Last night, I had a dream. In it, I was observing a friend as she astral projected. Now, that was interesting enough, but suddenly, I saw, superimposed, the backs of Tarot cards. I immediately knew what this meant: a design for a new Tarot spread.
First, here was something like the image I saw:
This image is a modification of a photo I took as a design basis for illustrations in the latest edition of Modern Magick. My model was Regan, known as High Priestess, who is a talented dancer, actress, composer and musician. In this style of astral projection you visualize your astral self turning to face your physical self and pushing up and away from the physical body. This method is typically done during a lucid dream. That is, when you realize you are dreaming and take control of the dream.
The three cards at the bottom are placed down from right to left. Then move back to the right and place the cards moving up and to the left, ending with the last card, in the upper left, which is above the rest of the cards. Here is how to interpret them:
The Physical Plane
Card 1: The Head. This card reveals what is on your mind concerning the issue. When interpreting the card in this position be aware that it may refer to your unconscious mind. This is especially true when the card seems to make little sense. Instead of trying to “force” a meaning or rationalize the card that is revealed here, accept it as what your combined conscious and unconscious really need to know.
Card 2: The Heart. Although card 1 reveals what concerns your mind, card 2 concerns what is in your heart. When these cards are complementary it is a good sign. Your emotions and your will are united over the issue. If they disagree, however, it implies a lack of clarity about the issue. You may wish to put aside this reading for awhile and see if you can determine what you really want.
Card 3: The Feet. This is the firm basis upon which the question is asked. It gives insight as to the physical plane or “real world” issues concerning your initial question. It will help you understand the inner reasons you feel you are on shaky footing and need advice to resolve this question.
The Silver Cord
The next three cards follow the path of the so-called “Silver Cord” that links your physical and astral bodies. The first is the one closest to your physical body:
Card 4: The Link. This important card is the link between astral and physical. Because it is between two worlds or planes it is often difficult to analyze. This is because you need to approach it from two levels. Ask yourself, “What is the message my physical self wants to send to my astral self?” as you interpret the card first. We’ll come back to this card later.
Card 5: The path. This is a card of transition. You’re half way between the physical and the astral. While not as challenging to interpret as card 4, its place between two planes can make the interpretation murky. That’s okay. As you interpret the rest of the cards, you may find that the message of this card becomes more clear. It reveals the transitions you have made or will need to make to overcome hardships and assure success in this matter.
Card 6: On the Astral. This card will usually have a clear and obvious meaning. It is the message from the astral plane to your physical self. It is the key and the solution to this issue. It has your answers.
Return to Card 4: The Link. After you have interpreted card 6, return to card 4. As you reinterpret the card, ask yourself, “What is the message my astral self wants to send to my physical self?” Note that this usually is in harmony with card 6 and may only require a brief notice. It can give added information or direction or advice to this message. Occasionally there is a contradiction, something that can be jarring. Ask yourself, “How should I interpret the message of card 6 to understand this apparent difference?” Alternatively, ask yourself what the cards indicate you can do to follow any advice in order to manifest what you have learned (if positive) or prevent it from occurring (if negative).
The Astral Plane
The last three cards are also read from right to left. The first two give you information from the astral plane. Chances are you are not aware of this information and these additions will give you added insight into why you should follow the advice of the cards. The last card, in the upper left, is the final outcome.
Cards 7 and 8: Astral Wisdom. These two cards will give you previously unknown information, often about events or individuals, which at best you only suspected. It’s far more likely that you’re not even aware of these things taking place. If you wonder why the cards in this reading have given certain advice, you will find your answers here. They may also have advice for what to do after the original question is resolved in order to maintain or even improve the results.
Card 9: Final Outcome. This card reveals what will happen if you take the advice the cards have given. If the outcome seems negative, it is likely what will happen if you do not follow the advice of the cards.
Mix the cards according to your usual pattern. If you do not have a usual methodology, simply shuffle the cards any way you like until you get a feeling you should stop (it may be a very subtle feeling). Cut the cards, to your left, into three piles. Pick them up from right to left.
You do not need to use a significator in this reading. If you feel you must use a significator in some way, and know how to choose one, after you shuffle and cut the deck as above, turn the deck over so you can see the faces of the cards. Fan out the cards until you see the significator. Take all of the cards that are above the significator (as you turn the deck face down) and cut them to the bottom so the significator is now the top card of your face-down deck. Turn it over and place it to the side so it can “watch” the reading. Then continue as above.
One More Thingâ€¦
Obviously, there’s one more thing you need to be able to do, interpret the meanings of the cards against the background of the spread. To learn the meaning of the cards is beyond a simple blog post. Luckily, there are some great books that teach the meanings of the cards. Here are some I suggest:
- Tarot for Beginners
- How to Read the Tarot
- Tarot Plain and Simple
- Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom
- Tarot Theory & Practice
- Mary K. Greer’s 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card
I’ve already found this spread useful in a couple of readings. How about you? Give it a try and share your experience.
How would you improve it?
What would you do differently?