The Fountain Tarot & Deck Interview

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The list of decks I like enough to buy is surprisingly short. Plus, I've tried not to rush into getting those while learning to work with my existing decks. However, the self-published* edition of  The Fountain Tarot had free shipping prior to the launch of the new edition, and I took it as a sign - the time had come. 

The Fountain Tarot by Jonathan Saiz, Jason Grubl & Andi Torado
This is the ONE deck that I have consistently coveted since I first started reading Tarot, but as a beginner I was put off by various reviews about it being 'difficult' to read, 'too masculine', 'hard to connect with' and so on. However, I kept looking at pictures online and felt drawn to the images. When it arrived in the beautiful box (grey AND holographic - what's not to love?) I was nervous to open it, incase it didn't live up to my expectations. Thankfully, as anyone who follows my Instagram account will know, I needn't have worried - it was love at first sight.

On first sight, these are a few of my favourites

I'm not one to put off using new things, and after looking through the deck, and giving it a good shuffle, I pulled a card for the day (Ace of Coins - spot on, following a conversation I'd just had) and wanted to get straight into a quick deck interview. My favourite is this one from Little Red Tarot, which I also wrote about here.

Below are the six cards I drew randomly from a very well-shuffled deck. It's interesting to note that they are mostly Cups and Coins, with just one Sword and no Wands at all - consequently, I don't think this is a very 'fiery' or action-packed deck for me, but it does seem to be concerned with the things that are important right now - developing my intuition, emotional matters and the practical / physical realm! (Note that all quotes are from the accompanying 'little white book'.)

Position 1: Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Nine of Coins - This deck is disciplined, hard working and accomplished. Incidentally, the card description says "through discipline and hard work, you have gracefully and independently crafted a cherished environment and a stable life, filled with unpretentious style and quality." This deck was independently published* and this seems to be a fairly good description of the way it originally brought to market.

Position 2: What are your strengths as a deck? 
Knight of Coins - Often seen as a boring person, this card actually represents a lot of the characteristics that I'd like in a deck - he's methodical, highly effective and stable. In the image, he is carefully regarding his coin and he looks very nurturing and trustworthy. In fact, the book says "gathering facts, details and strong rationale keeps the unexpected at bay." I'll happily take that.

Position 3: What are your limits as a deck?
Ten of Cups - Typically signifying the ultimate in emotional stability and harmony, this interpretation highlights the element of 'Loving Balance'. This deck will be great for emotional issues, spiritual and intuition, and questions relating to relationships between people. (This was already suggested in the overall spread, as mentioned above.) It's not so much about action, adventure or in-depth reasoning.

Position 4: What are you here to teach me? 
Four of Cups - The deck will teach me effective self-reflection and where I should put my focus, for the best outcome. "He waivers between self-reflection and disillusionment" - this is something I'd prefer to avoid, thank you very much, especially as he is "dangerously close to melancholy". Yikes! As I mostly use Tarot to read for myself and for daily journaling, this is another satisfactory answer.

Position 5: How can I best learn and collaborate with you? 
Three of Cups - I will be able to work most effectively with his deck by working very closely with it, to build shared experiences and points of reference. We should become like old friends.

This card "honours the bonds of family and intimate friendship" - in other words, by working together, and building a bond, I will be able to tap into the wisdom and knowledge that is accessed via the artwork. In the image, the three arms and cups are so entwined they have almost become one, with the water flowing freely between them. It is the same when you have an intimate knowledge of a deck. This might sound crazy to someone who hasn't experienced this, but when I've drawn cards for certain things from my favourite decks(in particular places or in relation to a specific topic), the contextual meaning becomes layered onto the artwork for that card and enhances my own personal understanding of it, enriching the meaning. It builds the private vocabulary I share with the cards and makes it easier to read with them.

Position 6: What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Ace of Swords -  This card speaks of a revelation of truth, of sudden insight and "powerful clarity". A sword will cut through the veil of illusion but it's important to remember that it must always be handled carefully and with respect in order to avoid getting hurt or hurting others, but mastery brings the ability to protect yourself against pain and suffering. Again, that's a pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a partner-deck.

Although I was looking at the cards on a fairly superficial level for this spread, the images are sufficiently familiar (from studying 'Rider Waite') to be able to do a quick-and-dirty reading without knowing the subtleties of the deck.

In the time between trying the spread and publishing this post, I've been using the Fountain Tarot for various exercises and spreads - I have no doubt these cards will be all over my blog and feed in the coming months. Have you tried it? What do you think? Please feel free to leave a comment to let me know.

*A mass-market edition of The Fountain Tarot is available to pre-order from Amazon (affiliate), and will be released in October 2017. 

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