I was bored while doing a super slow overnight at work and was desperately trying to read the tarot for someone while using the Gothic Tarot of Vampires. This was the first time I had tried to use the deck in a serious manner and I was finding out that sometimes it can be tricky to read. There are symbols on the top of the cards that denote if it is a pentacle, cup, sword, or wand. The pentacle symbol doesn't actually look like a pentacle or coin symbol. It looks like a small vampire face (actually I think it looks like Boone's face from Nightbreed) inside a circle. There are also die type numbers (as in dice, not as in you will die) at the top that tell you if a card is a King or whatever. Maybe I'm just tarot illiterate if it's not Rider Waite inspired but this deck does take some getting used to, and playing around with, so you're not abysmally clumsy with it. I've found that it's also a stubborn deck. When it doesn't want to be used no amount of reshuffling will help that. It is a very beautiful deck though. I love the drawings on it. It was illustrated by Emiliano Mammucari who also draws comics, so it does have a graphic novel sort of feel to the drawings, which as a comic book reader is part of what drew me to that particular deck in the first place.
In my effort to understand my deck better and figure out if I was looking at a coin or an angry face, I went to the internet and came upon this Youtube video by Lea Evangelista.
When it comes to reading the tarot I've never thought of doing anything remotely like this. Usually I cleanse the cards, then I have to go through the deck and look at every one and appreciate the art, then I usually just jump right in with reading them. I figure I'll get used to them quicker. However, certain decks are more suited for certain questions and queries and this could help you discern what to do with which deck.
I set aside the very stubborn Vampire tarot and picked up my oracle cards by Lucy Cavendish, Oracle of Shadows & Light. I've been using these for a while and I love them. The art is by Jasmine Becket-Griffith who is amazing, I would really love to own a painting or piece of her art one day. This particular deck was gifted to me on my birthday by a friend who went and had Jasmine sign the guidebook, so it's very special to me. Using Lea's video, here's what my layout came out to be and the meaning behind them (Note: the picture I took of the layout at work was oddly angled so I recreated it at home).
Bottom Middle: Tell me about yourself, what is your most important characteristic?
Nautilus Princess: Powerful Personal Growth
This card is all about growing as a person, taking yourself seriously, and generally stepping up to the challenges that life throws at you. I find this to be very true because I do generally use these oracle cards as more of a personal tool. An almost meditational tool on myself and my current state in life. Very rarely do I use them on other people.
Bottom Right: what are your strengths as a deck?
Strangely Lonely: Holding On Way Too Tight
The guidebook for strangely lonely says this about the card: "This sweet and defined being holds fast to her Celtic Cross, clutching her belief system, because without it she is not sure who she truly is. Perhaps it was given to her by a beloved, perhaps it represents her family, a loved one, or aspects of her soul. But the reason she holds on so tight that she is so lonely and has yet to connect with her soul family on a day today basis. There are times in your life when you, too, may be surrounded by people, even those who you call friends, but you still feel extremely lonely amid it all, as she does. You may feel like you need a barrier between yourself and the world-as she does. There is a sense that you feel too strongly your individuality, and that you are lonely – as she is, too."
I take this to mean that the deck is very good at showing you what your barriers are that you put up. What are your fears and what is keeping you from growing as a person, which relates back to the most important characteristic of the cards itself as one of personal growth.
Bottom Left: what are your limits as a deck?
Ghosts Of The Past: The Past Returns For A Time...
This is all about confronting the past, basically. This card also represents that you can't go back after all of your life experiences. They have made you who you are and you must move on from all of that. In regards to the interview question I took this to mean that this deck is not always the best for trying to foretell anything from the future, but is better used by looking backwards and in present happenings to help you better prepare for the future. Not saying that you can never tell any future events, it's just harder. It is in my experience that this deck really will bring up shit from years ago that you have never thought about, much like a nagging girlfriend.
Top middle: What are you here to teach me?
Voodoo In Blue: Back Off!
The message behind this card is knowing when it is best to back away from the situation, also when it is best to be very, very blunt with people and tell them the same. It is about extreme honesty and dropping the façade of niceness from the way you interact with people. The deck wants you to grow a backbone. I know that a couple of times when I asked a question of the deck and it came up with an answer that I did not like I didn't want to be honest with myself and just accept that answer, so I kept trying to ask the same question and reshuffle and reread them. Every single time the deck came up with either the same card or cards that are extremely similar in meaning. So yes, it can be very blunt.
Top left: how can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
Sewer Mermaid: Your Sensuality Is Beautiful
I love the Sewer Mermaid. I think it is a very cute card. Both in the art and in the name. Despite being in the sewer this card is about self love. Loving who you are as a person, loving your body, things like that. I take this to mean that it is not just about physical self love but also mental and emotional. Accepting who you are enough to not doubt yourself when it comes to interpreting the cards. I do tend to have a bunch of self-doubt. Because of that when I read for other people sometimes I get very, extremely anxious about it and it messes with my readings. So the best way to collaborate with these cards will be to trust the cards and, most of all, trust myself.
Top right: what is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Autumn Is My Last Chance: Please Don't Lose Hope!
This card is about self reliance as well as self-love. It is about knowing that when all hope seems lost that you yourself have what you need to get you through life, and you do not need to rely on other people for acceptance or help. So I think that is pretty much self-explanatory. It seems to tie in with all of the messages that we've been getting throughout this entire reading.
There you have it, a neat way to get to know your cards. Hopefully it worked for you as well as it work for me and for the YouTuber. I would suggest subscribing to Lea's channel as I myself have done. She has more videos on there than just about Tarot cards and oracle cards. She also has videos about make up among other things. I have not gotten around to watching any of her other videos that are not about the cards, but they seem interesting. I also just like her fashion sense and the way she talks. It is no surprise to me that she does have some ASMR videos up because she has a very nice and calming way of speaking. I honestly think that I could listen to her talk all day long. Screw Morgan Freeman I want her to narrate my life.