Deck Interview, Step-by-Step
Deck interviews are a fabulous way to get to know your new deck. The spread I use and that I find very helpful is the Tarot Fairy Deck Interview Spread. It's a nine card spread and asks about the cards, asks about you and an “anything else” question to round out the new conversation. Here’s how my latest interview went.
I recently received a new deck, Everyday Witch Tarot Deck by Deborah Blake, Art by Elisabeth Alba, published by Llewellyn Publishing. It’s a fun and whimsical 78 card deck based on traditional tarot. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but after I read the beginning of the guide, went through every card, cleared unwanted energies, and did my connection rituals, I sat down to do my first reading with this deck.
I shuffled the cards as I had my tarot journal pages by side. While shuffling I proceeded to ask all nine of my questions one-by-one. To my surprise I had nine “jumpers,” one for every question. It was as if the deck was eager to engage in conversation with me as the new reader of this set of cards. There was no mistaking that this was going to be the start of a beautiful connection.
The Tarot Fairy Deck Interview Spread - Nine Questions
What do you want me to know about you?
The card that jumped for this question was Nine of Pentacles
This card has to do with hard work paying off and enjoying the fruits of your labor. I get the message that the hard work of putting this deck together has paid off and I’m going to have much success reading with these cards.
How do you want to be used?
The card that jumped for this question was Three of Swords
This card is usually seen as a negative card but I feel it’s telling me that this deck is a tool for learning no matter what the messages are and that I will do well to have good communication with the deck.
What is your main area of strength?
The card that jumped for this question was Queen of Cups
This card in this position tells me that the area of strength for the deck is for matters of the heart, passionate pursuits and loving guidance.
For what purpose do you want me to use this deck?
The card that jumped for this question was Knight of Cups
This card is telling me that this deck loves to be used for matters of the heart and passion.
How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
The card that jumped for this question was Eight of Wands
This is probably a perfect message for all reading but they are explicitly telling me here that I will have success with the cards by going with the flow of the cards instead of trying to force answers, especially into a “traditional” reading.
What do you want from me?
The card that jumped for this question was Seven of Pentacles
The cards want me to have patience and want me to want to see what they are saying. Move over ego~
How do you read me/what do you think of me?
The card that jumped for this question was Eight of Swords
This card indicates that I’m trapped. But it’s my own illusions that keep me trapped. It’s time to let go of the illusions.
What are you here to help me with?
The card that jumped for this question was Ace of Pentacles
This card says to me that when I let go of the illusions and self-produced traps that I will have unlimited success.
Is there anything else you would like to tell me?
The card that jumped for this question was King of Pentacles
Finally, this card says and by the way, when I work hard and do good for others all will be well.
My overall impressions
All cards for this interview were from the Minor Arcana, which indicates to me that this deck is best suited for everyday matters rather than big overarching themes or major times/events in one's life. Although this deck will absolutely be able to read for those questions it’s sweet spot will be more with the everyday.
The cards were very clear and I feel confident knowing when I can turn to these cards and when I should save them for another day.