Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot, shown in a Lunatic Spread, suggests that dramatic change and the power of chance will make their move at Midwinter.
The reading begins centre left and continues anti-clockwise. Now, let’s look more closely…
1. The Enquirer/The Present Day ~ THE HIGH PRIESTESS (inverted)
Many Major Arcana cards appear suggesting The Enquirer has little influence over events right now; although their fate is the focus of the reading. Previously The High Priestess appeared upright in position 7 (The Surrounding Environment) now she is upside-down because The Enquirer is at odds with uncertain surroundings and prone to compromise. Putting other people’s opinions first and not knowing who to trust has led to emotional repression and critical self-analysis when The Enquirer would do better to have faith in their instincts and common sense. The Priestess is the ultimate feminine guide and she encourages a period of reflection to assimilate lessons learned and develop self-worth. The world is ready for a butterfly and this caterpillar needs some peace and insight to evolve. In the meantime The Enquirer should act as if they already are what they want to be.
2. Past Influences ~ The Knight of Wands (inverted)
A high number of court cards suggests The Enquirer is overly influenced by others. This Knight is The Air of Fire; someone who fuels negative thoughts into conflict and is (or shares qualities with) a youthful, rash and egotistical male. This argumentative Knight changes plans, forces disruptions and disturbs peace of mind. Time and effort has been wasted over-thinking the behaviour of this individual. The situation has reached a crossroad and could be settled once and for all if bridges are burned.
3. Subconscious Influences (internal, unknown) ~ THE HANGED MAN (inverted)
When inverted The Hanged Man no longer appears hanged but tethered. The Enquirer is tied to the past and negative influences; held in stasis by the fear moving on. The sense of time passing causes anxiety but The Enquirer still waits for guidance because they have lost faith in their power to exact any real change. This makes them prone to escapism, procrastination and victimisation. Like The Priestess (position 1) The Hanged man is missing something important or looking at the situation upside-down: self-sacrifice may not be necessary. Once again the cards encourage The Enquirer to trust their instincts and practice self-focus in order to emerge from their trials improved and enlightened. Perhaps those bridges have already been burned but The Enquirer is yet to perceive it.
4. Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Page of Wands.
The Enquirer wishes for someone to motivate or inspire them to break free from oppression and stop settling for less. This Page is just right for the job – The Earth of Fire – someone who realises ideas with practicality. The Page is a youthful male or female and likely to be an impulsive friend or colleague who is always on the move. They may be voluble but their creative energy and gregarious nature is infectious and a means to good health. They may have news or an invitation that will lead to exciting possibilities. The Enquirer should seek their company or else strive to adopt these characteristics.
5. Hidden Forces (external, unknown, personal) ~ The Ace of Wands
The Ace is the herald of a new beginning and a dramatic thrust of traditionally masculine power (crikey)! Throughout September, October and November The Ace inspires the impulse to act: it is the fire and passion which generates big ideas in business and social environments. The Page and The Ace of Wands both encourage The Enquirer toward a more dynamic outlook and environment yet it is up to The Enquirer to take the initiative, seize unexpected opportunities and turn ideas into reality. Good work may go unnoticed but is its own reward.
6. Events Yet To Come ~ The Eight of Cups
Patrick Valenza’s Eight of Cups has particular significance as this blog’s header image and avatar. For The Enquirer it represents finding one’s true self again before the year is out. The Enquirer should stop asking “why?” and simply follow their heart. The Eight offers the opportunity to rise above expected and instinctive patterns of behaviour; to leave what is irrelevant, cut negative emotional ties and begin a more pleasurable and fulfilling journey. Self-realisation will lead to the calm which inspires an innate trust in natural harmony. The Enquirer will find the emotional strength to progress along the right path.
7. The Surrounding Environment ~ The Six of Wands (inverted)
The theme of “waiting” continues because celebration is delayed when The Six of Wands is placed upside-down. The Enquirer may lapse into an emotional slump as they doubt their decisions and feel that everything is falling apart while they struggle to start afresh, still awaiting the rewards of their labours. This frustration will be temporary and if things are left to sort themselves out good luck will reassert itself and victory and congratulations will be forthcoming.
8. The Influence of Others (upon the issue/surroundings) ~ The King of Cups
Kinder individuals gradually usurp negative influences as the spread evolves. The King of Cups supports and guides The Enquirer on the true path by providing a stable environment. He is The Fire of Water, a mature, well-established yet sensitive man who harmonises thought and feeling. This King values safety and security for himself and his family. He is most likely a cancerian or has a water sign temperament with fair or grey hair and bluish eyes. The King of Cups is one of the world’s providers whose loyalty and intuition have made him well-liked and connected. He has a strong moral centre and encourages The Enquirer to settle for nothing less than the best in others.
9. Spiritual Forces (upon the issue/environment) ~ THE STAR (inverted)
The Star is a destination point in the Tarot journey. It is affiliated to January and the sign of Aquarius. This is a cold and distant star that only illuminates self-doubt, a profound force that lacks principles and humanitarianism. The Star demands unhealthy emotional bonds but offers nothing in return: it is inflexible yet unstable and not to be wished upon. The Enquirer’s hopes have been repeatedly dashed by this star so trust is lost. They must stiffen their resolve and continue to follow their heart.
10. The Final Outcome ~ THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
The Major Arcana cards have revealed an Enquirer at odds with themselves believing that new adventures are thwarted in a hostile world because good fortune fails to recognise morality. Hold tight however because, come Midwinter, The Wheel of Fortune is about to spin. The Wheel represents a dynamic cycle of movement and change and the perpetual interplay between chance and destiny. Upright in position 10 The Wheel causes an arbitrary shift in fortune; an unmissable moment of change. This is the time to make a gamble, take a risk, grab an opportunity or make a major decision because, right now, The Enquirer’s opinion is the deciding factor on how things turn out. The Wheel will inevitably continue to turn so The Enquirer is advised to enjoy their luck while it lasts. What a way to end a year!
- Lily Wights’s Tarot ~ Modron, Autumn (lilywight.com)
- Tarot Cards: Ace of Wands (pattonpress.wordpress.com)
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- Tarot Daily Words of Wisdom: The High Priestess (rahbinah.wordpress.com)