This exquisitely feline deck arrived for our interview on a mild March afternoon. She was dressed in an elegant long blue dress with a bell-shaped skirt. Fancy gold bows adorned the bodice. I offered her a dish of cream and homemade tuna-cheese puffs. Although she was most gracious, she made it clear that she would rather be sunning herself on a window sill, and that I should consider myself honored by her presence.
1. Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?
EIGHT OF SWORDS
My love of freedom and independence is my most important characteristic. I simply will not stay in a situation where I feel trapped or restricted. I refuse to be a victim. Perhaps most importantly, I am able to perceive the truth about situations. I know that I must help myself, not sit around blaming others for my circumstances. I know that I need to look up, look around, and take advantage of opportunities that are available to me.
2. What are your strengths as a deck?
TWO OF PENTACLES
My strength lies in my ability to juggle many things at once while remaining firmly grounded in reality. I use instinct rather than logic (because "logic" often tells us that what we are trying to do is "impossible"). I can help you respond instinctively to challenges, which in turn will help you not only manage but enjoy those challenges.
3. What are your limits as a deck?
QUEEN OF SWORDS
I tend to be not only a realist but at times a pessimist or skeptic, based on what I have experienced over the course of my nine lives. I will probably not offer you a "sunshine and roses" reading. I am cautious and astute, and if your questions are frivolous or irresponsible, my message may be delivered in a cutting tone.
4. What do you bring to the table -- what are you here to teach me?
QUEEN OF CUPS
I am here to teach you balance and grace, to help you blend sensibility with common sense, and to be creatively productive. I can show you how and when to be calm, and how and when to express your feelings through practical action.
5. How can I best learn from and collaborate with you?
QUEEN OF PENTACLES
You can best learn from and collaborate with me by inviting me into your home for down-to-earth conversations and good food. I am not a "drama queen" and my tastes are simple. It is no coincidence that three Queens have come forward to answer your questions in this interview. My queenly qualities will serve you well.
6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
NINE OF CUPS
I think we shall have a highly satisfactory working relationship based on simple contentment and mutual respect. I see us being relaxed and comfortable in each other's presence due to a strong emotional connection and shared values.
And with that, she gathered her skirts and sailed out of the room without so much as a backward glance.