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Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

The painful wait is over!  I ordered this deck in, oh, April, and it has finally arrived.  And how happy I am.  First, let me discuss/gush…

Having the deck in my hands, I am not overwhelmed by it’s beauty or it’s personality.  The cards are most definitely a piece of art, and are lovely to behold.  However, if you’ve seen Linnea and Peter’s Instagram page, I think you’d agree that “understated” is a great word to describe their aesthetic.  The images are subtle, but deep, combining traditional tarot symbolism with the foreign Otherworld we have come upon.  The mood of the deck is perfect for fall, as we’ve passed the Autumnal Equinox and travel in to the darker months.  I feel compelled to use this deck, not because I’m in awe of it, but because it is comforting, clear, and already feels like a friend.

The deck is weighty, thick stock, large cards.  They are of actual playing card stock.  People often describe decks as shuffling like “butter” – this one, actually, does.  The cards slide over one another, not sticking together, and sometimes slide right out of my hands (I’m a terrible shuffler though).  I’d rather them move nicely than clump together.  The floral card backs are simply meditative.  One melding in to another as I watch myself shuffle.  This deck will hold up to time, aging like a well used playing card deck – which is perhaps my favorite thing to age, ever.  And now, on to the interview…

I used Little Red Tarot’s deck interview spread, as usual.

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(Did I mention the cards photograph like a dream?)

  1. Tell me about yourself.  What is your most important characteristic?  X of Swords.  The skull, the fruiting, thorny plant.  The swords, crossed as scissors, ready to prune.  This deck is not about to mess around.  It’s ready to get to the bottom of old, worn out thoughts/ideas/patterns.  Though it may hurt (TEN swords ready to strike), in the end there is new growth and renewal.
  2. What are your strengths?  VI of Wands.  The victor’s wreath, the gaily flowing ribbon, weaving between, and touching, all of the wands.  Continuing from the X of Swords, the VI of Wands is the welcome outcome.  Hope, motivation, victory.  There must be death in order to have life, and VI of Wands is the belief that the wheel will turn again towards strength, potential, and a new beginning.
  3. What are your limits?  Ace of Swords.  The powerful grip on the sword of clarity.  Though the deck works well with breaking old thought patterns, the Ace of Swords here tells me that it can sometimes be unclear.  The answers cannot always fall directly in to our laps, and we must seek further.
  4. What are you here to teach me?  X of Pentacles.  The dogs, looking toward their not-pictured master, who is calling them home, the well-built and -guarded fortress in the distance, the ten pentacles in the sky.  The card of manifesting prosperity, in all aspects of life.  This card is the antithesis of the X of Swords.  The most important characteristic is integral to what the deck is here to teach me.  The X of Swords must come before the X of Pentacles.
  5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?  The World.  The angel on top of the world, one who has reached true completion and wholeness.  I read this simply as, by showing up and doing the work, is the best way for me to work with this deck.
  6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?  II of Wands.  Perhaps the same fortress from the X of Pentacles, from a different angle, in a different season, appears between the two wands, in the background of this card.  Two choices:  through the wands, or around.  Will they lead to the same place?  The same fortress?  And then, what do you really want?  The safety or the adventure?  Neither is wrong, but now is the time for bold consideration and to follow your bliss.

As a whole, this reading is about hope, victory, success, change – exciting life paths are before us all.  This deck, in it’s understated clarity and whispered answers, is here to help me forge my own way to my version of the X of Pentacles, the World, of prosperity as I see it.  This deck arrived with much anticipation, but lands gently.  My draws since this interview have very much reflected the delicate form of guidance that I picked up from this interview.

Do you have the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot?  What do you think of it?  Leave comments below…

exploringly yours,
Alaina

4 thoughts on “Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

  1. Alaina! You have such a generous spirit. We are honored that you chose our deck and love that you “interviewed” it and unfurled it with your own voice. You’ve discovered it’s intricate, symbolic economy and already moved it into your own vocabulary. Love that!!!

    1. Linnea, thank you for reading my post and commenting here! Thank you endlessly for this deck. I cannot wait to work with it more. I feel that this deck and I will have a nice, long relationship.

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