Greetings & Blessings. I hope everyone is having a lovely, tarot filled day!
Sunday marked the end of my third and final week doing my deck challenge. To read about the challenge click here.
This past week I worked with the Deviant Moon Tarot by Patrick Valenza. I love this deck and I was very excited to work with it.
I used the deck in my daily draws and for a couple personal spreads, including the large birthday reading that I did for myself.
Unfortunately this deck doesn’t have a companion book or guidebook which I would have loved to work with. The images are so complex and there is a ton of symbolism that I want a better grasp of. The good news is that according to the Deviant Moon Facebook page, US Games Systems has the manuscript for a companion book in hand and it should be released early next year. Here is the post. I’m really excited! I think a full guidebook will be incredibly useful.
One thing that I found very interesting to do while working with this deck was to consider the phases of the moon pictured in each card (each card has a moon in it somewhere.). That way I could gauge the intensity of each card’s energy within a spread and incorporate that information into my readings. For example in the four card spread pictured above, the waning moon is featured in the Ace of Wands, which indicates that the Ace energy is waning. This matches its spread position beautifully, since its the card of the Past. Likewise the waxing moon is featured in the King of Pentacles card which indicates that the King’s energy is growing and becoming stronger, it is in the Future position, so that also lines up. The full moon in both center cards, the Present and the crossing card, emphasize the intensity of the present situations energies. Since the center card is The Moon itself, there is a strong indication that perception or misperception is coloring the entire spread and that how the querent perceives things has a significant impact on what energies come or go or stick around. Its actually rather auspicious when you think about it. I might add that this was a naturally drawn spread, I didn’t set it up that way as an example on purpose. Auspicious indeed. 🙂
The spread, if you are interested is a simple Past, Present, Future with a crossing card. Its laid out Present, Present Challenge (crossing-card), Past then Future.
Until next time, have a lovely week.