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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This reading is all about about manifestation, about creating what it is we desire, about constantly moving toward what we want and away from what we don’t. It is about focusing our thoughts and standing strong in our beliefs and in our knowing of who we are and in the unequivocal understanding of our own true power so that we can manifest our desired results.
It’s interesting that the first card to fall out for this spread represents the current moon phase, indicating that what follows is significant to the collective for the energies as they are right now. The first thing that strikes me about these cards is all of the generative energy—not just the Page of Wands and the Knight of Wands, but also The Magician holding his wand and the Page of Swords wielding his sword. This speaks to new beginnings as well as manifestation, which starts with our thoughts and beliefs.
Read from the top row, left to right, this current phase is one in which we are learning to use our willpower, learning how to be better creators of our own reality. These energies are represented by the Page of Wands—who is blindfolded, looking inward and trusting his instincts as he ventures into the brave unknown of creating and manifesting in his world. He leads to the Knight of Wands, who brings good news, perhaps regarding manifestations coming into being and new opportunities, and the Three of Wands, which signifies manifestation, dreams becoming reality, developing goals and seeing them manifest in the physical realm. Two of the wands on this card are, significantly, set apart together on the right side of the card, symbolizing the co-creative partnership between you and your inner being, which brings about a physical manifestation, represented by the third wand on the left side of the card.
On the bottom row, the Page of Swords has the skills he needs to succeed but he is still learning how to implement that knowledge in the real world. This page encourages us to set goals, branch out, and test ourselves by learning new things and thinking in fresh and different ways, approaching what we do with new methodologies and applying them on a practical level. It could also indicate beginning a new career or project that has to do with ideas and communication. This card encourages us to learn as much as we can, to study and gain practical knowledge as well as wisdom, and put those skills and new knowledge to use to give us the greatest chances for success. The sword represents thought and focus, and in regards to manifestation, focused thought is key.
Focusing only on what we want brings about the desired results, as The Magician knows. He wields his wand with confidence, looking toward his goals, knowing that he is manifesting them. He reminds us that confidence is key in bringing about our desired results. Where the page above him is just learning how manifest, The Magician is the more experienced and mature version that the page will ultimately become. This master manifestor is significantly positioned beneath the page, supporting him much like our higher selves support us.
The King of Cups is in touch with his emotions. He is inward-looking like the Page of Wands, but he is the still more mature version, the page all grown up. This king is thoughtful, wise, and loving. He can represent a supportive figure in our lives or he can be a symbolic archetype, urging us to master our emotions, not letting them overwhelm us, but rather encouraging us to take a deep dive into our emotional terrain to fully understand and process and work through everything it is that we are feeling, to clear out and release what doesn’t belong, what is holding us back, and to get in touch with our emotions and our emotional guidance system so we understand that when we are feeling negative emotions, it is an indicator that we need to recalibrate—possibly by exploring and clearing old beliefs and energies and always to get into alignment with our all-knowing inner being.
In this way, we can navigate our thoughts and our emotions, releasing ourselves from limiting beliefs, which are represented by The Eight of Swords. This card shows us in a prison of our own making, the imprisonment of self-imposed beliefs and thoughts that constrain us, that keep us from moving forward and manifesting our desires. It is significant that this eight appears under the Three of Wands, an indicator that we are blocking our manifestations with resistant beliefs.
This reading indicates a progression, a journey of manifestation. We start off blindfolded, feeling our way through life, then at some point, for some of us, the blindfold is removed and we face things head-on, as the Knight of Wands is here looking directly outward, facing the audience, as it were. In the next step of this progression, we begin looking toward what we want to create in our reality, as here, the Page of Swords looks toward The Magician as he learns and gains wisdom and begins to manifest with ease, and The Magician in turn looks toward the older, more experienced King of Cups, who understands that emotions are everything. The King of Cups is who we become when we reach maturity as truly masterful manifestors. This king knows that we get what we feel; we attract what we are vibrating at, limited only by our thoughts and beliefs. The goal as powerful creators of our own reality is to be unlimited, or rather, to realize that we already are unlimited, and to break free from the thought-prisons of our own making, to release ourselves from the self-imposed constraints of our own beliefs.
Abraham-Hicks teaches that there are two ways to go about manifesting something—the hard way and the easy way. The former is accomplished by hard work and effort, which is slow going, often exhausting, and brings about minimal results. The easy way is to let go of all resistance in the form of self-limiting beliefs and thinking along the lines of we don’t deserve something or we can’t have it or it’s beyond our reach, and fully trusting, fully knowing, fully believing, and fully allowing everything that we want, being 100% in receiving mode. This state of complete allowing lets everything we want to flow to us.
Because we create our own realities, we get what we believe; we get what we focus on. When we free ourselves from self-limiting beliefs by truly knowing our own power, understanding that we are creators and divine, remembering that we are one of One, that we create our own realities, and stand strong and true in that knowledge, we manifest whatever it is we are focusing on, whatever that may be.
It could be said that there are as many reasons for working with tarot as there are people who work with it. Spanning everything from sheer curiousity to problem resolution to deeper insight on present circumstances, tarot is versatile enough to provide wisdom and clarity on the full range of human experience. Because we are spiritual beings in physical bodies, we are by nature seekers of knowledge, so it is natural that we use this divinatory tool to look beyond our realm of understanding.
Like many who read tarot, my first experience with the cards was as a teen. My best friend and I discovered a Rider-Waite deck in a shop and it felt so magical, so mystical and exciting, to work with the cards. Even then, I felt their power. I watched as everything divined in that first reading my friend gave me unfolded in my life over the next several months, confirming for me that there was something, some unseen force, that the cards allow us to tap into.
These days, I know we shape our own realities, and the things a tarot reading may predict is subject to change, based on our actions, choices, decisions, and beliefs. With that first reading, I believed that everything the cards predicted was fated, and of course, my reality then matched up to my beliefs about the situation and outcome.
Tarot is a useful tool that shows us possible outcomes based on current circumstances. It shows us the way things would turn out if they continue along on their current path. And the beauty of it is that we can ask anything. If we are shown an outcome that is not to our liking, we can ask how to achieve X instead of Y. And, of course, we can tune into our own internal guidance system for assistance, whatever the situation.
Tuning into the messages the cards have for us is a lot like tuning into our internal guidance system. With practice, you develop a certain level of trust for the messages you are receiving. Over time, you learn to intuit the wisdom particular cards have to impart, sifting through the possible messages and interpretations and meanings each card holds with greater ease and clarity, gleaning the particular wisdom it holds for you, on this day, in this specific moment.
Over time, it becomes easier to pull those amorphous filaments from the air, the often-fleeting images, ideas, memories, snippets of conversation, long-ago lines now remembered, and to understand what wisdom they hold, what teachings they may impart.
Quieting the mind helps with this, as it mutes and dims the stream of mental chatter, the endless anxieties and to-do lists, bringing to the fore what really matters–the voice within, the nudge of guidance that brings wisdom. This is one reason so many of us begin the day with a moment of silence, whether that is sitting in meditation or enjoying a few quiet moments sipping from a warm mug as the morning sun makes its debut along the horizon.
It is in the quiet moments that the bright tone that sings so clear and true rings out its resonance across the whole of the day ahead.