almost two years ago i contributed to the kickstarter for the true black tarot, a deck that appealed with its nods to mythology, gorgeous artwork, and liberal use of my favorite color. after months of updates and patience this deck finally arrived yesterday, and it’s even more beautiful than i could’ve dreamed. the cards have a silky feel, a lovely weight that feels good in the hands but is still easy to shuffle, and truly inspired, evocative imagery. my only concern is that the cards themselves do not identify their suits, only the number - but the artwork itself is vivid and alluring, and the symbolism is clear enough to still be able to connect each suit with its corresponding element. the included guidebook is very helpful for this, and everything fits beautifully into the surprisingly sturdy magnetic tuck box.
i love using beth’s deck interview spread every time new cards come into my possession, as its a perfect way to get to know these cards and see how we can best work together.
what is your most important characteristic? eight of cups: moving forward, leaving something beyond, seeking growth, starting a new adventure. in so many decks this card focuses on the broken pieces of a situation or a relationship that is no longer working - but the true black deck features a baby octopus, leaving her home for the first time and embarking on her journey alone. this deck could help me take the next step into my tarot understanding, leaving behind the ways i’ve worked in the past and helping me see these archetypes through a new lens. it also may be a companion through deeper transitions in my life, the cards i reach for when i’m looking for direction, inspiration, or comfort.
what are your strengths as a deck? the magician: creation, manifestation, envisioning the future, utilizing resources. bursting forth from flames and ashes, ready to begin the powerful process of envisioning and building, this is a deck that will help me create, inspire, and start new progress. cups, wands, swords, and pentacles all lay in the fire at his feet, and he points to both heaven and earth, ready to build something magical with all of the resources and strengths at his disposal. these cards are ready to help me manifest, to refine my dreams and visions of the future and breathe new life into older projects or ideas.
what are your limits as a deck? the star: renewal, hope, looking forward, finding peace. dancing in the dark, bringing gentle water and sweet smiles after an experience of transformation and destruction, the star points us to the clear north star that we can still see through the blurry night sky. this is not necessarily a deck to help me find hope, healing, or restoration, but rather cards to reach for when i’m ready to be challenged, start a new project, or seek motivation and inspiration. tarot can always help us find peace or understand how to refocus our energy, but my relationship with these cards will be centered around action and creation, and less about seeking optimism.
what are you here to teach me? nine of cups: indulgence, comfort, satisfaction, curiosity. a card of “i wish,” the true black tarot features a white fox dreaming of overflowing cups, surrounded by gold, wealth, and comfort. she may be content and celebrating her good fortune, but still seems to be thinking of more, wondering what else is ahead. this deck can teach me what else is out there, other ways to challenge myself and my creative pursuits. it also serves as a reminder of how much i already have, the ways i have pushed myself and the things i have accomplished. we can be proud of what we have created and still dream of more, which feels very apt for my current work and business.
how can I best learn and collaborate with you? knight of cups: dreamy, artistic, sensitive, emotional. this knight is both a romantic hero and a jealous, brooding mess. he favors beauty over protection, love over war, ideals over reality. and while tarot’s particular kind of soul-searching, deeply intuitive work can lend itself to beautiful visions of hope and healing, it can also teach us about our darkest qualities, and the ways in which we can harm ourselves and others by not seeing the full picture. i can best learn from this deck by being open to imagination and possibilities, by letting love and beauty in - but i also need to temper that beauty with realism, and remember that tarot can also teach us about the places that we need to grow and adjust.
what is the potential outcome of our working relationship? three of pentacles: growth, teamwork, resources, collaboration. each coin brings something different to power and creation: water, seeds, earth. with this power of three, everyone bringing their own resources and potential to the table, powerful synergy and solid foundations can be built. working with this deck will help me to tap into the resources i already hold as well as collaborate with others to create beautiful new things. this deck is brimming with potential, showing me what teamwork and dedication can do for my tarot practice. so much of my work has been solitary and introspective, but these cards could help me open up to others more, build community, and begin to manifest the dreams i’ve been nurturing.
with my patreon launch around the corner and these new cards in my hands, it feels like the perfect moment to build the future i’ve been dreaming of. i can’t wait to see what happens next.