a path of self-discovery.

Other times, it’s love at first sight. You know that deck, it’s the one… You’ve never seen anything so gorgeous in your life. You have to have it. My advice? If you like it, get it.

Ultimately, it’s really a personal decision. If you get a deck and after using it for a while, decide it doesn’t resonate with you anymore, you can always exchange with someone who has a deck you like that they’re willing to part with.

Oracle of Mystical Moments: A Deck Interview

Oracle of Mystical Moments by Catrin Welz-Stein
Image by Victoria Constantino

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

Originally drawn to this oracle deck for the otherworldly yet timeless qualities of its artwork, I’ve found that it conveys meaning primarily through its imagery. Though I suppose that can be said of all (or most) decks, the messages in the Oracle of Mystical Moments are directly informed by its resonating qualities of beauty and the celebration of the natural world. We sat down for an interview, and here’s what it had to say.

What can you teach me? To the Moon and Back
Keywords: Desires, Wishes, Longings

This deck can reveal desires that are hidden and the path to attainment. It provides encouragement to reach for goals and the reminder that we all have wings; we just need to remember how to fly.

Describe yourself: Pure Nature
Keywords: Grace, Blooming, Youth, Freshness

This deck honors the natural world and brings a sense of fresh vitality to readings. It reminds us of the pleasures of nature and that we are an integral part of it. It is through this lens that this deck offers guidance, bringing to the fore the simultaneous ephemerality and eternal spirit that characterize nature. Like us, nature is eternal in its continuity of cycles, yet each flower has its day in the sun and so should be treasured while it blooms.

Describe me: All Is Connected
Keywords: Innovation, Transformation, Growth, Release

The butterfly emerges from the chrysalis.

How can we work together? White Rose of Hope
Keywords: Hope, Beacon, Solution, Beginnings

This deck is a resource that can be tapped into for solutions, guidance, and direction. It offers illumination to light the way forward.

Your strengths: Flower Spirit
Keywords: Friendship, Soul, Tenderness, Joy

The lovely artwork of the cards reveals everything the keywords mention above. The spirit of this deck is captured through the images, which convey how beautiful life can be. It encourages us to open our hearts and minds to the wondrous possibilities that are all around us and helps us to forge and strengthen our connection with them.

Your weaknesses: Eva
Keywords: Duplicity, Deception, Caution

Like a friend who fibs to spare your feelings, this deck may present things through rose-colored glasses and may not always be completely forthcoming. Whether this plays out in the form of actual deception or gentle glossing over remains to be seen, but there is wisdom to be gained here: knowing this aspect will encourage me to tune into my own awareness and intuition above all.

Our potential together: Elixir of Life
Keywords: Healing, Consolidation, Reinvigoration, Truth

Through the messages it conveys, this deck can provide guidance that brings about restoration and healing. While the indication of truth seems to veer from the card above, ultimately, it is a medium through which deeper understandings are conveyed that can bring about a consolidation of wisdom and encourage their integration.

April: A Reading for the Collective

Pagan Otherworlds Tarot
Image by Victoria Constantino

Last month’s expansion arrived in unexpected ways, yet here we are in the midst of a powerful collective shift. Here’s what April’s energy has in store.

Q1: What is the overall energy of April? Knight of Cups

There is a focus overall on interpersonal relationships, our interactions with others—those who are close to us and to the community at large—and the impact one person can make. As a collective, we have begun to come back to what matters as we remember the value of the people in our lives. Those in isolation have had the time and opportunity to explore their emotions—to process, clear, and release, and to get in touch with themselves on deeper levels than before. Those sequestered with family, friends, and loved ones have been able to explore an emotional range and to deal with challenges that have helped them to understand more about themselves and others.

This is a chance to heal wounds, to clear and let go of the past, to reconnect with each other from the heart, and to reconnect with our own hearts. As we heal, we can begin to lift up the people around us. Some may be in the midst of an emotional journey that has pushed them past their boundaries into expansion that may not always feel like expansion, that may not always be pleasant or pretty or comfortable. When strong emotions come to the fore, it’s an opportunity to sort things out and to heal so that we can emerge on the other side stronger, wiser, understanding ourselves on deeper levels, and more in charge of ourselves and our emotions.

Q2: Week 1 energy (April 1-7): The Star

There is a light in the darkness. This is the light at the end of the tunnel. We are beginning to find hope, to see the new beginnings that are just on the horizon. As this hope spreads, it brings continually increasing joy, optimism, and awareness that assist in our expansion. As this light dawns, we realize the beauty that surrounds us, and the wealth of possibilities that lay ahead, that are ours if only we choose to make use of them.

Q3: Week 2 energy (April 8-14): Death

Something significant is coming to an end. Because this is a Major Arcana card, it indicates something karmic is on its way out. This week will see closure and there is a certain sense of finality. We can begin to breathe a sigh of relief, because this is a welcome change that allows growth, rebuilding, and restructuring. The image of emerging from a cave feels significant, as we are exiting a place of shelter and emerging into the light. The cave is like a womb and we are being reborn. We enter into a new world, a new energy. We look around us with new appreciation, with fresh eyes, as we literally begin re-visioning. This is a divine reset. We realize on deep levels the significance of the world in which we find ourselves, and how precious are our planet and our resources. We begin to realize the significance of ourselves, the decisions we make, and the impact our choices have on the world we live in.

Q4: Week 3 energy (April 15-21): Page of Pentacles

This is a time of beginning anew on the material plane. We realize we have an opportunity for a fresh start as we consider our new beginnings and the resources at our disposal. Where to start? We begin to make assessments and consider the possibilities, surveying the new landscape as we prepare to lay the groundwork. This is also a time of picking up the pieces. After the tower crumbles, someone must come in to gather up the fallen pieces and rebuild the new structure. Sometimes it’s better to level it all and start over with a new plan. This time, we can build a stronger tower.

Q5: Week 4 energy (April 22-30): VII of Cups

Set goals, dream, and envision your life the way you want it to be. Find the best version of yourself, see it in your mind’s eye, and hold your attention there. According to Law of Attraction teacher Abraham-Hicks, “You are more productive by doing fifteen minutes of visualization than from sixteen hours of hard labor.” This week, spend time in appreciation and gratitude and make it a point to surround yourself with whatever makes you happy. Find any excuse to be joyful. Laugh, dance, play music, get creative, and let your heart soar. These high-vibrational emotions will bring about powerful shifts and forward momentum for all the things you desire to create in your life.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe: VIII of Cups

The strong message here is to turn away from the old ways, from the modes of thinking and being and doing that no longer serve you or society as a whole. If it doesn’t work, don’t give your attention to it; don’t support it in any way, even by thinking about it. Instead, turn toward what is working by giving your thought, energy, and attention to how you want things to be. This is a time of powerful energetic shifts. The tower is collapsing as weak foundations, structures, and ways of life are crumbling to make way for stronger foundations and better ways of thinking, being, and doing, ways that serve us better, that serve our planet better, and that are sustainable. The new ways are generative, not destructive. They support growth and forward movement, and are building something lasting for the future. Now is the time to build foundations upon which future generations can thrive. This is done energetically first, because everything is energy. A building begins with an idea, and from that idea a blueprint is created, and from that blueprint a structure is built that will be used for generations to come.

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.