It is always beneficial to keep a visual and written record of your Tarot spreads as a means to spot shifting phases and emerging patterns.
The following readings were taken at Yule (December 2012 – left) and Imbolc (February 2013 – right). They cover general trends for The Enquirer
up to Ostara (20th March 2013).
The photographs are posted throughout for reference and again in a larger size at the end of the reading.
1. The Enquirer/The Present – The Seven Of Swords (Yule) > The Eight Of Swords inverted (Imbolc)
The numerical progression is obvious and the images show that The Enquirer has inadvertently escaped from an untenable position. The Acrobat (Yule) has become inactive and endangered by the stresses and anxieties of multi-tasking but the realisation that we can be “our own worst enemy” engenders the strength to let go of unhealthy situations.
By trusting to destiny and “going with the flow” The Enquirer has submitted to a fortuitous fall: an escape from a self-imposed prison (The Eight Of Swords). It’s still dangerous out there, one might land safely or fall on a sword, but this is freedom and an end to frustration. The Enquirer is at last free to act.
2. Past Influences – The Four Of Wands (Yule) > JUDGEMENT (Imbolc)
The Four Of Wands denotes that the hope of domestic harmony, especially within a romantic partnership, is a primary influence that has contributed to The Enquirer feeling over-extended, especially in the run-up to the Christmas period.
JUDGEMENT’S appearance in early Spring suggests a major transformation; positive new influences instigating a new lifestyle and renewed purpose. The Enquirer has done their duty well, their conscience is clear and a new beginning – following that fall from the tower (The Eight Of Swords) – is assured.
3. Subconscious Influences – The Three Of Wands inverted (Yule) > THE HANGED MAN inverted (Imbolc)
Inspiration hibernates for Winter! The Enquirer feels lacking in resources; low and tired; an inevitable consequence of trying to balance all those swords! (Position 1. The Seven of Swords (Yule))
The sense of waiting and inaction continues into the Spring with THE HANGED MAN. The figure depicted has been tethered by self-punishment and/or the emotional manipulation of others but has realised the need to end stagnation. Letting go of the past, looking at the world in a new way and allowing events to run their course will free THE HANGED MAN for that fall/escape from the tower (Position 1. The Eight Of Swords, Imbolc).
4. Secret Wishes & Desires – THE TOWER (Yule) > THE EMPEROR (Imbolc)
The Enquirer is wishing for an apocalyptic “light-bulb moment”: a sudden destructive act that will sweep away old ideas and habits. This is a wish destined to come true because, by Imbolc, the dramatic fall pictured in THE TOWER has evolved into a free-fall from entrapment (Position 1. The Eight Of Swords).
Major Arcana cards in Position 4 suggest The Enquirer is strongly motivated by desire. Come Spring there is a wish to rely on a strong, practical and authoritative man or else to adopt an ambitious and confident aspect. The desire is for improved status and success.
5. Hidden Forces – The King Of Swords (Yule) > THE HIGH PRIESTESS inverted (Imbolc)
Court cards are likely to represent specific individuals. At Christmastime The Enquirer has a mature, pro-active man in their corner whose serene detachment and dogged determination is an inspiration: possibly a lawmaker.
As a new year begins The Enquirer is unwittingly burdened and repressed by the secrets of others. There is a sense of isolation and frustration following emotional wounding and too much time spent caring for others. It would be best to adopt a few characteristics from THE EMPEROR (Position 4).
6. Events To Come – The Six Of Cups inverted (Yule) >The Knight Of Cups inverted (Imbolc)
Here comes a negative nostalgia trip but it’s time to take off those rose-tinted glasses and let go of something or someone disappointing. It is time to grow up move on.
The Knight heralds closure on a relationship with a faithless and immoral man who has become an emotional drain. This “letting go” will be eventful, painful but beneficial and set to come to a head before the end of March.
7. The Surrounding Environment – The Ten Of Cups inverted (Yule) > THE HIEROPHANT inverted (Imbolc)
The inverted Ten suggests imbalance and family strife – hardly surprising over Christmas and New Year! The Enquirer has suffered a loss (Position 6.) and is encouraged to prioritise their relationship with themselves and then embrace the unorthodox environment they inhabit (THE HIEROPHANT).
The Enquirer needs to develop their willpower, embrace their individuality and reject negative influences. The inverted HIEROPHANT rules an environment where truth will not be compromised and the head rules the heart.
So far THE HIEROPHANT, THE HIGH PRIESTESS and THE EMPEROR have appeared. THE EMPRESS is missing. This is the “self” The Enquirer needs to find.
8. The Influence Of Others – The Ten Of Wands inverted (Yule) >The Four Of Swords (Imbolc)
Cards 6 – 8 (Yule) recommend a reflective period of peace and solitude. The figure (The Ten Of Wands) has become stagnant and unstable carrying other people’s burdens. End this cycle and drop those wands!
Spring brings a more positive influence; a peaceful interlude, a chance to re-energise and some space to nurture an idea. Problems can finally be identified but good health relies on ignoring any negative remarks or comments.
9. Spiritual Forces – The King Of Pentacles (Yule) > The Nine Of Wands inverted (Imbolc)
The Enquirer has another King, a strong, mature and dependable man on their side. This one is a stubborn realist with a practical approach to removing obstacles: exactly what is required.
Nines are ruled by THE HERMIT so The Enquirer has stalled on the edge of a new phase imagining the world is against them. Get up, get going and trust the support of The King Of Pentacles!
10. Final Outcome – The Nine Of Swords inverted (Yule) > THE DEVIL (Imbolc)
The picture on The Nine says it all. This is the card of stress, anxiety, needless self-punishment and the realisation that we are all, essentially, alone. Drawing the card upside-down suggests this temporary, even illusory state will soon be over.
Overall, the Yule spread suggests an almost self-destructive desire to escape from pain caused by the burdens of others. The Enquirer has support from two significant men and has identified the need to let go and recuperate. This is something easier to say than to do.
By Imbolc identifying a specific problem has led to freedom; with mighty JUDGEMENT suggesting a dramatic positive change has occurred simply by allowing things to run their course. THE DEVIL encourages The Enquirer to enjoy their rest for this new-found independence will soon be tested.
Spring is not a good time to make major decisions and life changes but a time to maintain balance. The Enquirer’s personal demons – obsessive behaviour, chasing the wrong dream, focusing on the negative and tending to self-punishment – must be kept in check. Major lifestyle overhauls must be fought for and THE DEVIL reminds us not to be complacent.
- Imbolc ~ The Beginner’s Guide To The Wheel Of The Year (lilywight.com)