My Interview with Tarot in the Land of Mystereum

I can tell right away that as a Tarot deck you are different.  Please tell me about yourself.  What is your most important characteristic?


The Hanged Man:  I am just one step in the Archetypal Imagination on the journey through the Major Arcana, one of the ‘big idea’ guys, if you will.  My big idea and important characteristic for this interview I guess would be vulnerability.  By being vulnerable, to positive influences of course, you open yourself up to more possibilities and may glimpse illumination.  When you hang around suspended as I do all day, you learn to stop resisting, to just Be.  Once this is accomplished, your spirituality, dreams, and intuition are heightened and clearly sensed – you may feel forever changed by a Hanged Man experience.   To experience the full potential of the Tarot in the Land of Mystereum, you will need to be open; to be a bit vulnerable and allow your imagination to go places you would never have dreamed of going before.   For the best results when working with me on a personal level, don’t be in a big hurry.  Relax and hang out with me for awhile.

What would you consider to be your strengths as a Tarot deck?


The Lovers: Respect and love would be our strengths.  Not only respect for ourselves and each other, but for anyone that we may come in contact with.  “Love is indicated as the ultimate, reciprocal respect and embrace of one identity for another.”  Our strength lies not so much in union, but through enhancement and blending.  We complement and honor individuality; we do not attempt to change them.  We honor and respect the differences and through love the result is harmony.  Love and respect are two different concepts, but one does not exist well without the other – joined together though, they create something beautiful.

What are your limits?  Do you feel you have any?


Three of Cups: Limits?  Well we suppose that everything and everyone has limits to some degree, but, for the purpose of this question I would have to answer yes, we do have limits.  We don’t actually have any built in as we neither set nor sanction them.  No, our limits, if any, are found in the reader.  This is a human concept and condition, and one that is thrust upon us at times.  We, on the other hand, are about celebration.  We celebrate you, your ideas, your imagination and creativity!  These are all limitless.  If you don’t set many limits with us, then who knows how far we can go?

What are you here to teach us? (me)


Page of Cups: To have fun!  To follow your dreams!  To remind you to not take yourself too seriously, to be playful and to frolic – when was the last time you frolicked?  You can still grow and learn and be playful all at the same time.  Be open to new and wonderful discoveries and greet them with an open heart.  Embrace all the beauty that life has to offer, and never take a moment for granted.

How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?


10 of Swords: Whoa!! Now, hear me out before you go getting your britches in a bunch!  First, let’s start on solid ground.  “Rock bottom is a strong place to stand.  Plant your feet strongly on solid ground and look up!  Anything visible is probably something better.  Know that you have pulled through.  Take a big breath.  Phewww!”  The worst is over and there is only one direction to go now, UP!  Now is the time to release pain, disappointment, and anguish.   It time to move on and up.  You must realize that your life is full of ups and downs, joys as well as pain, but I will always be there for you, to help you get through the rough times and help you rejoice in the good times.  I will help you see the light of day when you think the storm has blocked the sun forever.

What is the potential outcome from our working relationship?

10 of Cups:  We welcome you to our family.  It may not appear that we are a traditional family at first, but once you get to know us better, we think you will agree that family we are.  Families, as you know, come in many varieties and complexities.  Some parts are functional, and some parts – not so much.  Dysfunctional or not, if we work together we can accomplish great things.  Together we can overcome obstacles, stalemates, and mayhem, or we can love, accept, respect, and sometimes find contentment.   Sometimes, we can even do all these things simultaneously.   No matter the circumstance, we love to count our blessings.  We want to help you do the same.  We have a gift to offer you, to feel the strength that shines inside and out when everything you love works together.

Wow.   I know we have barely scratched the surface in this interview, but, do you have any final words for us?


The Empress:  I would like to leave you with a sort of blessing.  “I would like to give you your treasure from this part of Mystereum.  Before I do, I would like you to close your eyes and remember this:  In The Land of Mystereum and your imagination, you are the boss.  As you learn and grow, you will experience things.  Old things.  New things.  You will experience things that enhance  you.  Things that will change you.  Things that will strengthen you.  You will also enhance things with your influence.  You are strong and aware.  Keep sight of that, Dearheart.  Now please slowly open your eyes.”

“By the way, tell my son, The Hanged Man, hello with love when you meet him.”  -The Empress-

I would like to say Thank You to Tarot in the Land of Mystereum for taking time out for this informative and fun interview.  For more information about this intriguing deck,  its Artist and Author, please visit Jordan Hoggard at  ‘Mystereum Tarot’.

The deck can be purchased here:  Amazon.com

This interview format is based on The “New Deck Interview Spread” created by Fire Raven, and can be found at Aeclectic Tarot.

 

Deck Interview – Victorian Trade Card Tarot

Victorian Trade Card Tarot – by Marcia Mccord  copyright 2010 Marcia Mccord.


Tell me about yourself.  What is your most important characteristic?

Nine of Cups:  Abundance is my most important characteristic.  I am like a never ending buffet.

What are your strengths as a Tarot deck?

Two of Swords:  Not moving forward or back?  I will show you options you had not considered.  Help you make a decision or at least show you where a decision needs to be made.

What are your limits as a Tarot deck?

Page of Wands:  I dance to the beat of my own drum, so even though I always mean well, you may need to steer my focus from time to time.


What are you here to teach us? (me)

King of Swords:  To conquer your fears, to be more decisive, and to have confidence in yourself and your ideas.

How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?

Eight of Wands:  Jump right in, and hold on tight.  It’s going to be a fast and fun ride.

What is the potential outcome from our working relationship?

Nine of Wands:  I will test you time and again to look closely at your personal competence and convictions.  I will keep you on your toes and keep you challenged enough to keep your appetite wet to learn more.

Any final words?

Four of Wands:  Enjoy the fruits of your labor, build on a firm foundation, honor and celebrate your achievements and relationships, put down roots and enjoy order and stability.

To get your copy of Marcia’s limited editions Tarot Decks, she can be contacted through her web-site.

Marcia Mccord Tarot Reader

The Llewellyn Tarot — An Interview

I had looked at this deck for quite awhile before I bought it.  The images are beautiful as well as inviting, and the stories in the accompanying book invite me to step into the landscape and visit for a spell.

An interesting note, IMHO, is that this interview has no wands and three of the cards were four’s.  These four’s feel very slow moving, although determined and steady.  A bit reminiscent of the Tortoise from the famous fable of the Tortoise and the Hare.   Slow and steady wins the race.  Let us see how this plays out.

Tell me about yourself.  What is your most important characteristic?

Eight of Pentacles.  I am very skilled. I have apprenticed and perfected my craft and take great pride in the results of my labors.

What are your strengths as a Tarot deck?

Four of Swords. I know from experience when to keep silent.  Patience as well as introspection are virtues I have learned and know the value.

What are your limits as a Tarot deck?

Four of Cups. My limits are expressed in the limits of your dreams.  Don’t be afraid to dream bigger and better as doubt and naysayers have no business here.

What are you here to teach us? (me)

Four of Pentacles. At times you need to guard your gains, whether they be possessions, property, or ideas.  Don’t be afraid to expand in new directions closer to home or personal interests.

How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?

Page of Cups. By trusting and being optimistic.  Having compassion and understanding will be a better teacher than anyone or anything else you may seek out.

What is the potential outcome from our working relationship?

Queen of Swords. Self reliance is what I can teach you and show you how to trust yourself.   Confidence is the key.

Any final words?

Seven of Swords. “Rejecting outside expectations for an individually fashioned lifestyle.  Release from the grip of material questing for higher pursuits.   Independent thinking.”   Sounds easy enough as this is my MO anyway.  This just re-enforces my way of thinking and looking at my world.

The Llewellyn Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson can be purchased  here.

Interview – The Bohemian Gothic Tarot

I feel fortunate to have received a copy of this deck, as it seems that the demand was far higher than the number of printed copies available.  It is the second edition and a few of the cards have been reworked a little and some a lot.  You can peruse images and find information on the website; The Bohemian Gothic Tarot.

And so, without further ado allow me to share with you my interview with this beautiful deck.

Tell me about yourself.  What is your most important characteristic?

The Lovers.  Passion is my most important characteristic.  Whether it is the passion between people or for anything else that affects your life, passion should be part of the equation.  There is not much meaning without some degree of passion either felt or displayed.

What are your strengths as a Tarot deck?

The High Priestess.  I have Inner Wisdom to share.  I can share with you the mysteries—esoteric, and spiritual, on a personal level.  All you need do is seek with an open mind.

What are your limits as a Tarot deck?

Eight of Cups.  I can show you the  path, but that is as far as I can go.  I cannot  make you take those steps to further your journey. That is entirely up to you.  Do you have the courage to venture there?

What are you here to teach us? (me)

The Tower.  I am here to shake things up a bit.  It may not be very pleasant, but that’s not my department.  You may feel that your world is coming down around your ears, but that only means I am doing my job.  If I shake things up a bit. you will know that it is necessary and it is time for a change.   Rest assured that once the dust settles, all will be for the best.

How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?

Knight of Cups. With love, enthusiasm, creativity, and sensitivity.  When in doubt, see the first card in this interview, The Lovers.  A word of caution though, do not become so enamored of me that you can see no other.   An equal amount of rationale and emotion are called for.

What is the potential outcome from our working relationship?

Ten of Pentacles. In general, very promising and beneficial—stability, security, and contentment.  These refer to the business, family, and  material, side to life.  But, don’t forget about the spiritual side as well.  Material things mean little without the spiritual and magical aspects to give them life.

Any final words?

King of Wands.  All the world is a stage and I am the main player.  The sky is the limit with me.  I have boundless energy and charisma.  Stick with me and I’ll show you an all new way to see and interact in  the world around you.

I hope you have enjoyed this little chat that gave a lot of insight into how this deck can work for me.  Be sure to look up Ba-Ba Studio on their Facebook page and keep up to date on their current projects as well as any upcoming news and products.

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Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing!