I’ve been posting some readings for fun on Instagram. I don’t consider myself a tarot expert, by any means, but ever since I started teaching myself how to read cards during my two-week silent retreat in the winter of 2015, I’ve regarded it as a complement to my Akashic Record work because it helps train my intuition. When I first started learning, my mind really wanted to memorize all the definitions of the tarot cards right off, but I know from my Akashic Record work that my inner vision is razor sharp. Still, it takes constant discipline for me not to reach immediately for a reference or pull from the encyclopedia in my brain before really giving the card images time to sink in. The readings that are most fun for me are when the meanings hit me even before the wheels in my head start turning. But sometimes I just have to breathe through the discomfort and let the meanings open up on their own.
I go in and out of phases where I spend lots of time with different kinds of decks (I also like oracle decks, and I am a HUGE fan of tarot/oracle apps), but I like to pull daily cards pretty regularly, and I also do modest three- or four-card readings quite often.
One of my other favorites is the “interview” spread to get to know new decks. You can pretty much ask the deck any question you want, but I recommend some variation of the following:
- What is your main purpose?
- What is your strength?
- What are your limitations?
- What are you here to teach me?
- How can we best work together?
- What is the outcome of our work together?
To the intellectual mind, questions 1, 2, and 4 might seem redundant, but once you lay your spread out you will see how everything works together really nicely. Below are two interviews that I recently posted on IG, so you can get an idea of how the questions work together.
And another is by a novelty deck published as a self care tool by the Asian American Literary Review.
Do you interview your decks before you start working with them? Have you ever felt the energy of a deck shift and conducted a new interview?