Banshee here...Hi everyone! This series "Reading by Design" will be about reading Tarot or Oracle cards using spreads. There will be articles on why/when to use them, how to create them, reviews of Tarot/Oracle spread books or products and a sharing of spreads I (or Mr. O) have created.
In this article I share a spread I designed some time ago to be done on a person's birthday. So, today I am going to give you the spread outline (as my reverse-birthday gift) and give you an example of it's use, by using my own personal Birthday Wish Spread I did for myself today as the example. So here goes! First, here's the spread template.
So, I made a wish and blew out the candle [chuckle]. I made a wish and laid out the cards. Here's my reading, in brief, below.
Card 1 : 5 of Wands (Reversed) Sometimes when the going gets tough, the tough get going...in the opposite direction!!! I've found out that I need to learn when to confront the obstacles in my path head-on and when to take a step back and retreat to reassess the situation. Also I realized some battles (or decisions I have to make tough though they may be) have to be made by me, and me, alone.
Card 2: 7 of Cups (Reversed) Looks like I've been having a tough time moving forward, paralyzed by indecision and afraid of making the wrong choice or decision connected with my wish.
Card 3: 5 of Pentacles (Reversed) This is a tough card here, but it does indicate that I am starting to realize that I am not alone. Help or support is out there...all I have to do is be receptive, reach out and find it. It's time to address what I feel is threatening my well-being or my progress towards my wish.
Card 4: Chariot (Reversed) Standing still and doing nothing is clearly NOT an option! However moving forward chaotically without a methodical plan is NOT an option either. In order to overcome my obstacles, I need to focus, plan, and then move forward full steam ahead.
Card 5: 4 of Cups Late winter/early spring of 2022 finds me in an introspective state. I may not notice positive opportunities for progress that are available to me at that time. I may also feel a bit overwhelmed by these options available to me. In that case, it would be a good thing to step back and reassess the positive progress I have made and what I really need to do going forward.
Card 6: 9 of Cups Phew! Could there be a better outcome for a Birthday Wish Spread? Almost looks like I stacked the cards, doesn't it?! But I didn't...! Looks like it's a big YES from the universe! Though it looks to be a rather rough go getting there, I have a fantastic chance of manifesting what I wished for. What I have been working towards, struggling to achieve will arrive on schedule! It will be a time of gratitude and happiness.
Yay! Don't we all love happy endings?! Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this and give the spread a try. I would love to hear your feedback on how it worked for you. And of course, if you would like to have us do this Tarot reading for you, the spread is available in the TFT: Tarot For Today shop and we are ready and eager to read for you!
--Banshee ShadowWolf has been reading Tarot and other oracle cards for herself and others for well over 40+ years. She has designed around 200 tarot/oracle spreads and is 1/2 of the TFT; Tarot For Today team.
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