Well, I took the plunge. This deck has been all around me since I started my tarot journey, and at first I was not attracted by it. I thought the artwork looked fuzzy and was not drawn in to it. But – I saw more, and I read more. What really made the deck click for me was going to The Fountain Tarot’s website and reading about how all of the artwork was based off models. “Artists we admire, friends, and family from all over the world” – photos were taken by the artist, Jonathon Saiz or provided by the models themselves. And it showed bits of some of the photos used for the cards. The artwork then came more in to focus for me, it gave the deck context. That real people, not just random fashion models or abstract concepts, inspired each card elevated the concept of the deck. I would so love to see a book of all of the original photos one day!
I’ve read a lot about this deck, so I’m not sure how to rephrase all the wonderful things that have already been written and said. But pulling this deck out of it’s box alone was a treat – the rainbow glinted at me – and there was a note that was signed by the three creators. The box, as others have said, is excellent and sturdy – it opens like a book, inviting you in. I love the rainbows hidden on the box, and I love the words on the inside, which is part of The Fountain card’s description – “You are the voice and the breath of universes.”
Unfortunately, I had to wait for a couple of days to work with the deck because of work and such. But when I did get the cards out, I found myself pleased with the cardstock, the matte finish. I got glitter all over my hands the first couple times I shuffled, but I think that has worn off now. I find the corners a bit too pointy, but I won’t whine about that. The artwork can still be “fuzzy” (muted would I suppose be a more polite term), but it is so much more beautiful in person than in photos. Then I took the cards out in the sun, and interviewed them (see photo above). For each card, I will start with quotations from the little white book (which is one of the best LWBs I’ve read; it really says it all) that I found particularly inspiring, and go from there.
- What is your most important characteristic? Three of Swords. “Personal growth from disappointment.” For traditionally being a thoroughly upsetting card, this is a breathtaking depiction. The mountain in the background, the icy heart, the glint of a rainbow in the icy heart. I love that the guidebook emphasizes growth after the tough times, and does not emphasize the “relationship” aspect of this card. So, quite plainly, this deck is here to help me grow through painful situations.
- What are your strengths? Queen of Coins. “Trust your own abilities, and embrace your unique way of being in this world,” is the counsel the Queen of Coins offers. The Queen of Pentacles has been a little bit of a stalker card lately, so I was pleased to see her here. I love this depiction. She does not look cold or awkward here, she looks self-assured and sensuous, that she actually does trust her own abilities and way in this world. This deck is here to help me do the same.
- What are your limits? The Moon. “Even time seems to be disappearing, but there is an urgency for you to move, or risk being lost here forever.” The Moon is one of my birth cards, and it has been showing up more and more lately across different decks (I mean, I guess one can have multiple stalker cards?….see next question as well). This card has strongly come to mean trusting myself and my intuition. Here, the Fountain seems to be saying that this deck has limits, plain and simple – it can’t do all the work, I have to show up for myself.
- What are you here to teach me? Five of Coins. “Precious misfortune…difficulties related to living outside the mainstream.” I’ve also been pulling this card pretty regularly lately, and what is written in the Fountain guidebook completely encapsulates how this card and I are interacting right now. It is true, I have been challenged lately, and this card (and deck) wants me to find my strength.
- How can I best learn from and collaborate with you? Nine of Swords. “Deal with the facts and ground yourself in the rational; your peace of mind depends on it.” I mean, that really says it all, doesn’t it?
- What is the potential outcome of our working relationship? Ace of Wands. “Creating (or destroying) something to bring about transformation… Find your courage and make your move.” Energy, will, determination, passion. “Bold steps forward” is another key phrase for this card – bold, my word of the year!
- Final message? The Magician. “The Magician advises that all new creations, if they are to succeed, require more than just skill: they require faith in the unknowable.” I don’t typically connect well with the Magician, but I do like this guy. There are so many possibilities in this world, and this deck is here to help me see it.
This interview was a journey: heartache, trust in abilities, trust in myself, misfortune, grounding, creation, faith.
A searing, enchanting, and disorienting deck/interview, in the best possible way. It’s quickly catapulting to one of my favorites.
Do you own The Fountain Tarot? What do you think about? Leave a comment below!