Expanding Intuition with the Locus Tarot – A Whole Different Kind of Deck

It’s no big secret that I’m kind of addicted to backing tarot decks on Kickstarter. To date, I have backed 21 tarot decks on Kickstarter (18 of which were successful; 14 of which I’ve received so far), and I just recently back the amazingly gorgeous Linestrider Tarot on IndieGoGo thanks to Irmata’s gentle prodding. So, it should come as no surprise that I’ve teamed up with Mike Stop Continues, whose tarot deck project went live on Kickstarter March 5th.

Introducing: Locus Tarot

Crisp, minimalist deck focusing on the metaphysical underpinnings of the tarot, aiding inspiration, creativity, and self-discovery.

Locus Tarot by Mike Stop Continues
I have to admit, I’m not usually a fan of decks with minimalist pips, let alone an entire deck of such minimalist design! But the clean design, bold color palette, and patterns throughout the deck really caught my eye. I wanted to understand more about a deck like Locus Tarot, so I asked Mike a few questions…

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Meeting with Queens

Browsing the archives at Tarot Elements recently, I came upon this post by Johanne about individuation with the tarot queens, and it was so right up my alley. Combining Jung with tarot – and specifically queens – is something I couldn’t resist!

Johanne takes Jung’s four different function types (thinking, feeling, intuition, sensation) and marries them to their corresponding tarot suits. Thinking = Swords, Feeling = Wands, Sensation = Pentacles, and Intuition = Cups. Then, a spread with the four queens, placing the random card in the middle, asking “What do I need to integrate in my life, on my path towards individuation?”. I drew the Four of Wands.

In an attempt to delve deeper into my tarot cards lately, I’ve been fond of the idea of cropping the borders off so that I can more clearly see all of the images next to one another. I tried it with this reading and it was so much better! I love the way the Queen of Swords image bleeds right into the 4 of Wands.

Individuation with Queens - Mary-El Tarot

What is the intellectual and logical Queen of Swords seeing? (left)
You are strong and stable, through and through. Don’t let yourself be consumed by emotion – THINK.

What is the fiery, spontaneous response of the Queen of Wands? (right)
Next time you start to worry, let that shit roll off your back instead. Relaxing is so much better.

How can the deep intuition of the Queen of Cups guide me? (top)
You are stronger than the chaos around you. Trust yourself to know what is best for you.

How can the Queen of Pentacles help me patiently see the message that’s right under my nose? (bottom)
Ground yourself, and stand tall in your stability. Allow the fires and the sunsets to illuminate your true strength.


And by knowing my Jung archetype – which is INTJ (yes, I just took the quiz again to confirm) – I can determine that I resemble the Queen of Cups and the Queen of Swords. The post suggests that I can tell which one is stronger in me, based on the percentages in my quiz results. I snicker, because mine are exactly the same. Equally logical and intuitive (pretty accurate, in my opinion).


Next, Johanne instructs me to see which queen has the lowest percentages, because she is the opposite of how I see myself. Ironically, that would point right back at both the Queen of Cups and the Queen of Swords again. Why do things like this happen to me so often? It really seems as if I do not know myself so well anymore. I’ve had that feeling for a while anyway. It feels like in the past year I’ve totally lost myself. At least the cards agree, and can urge me back toward myself again.

Sleeping Beauty

In the most recent Tarot Town newsletter, they did a fun little piece at the end. The polled hundreds of tarot readers, asking which 2 cards they’d want to see before deciding to buy a deck. The results: High Priestess and Death. So with this knowledge, they introduced a technique called “sleeping beauty”.

“Think about your year past, and your hopes for next year. Shuffle your deck. Turn it face up. Carefully go through the cards and find the High Priestess card. The two cards either side of this card show you where you are presently sleeping. These are the aspects of your life that are repressed or hidden. Then find the Death card. the two cards either side of this card show you how you can wake up.”

So, of course I grabbed the closest deck (Joie de Vivre) and did just that!

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