Note: I wrote this post in December and then forgot about it, so consider this the blog version of a “latergram,” I suppose!
I recently purchased a Starry Cauldron deck for my first foray into Tarot. I’ve been wanting to try Tarot since learning about its European origins (read: possible to practice without appropriating, maybe?) and awesome magical energies, but the more traditional decks just really don’t speak to me. I found this one on Etsy after a long search, and I love the whimsical, watercolor images as well as the destabilizing of gender in the deck. After reading Michelle Tea’s Modern Tarot (review forthcoming) and getting to know the cards a bit with my first three readings, I decided to try this awesome technique for interviewing the deck that I picked up from Beth of Little Red Tarot. Seasoned tarot readers, allow me some grace as a newbie, but here’s how I interpreted our little conversation:
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
Nine of Wands
Okay, so this is a stubborn and sassy deck, that has a lot of depths and also takes no shit. It says hey, listen to me! (Or don’t, at your own peril.)
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
Ten of Pentacles (reversed)
I can help you start to trust in your own abundance, but also be a bit practical. I might also help you to mellow out a bit. I may be sassy, but I’m also grounded. I’m a good introspective deck.
3. What are your limits as a deck?
Nine of Swords
Ugh, no emotional drama, please. I’m not going to help with your trauma, sorry. Too practical for that.
4. What are you here to teach me?
Nine of Pentacles (reversed)
How to be a little more refined, more disciplined. How to reign it in and stop buying meaningless shit, but be more discerning instead.
5. How can I best learn and collaborate with you?
Do naked Tarot readings! No, but really, approach the deck with love and genuine emotion and don’t be afraid to personally connect. Don’t be afraid of your own magic.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
[Okay, I admittedly laughed a little when I saw this card at first]. More spontaneity! Stop planning allllll the tiiiiime. Beginner’s mind.
Okay, that was pretty rad. Folks with experience, I’d love to know if you’d add anything to my interpretations. I didn’t intend to include reversed cards, so I decided that the fact that they showed up was damn-well deliberate on the part of the deck. I’m reading them as inward-facing, rather than outward-facing, which is one interpretation Tea suggests. This was also the first time anything from the Major Arcana has come up for me, and I 100% need some Fool energy in my life, so excited for that one. Also thought all the nines were interesting, and getting both nine and ten of pentacles. This deck has a very clear personality, but not what I was expecting from the art!
A present-day June 2018 addition: After having worked with more traditional RWS decks, I kind of can’t believe I tried this one as my first attempt at tarot! Though also it was a little more comfortable to play with at first—now that I know the traditional meanings well, I find that the images don’t speak to me as much on many of these cards, and it’s a little frustrating. Working with images that don’t “match” meaning is something I’m still learning to do.