30 Jan 2012 Leave a Comment
In today’s Tarot Timetravel, we use the Lenormand Oracle (or any other oracle deck) to get a balance between our past and future, in a one-off spread to be used only on Imbolc. We also see how to read positive oracle cards in negative positions, and negative cards when they appear in a positive position.
At Imbolc, February 2nd, it is a pivotal time between the seasons, and we begin to see the first light of Spring and Summer to follow. We have a brief moment to reflect on what we have learnt in the often quieter time of dark winter, and what we wish to take into the light. In effect, now is the time to consider our resolutions, not at the artificial start of the calendar year. So let us time travel to the seasonal time, rather than our calendar clock time, and align ourselves for the future.
As this year we are re-discovering the “Tarot of Antiquity”, particularly such decks as European decks including Kipper Decks, Lenormand Oracle decks and the Marseilles and Swiss IJJ, I am going to be featuring a lot of the Lenormand type of decks. Today I am using the Lenormand Blue Owl deck, although this spread will work with any oracle deck. An oracle deck is often better for this method as the cards are usually more literal and mundane – Marcus Katz prefers his Psycards deck for this one.
Let us imagine we stand on a rock upon the coastline, inbetween the sea and land. Ahead of us is a great lighthouse, with two beams rotating into the early dawn light. We stand for a moment inbetween time and space, past and future, here and now.
Shuffle your deck and consider your past and future. How has it been, where do you want to go?
Then pick out 7 cards and layout the spread as below, as a lighthouse with two beams of light coming from it:
CARD 2 – CARD 3 – CARD 4 CARD 5 – CARD 6 – CARD 7
The first card is laid out at the top and this is the lighthouse or beacon card, its power crowns the spread, the light splits in two and radiating its energy left and right, each card depicts the nature of steering towards or away.
There are three cards laid out in a row (or you can lay them out in a column) on the left and three on the right. The left is indicative of what you should steer away from, the right is what you should steer towards. You can read them together, or break the positions into the following context.
These cards are also signposts – you should learn to see that if you go past one card, you will reach the next. This gives you at least three levels of warning before making bad decisions, or three levels of “warmer – hotter – found it!” on the positive side of the reading.
On the left (negative/past) side:
The first card on the left column (2) represents the tip of the iceberg. This card shows what will show up first when you are going the wrong way in the future, based on the mistakes of the past.
The second card on the left column (3) represents the shallow reefs. This card shows what will start to happen if you miss or ignore that warning. You know what this card means, as it as probably happened before.
The third card on the left column (4) represents the Sirens. This card shows the final last-chance warning you will receive before committing a bad mistake in the future. Ignore it at your peril.
Now on the more positive side, we have the three cards representing the signs we can follow in our future that will guide us to our safest dock, our home, and create destiny from our fate.
The first card (5) on the right column represents the coastline. This is the card that tells you what to look out for, even if it appears not to be important, as part of your souls quest of return.
The second card (6) on the right column represents the Harbour. This tells us what you should expect to see in your life if you are heading the right direction.
The third card (7) on the right column represents the Dock. This final card indicates the nature of our destiny, and suggests what will be happening when we are closest to our own true path.
To illustrate the deceptive power of this spread when conducted on this one sacred day, here is an example which I conducted for someone last year:
The Beacon/Lighthouse: 34 (The Fishes)
Whilst most see this traditionally as a card of material gain, to me this card is about spiritual self-discovery, taking the opportunity to rise to the call and look to a new adventure. The fish are very much in the forefront of the card, the water symbolic of the emotions that we wallow in. This is Neptunian realms of emotions; we are motivated by emotional stimulus. It suggests that rather than being a lighthouse, your call is to follow the tide of your emotions – trust them and they will lead you to where you need to go – a true sense of “going with the flow”. In this position the card bodes well, for there is little struggle suggested in the year ahead – you have learnt to trust your tides.
We then look at the warning signs to be heeded in the year:
The Tip of the Iceberg: 19 (The Tower)
The Tower can be used as a look-out post, the presence of this card in the spread counsels to be aware of impending risk or danger that you may be exposed to. You need to plan for any outcome good or bad. Build up a defence system around yourself, protect yourself from negativity. Imagine that you are safe and protected behind the walls of this tower. This is also a card advising getting a better perspective of a situation that has arisen, look at in a more objective manner, be practical about this, do not become too subjective or over emotional, rise above the situation and figure out a solution! You will know you are at the tip of the iceberg any time you feel defensive. This is when you should bail out, retreat, or make your way around the arising situation.
The Shallow Reefs: 18 (The Dog)
When you feel trusted, or called upon to give trust to someone, this is a further warning – you are being drawn into the shallow reefs. Whilst usually the most delightful card of the oracle, here it shows that your trust has led you astray in the past, and will be a sign in the future that you are going astray again. Be more of a fish than a dog, then!
The Sirens: 4 (The House)
Again, a most stable and positive card here is in a position which is negative. It shows how the house can be a prison – a stable environment has suffocated you in the past. If you find yourself too comfortable this year – you are perilously close to losing yourself to the siren song. It may even be too late, so be aware this coming year that every moment you are “out and about” is keeping you from your doom. Get out there!
Then on the future/positive beam from the lighthouses beacon:
The Coastline: 9 (Flowers/Bouquet)
When people are praising you, when giving you gifts or compliments, do not run away! This is the welcoming coastline that beckons you closer. You may not be used to this, having been away from this shore for so long. Perhaps you have not gained or been given recognition in the past, but that is about to change. Whilst it may seem counter-intuitive to you, seek the limelight more often, be the happy centre of attention. When you open your arms, flowers will follow.
The Harbour: 8 (The Coffin)
A negative card, perhaps, in an entirely positive position. So here, like we saw with our positive cards in negative positions, the poles are reversed again. The coffin indicates that our safe harbour is to be found when we put things in the grave – when we bury what is outworn and obsolete. When we dig deep and discard all that we do not want to carry into a new life. This is a sign, then, that our harbour is waiting for us. Following our course to the coast, we have opened ourselves to others and been changed – it is then up to you to bury your old self. When you find yourself thinking of loss, this can be taken as a sign you are even closer to the dock of your future.
The Dock: 30 (The Lily)
How will you know that you are on your path, that you have learnt from the darkness of the year and are making your way to the light of the future? The Lily shows a certain sense of purity and virtue – a clean spring feeling of light. It indicates that you will sense a great clarity as you hone in on your own path, a quietness, even a calm so profound it feels empty. After you have buried your old self, your new self will seem fresh and clean – waiting to be gifted again to the world. You will know that you are on the right beam of the lighthouse every moment there is clarity – avoid confusion or being overburdened. The answer lies – for you this year – in pure simplicity itself.
I hope you have enjoyed this spread and the use of the Lenormand deck, and I look forward to any comments if you decide to try it yourself – use this method as an excuse to dust off an oracle deck, or use a new one! Safe sailing until our next time-travelling instalment!
04 Jul 2011 Leave a Comment
How can we use Tarot for transforming our lives? They say it is not all about YOU but it is! We can all transform when we take time to listen to our inner wisdom; the voice that wants us to grow, if only we would trust ourselves. Now is the time – and with Tarot to hand! So let’s be receptive, let’s listen and trust in our own inner knowledge. The Major Arcana is a Well of Divine Inspiration for change and in this series of articles I will show you ways to apply transformation through Tarot to your life.
We start today with the first four cards of the Majors. You might take each one of these transformations for a day, a week, even a month or year. We can transform at our own speed.
0. The Fool.
The fool says that to transform you and I have to let go of desire, the desire not to fail, we have to let go of doubting ourselves and in turn doubting others. We have to live in the moment at all times and trust that all will be well.
“And all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well”
Today let the above sentiment settle into your mind, repeat it to yourself as often as you can, as you would a Mantra.
Repeat “I let go of desire, I let go the need to succeed, I will not doubt myself or others. All shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well”. Before sleep repeat.
1. The Magician
The Magician says to transform you and I have reach up and outwards and then draw in towards us the knowledge and wisdom resource in order to fulfil our true potential and Discover your life journey theme.
Today connect with the divine that is all around us, connect with your inner magic and discover your life journey theme, do the tarot spread specifically for this, The well of inspiration spread, this is 3 cards of truth to find wisdom in your past, present and future and forge it in the now.
Shuffle the deck of your choice, focus on an image from your past when you first grasped how to do something difficult. Select a card. Do the same with an image of a something in your life that you cannot work out. Select a second card. Then next focus on something you would like to potentially do in the future. Select a third and final card.
Now lay out the cards as below:
1. Your past – what wisdom has come though to now from your past.
2. Your present – how do you use this wisdom wisely.
3. Your future – how you can shape it now.
Take these three cards and read as one story, then try and read them together as one single word; this is the theme of your life journey.
My cards dealt are the:
1. Wheel of Fortune
2. Nine of Swords
3. Eight of Wands
My interpretation is as follows:
The Wheel of Fortune: I have learnt that we are all in the hands of uncertainty, that something that we are sure of one day, we can not be sure of the next. Nothing in life is guaranteed, we are at the mercy of good luck and bad luck.
9 of Swords: By accepting that unhappiness is transient, and I must accept this too will pass.
8 of Wands: I need to stop fear from paralysing me in the now and thereby restricting my future potential.
The word I condensed these to is “Work”. My life journey theme is work. Discover yours.
You can have a reading done for you using this spread by any of the readers at the ShingdigTarot.com site, as a straight three-card reading or custom spread.
2. The High Priestess
The High Priestess says to transform you and I need to silent, we need to listen to the message beyond the silence, the message that we are all one, but at the same time many, alone but not alone, knowing but unknowing, here but not here. She says let it be, just be, in the moment and beyond. She preaches that we should take the line of least resistance.
Spend a day of silence, get away from the usual bind of your everyday life, if possible get away into remote countryside.
3. The Empress
The Empress says to transform you and I have to fall madly in love with ourselves. We must be the star of the show, call all the shots and have total creative license, you are I running our own creative block buster, we can hire and fire and flounce but still be in total control of our life. The balance of power lies within our control.
Create a new image for yourself; go for total revamp of style. Create a whole new persona.
4. The Emperor
The Emperor says to transform you and I need to rule ourselves before others rule us!
Consult an Astrologer; find out where the Planets are in your chart that rule self-governance, Saturn, Leo, sun, Capricorn, and Mars. Aries is a very important part of the mix. Many a great Emperor consulted an Astrologer before taking action.
In my next article I will continue the transformations suitable for the next Major cards of the Hierophant to the Hermit. I would love you to let me know if you take up any of these transformative tarot tasks!
Tarot Illustration: The Sun from the Frown Strong Tarot (Major Arcana Only Deck)