Today I decided to finally use a spread I’ve been wanting to try for ages. It is a general spread created by Chiriku on Aeclectic Tarot which can be customised. The spread can be found here: http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=185514
I like the fact that it is adaptable and can be shortened if an in-depth or predictive reading is not required.
It’s been a while since I’ve done something in-depth for myself beyond the usual 2 or 3 card draws and the beginning of a new year is always a good time to take stock.
1) Where I have come from – The Star
I have come from a place of hope and healing. The Star suggests a difficult time where I may have looked to spiritual guidance or direction. It often prompts questions in me of whether or not I’m on the right path – is this destined to succeed/fail? It gives the hope that what I seek is possible even if it isn’t here yet. I feel like I have been in this hopeful place for a long time and today I finally had some news which gives it more substance.
2) The cards draw my attention to – King of Swords
This brings to mind a situation where a fair and impartial judgement will be called for. It will require rational thought as well as keeping eye on the long-term strategy. It will be important not to act rashly but to consider all possibilities. As far as possible, I will need to keep emotions out of the choice. This will not be easy as I tend to think with my heart rather than my head at times.
3) I am affected by – 6 of Swords
I am affected by a journey I made recently from a difficult place. I got in that boat and left, hoping to find less choppy waters or even the greener grass on the other side of the river bank. However, I have struggled to leave the emotional baggage behind and have instead carried it with me. In some ways it keeps me in a circular loop with the Star – I keep going over old ground and trying to see if there is some higher message instead of letting go and allowing myself to heal. The King of Swords energy would be very useful here to help me take a dispassionate look and see what ballast can be cut free.
4) Stop doing – 8 of Swords
The first phrase which sprang to mind was to stop tying myself in knots. I see myself as bound and imprisoned but those ties and swords are my own creations. I feel restricted but if I could just removes the blindfold, I would see that the way ahead is clear.
5) Start doing – The Empress
The Empress brings a call to nurture. I think here there is a message to nurture myself, to treat myself gently. It is also a call to creativity – the Empress is pregnant with creation and abundance and I need to tap into that flow within myself. In particular, I see this card as a reminder that I can create my own abundance. It’s time to embody that Empress energy in my own life.
6, 7 and 8) Prepare myself for – 5 of Swords, 3 of Wands and 2 of Cups
The 5 of Swords is such an ambiguous card for me. Sometimes I identify with the winner but mostly I feel that I’ve come out on the losing end of a fight. This time it is the winner which stands out to me. There will be a battle of wits which, for once, I could win. Again, the King of Swords influence is felt here – I need to keep my cool and not let emotional entanglements get the better of me. The 3 of Wands points to coming results in a new endeavour – the idea has been launched and the ships will start to come in. The 2 of Cups brings with it the promise of a new partnership.
9) A gift for me – Strength
This is a positive end to the spread. Despite some tough experiences, I have the strength to get through them. I often think of this card as a sort of moral strength too. At least some of my tough experiences recently have come from an unwillingness to compromise my ideals and ‘play the game’. There seems to be a thread running through this reading that it might actually be necessary for me to play a ‘game’ in a battle of wits but that I can keep hold of that sense of fairness.