when i first spotted the soul cards tarot on instagram last year, these simple, graphic cards took my breathe away with their powerful images and gentle magic. i’ve always been drawn to these kinds of classic line drawings, and on a full deck done in rich blacks and warm metallics - it felt like this deck was made for me.
the cards themselves are quite thin and flexible, easy to shuffle right out of the simple box, with gold edges and images of soft flowers on the back. the cardstock is lighter than i typically prefer, so it’ll be interesting to see how these cards do with frequent shuffling and use, but i like the feel in my hand more than i usually do with thinner cards, and these don’t feel cheap. the deck only comes with a very simple online guidebook, which isn’t my favorite method (and this particular guidebook is so brief that it’s not particularly useful) - but the card designs themselves are beautiful and simple, the gold really popping against the black in clear, lovely lines.
i always use beth’s deck interview spread for new cards, and i love the broad questions and the ways that new decks always surprise me with their answers. i did another deck interview quite recently with the muse tarot, a deck that in many ways feels like the complete opposite of this one. but both decks gave me the ten of pentacles in the first position, indicating that each of these decks will be grounded in earth, offering me support and stability, helping me move thoughtfully and patiently towards my bigger goals. while their energy shifts from there, with each of these decks working in very different ways, i love that these two new decks for me are both based in earth, especially given how frequently i’ve been seeing pentacles in my recent readings.
tell me about yourself. what is your most important characteristic? ten of pentacles. abundance, satisfaction, completion. this deck is both whole and grounded, offering patient movement towards success. there’s a sense of responsibility in these cards, a desire to move with purpose and intention while not taking unnecessary risks. i get the sense that this deck will help me reach my goals, find safety and comfort, experience deep pleasure and rich fulfillment.
what are your strengths as a deck? king of swords. a teller of truth, a powerful and brilliant leader, an architect of the mind. this deck will cut through the bullshit and help me get to the core of the matter, learning how to find what’s real and make decisions based on clear reasoning and open communication. the deck itself is an authority, offering wisdom and clarity that will help me see reality, come to terms with important truths, and act in a way that is both rational and intentional.
what are your limits as a deck? five of wands. if i’m feeling confused about creative matters, issues of the heart, or are unsure of how to find my creative spark, this might not be the best deck to reach for. the king of swords indicates that this deck excels at seeing truth, but this will be more around intellectual or logical concerns. this deck may be beautiful but for me, it may not be able to offer as much clarity around creative matters or a lack of inspiration.
what are you here to teach me? six of wands. a card of movement and joy, progress and success, this deck will be able to help me set goals and attain them, see my own work clearly, and find confidence in who i am. in looking at the previous cards, i see themes of clarity, purpose, and choices driven by intention, so this six of wands here really speaks to me of celebrating progress and keeping my eye on the prize. this deck will teach me about choosing my goals wisely and working hard to reach them.
how can i best learn and collaborate with you? the hermit. solitude, reflection, deep internal exploration. this deck is seeking clarity and safety, asking me to consider my goals and my purpose, and the hermit reflects all of that beautifully - i can learn best from this deck when i come with a sense of awareness, a willingness to dig deep. this kind of personal work can be overwhelming or difficult, but these cards are going to help me do the kind of soul searching that tarot makes so much space for.
what is the potential outcome of our working relationship? knight of swords. while the deck itself is the king of clarity, bringing truth and rationality to readings, the potential outcome of this relationship emphasizes choice and growth. knights are on a quest, seeking purpose and victory, and this deck can help me on different journeys of understanding, communication, and focus. this isn’t a card i pull often, so this deck may at times give me unexpected answers or force me to consider situations from new perspectives - something that may be missing in my current practice, and a welcome sight from this new deck.
overall, i’m delighted by what this deck is offering. i tend to align my decks with particular elements, and although the muse tarot gave me the same card in the first position, that deck feels like a lot of earth while these soul cards feel like both earth and air. i look forward to reading with these cards and experiencing their awareness of truth, powerful internal exploration, and movement towards success.
have you worked with these cards? how do you find them in readings, and what do you love about them?