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Friday, March 26, 2010

An Interview with Tarot of White Cats

A deck interview with my cards (spread by FireRaven) - seen in Acelectic Tarot Forum (Spreads Thread)


I do love my animal decks, so of course I had to conduct an interview with the latest member of my pack (herd, pride, colony, flock, etc.): Tarot of the White Cats.

I tried to get the White Cats to schedule an appointment for the interview, but they declined, saying that they would drop by when they felt like it. I asked if they would call ahead to let me know they were coming, and they said they would consider it, but probably not.

They did encourage me to have plenty of cream, goose liver pate, mackeral munchies, and mouseburger bites on hand.

Fortunately I was at home when I heard a scratching at my front door. The doorknob turned back and forth a few times. I was about to open it when it opened on its own – or perhaps I should say it opened in response to the pressure of a large white paw, attached to a large white cat.

The cat made himself at home as I scurried around putting a few refreshments together. Fortunately the mackeral munchies freeze well and I was able to thaw them quickly in the microwave.

“So,” I said, seating myself on a straight-backed chair (the cat had already settled himself in the comfy chair). “Tell me about yourself. What is your most important characteristic?” The cat ignored me while he finished chewing a mackeral munchie. He then took a sip of cream and washed his face thoroughly before looking at me and signaling with a flip of his tail that he was ready to begin the interview.

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

NINE OF SWORDS: I have nine lives (perhaps more – who’s counting?) Knowing this, I seldom become too worried or upset about current conditions because I know time will pass and I will transition to something new. I do experience fear, but I am very good at determining when a fear is unfounded or imagined and when it is real and needs to be faced.

2. What are your strengths as a deck?

QUEEN OF CHALICES: I can tune into you at a deep emotional and spiritual level. I can be attentive and available to respond to your needs. (Of course I only do this when I feel like it. And typically only if you address me as “Your Highness.”)

3. What are your limits as a deck?

KNIGHT OF WANDS: I can be impulsive, brash, and hyperactive – to the point where I am unable to focus on anything in particular.

At this point in the interview, the White Cat leaped off his chair, ran across the room, and climbed the curtains, emitting an ear-piercing yowl when he got to the top of the window! I was too stunned to say anything. In a few minutes, he scrambled down the curtains, leaped over a potted plant, and landed in the comfy chair, whereupon he curled up and went to sleep. I took care of a few household tasks. We continued the interview when he woke up.

4. What do you bring to the table -- what are you here to teach me?

FIVE OF WANDS: I am here to teach you how to resolve your inner conflicts. You are much too repressed, my dear. You need to encourage the conflicting energies within you to confront each other. This can be done in a playful manner that eventually leads to dialogue rather than a knock-down-drag-out fight. These conflicting energies need to reach an understanding about how they will live together and work together for your benefit.

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

ACE OF SWORDS: You mean besides kneeling before me and gazing at me with complete devotion? Well, in addition to that, you can best learn from and collaborate with me by realizing that losing a battle does not equate to losing the war. When you are knocked down, you must believe that you will get up again and start fresh. There is always another opportunity around the corner if you look for it. There is nothing wrong with starting over or taking a completely new approach to achieve a larger goal.

6. What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?

THREE OF PENTACLES: Under my supervision, you can build something truly remarkable, valuable, and long-lasting. I don’t waste my time on fruitless pursuits (well, except for the times when I fall prey to some of those ridiculous cat toys . . .) Surely you can see how perfectly we complement each other? I am adorable and sublime; you know how to make mackerel munchies and mouseburger bites. It’s a match made in heaven, no?

With that, the White Cat bounded out through my open window, leaving me to ponder the wisdom he had shared with me.


Tarot of White Cats. Idea and graphics by Pietro Alligo. Artwork by Severino Baraldi. Instructions by Sofia di Vincenzo. Copyright 2005 Lo Scarabeo.


  1. What a fun interview Zanna! You captured the personality of a cat just purr -fectly! I laughed out loud to the response for the Queen of Cups.

    Thanks for bringing a big smile to my face this morning.

  2. Love it! Ohhhh, I so need to have a little play with this deck now :)))

    The cat gave me several little giggles during the interview. Very realistic to those of us who know and love cats, and fun, fun, fun! Thans for sharing, Zanna!

  3. LOL - thank you, Helen and Idun Duva. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. I do love cats and Tarot, so this deck is right up my street.

  4. This was such a funny read, from the snacks to the mid-interview curtain-climbing and yowling. I had a big grin on my face the whole way through :D I am also falling prey to the lure of animal decks, but I think I'm safe from the cats.

    For now ;)

  5. Thank you, Irmata. I waited quite a long time (years) before giving in to my cravings for this deck. It was rather like a cat, nudging me and rubbing against me until I finally had to pick it up.


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