Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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My Odin's Spread Tarot Reading

Present: Seven of Swords

Swords were typically depicted with curved blades in ancient tarot decks to distinguish them from staves. They correspond to the playing card suit of Spades, (in Italian, spada means sword). This suit represents the element Air, and the social classes of Nobility and Military. Swords are considered a Masculine suit. Swords typically represent intellect, reason, mental clarity, and the sciences. They may also represent conflicts surrounding the questioner.

The Sevens typically concern commitment, dreams, striving, courage, will, intelligence, perseverance, strength, long-term success, coping, resistance, and transcendence. Sevens may also represent self-delusion, temptation, and wishful thinking.

Betrayal. Deception. Getting away with something. Stealth.

The Seven of Swords means to use your wits for diplomacy and not to use aggression. It can be viewed as secret planning or hidden dishonour. The questioner's acts may be legitimate, however, they may prefer to use their mind and intellect rather than use force. It may also indicate a betrayal by a companion.


Challenge: Nine of Swords

Swords were typically depicted with curved blades in ancient tarot decks to distinguish them from staves. They correspond to the playing card suit of Spades, (in Italian, spada means sword). This suit represents the element Air, and the social classes of Nobility and Military. Swords are considered a Masculine suit. Swords typically represent intellect, reason, mental clarity, and the sciences. They may also represent conflicts surrounding the questioner.

The Nines typically concern completion, perfection, the end of a cycle, independence, self-reliance, inner strength, and satisfaction. Nines can also represent defensiveness, an inability to give and take, loss, and martyrdom.

Depression. Nightmares. Intense anxiety. Despair.

This card can mean deception, premonitions and bad dreams, suffering and depression, cruelty, disappointment, violence, loss and scandal. However, all of these may be overcome through faith and calculated inaction. This is the card of the martyr and with it comes new life out of suffering. This card can also represent being plagued by fear, guilt, doubt, and worries that are to a large extent, unfounded. The chances are that the questioner or the person represented is dealing with a problematic situation or a difficult decision, but their worst fear is unlikely to materialize.


Past: Three of Coins

Coins are also referred to as pentacles and may be represented by a five pointed star in a circle, or a coin decorated with a five pointed star. They correspond to the playing card suit of Diamonds. This suit represents the element Earth, and the social class of Merchants. Coins are considered a Feminine suit. Coins typically represent material wealth and possessions, the body and health, and the environment of the questioner.

The Threes typically concern action, production, creativity, early results, mastery, achievement, birth, or loss. They can represent groups, or "three's a crowd" situations. Three can also represent the synthesis of a thesis and antithesis.

Teamwork. Initial fulfilment. Collaboration. Learning.

Positive attributes of the Three of Coins in a spread include the mastery of a skill in trade or work, achieving perfection, artistic ability, and dignity through renown, rank, or power.


Future: Three of Swords (Reversed)

Releasing pain. Optimism. Forgiveness.

This card can represent the release of pain and grief and symbolise a sense of moving from past hurts and looking forward to a new life again.


Above: Six of Wands

Wands are also referred to as Staves, Staffs, or Batons. They correspond to the playing card suit of Clubs, and many early tarot decks depict this suit as wooden clubs. This suit represents the element Fire, and the social class of Peasantry. Wands are considered a Masculine suit. Wands typically represent creative or entrepreneurial projects, information, travel, and will - whether it be free will, or strength of willpower.

The Sixes typically concern choice, gratification, completion, good news, success in struggle or conflict, reward, recognition, triumph, innocence, nostalgia, solutions, movement away from danger, and passage from pain. Sixes may also represent desire and envy.

Public recognition. Victory. Progress. Self-confidence. Completion. Good news. Reward. Recognition. Success. Triumph.

Achieving organization and leadership. Galvanisation or mobilisation, of forces. This can be metaphorical, such as the forces within. Looking forward. Success, confidence and competency.


Below: Nine of Coins

Coins are also referred to as pentacles and may be represented by a five pointed star in a circle, or a coin decorated with a five pointed star. They correspond to the playing card suit of Diamonds. This suit represents the element Earth, and the social class of Merchants. Coins are considered a Feminine suit. Coins typically represent material wealth and possessions, the body and health, and the environment of the questioner.

The Nines typically concern completion, perfection, the end of a cycle, independence, self-reliance, inner strength, and satisfaction. Nines can also represent defensiveness, an inability to give and take, loss, and martyrdom.

Gratitude. Luxury. Self-sufficiency. Culmination.

The Nine of Coins means having financial independence and success, having the self-reliance of personal pursuits, and the ability to treat yourself with luxury. Being on a stable financial plateau and steady security.


Advice: Eight of Wands

Wands are also referred to as Staves, Staffs, or Batons. They correspond to the playing card suit of Clubs, and many early tarot decks depict this suit as wooden clubs. This suit represents the element Fire, and the social class of Peasantry. Wands are considered a Masculine suit. Wands typically represent creative or entrepreneurial projects, information, travel, and will - whether it be free will, or strength of willpower.

The Eights typically concern solidity, thick walls, skill, patience, achievement, change, and future contentment. Eights may also concern being enmeshed in the material world, trapped, caught between a rock and a hard place, revolution, travel, and showing strength to move quickly and escape a difficult situation.

Speed. Action. Movement. Swift change. Hasty actions. Journey. Travel. Flight. Motion. End to a delay.

A card of action; swiftness. Rapid growth in a business or creative project. Conveys immediate information or action. News swiftly travelling. Because the suit of Wands relates to information, look for new communication and unexpected news. Depending on surrounding cards in the draw, may indicate the speed of these events.


Influences: The Pope

Education. Knowledge. Status quo. Institution. Conservatism. Discipline. Maturity. Formality. Deception. Power. Respect. Duality. Social convention. Belief system. Group identification. Experience. Tradition. Naïve. Religion. Conformity. Tradition. Beliefs.

The Hierophant is also known in some decks as The High Priest, or The Pope. He represents traditional education, orthodox knowledge and theology, and religion. In his positive aspect, he is a benevolent teacher, possibly of holy knowledge, and a moral advisor who prepares the questioner spiritually for life. He may be an enlightened spiritual prophet, or an intermediary with the divine. He is a conservative force, and may advise the questioner to do the right thing, to stick with what is tried and tested, and to have faith.


Hopes & Fears: The Devil (Reversed)

Detachment. Breaking free. Power reclaimed.

This card can represent a release from bondage, power reclaimed, or a detachment from the material world. It may be a warning to someone who is too restrained and dispassionate that they should allow themselves to loosen up and be wild and ambitious, as restraint can be another form of enslavement.


Outcome: Temperance

Temperance. Harmony. Balance. Health. Moderation. Joining forces. Wellbeing. Recovery. Equilibrium. Transcendence. Unification. Healing. Synthesis. Bringing together opposites. Feeling secure. Patience. Purpose. Meaning.

The Temperance card is often depicted as an individual pouring water or wine from one vessel to another. Temperance is usually female or androgynous, and frequently has wings. Temperance means moderation, and suggests to the questioner that moderation is required in some aspect of life. It can be interpreted as a need to bring balance to the questioner's life, or as a reminder that a compromise between two seemingly incompatible options is often the best option. In addition to this literal meaning, Temperance can also be interpreted as symbolising the blending or synthesis of opposites.


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