This blog is designed to explore the new Fairy Tale Tarot by Lisa Hunt. But since I LOVE to blog....I am sure I'll wander off into some other musings about fairytales!!

"The Fairy Tale Tarot cards are like gazing into that pool. They reflect different aspects of each of us. They illuminate or accentuate those parts of us that we seek, or deny, or just long to understand. The cards and the fairy tales they are based on, provide a framework for understanding self and the human aspects of life. And maybe the "not so human" aspects too....the spiritual. They are the water in the pool. Clear and shimmering, reflecting clearly and yet also bringing forth tiny glimpses of those wings. It is this aspect of the cards that called to me. I feel they have things to reveal to me and I am anxious to hear them "speak."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Once Upon A Time Spread

This spread calls for you to use the 0 Innocence card as the seeker during the reading. So you would pull out the 0 Card and put it to the side. You would then shuffle the deck several times while focusing on your question or area of concern.

Then draw SEVEN cards and put them aside. Next take the seven cards and without looking at them add the 0 Innocence card and shuffle the 8 cards several times. Place them in a single row. Turn the cards over, one by one, pausing to look at the card, think about your first impression as the card comes up. When you have all 8 cards face up. Take note of where the 0 Card is in the spread.

This card represents the seeker (the person the reading is for). If the card is near the beginning then there are still plenty of things to discover, deal with, accept or move past...they lie ahead so to speak. If the 0 Card is near the end of the spread then the end of the issue is close at hand and there may only be a few things left. Regardless. you read all of the cards in the spread for insight and details.

The cards to the left of the 0 card are actions/feelings/thoughts/physical pursuits that have already taken place regarding the issue at hand. They are conscious or the seeker should at least be aware of them on some level. The cards to the right of the 0 card...are yet to happen or may be unconscious factors that the seeker has not discovered yet. It's like a fairy tale story map with the seeker as a character in the tale.

Court Cards can be interpreted as people the seeker knows or will know regarding the issue at hand. Aces are beginnings so pay attention to them if they fall within the spread. Other cards are interpreted according to your general method of reading.

Here's an example:

Question: How will R.'s relationship with K. turn out?

CARDS: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Card number 5 in the spread is the seeker. Cards 1-4 represent conscious things and/or things that have already happened. Note the Queen of Pentacles next to the 0 Card. This person has either recently entered the issue or is someone close to the seeker. Cards 6-8 are actions yet to take place or factors yet to be discovered or understood.

1. XV Temptation: This card represents not just temptation but shadow aspects of self that need to be recognized and integrated. At the beginning of this issue there was some denial of these aspects and perhaps someone in the situation projected those repressed feelings on someone else.

2. Two of Cups: The love in the relationship started out strong but perhaps became burdensome in dealing with emotional baggage. Somehow a balance in the relationship was achieved at least temporarily.

3. Ten of Wands: But then someone started to feel smothered and felt they were carrying a great burden.

4. Queen of Pentacles: This person entered the situation or was already close to the seeker and offered a sensible approach. There were domestic concerns and her presence helped break through some of the stagnation that had occurred.

5. 0 Innocence (This is the seeker)

6. XVI Deception This card speaks to the fact that there is some deception here...maybe even self deception...someone pretending to be happy when perhaps they are not. Or settling for less than what they desire. Only through honest evaluation is there hope for real and positive change.

7. Prince of Swords: This may represent the other person in the relationship or someone else who enters the picture. I am interpreting it in this reading as the other person in the relationship and it is saying this person needs to grow as an individual, to stretch beyond their comfort zone. This may improve the outcome and may be tied to the Deception card...they are not admitting this need quite yet.

8. Eight of Cups: This card is saying be cautious of getting caught up in a viscious cycle. Breaking the cycle will happen or needs to happen. If it doesn't happen the situation will escalate.

The Once Upon a Time spread was inspired by a spread commonly called the Churchyard spread.

1 comment:

  1. Cool spread :)

    A nice way to see at what stage in the cycle the seeker is - possibly where it's all going, been, and could be!

    This spread could be an excellent way of reassuring people, if the seeker is near the end of the 8 cards, then they have faced everything all ready. It's a nice way of reassuring and perhaps even validating the seeker that they have been through some unusual, intense or difficult experiences.

    I've noticed that just the simple act of validating the client can work wonders. Often in life, the people we look to for this kind of validation are not really paying close attention and so find it difficult to really connect. In this sense, if a Tarot reader can reassure or validate them then we have already given the client much of what they are looking for.

    Likewise, if the seeker is at the beginning of the 8 cards, this can help reassure them that the subject of their concern is not over, and has not ended.

    Overall, a useful spread!