I recently obtained three new tarot decks and thought I’d interview them for you. They are the Cathar Tarot by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan, the Slow Holler Tarot by a collective of people who identify as queer or Southern (or both), and La Corte dei Tarocchi by Anna Maria d’Onofrio. I posed four questions and drew cards at random from each deck to discover their responses. For the first two decks, I incorporated ideas from their accompanying booklets. For the third, I used the interpretation system I learned from Gail Fairfield in the 1980s.
1. For what deeper, larger purpose do you exist?
- Cathar Tarot: Ace of Shields. To initiate the birth of a soul and inspire creativity.
- Slow Holler Tarot: 5 of Knives. To return to a moral compass that’s rooted in the strength of love, empathy, and interdependence.
- Corte dei Tarocchi: Fante di Bastoni (Page of Wands). To fearlessly face the inner self and courageously express oneself.
2. Whom do you serve?
- Cathar Tarot: Knight of Wisdom. Proactive people who are determined to seek guidance, mediation, and confidence.
- Slow Holler Tarot: 0, The Fledgling (Fool). Adventurous, playful people who need to take the plunge as they start over.
- Corte dei Tarocchi: Regina di Spade (Queen of Swords). People with mature beliefs who use (or need) highly effective communication processes/tools.
3. Whom do you NOT serve?
- Cathar Tarot: 3 of Wisdom. People who are hung up on power and self-important notoriety.
- Slow Holler Tarot: 16, The Storm (Tower). Drama queens, unhelpful disruptors, and people who want to sidestep life’s storms.
- Corte dei Tarocchi: Asso di Denari (Ace of Coins). People who initiate abuse and/or people who start projects without completing them.
4. What do you ask of us?
- Cathar Tarot: 2 of Swords. Follow a path of equilibrium and be champions of truth.
- Slow Holler Tarot: 12, The Precipice (Hanged One). Be patient, slow down, surrender to process, and savour times of suspension.
- Corte dei Tarocchi: Dieci di Bastoni (10 of Wands). Get out of your own way, set aside the ego, and know when to hold back and let someone else lead.