I thought that it might be interesting to present a very basic Tarot spread – the Elemental Spread – using a deck that is giving me great joy … the “Shadowscapes Tarot” (Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Barbara Moore).
Template (from “Tarot 101” by Kim Huggens):
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1. Physical World – Five of Pentacles
2. Intellectual World – Queen of Swords
3. Spiritual World – The Magician
4. Emotional World – The Sun
5. Central Issue – Nine of Pentacles
In the everyday world of health, home, finances and “safe place”, the Seeker has hit rock bottom. They are living in a (self-imposed) world of insecurity, of material and spiritual poverty. The key for the Seeker is to acknowledge their disconnect from the world around them (and from themselves). Looking beyond the edges of their limited sight will show them a much brighter picture.
What better place for this Queen to show up! I love her energy! She cuts to the quick of the falseness around her, so that what she sees is truth. The Seeker here is gifted with clear sight, as well as compassion. From the LWB – “Discard the past, leave the cocooning shells, and delve deep within to seek the true face to wear and show the world.”
What better place for the Magician to show up! The Seeker is on a roll here! The one who has the skill and wisdom to manifest in the position of spirit and energy! The Queen of Swords gifts the Seeker with clarity, which the Magician is then able to use to manifest his goals and desires. It is interesting to note that the Queen of Swords gifts the Seeker with clarity, which gives them self-confidence, with the Magician coming in with his own sense of confidence.
What better place for the Sun to show up! LOL The roll that the Seeker is on continues, Obi One Kenobi! Our emotional world is one that is hard to inhabit –there seem to be no rules of conduct, and we are often left to our own devices. We do have choice here – which is sometimes hard to remember when things are not going well. The Seeker here is gifted with warmth and positive energy. They can choose to take the warmth of the Sun into their emotional lives, and let it shine.
The central issue in the Seeker’s life at this time is their ability to connect with the physical world. What we see int his card is a female figure, seated on a shell, playing a piano. The piano is “rooted”, in that it is par of the tree growing behind it. The Seeker is expressing their passion in life, though their understanding of life. Here we see a balance of the spiritual and material worlds – something that is integral fo rthe growth of the Seeker at this time. Here the Seeker needs to recognize and show appreciation fo rthe abundance surrounding them.
All in all, this Seeker is balanced and doing well. The area of life that they need to bring into balance is that of the physical world. If they use the gifts from their other worlds, they will be able to maintain balance in all worlds. This is something that we all need to be aware of at all times – maintaining balance is a constant state of acknowledgment and fine tuning.
© June 2010 Bonnie Cehovet