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Leeza Robertson’s book on court cards is titled for beginners but truly anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the cards and of themselves will find value here. In addition to explorations of the card meanings, Leeza includes spreads and exercises that anyone can use. This one helps you explore your inner child…something that always feels right to me in the spring.
Your Inner Child Spread
The page cards are perfect cards to work with when it comes to inner child work. Some of us have happy and joyful inner children, some do not. They can be wounded, angry, hurt, neglected, alone, or feel unloved. Inner child energy is very powerful and can be responsible for bad habits and self- destructive patterns of behavior. Our inner child can be the biggest gift we have or the temper-tantrum-throwing drama queen that stops us from expanding, growing, and having the life of our dreams. This spread will give you a little insight into how your inner child is working and what sort of energy currently surrounds it.
Take some time to think about which part of your inner child you wish to work with in this spread. [Select one of the Pages to represent that part of your inner child.] Take your page card and place it in the center of your spread as illustrated. Once your page is in place, shuffle your deck. Draw four more cards, placing them in the order illustrated in the diagram.
Card 1: This card represents the environment in which your inner child grew up. This is an important card, as it is not emotionally invested in your personal memories. It simply lets you know what energy surrounded you at the time your page archetype was developing.
Card 2:This card represents what was missing while your page was growing. More to the point, it reveals what your inner child feels it missed out on. This card reveals wounds or issues that may still need some healing work.
Card Three: This card represents what kind of environment your inner child craves. Note that this may not always be constructive energy, so please don’t be dismayed if a not-so-friendly card shows up in this position.
In many ways, this card can shed light on self-destructive behaviors or inner triggers. If it is a positive and constructive card, that is fabulous. Above all, know that there is no wrong or right card in this position
Card Four: This card represents how best to harness your inner child energy moving forward. This card also gives you hints and clues for empowering your inner child if it feels shy or timid as well as how you might cool it off if it is somewhat reactive.
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