Deck Interview with the Housewives’ Tarot


I find it telling that this is a domestic deck (as in, it’s one based on the late 40s/early 50s idolization of the home and the women who run them) and 4 Pentacles showed up. Pentacles are the suit of the homestead. They’re rooted in how we’re brought up and what we create with ourselves from that history. They’re akin to Candide’s garden that we must cultivate before we can move on to someone else’s. This deck knows that about itself. That it can also reference Candide shows that it has a depth that belies its cheeky countenance.

1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic? Eight of Pentacles

This is the card of the master. This deck is the master of its abode, and it knows it. The Eight of Pentacles shows artistry and finesse in all that it creates. It’s learned the lessons and now it’s showing off its talents and what it can do. This deck does similarly. Where it shines, it excels.

2. What are your strengths as a deck? Queen of Pentacles, reversed

This Queen can be generous to a fault. Reversed, she hasn’t yet learned her lesson to be selfish when she needs to be to look after her own health. Instead, she gives and she gives and she gives beyond her abilities to do so. This causes her stress and strain. Similarly, this deck won’t indicate when to stop, the way that some will by getting cheeky. Because the whole deck is cheeky it keeps going. It’s up to me (the reader) to set the limits of where we need to stop.

3. What are your limits as a deck? The Empress

Like the Queen of Pentacles above, the Empress will be generous and nurturing beyond her abilities. Because the cards won’t stop making sense I risk driving myself to exhaustion trying to extract the meanings. But they’re there, being freely given. I need to remember to not look too hard for them.

4 What are you here to teach me? The Star

This deck is here to teach me to be open to possibility. The Star needs to be vulnerable in order to succeed (if you were unable to be vulnerable then you wouldn’t enter your pie in the baking contest for fear of losing). It’s that ability to be vulnerable that leads us to great heights. This deck is here to show me how to do that. Because it’s deceptively novel it can encourage me to let me guard down in a way that other decks don’t.

5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you? Two of Pentacles

This card recognizes that, as I already have other decks, the key to working together is being able to juggle the different demands of various studies. Further, because I’m going to school I won’t be able to dedicate as much time to my decks as I may desire to. This deck understands that life is a balancing act and yet asks me to participate regardless (rather than giving up in frustration).

6. Potential outcome of our working relationship? Ace of Pentacles

The Ace itself signifies the pure potential of its suit. There is a lot of potential here! The outcome is that I learn more not only about the Tarot, but about this era in American history as I get sucked into the imagery. I can also learn more about myself the more that I read with it.

7. What card would you like to show off? Six of Wands

This is the card of victory and success: see how the house cleans itself, freeing us to do whatever else we would like to do? See how we are the envy of all of the neighbours? That’s the wonder of this deck. It can help lead me to that success.


2 thoughts on “Deck Interview with the Housewives’ Tarot

  1. I know nothing at all about tarot cards but get the sense from your descriptions that they are a way to gain self-knowledge, and the reading of them is a very meditative experience. Lovely…


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