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     Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot in the Lunatic Spread read by Lily Wight for The Arcade of Arts & Arcana (Winter).

     Begin centre-left and proceed anti-clockwise;

WP_0000111.  The Four of Cups (inverted)

2.  The Ace of Wands

3.  The Ten of Swords (inverted)

4.  The Six of Pentacles (inverted)

5.  THE HANGED MAN (inverted)

6.  The Four of Swords (inverted)

7.  The Queen of Swords (inverted)

8.  The Eight of Cups

9.  The Five of Swords (inverted)

10.  The Ten of Wands (inverted)

Quick Notes

     There is only one Major Arcana card suggesting The Enquirer is guiding current circumstances.  The Hanged Man appeared previously right-side up as a subconscious influence, now he is inverted in the external environment.  His role is evolving, balance is reasserting and The Hanged Man’s control is waning.

     The number of inverted cards is unusually high so a situation is currently at tipping point or in the process of being turned on its head.

     The Suit of Swords dominates throughout the spread suggesting the last stage of effort in action or crisis.

     The Enquirer’s favourite/personal card, The Eight of Cups appears (mirroring another Cup – or Heart – card in position 1.)  This reading involves an important emotional matter-of-the-heart for The Enquirer.

     The Ace of Wands also appeared in the previous spread.  Its motivational influence has now moved into the past.

     There is only one Court Card, or significant “other”, in this spread.  The Queen of Swords is a frequent negative visitor for this Enquirer but her influence has waned.

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1.  The Enquirer / The Present ~ The Four of Cups (inverted)

Realise the need to drop all that has proved disappointing.  This is not a failure but an opportunity to grasp a bright new outlook.  Consolidate new and better emotional foundations.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Ace of Wands

A recent burst of creative energy has already instigated a new productive cycle in work and social activities.

3.  Subconscious Influences (internal/unknown) ~ The Ten of Swords (inverted)

A final surge of courage is required to break traps of defeat and betrayal and gain the edge over old problems.  Stop expecting the worst, turn away from unpleasantness and achieve the freedom to rebuild self-confidence.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Six of Pentacles (inverted)

A practical wish to be more selfish and less generous with a desire for more control and quicker gratification.  Live in the now!

5.  Hidden Forces (external/unknown) ~ THE HANGED MAN (inverted)

The Enquirer is no longer hanging but still tethered.  Emotional blackmail forces masochism so fight restraints imposed by the past, the self and others.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Four of Swords (inverted)

Activity will begin with renewed vigour when The Enquirer accepts that problems will always exist and success is measured not by solving them but by how they are dealt with.  The world outside starts to look more appealing; wake up Sleeping Beauty and be your own hero!

WP_0000117.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Queen of Swords (inverted)

The Enquirer has tolerated this manipulative schemer to keep the peace but boundaries have at last been set to block her controlling nature and negativity.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Eight of Cups

Self-awareness minimises external influences and builds the courage to make better choices.  Move on, follow the heart’s desire and seek a truer path.

9.  Spiritual Forces (upon the environment) ~ The Five of Swords (inverted)

The Enquirer will part from their troubles when a false friend is exposed and disarmed for the sake of peace and harmony.  What feels like a loss is truly a success.  Protect yourself on the road to self-reliance.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Ten of Swords (inverted)

There are inherent difficulties in completing the old and starting the new simultaneously.  Forget patience, release excess burdens and responsibilities and rush to your goals.  A new beginning is tantalisingly close.

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     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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