I woke up early on Sunday, and reveled in the fact that the whole city seemed to be an hour behind me. I went out for a walk in the dawn, and looked at all the signs of Spring. I played with my tarot cards and blogged – one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday. And for me, ‘playing’ simply means that I tried some new spreads – great spreads – that I’d now like to recommend.
A while ago I purchased a PDF from Little Red Tarot called 21 Original Tarot Spreads and so far I love every spread I’ve tried. Sunday I tried the Spring Cleaning Tarot Spread to ‘clear out clutter and focus on what’s important’ and got this:
Now, I’m not going to outline every detail of the spread – you should buy this PDF from Beth Maiden at Little Red tarot and support her good work! – but I’ll say that the truly cool thing about this is that of the options the three cards at the top represented I got to choose one to focus on for the season. The other two, well, those went back in the deck for another time. Ditto the cards below – I could choose one to keep as a great life lesson, and I could pitch the rest of the junk. I love that! I’ve never thought of a spread like a choose-your-own-adventure but it’s so cool and empowering.
In the end the reading was very affirming. That 10 of Cups is a great representation of where I’m at – lucky me! – but as a 10 it also represents the way I’m feeling as I look ahead. In a word, restless! That Lovers card below is the one I chose to keep as a lesson of how strong and wonderful life can be if you appreciate what you have and to only move forward with love and compassion. That Ace of Cups became my focus card for this Spring – that feeling of joy when you are lost in a project. Oh, I want to reclaim that.
Now, here’s where things got really interesting. In the description of the spread I’d done, the author suggested to take the ‘focus’ card you’d chosen and use it as a starting point for a couple other spreads in her booklet. I could not resist. I’d used that spread before and really liked it, but had not done the optional step of picking the first card from a face up deck. (Or, in this case, importing it from another spread.) I picked up that Ace of Cups and did another reading – Begin, Now, With What You Have to ‘understand the resources you have available, and how to move forwards’ and got this:
Again, I won’t give the details of the spread away. I will say that the reading was clear, affirming, and easy. How clear? Well, when the Tower shows up and you don’t freak out, you have a clear spread design and a clear reading.
Overall, the message to me was clear: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” An extra bit of fabulous for your day? I was trying to make sure I had the quote right, and looked it up. What Henry David Thoreau actually said is way more relevant to these two spreads.
The correct quotation is from Thoreau’s Walden: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
This is what that Wheel of Fortune in the spread is all about. It means go now. Don’t wait. timing is everything and once you make a move the universe can sometimes fall into line with you.
So, thanks Thoreau, and thanks to Beth Maiden for designing great spreads. And thank you, Los Angeles for sleeping in on Spring Forward day, so I could do some important work in the peace and quiet of the early morning.