Here are your latest insights for the season, courtesy of Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot, cast in the Lunatic Spread (Position 1. left-centre, continue anti-clockwise)…
1. The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The King Of Swords (inverted)
The previous spread featured The Knight Of Swords (inverted) suggesting a continuing situation of conflict. The Enquirer feels controlled and powerless in their own life with a need to defend themselves from an unfair judge. This King is angry and over-reactive with a mind to spread dishonest gossip. The Enquirer has genuine concern for The King; empathising with his instability and refusing to play mind-games could lead to the necessary detachment to break free from a stalled relationship.
2. Past Influences ~ The Six Of Pentacles
Distributing resources is an act requiring discrimination. In the upright position the lucky 6 suggests a wise investment in which an act of generosity or assistance has led to a binding relationship. This card is a reminder to balance give and take; as too much control and responsibility can create underlying tension in a partnership. This may give clues into what has gone wrong with the relationship implied in Position 1. What follows could offer a solution.
3. Subconscious Influences (internal, unknown) ~ The Four Of Cups
The Enquirer is clinging to past unhappiness and choosing to brood in an isolated tower of their own making! Obsessing about the pain caused by lost loves has made The Enquirer blind to their achievements and closed to the potential of other friendships. The picture on the card is perfectly clear; throwing away the empty cup will leave hands free to reach for other possibilities and the key to escape has been in The Enquirer’s keeping all along. Knowledge of the need for emotional self-awareness is buried deep in the subconscious – sometimes, when you have done all you can to fix a situation, the best and only option is to walk away.
4. Secret Desires & Wishes ~ THE HIGH PRIESTESS (inverted)
This Enquirer’s wishes are frequently powerful and destructive. Repressed feelings and guarding the secrets of others has made them long to smash their good intentions and subvert their positive instincts. Here is a wish to be rid of problems rather than solve them – to be less emotional and caring. The Enquirer is probably known to be compassionate and amiable but their fantasy is to act the opposite! The low number of Major Arcana cards in the spread suggest The Enquirer is positioned to start taking back control of their life.
5. Hidden Forces (external, unknown) ~ The Eight Of Swords
The cards in Positions 3, 4 and 5 all suggest a tussle to break free from stagnant conflict and external control; with cards 3 and 5 revealing opportunities to escape negative circumstances via small and unlooked-for windows of opportunity. We are not to blame for the faults of others; The Enquirer should not be afraid to reach out, ask for help and seek better company. Once more the best advice is to drop the cup, leave the tower (even if it takes a fall from the window!) and walk away.
6. Events To Come ~ The Five Of Cups
The Enquirer has outgrown a relationship that once brought happiness. The picture shows The Enquirer finding their “off switch” and literally blocking their ears to negativity and turning their back on a soured situation. It seems certain that The Enquirer will at last break free and feel less burdened and controlled.
7. Surrounding Environment ~ The Page Of Cups
Dropping a negative relationship creates more time and space for a positive one and there is no better company than The Page Of Cups; a youthful, imaginative and caring guide for the lost. The Page is shown returning a fish to water and receiving a pearl for his/her kindness. This is an example of a perfectly balanced give and take relationship. The Page understands The Enquirer’s need for a loving, natural and more nurturing environment. Pages sometimes bring invitations to uplifting social events; parties, weddings – although the cup and water suggest a christening. Here is the better company The Enquirer can rely on.
8. The Influence Of Others ~ The Two Of Pentacles
Now that The Enquirer is free from their “tower” they need positive examples of how to handle difficult situations and conflicting schedules. Someone may offer a new course of action or release The Enquirer from a commitment that was troubling them, either way an end to conflict is likely.
9. Spiritual Forces ~ The Ace Of Cups (inverted)
Despite good company and positive influences The Enquirer will not be able to ignore the lingering sense that their foundations have been rocked, love has been lost and abrupt changes have taken their toll. A search for resolution and clarity has proved fruitless and loving someone unworthy has left insecurity behind. It has been fascinating to track the images of cups in this spread, the suit of emotions and the heart. The Enquirer has had to throw away and ignore empty or poisoned cups but has been carried to safety is the cup guarded by The Page. The Ace is the single remaining cup. It is upside down but The Enquirer must cherish and refill it by being kind to themselves and saying “no” to harmful influences.
10. The Final Outcome ~ The Ace Of Swords (inverted)
There has been a long struggle with no resolution. It is hard to accept absent closure but this has been making The Enquirer feel anxious, edgy and alone for too long. The Ace’s blade points towards The Enquirer so they still feel a need to defend themselves or put themselves in hostile environments. The cards have told The Enquirer to let go, to turn their back on the hurt caused by conflict, to escape and move on. Better company is available but they must choose to turn to it and release old heartache to find peace and calm.
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