Archive for February, 2009

Main priority spread (5 cards)

Here is a spread that I love to use every once in a while. It is called the “priorities of the moment” and uses 5 cards. I personally used the Morgan Greer Deck no reversals. I find this very helpful in order to look at the bigger picture, and underlying theme of a given situation.

1. Main priority / The ace of swords
2. What is blocking / The 9 of swords
3. what I can change / 7 of wands
4. what I must accept / 5 of wands
5. How things will turn out / The devil

First observations : only swords and wands, and the outcome is a major arcana. The whole spread seems to speak about courage and taking a stand. Also, the swords are related to the air element, the wands are related to the fire element. And I usually associate the devil with the Capricorn sign.

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Main priority : the ace of swords

Right now, I may consider starting something new. A new challenge is at hand, and has to be addressed with logic and firmness. Objectivity might be hard at this point to obtain because of the 9 of swords which represent the blockage. The ace is about rising above all things, suggesting power and mental strength. The 9 is actually more like the opposite, being stuck not being able to rise above things and being tied, not being able to use the swords at disposal. So the 9 here represents the holding back factor before being completely at ease with the new plan. Said simply, my thinking is somewhat muddled right now, I should cut the crap and move on. Or it is having a few butterflies before accepting my new responsibility and taking the challenge.

The two together suggest to go forward with new ideas, ideals and planning, and not let the bitterness and the deception of the past take the upper hand.

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Funnily enough the two next cards are both wands : active, energy, passion, movement. There is an opposition and a complementary side to this draw the swords on one side that represent the mental side, the planning of things and on the other hand, the wands which are the getting in action side to the story.

What has to be accepted with the 5 of wands : the competition ! Acceptance will have to be fought for. Also, a lot of scattered energy. I will have to be prepared to work on it quite a lot. This won’t come easy. It won’t fell in my lap. One has to reach out to catch.

What one can change with the 7 of wands : by standing your ground actively, not backing down, trusting your instinct, voicing your opinion. Also on the 7 of wands, the character is on a higher ground than the opponent. In the 5, the characters are all on the same level.
Beating out the competition, implies to present something different than the rest.

The underlying theme all around this spread seems to be fighting for an ideal, or a new project. it seems also pretty active too.

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The outcome is a Major Arcana : the devil. I personnaly don’t read the devil as a bad card, especially in this type of spread where it is supposed to give you advice ! The devil here is an interesting outcome because it is related to power that is mental and also physical. And there were 2 cards for the mental and 2 cards for the physical side. It acts as a focal point within the spread, a card that merges all the sides of it. The devil here is a better control of yourself and your environment ( by that I mean , how you represent yourself to others, and how you persuade them). It is also a card for passion and control. Taking the power. How you gather your energy, focus on the goal and address all of your energy in the right direction. The endeavor is triggered initially by the ace of swords.

This draw is interesting ! Cheers,
Jayce

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reading about love for K.

hi there,

I am back … it’s been a while. I just needed some time off from blogging, though I have been using cards a lot … and took a lot of notes … It was just one of this period during which I needed only the contact of paper/pen and nothing else 😀 I have been writing a couple of chapters, done quite a few readings. I didn’t expect to be away for so long though. But sometimes, the writing would take the whole evening so … time flew by. With no further do : here is below a case analysis for you to enjoy.

Here is a reading I did about love for a person (woman). I used the Morgan Greer deck and no reversal. She is single and is asking about what she can expect in the next future regarding relationships.

The situation (3 cards)

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8 of pentacles / Queen of Cups / 5 of Cups

How the situation evolves (2 cards)

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the Tower / the 10 of Swords

the Outcome (1 cards)

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The 10 of Wands

the Queen of Cups is of course representing her with her hope for love. As this is the central card, it is standing strong and is important I feel for the “translation”. Right now though it seems all her dedication is in her work. That is indicated by the 8 of Pentacles. She’d be in a relationship, I would read this as her doing all her best in order to make this relationship work. As she is single it shows her putting all of her energy in her work and diligently so. She is keeping herself very busy. The 5 of Pentacles shows that she feels miserable and also might be a hint that she doesn’t feel like this is rewarding. Her effort are bigger than what she receives. She is good at covering it with the 8 of pentacles and the Queen of cups. The Queen is actually looking at the 8 of pentacles. And the character in the 8 pentacles is looking on his work. The Queen seems to ignore the card behind her. Well, maybe “ignore” is not the right word … She is actually presenting her face to the world as the Queen and is somewhat hiding the truth which is the 5 of pentacles. To me, it looks like she is good at putting things in perpective and not spend all of her time dwelling on what could have been and what should have been and so and so … At least not in public. Knowing her love life is a desert right now, she gives the priority to work. This is bordering on workaholism maybe, but it is better than crying all day long, and she has the opportunity to put some money on the side which could be useful in the future …

The Tower and the 10 of Swords are striking next to another. Not the prettiest sight ! But let’s remember that The tower is not always negative. Actually, one sometimes need a shock to come alive. (remember the needle thing through the heart in Pulp Fiction ? ). Well, who wants to go through that ? But if it is the only way to come back from the dead … one takes the option right ? The 10 of Swords is clearly the victim or someone who feels that way, defeated. So to me this looks like she is going to acknowledge her hurt in a very sudden way or she is going to go through a tough experience which is going to be painful. To the very least it is going to rock her foundation. I would advice her to enjoy some time out of her work, go out a little bit more, or she is going to end up in total burn out. In an health reading, that tower and the 10 of swords speaks of a surgery, a hospitalization. Also, some other issues were addressed here : the Tower also represents our ego and the 10 of Swords doesn’t look like a winner here right ? So the 2 of them, I feel here, are related to low self esteem. And that may actually be the energy around the situation : because she doesn’t feel right with herself, she doesn’t allow herself to open up to someone and only dedicate herself to work. My intuition tells me that THIS is spot on, THIS is the core problem and solution.

Okay, while the party is not around the corner with that combo. there is still something positive in every situation. The character in the 10 of Swords seems to be a person who is jumping out of the Tower card and who hit the ground after a long fall. So it can’t go further down from there. It is as down as can be. The positive ? The only way is up then !

The 10 of Wands shows that exactly. In a very realistic way: “No one said it was going to be easy”. The 10 of wands speaks of courage, not giving up, keep on keeping. Having heavy stuff to carry on. It doesn’t mean you are going to end up alone; but there is quite a way to go. Don’t loose your courage : and it is up to you to make that journey interesting. Everything you learn in the process, will make you wiser and more interesting too. The distance the character has to go, might imply that there might a geographic distance between her and the person she is going to be with. My intuition tell me so anyway.

So, let’s look at the 2 ten in this draw : 10 of Swords and 10 of Wands

The outcome shows the character who picked the swords out of his own body and only carries the lessons learned from the bad experience as wands . The Swords changed into Wands if you prefer. But not by sheer magic, only because the character from the 10 of swords got back on his feet and decided to walk again. It shows that we can take from very painful experience, and even if we suffer from it, we can take the lesson and move forward.
the last 3 cards seems to say : “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger …” (Honestly, I don’t know how many times I have been told about that one … I guess it is true, but when you are bleeding it is tough to take … )

well, I hope you enjoyed this little analysis of the reading. As you may notice, even if some cards are not speaking about total bliss I try to put a message that can be useful for the querent … I think there was a saying that said something like there is no problem only solutions …
Good to be back ^^
Jayce

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