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     The following “lunatic” spread features Patrick Valenza’s cheeky Deviant Moon Tarot; an inspiring deck with a wicked sense of humour!

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1.  The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The Queen Of Cups

The imaginative and empathetic Queen has much in common with The Enquirer; suggesting she is currently content, following her heart, being true to herself and achieving the right balance to stop that full cup from spilling over!  The Queen has much love to give and is inclined to take control of relationships but she is easily hurt and must choose her companions carefully.  With any tendencies to be secretive or possessive kept in check The Queen is at her most perceptive.  It is a time to nurture emotional fulfillment and finish what others have started.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Emperor

In the previous reading The Emperor appeared as a negative wish but he has lapsed into the past and been transformed into something positive suggesting valuable lessons have been well learned.  The Enquirer has become more inclined to shoulder responsibilities instead of wishing them away and has found a better balance between remaining independent and accepting advice.  The Emperor has triumphed over any ill-will directed at The Enquirer (see positions 3. and 5.) so self-confidence is renewed and ambitions return.  Solid foundations exist for a successful future.

3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The 6 Of Cups (inverted)

Painful emotional ties to the past have created an emotional drain.  Negative nostalgia saps energy and threatens depression by compromising The Enquirer’s ability to make positive choices for the future.  The Enquirer is encouraged to let go of the past and open their heart to new possibilities.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Four Of Pentacles

The Enquirer harbours a desire to thoroughly organise the financial and practical side of their life.  Financial security is hoped for; a wish to live well and make provision for the future.  The Enquirer knows how to value money but not idolise it, they are cautious in good measure and wise to resist the miser at their shoulder.

5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Three Of Wands (inverted)

Indecisiveness, heeding bad advice and an inability to resist negativity have secretly thwarted The Enquirer for some time.  The Three Of Wands, combined with The Six Of Cups (position. 3) has chipped away at creativity and productivity so The Enquirer feels as though they are “being tested”.  This card comes with some very good advice; “When your heart speaks, listen.  If something doesn’t serve you, drop it.”  The Emperor’s lessons (position 2.) are more than a match for these hidden forces!

6.  Events To Come ~ The Lovers

A crossroad is coming and a choice must be made: to stay the same or make a change.  Life-changing choices come with great risks but the payoff is happiness and emotional fulfillment for those who follow their hearts.  This card signifies union and the joining of opposites.  The Enquirer will soon devote themselves to whoever is sacred in their life.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Four Of Swords

The recurrence and positioning of Fours in the spread suggest a stable and peaceful environment in which to grow, a place where past difficulties can be laid to rest and new vigour will arise.  The Four Of Swords represents a period of indulgent respite.  Suffering and tension will be laid aside.  The Enquirer can revel in this interlude following The Lovers union.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Six Of Wands (inverted)

The Six Of Wands indicates a joyous celebration, it can never be a “bad” card, the inversion simply suggests a delay in the outcome.  Others may not respond, participate or adapt as expected to The Enquirer’s happiness but this can not diminish it or the knowledge that difficulties have been transcended.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Seven Of Cups (inverted)

The Artist combines creativity with hard work, trusting his instincts and learning where to focus his vision without distraction.  In this happy time he brings a small warning to keep a firm grip on reality because what The Enquirer wants and needs is right in front of them.  Prioritise what is real and be mindful of how the inverted Six Of Cups and Three Of Wands have caused distraction and stirred defeatism in the past!

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Six Of Swords

This card literally depicts a journey over or near water.  It is a significant break to mark the end of a trying time and a reminder that the world can be a beautiful place.  Action does not have to be aggressive and retreat does not have to mean defeat – an entirely positive “escape” is forecast: a journey into a more productive phase.  The Enquirer is on the right course.

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     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.

Imbolc 2013Yule 2012

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, especiallyYule 2012 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).

Imbolc 2013Major 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)Yule 2012

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)

Imbolc 2013The 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.

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Yule 2012

Imbolc 2013

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     Professionals, amateurs and curious beginners are welcome to add their thoughts and comments on this 1st August 2012 spread asking for general insights until the Autumnal Equinox.

Overview (start middle left and count anti-clockwise)

1.  The Inquirer/The Present ~ The Ten Of Swords.  Invasion of security/privacy.  The scars we earn enable us to provide wise counsel.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Emperor.  Mixed aspects of secular power and material/practical concerns.

3.  Subconcious Influences  ~ The Eight Of Cups.  Follow your heart.  The ongoing quest for emotional fulfillment.

4.  Secret Desire/Wishes ~ The Three Of Wands.  The growth of an idea.

5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Three Of Swords.  Pain/loss/destruction can be a source of strength.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Six Of Cups.  A trip down Memory Lane.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Seven Of Pentacles.  Patience and hard work.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Ace Of Cups.  Pleasure and inspiration.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Fool.  A fresh start with equal joy and danger.

10.  Final Outcome ~ Death.  Unexpected change and self-resurrection. 

     Wow.  The grouping of Death (Major Arcana) flanked by The Fool (Major Arcana) and The Ten of Swords dominates this spread.  Death and The Ten side-by-side signify ferocious – even violent – upheaval, with The Fool promising an absolute fresh start.  Rebirth is painful, but necessary to break out of that box in position 1!

     The Emperor (2) has been oppressive instead of benign leading to tangible entrapment (1).  The past couple of months have belonged to corrupt words and secular desires instead of action.

     Inside (3 and 4) is an emotional drive to follow an inspirational idea.  The Eight Of Cups (3) the card that represents this site and it’s author, appeared in position 10 in May.  The true self should always be the ultimate outcome yet here she is diminished.  The seed of an idea, already planted (4) is the key to her release.  The Eight is constantly questing for that one fulfilling cup, held perhaps by The Ace – representing the influence of generous and positive “others” in position 8.

     Self-inflicted pain can be debilitating but The Three Of Swords (5) remains stable on her three legs, reminding us that scars can mean strength.  The Fool (9) reiterates that we should travel light and jettison the painful baggage that no longer serves us.

     A nostalgic event, possibly celebratory marks the shift from present to future (6).  What follow is a period of hard-work, demanding patience.  The Seven Of Pentacles (7) shows a figure waiting for the seed she has planted to grow to fruitfulness – perhaps the seed planted by The Three Of Wands in position 4!

     The Ace of Cups casts her inspirational light over the coming weeks.  This spread is full of little hints to follow the heart, trust one’s instincts and look for support in the metaphysical rather than the secular realm.

     Then there is Death and The Fool,  the surest sign of a cataclysmic new beginning.  It’s going to be big.  It’s going to be dramatic, but it is going to be for the best.

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