One of the things I love about the guidebook for The Steampunk Tarot: Wisdom from the Gods of the Machine by John & Caitlín Matthews and Wil Kinghan, published by Tuttle, is the fact they have a tarot spread for each of the cards in the Major Arcana. I’ve decided to work my way through all 22 spreads in an attempt to get to know this deck better.
Apprentice’s Try-Out Spread
After giving the deck a good shuffle, and drawing cards for each of the four positions, I searched the deck for the Apprentice card to sit beside their spread.
1, What does this adventure offer?
Lady of Engines
The Lady of Engines brings passion and wholehearted enthusiasm to this adventure before me, but shares the wisdom that courteous dealing will pave the way to a better understanding of this deck.
2, What can I trust?
Ten of Leviathans
This card speaks of honouring the wisdom and wealth of ancestral traditions. I need to trust in the wisdom and guidance of those who have come before me, and make plans to benefit future generations.
3, What do I risk?
Messenger of Engines
This messenger is resourceful and enthusiastic, who accepts every challenge and assignment, no matter what danger it may bring. I risk getting in over my head and taking on far more than I can cope with.
4, Where does the vision lead?
Ten of Engines
The Ten of Engines denotes that things have become fraught, oppressive, or burdensome. It speaks of the pressures of responsibility of over-commitment.
So I do have a tendency to really get carried away with new projects, and end up suffering from burnout, and it looks like this deck is picking up on that and warning me that this could easily happen here if I’m not careful. However, now I’ve been warned, I can do my best not to get in over my head.