Again–The idea of 1 (or 2) spreads for each major arcana card is taken (as are the spreads) from Rachel Pollack’s excellent book Tarot Wisdom. As often as possible I am using the textual definitions from Ms Pollack’s book as otherwise there exists a possibility of skewing the meanings to serve my own ends rather than get any insight into what the cards are showing me. Recently I have also been taking (for the minor arcana) cards some of the textual definitions from Eileen Connolly’s Tarot: The First Handbook for the Master. Way back when I started working with the cards Ms. Connolly’s Tarot for the Apprentice was one of the first books I used.
Since then, I have had a new insight. That if the goal of these readings is a greater internal knowledge and understanding these forces then subjectivity may just be the way to go. Still I will give Ms Pollack’s and Ms. Connolly’s definitions because I feel it may be useful for anyone reading this to follow along.
This week. We come to the end of the Major Card readings.
According to Ms Pollack, the World card contains all the others and since when we come to the end of one journey, we set the stage for the next for journeys may have an end but journeying never does. This reading gives us new questions to be answered.
Ms. Pollack suggests that five cards be picked at random and the questions should come from those….
|1) Knight of Wands
|2) The Magician
||5) VI of Cups
|3) Queen of Wands
|4) VII of Cups
Interpretation (& Questions)
So the point of this reading seems to be about what questions should I ask, of myself and the universe and possibly the cards. I get amazed by how often the right question contains the answer. So allonsez…..
1) Knight of Wands
“Adventure, daring, someone energetic and forceful. This can be a card of travel”
“I would say he seeks adventure above all, an outlet for his fiery energy…If you wanted to identify him as someone in your life, look for the person who is dashing, curious, energetic. He might be ungrounded, have a temper, or simply be impatient with whatever is dull or repetitious.” (PRTW p. 407)
Ok other sources talk about a spiritual seeking creativity yet one who loves the things of this world which I find rather cool. So possible questions–
1) What is the next adventure for me? How can I express myself creatively, deal with the world (family and making money) and follow on the path I have chosen spiritually all while staying interested without being bored. This year, all of this has been surprisingly easy and I don’t wish to encounter the centipede’s dilemma but how do I maintain that?
2) The Magician
I’ll take this one without the reference. The Magician represents the active force, the will, the motivating factor that drives us forward therefore questions that come up
2) If I hold to the Sanskrit term ‘svecchachara paro’ or as Crowley says “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” then what would be my will? or as an actor might say (and on some level we all walk the stage) ‘what’s my motivation’? Once I figure out what my purpose, drive, will, motivation etc might be, how do I actualize it?
3) Queen of Wands
I’ll keep on winging it for awhile, Queen of Wands. Water of Fire, alchemical combination, Full fury of creation and passion, Strong lady who knows what it means to be alive… someone who can make dreams come true or bring them crashing down….
3) What do I feel passionate about? What makes me feel alive? How can I best help others develop and / or make their dreams come true?
4) VII of Cups
“Your life path has now reached another crossroads. Choice will affect emotional issues.”
“Protect your thoughts and Visualize the consequences of your choice. Then decide” (EC TF
Ok this card is all about choices and choosing a path, As I will in all probability blog (and vlog?) about later, Two of the projects I have been doing in this blog (the spreads for each major card and the written parts of the Haiku book), end this week. There are about seven new things I can start each of which will take varying forms of time and energy, one, the collages that go with the haikus I’m committed to. There are others, with new ideas coming all the time.
4) Which is the choice that will prove to be the most useful / helpful for the growth of both myself and people who may be reading this? Which ones look good but will peter off to dead ends? Which one stands out? Which is illusion?
5) VI of Cups
“Memories, Friends old and new. Loved ones from your past. All these possibilities could occur. Wonderful feeling of happiness”
“Possible surprise, totally unexpected. Very pleasing vibratory flow will have a positive impact”
“A new enthusiasm will motivate you to greater heights”… “Something from the past can spur you on” (EC TFHM)
Hmmm …phasing this in the form of a question…
5) Who or what in my past fired me up, inspired me with enthusiasm, creatively to go in new directions? How can I use what has come before in my life to inspire me on the next steps?
OK, everyone, there we have it, thanks to Ms Pollack and her book Tarot Wisdom, we have now done 1 or 2 spreads for every card. I’ve thrown a few different hints and styles of interpreting as we’ve gone along tho my intention was to give examples of spreads more than instruct in reading. In the next while I may do other examples of spreads, from many different sources. My main intention with these spreads was to emphasize getting to know the energy of each of the Major Trumps and how it flows through my life and by extension through each of ours…. The experience has definitely been educational for me. Hopefully for anyone who may be reading this also. Namaste