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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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     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!

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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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