Tarot Thursday Three

Julia of Spiral Sea Tarot is inviting bloggers to answer three questions about tarot on Thursdays. Check out the hashtag #tarotthursdaythree to discover more folks who are answering the siren's call to write about the tarot.

1. If you could design your own tarot deck and have it mass-produced, what theme would it have and what would it look like overall? I would create a tarot deck that has the theme of embracing the entire spectrum of human emotion. The information in the guidebook would be centered around an attitude of mindfulness with emotions. Our emotions are an inner compass and when we remain curious about them we give ourselves support, and then we may be able to take another step toward support. I would incorporate holistic healing support suggestions for each card (which could be anything from being in nature, to a qi gong posture.) The overall look of the tarot deck would be sweeping and flowing line work with nods to the seasons.

2. How do you feel about the Celtic Cross spread? The time that I have spent with the Celtic Cross spread has felt expansive, truth-telling, and positive. I have only worked with the Celtic Cross spread as described in The Wild Unknown Tarot book by Kim Krans, however I have heard there are many different versions of this spread. I have found that this spread does a beautiful job at painting a picture when I have a big question on my mind. As the questions are very broad, I have found that pulling extra "support" cards for clarity helps me see clearer. I don't understand why it is called the "Celtic Cross" spread. (That's a question for the google que!) I will certainly be brainstorming for other words to describe it by, because I don't feel "Celtic Cross" does much in the way of showing what the spread has the potential to open up for us.

3. If you could have any deck in the whole world (that you do not already), which one would you pick and why? I would pick The Starchild Tarot. I have been intrigued by The Starchild Tarot for more than a year, and the creator is releasing a new edition that looks even richer than the original. When I first saw pictures of the cards I remember thinking "wow, this looks so dreamy, like another universe." The imagery of the deck as a whole points me towards my inner world, my dreams, and the cosmos. I hope to get my hands on a copy this year.

A three-card spread on the new moon using The Light Grey Tarot. 

The High Priestess, The Hermit, and the Five of Swords (reversed).