Deck Interview: Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot

Some Tarot readers have all. The. Decks. After reading Tarot for several years, I’ve only just acquired my fourth. I wait until images move me to invest the emotional energy in a deck. The way I see it, decks have personalities. It takes time to get to know them – and for them to get to know you.

My new deck – Dame Darcy’s Mermaid Tarot – has been on my radar for a while. When I finally had the resources to purchase it, I pounced. Mermaids have long held fascination for me. They epitomize the ability to bend to the currents of life with grace and strength. Their movements are in alignment with life’s flow, almost like the Taoist concept of Wu Wei.[1] What can the Mermaid Tarot teach me about this mindset? I decided to do a deck interview[2] to get a sense of just that.

My first thoughts on the draw:

·      Three reversed threes – The Empress, the 3 of Wands, and the 3 of Pentacles are all reversed. Since threes symbolize achievement of goals, growth, creativity, abundance, communication, and friendship, this may indicate that I will bring struggles with these areas to this deck.

·      Dominant colors – Yellow and green dominate this spread. Solar plexus and heart center. Action and compassion.

With this in mind, let’s dive in.


1.     What is your most important characteristic?

Empress reversed

This deck concerns itself with creative blocks and dependence on others – likely with the two being interconnected.


2.     What are your strengths as a deck?

Page of Swords

When it comes to mental restlessness, this deck helps “talk it out” – literally and/or figuratively. It’s a communicative, energetic deck.


3.     What are your limits as a deck?

Knight of Wands

This won’t necessarily be my go-to deck for quick decisions. It requires more time to dig a little deeper.


4.     What are you here to teach me?

3 of wands reversed

How to plan but also how to deal with unexpected obstacles. How can unexpected obstacles be overcome? And the accompanying frustrations? How can they yield growth?


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

8 of Swords

This deck requires the querent to open their mind to what the deck shows, especially about how they may be limiting themselves with their mindset?


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

3 of Pentacles reversed

This is a funny draw since the 3 of Pentacles in this position often represents difficulties in working relationships. Maybe this deck will help work through and strategize related problems.

In sum, this deck interview confirms my hope that the Mermaid Tarot can help me work with – rather than against – obstacles to better align with the universe’s flow. This will help my clients and me live more stable, abundant lives.


[1] In Taoism, Wu Wei means “non-doing.” It is an ideal mental state in which a person’s actions are nearly effortlessly in sync with the flow of the universe.

[2] The questions in the spread come from the Little Red Tarot.