I Have been creating Tarot spreads recently. I was curious about what new ideas and themes I would uncover. I have discovered that the imagery of the Tarot can assist me in thinking, pondering, and re-thinking different important elements of life.
I was inspired to create my own Tarot spreads by a few different books. I have been reading the first part of the book Past Life and Karmic Tarot Spreads by Edain McCoy. I have also been reading The Tarot Activity Book by Andy Matzner.
I was a little bit surprised at how accurate and revealing some of the Tarot cards are, as they are turned up for a certain space in a Tarot spread. Some people believe that we live in an interactive Universe that can expose us to synchronicity. I do believe in the idea of synchronicity and I think this element of life may help explain why the Tarot can be so fitting.
However, on the other hand, I think we need to use our own sense of choice to determine how to interpret a certain Tarot card. Or, if the Tarot card seems inappropriate for some reason, it is up to us to recognize that and to think for ourselves.
After trying the first Tarot spread of McCoy’s book, and the first activity from Matzner’s book, I was inspired to try to create my own Tarot spreads. I was a bit nervous or hesitant because I didn’t know what I would uncover. But I was happily surprised by the good ideas that the imagery of the Tarot revealed to me.
My first Tarot spread was about Soulfulness, and I drew 5 cards for the different questions I came up with. My second Tarot spread was about the state of the transition of Death. I drew 4 cards for different questions on this topic. My third Tarot spread was 10 cards on the topic of relationships. My fourth Tarot spread was 10 cards on the topic of career and independence.
Finally, I arrived at the idea for the Tarot spread I would like to look at more closely here. This Tarot spread is called “The Journey,” and I was interested in the developments along a life span. The life span I was looking at was my own. But after gazing at the cards that I uncovered, I think there are some general themes and elements that could apply to the human life span.
I drew 12 cards for the life span Tarot spread. I was attempting to look at a life span in order of age. However, I think I simply uncovered some ideas on elements of the life span. The final two cards of these 12 cards that I drew are about the transition of death, and the resolution of the life span or in other words the ultimate learning.
I will be discussing the cards in the order I drew them. However, as I have mentioned, I think these are general elements of life rather than clear steps in a certain order. I am using my own personal sense of interpretation.
The two of cups pictures two people in love, with a faery hovering in the air between them. The act of creation begins with love.
The five of pentacles pictures a mother and daughter huddling in the cold of winter. For my own life span, this picture represents the coldness of one era of my life. In general, I think it is a card about challenge and survival.
The king of cups represents confidence to me.
The three of cups shows three sisters or three friends together. This is a card of joyful celebration.
The four of wands shows an important romantic relationship. For me, this represents the great relationship I have with my husband Joey and how important he is to my life, and how much we enjoy sharing our lives together. In general, I think the card could represent courtship or an important romantic relationship.
The 8 of cups shows a woman walking away, with her back turned to the rest of the scene. This card represents setting off on your own, which means turned away from some aspects of life that are not inspiring to you. This card reminds me that my spiritual path is a solo journey that is meaningful to me alone. Each person, to my mind, has a unique and independent spiritual path.
The Magician card. This card fell into place with the era of my 40’s, which is still in the future since I am currently 33 years old. A person’s 40’s is a decade of confidence and maturity. At that point, you know who you are and what your values are. The Magician is a strong card, especially since I have an interest in studying Magick and the occult and esoteric wisdom. I would like this card to represent a mature confidence as I approach my 40’s.
The nine of swords shows a period of lethargy or a type of subtle depression. This could be a reminder to stay energetic and to keep my spirits up about life in general.
The two of pentacles is a fun and cheerful card. A woman who lives in the forest is dancing with her arms open. This card is energetic, and represents someone who is open hearted.
The three of swords shows a woman pierced through the heart with three swords. It is a card of sorrow and heart break. Perhaps this card could serve as a type of warning not to let mourning give way to too much sorrow and heart ache.
The ten of cups, as the transition of death card, shows a family hugging. To me, this reminds me of the mythology surrounding death. Many people say that we are reunited with family members after death. I have no way of knowing if this is true, but I think it is a nice idea that is more heart warming than the typical impression of death in our culture.
The final card, the card of learning from a life span, is actually the Emperor card. I interpret this card to mean, rule and guide your own life. For me, this represents the way I want to learn as much spiritual knowledge as I can. I feel like I will be better able to guide my own life with a greater sense of spiritual knowledge and wisdom.
I have enjoyed this “journey” of Tarot imagery. The Crystal Visions Tarot deck by Jennifer Galasso has been great to work with the past few days. I hope you may be inspired to learn more about Tarot. I am still learning as I go.