14) For what purposes do you usually use to Tarot?
I don't do a lot of "self" readings, other than daily draws, which I use as a sort of 1-card-reading to give me some insights about my day. Lately I've been reading for strangers, helping them gain insights into major life issues, which is really rewarding over all. Sometimes I just sit with a particular deck and go through each card, considering the images and how they impact me. So in a way I am ever studying and deepening my connection to and understanding of Tarot.
15) How much emphasis do you put on the textbook meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the "feeling" you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism, etc.? Do you do both, or one or the other?
Um, I'd say I'm kind of in the middle at this point. I always consider the textbook meanings, but sometimes I get a feeling from a card that doesn't necessarily match up closely to what the meaning is "supposed to be." For instance I did a spread once where a woman was asking for insights about her relationship. The Queen of Cups showed up as representative of the querent. I was using DruidCraft, and on that card the moon is sort of hanging in front of the Queen's face, almost looking like it's about to drop into her cup. For some reason on that day I really felt drawn to that moon, and I felt that the querent was very focused on the uncertainties and confusion she was experiencing in her relationship. On the other hand, so far with Wildwood Tarot I go both ways... I first consider my own, more traditional interpretation, and then think about the keywords, or alternative interpretations on those cards to see if they offer something more. Once the 5 of Arrows popped up in the spread, which shows a goat leaping down toward a man who is furiously trying to shoot it with an arrow, but repeatedly missing. The keyword is "frustration." I felt the goat was the querent, who was taking hits (or near-misses) from all angles but still forging ahead. It was all about inner strength.
Philip/Stephanie Carr-Gomm and Will Worthington