Here's something a bit different for today. One of the spreads I have been practicing here on the blog uses eight turned cards. You can see it here in action. Each of the cards in the row of four have positions assigned. The top one is dedicated to fire and the head. This is about what rules a situation. Ana Cortez calls it 'the roof' of the line; it is the identity and consciousness of what is going on. The second position, beneath it, is ruled by air and concerns the throat. It is about ideas as they manifest and are ready to take shape as words. Therefore, it concerns communication as well. Below that, the third position sits at the torso and regards the heart. This one is easy enough to make sense of. It is our sub-conscious and emotional world. In a nutshell, cards which fall there concern what we feel and are ruled by water. The bottom card is the base or foundation and is governed by earth. This is a practical position, where we put things into physical action. So obviously, should a Heart card fall into it's ruling position, a person is dealing with a situation within the correct guidelines. Unfortunately, life (or shuffled cards) is not like that. If a Spade card (Earth) falls into the realm of Hearts and emotion, it may not be so equipped to hit the ground running. However, it might give us some insight into how we may not be coping with our problems effectively.
Interesting? Yes. Complicated? Yes, but not with practice, I am hoping.
So I came up with an idea, incorporating my daily draw, as a way of practicing.
Remember those three Jokers in the Anne Stokes pack? Well, once I have pulled (but not looked at) my drawn card from the 52, I transfer it to the three Jokers and shuffle into them. I am then left with one card for each of the positions in the line. When turned, my daily draw card will occupy one of them, leaving the positions taken by the three Jokers redundant. I am then left with something to relate my daily card to, and just as importantly, a way of getting a grip on these positions and how the cards work with them. You don't have to limit this process to playing cards. You don't even have to follow through with the whole Cat Spread. I am sure that it will work as well as a snap shot with tarot or any deck which has elemental suits.
For today, my redundant cards sit in the top three positions. Sol, the K♣ is at the bottom. He is Air, occupying the realm of Earth. In my opinion, there are times when there is a use to being out of your element, since I see productivity in Sol at the bottom of this reading. He is all about knowledge and learnt wisdom. He is an ideas man; however, I wonder if these ideas are often weighed up and spoken about, but rarely put into motion. Down here on planet Earth, Sol can use what he knows in a practical matter. This makes me think. We are going to an 18th birthday party today. I have decided not to drink, because it doesn't help my fatigue. This is me, as Sol, trying to apply what I know into a practical situation. Having already seen the amount of alcohol that the birthday girl has stacked up outside her back garden door, I do worry that I am going to be a fish out of water (rather than dumped head first into it).
I had a little time this morning, so I decided to take a shot at a reading for myself. Even though it concerns my health issues (and yes, I know, us readers should never let the cards take the place of professional advice), it is more to do with how I work with my fatigue. I am not sure that I got all there was to be found in the cards, but I did receive some insight.
Because of the length of the video, I had to break it down into two parts ...
Illustrations from The Anne Stokes Tarot by Anne Stokes