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Interview Your Deck Tarot Spread

Last Updated: March 16, 2022

Hello my lovely. I’m bringing to you today a very simple tarot deck interview spread. We don’t need to make it difficult, especially when you’re excited about getting to work with your new tarot. It’s a four card tarot spread, ensuring there is a structure and a good foundation that covers all the details we really need to know when working with a new tarot deck. 

Most decks come with a guidebook of the card meanings, any imagery meanings, but usually spreads too, so I feel this is a perfect introduction to your tarot deck spread before trialling the card spreads in guidebooks. I can confirm that this is a tried and tested tarot spread for beginners or experienced readers alike. 

When it comes to laying out cards in a tarot spread, as a beginner or experienced reader you can lay them any way that intuitively feels right to you with that new deck of yours, and you can choose to read the reversal meanings of the cards with the upright – or not! It’s all about what brings you the most pleasure, the genuine vibes that comes with instinctively-picked readings. That is always my advice when it comes to how to read tarot for yourself, or how to do a tarot reading as a beginner.

Deck interview tarot spread layout & questions to ask

This quick 4-card deck interview tarot spread is used to help you get to know your tarot deck. Each tarot deck is different, so it is important to ask your deck some questions to get to know its “personality”. By pulling a few tarot cards and asking the right questions, you may get a better sense of what the decks’ strengths are. This will inform your future readings and help you to use the deck in the most beneficial way possible. For example, you may realize that a specific deck is more suited for relationship-related readings rather than health-related ones. In the long term, this will help you perform more accurate readings for yourself and others.

Take some time to reflect on what each card position represents and what message the tarot cards in that position might be trying to tell you. If you’re just starting to learn tarot, or if you’re still getting to know your deck, you may find my in-depth articles on the meanings of every tarot card helpful.

To get started, shuffle your deck, pull 4 tarot cards, and place them in the below positions.

interview your deck tarot spread

Tarot card #1: What will our relationship be like?

The first question for your new deck is “What will our relationship be like?” and this can be described as a person (e.g. Queen of Cups, a nurturing loving caring position of authority), an astrological profile (e.g. Scorpio vibes would be death/transformation/rebirth/really getting into the taboo of it all etc) or it can describe itself as a form of energy (Pentacles, slow-moving and patient, inviting you to connect with Earth elements to ground more etc).

Tarot card #2: What are your strengths as a deck that'll help me moving forward?

Secondly, we want to know “What are your strengths as a deck that’ll help me moving forward?” because we absolutely don’t want a deck that struggles to connect with you, that struggles to articulate itself to you through imagery, and we want them to provide meaningful experiences that promote self-care and healthy wellbeing. We want to see what this deck can add to your life, what types of scenarios you’ll receive clear messaging on, and where they can benefit you immensely.

Tarot card #3: What are your limitations, or what scenarios are you not happy to be working with?

Third, we look at the opposite here and “What are your limitations, or what scenarios are you not happy to be working with?” as a strong indicator that the deck doesn’t enjoy or cannot provide clear answers on. For example, its strength card for you may be career or money orientated, and then its limitations come when it comes to romance or relationships. This would indicate that you have a clear message of “this deck is not for..” and you’ll be able to plan future readings accordingly!

Tarot card #4: What type of messages can I expect to receive from working with you?

Finally, “What type of messages can I expect to receive from working with you?” will give you a lovely wrap up with the cards. It’ll share with you anything you need to know now, for moving forward or the tone of messages you’ll receive in the future. This answer will support the first question answer too or may articulate it further for you to share further understanding. Even if a card such as the Tower shows up here, which to me would be unexpected energy and abrupt change-bringer, make sure you spend time with the imagery of the card too as there may be additional meaning there that traditional tarot meanings don’t share with you. 

I’m so excited to see the types of readings you’ll get with your new deck. If you’re feeling brave, and fancy additional insight, why not tag me on socials when you create this spread and we can explore it together? As always, have fun and my warmest wishes to you! LB x


Written by Lizzie B

I love curating divination experiences for those invested in spiritual growth with secular honest vibes. I am that witch you come to for these honest, interesting and beneficial divination experiences!

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