certain artwork, lyrics, prose just stays with me, long after i've first seen it. and while i've always thought the starchild tarot was beautiful, it never seemed quite like it was for me. the dreamy colors, the gentle images, the lovely energy surrounding it - gorgeous, ethereal, but perhaps a little too...sweet and light for me. i tend to like my tarot to kick my ass, be clear and forthright, not pull any punches.
but when i saw the moonchild tarot for the first time, i just couldn't get it out of my head. still from the same artist, so it had the same gorgeous collage work, beautiful colors, incredible attention to detail - but it felt more soulful, deeper and darker, like it could really get to the heart of my shadows. and now that it's here in my hands, i can't wait to get to know this beautiful mystery of a deck. i'm using beth's deck interview spread.
tell me about yourself. what is your most important characteristic? seven of wands. independent, purposeful, strong - this deck will set it apart from my others, will be a distinctive voice for me moving forward. not afraid to be different, these cards will be steadfast and true, holding the line even when they need to deliver a message that i struggle against.
what are your strengths as a deck? strength. i had to laugh - perhaps this deck is going to be quite literal with me. this deck is mature, patient, knows when to wait and when to push. the lion could be my shadows, my darkness, the challenges i don't want to face - or the lion could be me, being tamed by this lovely set of cards. either way, this deck will teach me confidence, mastery, courage.
what are your limits as a deck? three of cups. the decks i've collected tend to be tough, hard-hitting, brutally honest - but this deck will bring a softer, kinder energy to my collection. loving, supportive, gentle and connected, my moonchild tarot will be a kind of haven for me, a place that i can find comfort and community. as all good friends do, it will still call me on my mistakes, but it will do so grounded in love. this can be a limit in a lot of ways, and will set it apart from my other decks, as it may not always be able to deliver the kind of hard-line advice i usually crave, but it will fill a need for me.
what are you here to teach me? the sun. joy, light, laughter, peace. i don't tend to a be a silly person, and depictions of this card always have me rolling my eyes a bit, wondering how i can possibly accept this "inner child" within - but these are full-grown adult women, embracing mirth and love and positive energy. they look at the world bathed in golden light and rejoice, and that's probably a lesson i need to learn.
how can i best learn & collaborate with you? ace of swords. be honest, be unafraid of truth, be ready to accept wisdom. this card is particularly beautiful, and while this sword is dark and intimidating, it's surrounded by beauty, lightness, delicate blossoms and sturdy stones. by coming to these cards with clarity, purpose, and a desire for truth, i'll receive readings that speak to my mind, empower me to move forward, and remove unnecessary obscurity.
what is the potential outcome of our working relationship? five of swords. this card often represents defeat, loss, mistrust, stagnation. this deck may be one that is hard for me to reach for, as i may struggle with the challenging emotions that are brought to the surface during readings. but this card can also speak to the loss of something that wasn't great to begin with, a hollow victory, and perhaps using this deck will help me release some of the more difficult ways that i read for myself, craving harsh answers and brutal truths. looking at the rest of the cards, it may be that this deck will teach me a new way to relate to reading tarot, a kinder, gentler way of working with the cards.
have you worked with either the starchild or moonchild decks before? how do you like reading these cards?