Hi friends, I had stumbled upon a tarot tag making its way around YouTube a couple of years ago that I really liked, but I never answered them myself and, although I’m years late, better late than never! This set of questions was created by Arwen Lynch, and you can view the original video here.
If you read this, consider yourself “tagged!”
1. What is your current favorite deck?
The deck I usually point out as my favorite is the Cosmos Tarot, but right now I am getting a lot of use out of my Wild Unknown Tarot. I think I naturally gravitate towards colorful decks and have a soft spot for multi-artist ones, which is why the Cosmos Tarot has been a resounding favorite for such a long time for me.
2. What Tarot card do you think stands for who you are now?
It’s been the Queen of Wands for around two years now! I actually even double checked a few weeks ago and she still popped up when I pulled a card for this question. Although I always say my goal in life is to reach High Priestess status, the Queen of Wands is a card that I love a lot too, and always made a lot of sense to me since I view her as both composed and mature as a Queen, but also fiery with a capacity to embrace a childlike enthusiasm and joy. (I am an Aries, after all).
3. What Tarot card do you think stands for who you want to be?
Oops, I guess I spilled the beans in the last question, but The High Priestess. I write more about her here, but she’s so deeply creative, intuitive, and connected to the divine, and she’s been one of my favorite cards since the start of my tarot journey for those reasons.
4. Draw a Tarot card and tell us how it answers the question, “What does the Universe want you to know right now?”
I pulled the Seven of Swords from my Wild Unknown tarot. This card actually popped up yesterday in a reading I did for myself (pretty spontaneously, as I don’t typically read myself), and I’m now wondering if someone I know is being a little dishonest towards me (sad face). For this card to come up twice seems to be a warning signal, so I’ll be sure to keep my eyes open.
5. Do you have any cards that you MUST love in order to work with a Tarot deck?
This is interesting, because I suppose no, since I haven’t really thought about it at all. I tend to simply accept the artist’s depiction of a card, and if this projects a wholly new meaning onto it, so be it. Diversity like this allows different decks to serve different purposes, so I don’t tend to shy away from decks over one or two cards. If artwork is wholly not resonating with me, that’s a different story, but it’s mostly about the overall vibe of the deck, and not the individual pieces.
6. Why Tarot and not some other divination system?
I’ve dabbled in pendulums, runes, and I’ve been really interested in scrying, but there’s nothing that’s quite resonated like tarot did immediately. I’m still of course open to other divination systems, but I’d like not to force it if something isn’t clicking for me in that moment. (We can always try again later)!
7. What’s the first book you can remember reading about Tarot (other than the LWB [Little White Book]?
It was Eden Gray’s tarot guide, but if we’re ignoring guides generally speaking, I think it might have been Tarot and Astrology by Corrine Kenner. Both were really instrumental to how I learned tarot, and Kenner’s for integrating my practice with my love of astrology.
8. What Tarot person would you like to sit down with for a chat about Tarot?
So many people! If I had to choose, I think a conversation I’d love to have is with an artist of a deck that I love, because I think artists of decks can have a whole new perspective on a deck or certain cards (or even tarot as a whole) since there is that different side of being a creator. So, off the top of my head since I’ve been using the Wild Unknown tarot a lot recently, I’d love to have a chat with Kim Krans. I’d also love to talk to her about her Animal Spirit deck, since I own that one as well, and her guidebook written for that deck truly knocked my socks off.
9. Tell me about one YouTube Tarot channel that you watch (and why.)
One of the first channels I subscribed to was Rose (TheCacklingMoon). She posts a lot of her readings there, but I particularly enjoy watching her other videos about tarot, her practice, space, thoughts, etc., as she was one of the first readers I had ever stumbled upon online and has been a major resource to me as I grew into being a reader myself.
10. How many Tarot decks do you have?
I’m going to include lenormand and oracle into the mix, so 13. Since I updated my deck collection, I have added one more (the Ostara tarot).
11. Do you mix oracles and Tarot when you read?
I do, but I like to do it in certain ways, and I typically let them have different purposes when I do this. For example, oracle cards will tend to be messages or advice, while tarot shows me the situation and the details.
12. Have you ever created your own Tarot card or deck?
No, but I’ve always wanted to! This is definitely a project I’d like to pursue, but perhaps not quite yet. I’d like to practice other sorts of illustrations first and get back into the swing of creating art again before I get into creating a full-blown deck.
13. Do you read for yourself?
Very occasionally. I used to much more in the beginning of my practice, but now it’s mostly based off when I feel called to, or when I stumble upon spreads that I like and want to try out.
14. What are your favorite questions to be asked when you do a reading for someone else?
I love variations of this question: “What should/can I change/do/say?” Sometimes there isn’t anything to change at all, but the answer being “nothing” (although uncommon) is also good information to know too, and more often than not the answer to this question will solve most of the problems in a situation, or at least the ones that are possible for the querent to solve. It’s constructive, simple, and it allows me to get right into the root of what’s being asked about.
This isn’t a question, but I also generally enjoy doing relationship spreads. Tarot can always be like this, but particularly with relationship-related questions, I think there is something about it for me that always resembles a conversation, like I’m talking with a friend about their relationship (not necessarily a romantic one), and I know on the receiving end it can be validating to have your feelings or desires about someone explained back to you. It’s a bit of a difficult thing to explain, but this has always been my favorite kind of reading because it always felt incredibly natural, even when I was new at tarot, and if I had to take a stab at what I’m the best at doing, it would still be this.
15. What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you during a reading?
The craziest things that happen regarding my readings for me are typically afterwards when I receive feedback or updates, and I get to see how things ultimately played out. But, for the sake of the question, I suppose it would have to be when a spirit comes through, especially since I’m not at all a medium and I generally don’t expect this to happen. I think this has only ever happened for me when a loved one of a client has passed away recently, and never just out of the blue, but it’s always still surprising to me, although never scary or breaking the flow of the reading by any means.