Stefanie Caponi, creator of the Moon Void Tarot, was kind enough to do an interview with us. I love learning about a creator’s gateway deck and their learning process. Welcome to Indie Deck Review, Stefanie!
- What was your Gateway Deck?
My first deck was a Smith Waite deck I bought my freshman year of high school in 1996. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon the world of indie decks on instagram, a few years ago, I had no urge to try the decks I saw in occult book stores, their imagery did not appeal to me. Decks like The Wild Unknown and the Starchild deck appealed to me as modern and relavent, with artwork that appealed to my aesthetic.
- What about that deck made you want to stick with tarot?
While I loved the imagery of the newer decks, I always went back to my Smith/ Waite deck because of the symbolism, it felt more complex and deeper.
- How did your Gateway Deck influence your tarot preferences and reading style?
A combination of confusion and understanding. Some things about Tarot feel as though I’ve always known, I’m learning, I’m remembering. Other things, such as the court cards, confused me and lead me to making a deck of my own.
- Do you still read with/have that deck?
Yes I do, not on a regular basis, but it will always hold a special place in my heart.
- What are the pieces of you that you’ve imprinted in your cards and/or book?
Everything! The Moon Void Tarot was born of the illustrations of a memoir I wrote. Once I realized the memoir was more cathartic than publishable, I realized I was on to something with the artwork, and that I had begun to create my own tarot deck.
- If your friends were tarot cards, who would they be?
I love this question! My friends and I actually have a Halloween party every year and we dress up as tarot cards. My friends are Strength, The Hermit, The Devil, The Empress, The High Priestess, and I am Death. We all embody these archetypes within ourselves individually and collectively, and at any given time swap or take on multiple energies.
- What is your favorite/most learned from/most drawn to deck?
The Pagan Otherworlds deck by Uusi Design Studio.
- What prompted you to create your own deck/book?
As I mentioned previously, it was an accident! I had been writing a memoir and having trouble finishing it. While I was working through writers block, I realized my story paralelled the Fool’s journey. I began drawing myself as the Fool, the Magician, the High Priestess, etc.
- What is your favorite thing about your creation?
There is one central character in the journey. The message is clearly about inner reflection and embodied archetypes. The Fool may look physically like me, but she is everyone, as we are all one in collective consciousness. The court cards do not subscribe to gender assignment or represent another person. The focus is on the double element and how to work with these energies.
- Where do you go for inspiration?
My greatest source of inspiration is my interactions with others, my relationships. Intimacy on all levels is a direct mirror of the inner process projected outward.
- Tell us about your favorite card, please.
My favorite card, has always been Death. I love the concept of letting part of ourselves die so that something more aligned in our personal evolution can take its place.
- What deck is at the top of your wishlist?
The Pagan Otherworlds deck, its my favorite and somehow I do not own it yet!
- If a Deck granting Magic Being appeared at your door, what is the deck you’d ask them for?
please see above!
- What is the most difficult card in your deck, and what is the most difficult card for you to read for yourself?
I’ve heard that my Hierophant card is difficult. I love it because it takes a card with a tradition of seeking counsel, teachings, and wisdom from The Pope, and shows the wisdom we seek coming from the sources that resonate with us and what we choose, not what is traditionally chosen for us. In my case, studying the cycles of the moon, astrology, and the occult on my own without a teacher led me to the answers I sought. If the High Priestess is our inner knowing, the Hierophant is the outer knowing, and knowledge comes in many forms. No one path is the only way. The most difficult card to read for myself is the King of Swords. Mastery of air and fire is tricky for me as I’m more drawn to water and am a feeling person.
- Which card do you most identify with?
Several! Queen of Wands and Death are my two favorite archetypes. Renewal after burning it all down is how I function, I’m a Scorpio moon with a Pluto rising, but I am also a Leo, so the blend of my fire sun and water moon is how I see myself, as a witch and as an artist.
- Do you find that tarot pops up in unexpected places?
Yes! I see tarot everywhere. I love how the universe speaks to us through the symbols we see in our everyday surroundings. I post photos of tarot in the wild on my instagram stories!
- What is your favorite part of the creation process?
Creation feels like channeling divine. What we see in our minds we create in reality when we’re open to allowing it to take whatever shape the universe intends. If I’m feeling stuck, I find a very quiet place, clear my mind and ask for guidance, and give myself time to allow it to unfold. I love seeing what happens, its typically wildly different than what I had initially set out to make. I never judge myself for it looking different, instead I’m grateful for the process and product.
- Where do your interests lie outside of tarot?
First and foremost, I am an artist. My artwork explores our relationship to healing from karmic wounding, family patterns, and shaming of our sexuality. I share my artwork and energy writings on my Instagram page – @stefaniecaponi. In addition to reading tarot, I also study astrology. My focus with all of the work I do is to take what I’m studying and share it with others – to let people know it’s ok to explore their shadow without becoming lost to it.
- What are things you’d like us to know about upcoming works?
I am currently about to launch a set of limited edition enamel pins based on the major arcana of the Moon Void Tarot, fittingly the first pin to come out is The Moon! They will be available on my website www.moonvoidtarot.com as well as my Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/moonvoidtarot.
- Anything else you’d like us to know?
I’m very grateful to everyone who has supported me, my artwork, and this project. It’s so exciting to be interviewed and connect with other tarot enthusiasts! Thank you so much!
I would recommend The Moon Void Tarot to people who want to see traditional symbolism presented in a simple, modern way. This deck is for people who enjoy psychology, especially Carl Jung and the study of archetypes.
Also worth noting, there is no physical guidebook. Instead of writing a book (which I may do at some point!), I have created an instagram account – @moonvoidtarot, where all of the cards are listed with simple descriptions. In this modern age, we’re always on our phones, it seemed logical and sustainable to put all the information in one easy place, at no additional cost to the buyer. It also creates a forum for everyone to comment their questions, additional thoughts, and connect with one another.