Do the cards actually speak?

Don’t blush! It’s okay to ask.

The cards are not sentient. They do not literally give direction. Rather, we speak of them having “personality” or “ideas” the way we speak of a familiar book, or persnickety vehicle.

I have been (fairly) accused of talking to everything (you try not-engaging when your car loses traction, or your keys keep hiding), and you may see or hear me use person-like language when describing the cards, or the insight we glean from them.

This is just easiest sometimes, as a way to put language to something (impressions, insight) that is often difficult to put into words.