I'm still smiling. Before there was the Vertigo Tarot — my first love, — there was Voyager, the workhorse. This deck was illustrated by James Wanless, P.H.D. and comes in a series of editions. This one has the oversize cards and the purple box. I think it is the second edition, which is now out of print. The new ones come in a smaller scale, but I think these are great because they serve as a meditative mirror of the soul. You can really see the details and I love that.
It still smells of those sweet Ringling College days. Days in which I sat alone in my dorm room still trying to discuss the point of existing. This was years before that fateful day in 2011 that I participated in a shamanic ceremony and oscillated between life and death as the secrets of the universe passed by me. Judgment day came without acknowledgement of the nights I spent trying to crack the code. Now I speak fluently in my divine mother tongue and I forgot about the loyal friend that offered me my first glimpses of a world I would meet. That is what Voyager Tarot is to me. I'm so fortunate.
These cards are huge. They pull you right into a metaphysical world devoid of faeries, ghosts and witches. Oh, no. No fluff. Instead we see energy, feelings in colors and cultural symbols that bring us back to the 90s. I feel it is complex in image but essentially quite coherent. The message of each card is very clear. This is a work of art, a connection to our divine Mother Earth without the noise of the media. This collage masterpiece dates back to 1998 and was made without the help of a computer. I am proud to call it my own workhorse copy.
I can feel the turmoil of not knowing if Volker and I still had a chance magically pressed amongst the cards, along with Jo_C's mourning readings and the moment in which I told Ashley that she and her then present ex-boyfriend would get back together... and they did!
INTERVIEW WITH THE VOYAGER TAROT:
♡ What is your most important characteristic?
Ace of Swords. I have a strong voice that comes from divinity... or you. It is sharp, it is clear and from it radiates the light of truth. Words can cut if they are harsh, they can be thrown and they can really hurt. It depends on the circumstances and atmospheric moods. If you are in a different scenario at a different time, it could all mean something else. Watch the context and think about words as you would actions. Once said, you can't take them back. They are etched upon the memory of life, and you won't be able to backpedal if something goes wrong.
♡ What is your strength as a tarot deck?
Nine of Cups. I can see all of that which you wish and I can show it to you. It is lovely, it offers gifts and luxury for the soul. The cards serve as a bridge between the divine and the mundane, picking out the best — and worst — qualities in us and offering them back for solace and redemption. In its familiarity with what you most like, you click instantly. Enjoy!
♡ What are your limits?
Eight of Cups. Things that are dying already cannot be restored. There will be a decline if you leave something to die. You can't just drop something that you nurture and expect it to live on its own; it will require maintenance. An equal exchange in energy causes blossoming; to abandon it is to let it die. Things slow down after a while when you get tired, but the difference is in how you handle your energy deposits. If you choose to carry on with your responsibilities, it will always come back to you. If you walk away, well... look at what happens.
♡ What are you here to teach me?
The Empress. All that you want is offered... and more. This is an offer of grandeur. It is a reminder that the best way to be is compassionate, caring and nurturing. Mother Earth stands with her arms outstretched, in the full bloom of life. She welcomes you to play and to soak up her motherly love. Enjoy the embrace, run free in the summer fields and be as wild or as moderate as you wish to be. You are a child of the Earth and the best part is that you can decide what to do with her gift, the gift of life. Don't waste it.
♡ How can I learn to collaborate with you?
The High Priestess. Through the mind. Tap into your intuition and fly. Look within, that's where all the answers are. Harken back to times of old, past lives long forgotten. Therein lies the answer to what you go through now. The best way to learn how to employ the use of intuition is to listen. There is no need to blurt out stories or share what you already know is true. If you know it's true, that should be enough for you. Enlist the senses, awaken the mind and look to nurture your spirit. That is, after all, your mission here on Earth.
♡ What is the potential outcome of our working relationship?
Five of Coins. Our time is past. You learned all I could offer. If you run out of space to grow, you will just feel stuck. You will feel as if there is nothing left to do. You won't have the curiosity to look beyond the surface, and all that you will see is the barren surface of what once was. Time has pillaged this land, and as it lay forgotten, so have you forgotten where your roots lie.
♡ Which card do you want to show off?
Four of Coins. Stability, vigor, promise of a new start. Commencement. This is the promise of a new dawn, a new day and a new possibility to make things work. It is the groundwork for something you wish to accomplish that has not yet come to bear fruit. Must you wait? Get started — don't wait for somebody else to do for you what you can do today. Besides, it will feel so much better when you realize the merit is completely yours.
♡ How do you see me?
Three of Coins. Working to nurture others; offering trust of renewal. Be the fruit, be the one who refreshes others. Offer your bounty, bask in the beauty of the sun and widespread your happiness. It isn't worth being contained or bound to the limits. When you break free of them, you shine by yourself. You're going to nurture others, so stay ripe. Stay positive. Work hard.
♡ How do you see yourself?
King of Swords. Genius, detached from emotion. All-knowing and logical. You can feel the microcosm that is his mind and how it connects everything under a blanket of logic and claircogniance. He's brilliant and he may even know of his brilliance. The knowledge is passed on from divine sources for you to admire. He's not from this world, and that's what makes him so fascinating and enigmatic.
It is so much fun to read with this deck again. This is the deck that Tori, Niki and I share in common. We are the Voyager Tarot trio!