Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me a bit more about your 'getting to know you' spread for a new deck? It probably sounds silly but my new deck feels a bit 'reluctant' compared to my previous one, if that makes sense, and I was wondering if you had any pointers 😊
Hello! First off, you don’t sound silly at all. Some decks, just like some people, are a little shy or reticent when they meet someone and need a prompt to open up. Which is where Deck Interviews, like my Getting to Know You spread, come in.
The standard deck interview, which I first came across quite a few years ago, is a six card draw. However, as I’ve worked I’ve expanded on that and my current spread is a nine draw. Yes, this is because I’m quite attached to the magical significance of 3x3 but also because I’m one of those people who can’t resist tinkering to make things personal.
Caveat at this point to say everyone should please feel free to change this in anyway that feels right to you.
So, the spread itself:
The five cards in the bottom row focus solely on the deck:
1. What is your nature? Basically tell me about yourself, give me an idea of your character.
2. What are your strengths? Tell me what type of readings you’re going to excel at.
3. What do you like doing best? Which may at first glance look like a repeat of question 2, but it isn’t. I have observed that, again like people, some decks may not always enjoy doing the thing they are best at - I’m brilliant at maths but I get much more joy out of reading tarot and writing (which I’m good at but not as good as I am at maths).
4. What are your weaknesses? Tell me what type of readings you’re going to struggle with.
5. What do you not like doing? Again, like people, the thing your deck might like least may not correspond to what it is weakest at.
The three cards in the middle row focus on the immediate relationship between you and the deck:
6. How do you feel about me? (no explanation needed)
7. What do you think I need to learn? Tell me what you’ve come into my life to teach me/help me understand.
8. How can I work to achieve that? Tell me what you want us to focus on first.
The final card on the top row is looking ahead at the relationship between you and the deck:
9. Where do you see us going together? Tell me which path we’re on, in this journey we’re about to take together!
I hope that helps. If you do use it, or create your own deck interview spread from this, please do share the results!