Maat Tarot (self-published, 2006).
For this first draw, the Seven of Swords shows its faces. This fits well with traditional interpretations of trickery and deceit - the question of which face we choose to show to others - but has other layers, too. For one thing, Julie talks about the ultimate thief being time - which steals away our youth and our sense of self. Another thing she mentions is the idea that the facades we show to others are not just empty masks, but about actually being different - others can bring out the best or worst in us.
This card makes me think about the very different faces I show to different people in my life. My Facebook page, for example, is reserved for friends, family, and tarot people - who often also fit the friends category :) Then there's my day job in the business world, where I wouldn't dare mention tarot. One colleague once said she didn't believe in yoga - wtf? You don't have to "believe" in yoga, you just practice or you don't, and if you choose to follow a spiritual path at the same time that is in many ways by-the-by. Anyhow, you can imagine what these people would think if I told them I read tarot!! Then there're my counselling clients, to whom I show an empathetic, professional face, without sharing my own pain...
Now I have "From Russia With Love" running through my head. Ah, the things we do when we are uncertain of ourselves, and the need we sometimes have for others to validate us.
I am grateful for the people with whom I can just be me.