If you follow me on social media, you'll know that over the past couple of weeks I've been kinda losing my shizz over The Fountain Tarot. Yes, I know, I'm really very late to this party. Many of you good people have been singing the praise of this beautiful deck since it came out a couple of years ago. Although I've often looked longingly at images of it online, it's only recently that I decided to pick up a copy for myself.
Just look at it! So lush and gorgeous. Every card feels like a refreshing spring rain, inviting you to step inside and dip yourself in its secrets. From the shiny, metallic box, to the beautiful, geometric card backs, to each thoughtfully rendered painting, The Fountain Tarot has seduced me hook, line, and sinker. Seduce is the right word for it, because this deck seems to insist, "Play with me! Touch me! Ask me a question!"
Although it might have been keen to get started, for some reason I was over-awed by its gorgeousness and, as I write this, haven't even shuffled it yet! I've thumbed through, card by card, picking out favourites and meeting new faces, but now I think it's time to get serious. It's time to shuffle and draw, as is tradition, for a deck interview. Thanks go, as ever, to Beth for putting me onto this spread. Shall we?
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic? XV The Devil
Clearly, this deck pulls no punches. Its most important characteristic is that it can bring the seeker face to face with the darkest and most challenging corners of their psyche. It isn't here for small talk! Instead, we're getting straight into the nitty-gritty, into exploring the shadow, casting off old identities, exorcising - or maybe even entertaining - demons. Alright, Fountain Tarot, you're on.
2. What are your strengths as a deck? Ace of Coins
Fortunately, although this deck talks a big, scary game, it is also strongly grounded. Its strengths lie in taking on our shadows, traumas, and repressions, and answering them with solid, practical advice and approaches. When we work with it, we're stepping out from the darkness into the sunlight, where rich and abundant life flourishes. Although these cards might push us out of our comfort zones, coming straight out of the gate with The Devil, they ultimately want to support us on our journeys, to help us lay solid foundations so we can blossom.
3. What are your limits as a deck? VI The Lovers
I rarely interpret The Lovers as being about actual love, but I think that rings true in this instance. The Fountain Tarot - at least in my hands - has zero interest in reading about romantic relationships, except as they might relate to the intense, Devil-inspired shadow work we're apparently doing. Is your ex going to get back together with you? Don't ask the Fountain Tarot, it has bigger fish to fry! Ask instead, "Why am I fixated on getting attention from someone who doesn't want to be with me?" That's more The Fountain's pace!
4. What are you here to teach me? Seven of Cups
Oooh I love this card, and this beautiful, dreamy lady floating in space! The Fountain Tarot is here to help us throw off the veil of illusion, to get past distraction and self-deception, and see the truth. Again, The Devil feels like the pulse beneath every card in this reading! Appearances have no cache here. These cards are going deep!
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you? Seven of Swords
In recent times, the Seven of Swords has become one of my favourite cards in the deck. The reason for that warrants an entire blog post of its own (which is totally in the post, by the way), but for now, I'll just say that for me, this card represents the Trickster, and in my tarot practice, there is no more important archetype. In fact, the Trickster informs so many of the ways I positively relate to my own psyche.
The abridged version: in my view, the Trickster embodies the function of the tarot reader. That is, the authority of the reader acts as a kind of foil for the seeker's uncertainty, which enables the seeker to access knowledge and awareness from within themselves that was previously not conscious or accepted, and thus, reclaim their own power. This is the play of smoke and mirrors that makes up my life as a tarot reader, and I'm so happy to see that The Fountain Tarot is on board with it! When working with this deck, we're all encouraged to get to know our inner Tricksters, to be playful with ourselves and those we read for. That lightness and tricksiness in fact brings us closer to serious revelation!
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship? Nine of Coins
Another one of my favourite cards in the deck, and so beautifully depicted in this particular deck. Again, we follow dark and challenging concepts with grounding, warmth, and practicality. The Fountain Tarot says that working together might require feats of trickery and deep diving into the psyche, but ultimately, it leads to greater stability, confidence, grace, and self-sufficiency. After all that confronting work, we can hold our heads high!
If it is possible, I'm even more in love with the Fountain Tarot after doing my first reading with it! Could it get any better? Now that they've been shuffled up and properly introduced, you can expect to see more of this beautiful deck in my daily Weather reports, and here on the blog.