An unexpected friendship

3 May 2017

The first tarot deck I owned (The Wild Unknown) has it's own unique imagery - in fact, it was the artwork which enticed me to try tarot in the first place. While the card meanings are in alignment with tradition, they bypass the 'traditional symbolism' of the Rider-Waite Smith (RWS) decks which form the basis of the vast majority of tarot books, courses and resources. I quickly realised that I would also need a RWS deck for study purposes, and headed to the bookshops in the nearest big town, where the only offering (apart from row upon row of angel cards) was the Original Rider Waite.

Thankfully it only cost £6, because soon as I opened it I decided that the images were far too ugly and old-fashioned to use, and put the deck aside, favouring the Radiant version, which at least has clean lines and bright colours.

The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck

That was a few months ago, and during that time the 'classic' imagery and symbolism has become more familiar, so I thought I'd try it again. For the last few days I've been using this deck for personal journaling and have been surprised at how well it's gone, so I decided to have a bit of fun with the Deck Interview Spread from Little Red Tarot.

The questions, written by Beth Maiden, are as follows:

1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic? 
2. What are your strengths as a deck? 
3. What are your limits as a deck? 
4. What are you here to teach me? 
5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you? 
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

There are no specific positions for this spread, so I lay it in two simple rows, reading from left to right.


Position 1 - Knight of Pentacles: The deck is loyal and reliable. It's not flashy and indeed some (me!) might consider it a bit dull and boring, but it's hardworking, dependable and gets the job done. This deck is like a safe pair of hands - you know exactly where you are with it.

Position 2 - King of Cups: The King represents the balance of intellect and emotion which is reflected in this deck. Accordingly, its strengths are considered, balanced readings. It is supportive and logical - it won't give highly-emotional responses, and can be relied upon when you need a calm approach to help clarify a situation. 

Position 3 - Seven of Cups: There are so many other shiny decks out there, it's all too easy to get tempted away from this one. It might not be sparkly and new, but it's important to remember not all that glitters is gold. 

Position 4 - The Magician: The deck is here to teach me how to use my creative power to start a new life cycle. The Magician is the card of alchemy and the ability to direct one's own will. He combines resources with action to channel universal energy and bring about positive change. It's a great sign!

Position 5 - Knight of Swords: I can best learn and collaborate with this deck by using it! This is a card of powerful forward action - there's no stopping the Knight of Swords once he's on a mission.  

Position 6 - The Hanged Man: The potential outcome of our working relationship is insight, spiritual awakening and a personal transformation. A new point of view. The Hanged Man is fully surrendered to what is and suggests it is time to sacrifice previous beliefs that no longer serve my spiritual wellbeing.

I enjoyed this exercise and it certainly reflected what I'd been thinking about this deck over the last few days, which should come as no surprise to anyone who read my last post.  

Have you used this spread? Which deck did you use and did the cards align with your feelings about it? Let me know here or on Instagram

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