Tarot Spread Test Drive – Grow Model Tarot Spread

by Theresa Reed on June 29, 2016

Tarot Spread Test Drive - I test out different tarot spreads every month just for you!

Curious about all the different tarot spreads out there? Wondering if they’re a keeper – or a lemon? Me too. Let’s take them for a test drive and find out!

Each month, I’ll pick an interesting tarot spread (from a book or around the web) – and give it a spin. I’ll look under the hood, kick the tires – and show you exactly how it works…or doesn’t. No haggling necessary. Ready to roll? Let’s go!

This month’s tarot spread: Grow Model Tarot Spread from Tarot Elements

Tarot Elements is a tarot website run by author Catherine Chapman. It’s a favorite of many tarot readers because the free tutorials and comprehensive tarot database can’t be beat.

Recently, she posted a new spread that I’ve been playing around with. It’s called the Grow Model Tarot Spread and it’s based on a life coaching tool to help people reach their goals.

“Grow” is an acronym for Goals, Reality, Options, Way Forward.

Catherine’s spread is based on that with these positions (laid out in a straight line – left to right):

Goals/Fire – this is your goal.
Reality/Earth – these are the circumstances surrounding your goal.
Options/Water – these are the options available to help you achieve your goal.
Way Forward/Air – this is how much motivation you’ve got to grok it!

Let’s test drive this spread!

My question: what do I need to know about my goal of paying off my mortgage within two years (fifteen years early – holla!)?

The cards I chose:

Goals: The Hermit
Reality: The Emperor
Options: Eight of Swords
Way Forward: Justice

Testing driving Tarot Element's Grow Model Tarot Spread.

My interpretation:

Goal: ultimately what I want is security and peace as I get older. Like the Hermit figure in the card, having my home paid off will allow me to pull back from the world and not have to work so hard. It will give me quiet, a lovely retreat from all the hubbub. Owning a house outright means I have greater control over how I want to live.

Reality: The Emperor is the Mr. Discipline card in the deck. He has a strong structure and this dude ALWAYS reaches his goal. This card tells me that I am well on my way to making this happen. The mountain is behind me and I’ve got the structure in place to make this happen. Plus? Hella focus + determination at my fingertips! Yeah baby!

Options: here the figure is tied up and the first thing that comes to mind is tightening my belt. Yep. Good old budgeting. Well, I am the coupon queen around here and about as frugal as it gets. Believe me, the budgeting is happening. This is a reminder that a strict budget will lead me towards my goal.

Way Forward: As long as I remain on the path that I am and continue making sound, balanced financial decisions, the goal is mine! Justice brings rewards for those who pay their dues. Everything will fall into place as long as I remain alert, focused, and mindful of my decisions.

BAM! Encouraging, helpful, simple.

This spread is useful, easy, and may give you insights that can help you achieve your goals.

Chapman offers an advanced option as well – which means adding a whole lot more cards! Let’s try this out:

Goal: The Hermit, Death, Page of Coins
Reality: The Emperor, Ten of Coins, Six of Cups
Options: Eight of Swords, Five of Coins, Ten of Swords
Way Forward: Justice, Knight of Swords, Seven of Cups

Test driving Tarot Element's Grow Model Tarot Spread with extra cards.

My interpretation:

Goal: The Hermit, Death, Page of Coins: again, I know that this is a worthy goal. It will lead to greater security, peace of mind, and a major change with my finances. Instead of having a mortgage, I can choose to invest in new things – things that can grow my future security.

Reality: The Emperor, Ten of Coins, Six of Cups: this is such a great combo! Not only do I have the structure in place, I have the resources plus the support of my partner. We are both fully aligned with the goal and contributing to make this happen.

Options: Eight of Swords, Five of Coins, Ten of Swords: kinda grim cards, right? It’s a clear sign that the way to make this happen isn’t going to be through magic. It means sacrifice and having to give up some other things. There is no easy way here, no big phat lottery win. Instead, I must be a realist and keep plugging away.

Way Forward:  Justice, Knight of Swords, Seven of Cups: once again, mindful decisions and staying committed to the goal is what is needed. It’s important not to get distracted by glittery things that might tempt me to forgo the budget. This is a lot of discipline but I have zero doubt I’m going to blow it.

Niiiiccccceeeee……

While I like the easy version, I found the more complex one to be meaty and it offered greater detail. The Options part was really useful to me – seeing that there is no magic bullet reinforces my plan to remain the coupon queen until my goal is reached! Ha ha!

Catherine recommends writing your goals in a journal as well as any of your insights from this spread. This is a smart idea because you can revisit your goals and use this as inspiration to continue on to the finish line.

My ratings:

Easy to use (even when adding extra cards), clear instructions, useful.

I would recommend that you definitely give this one a whirl.

If you’d like to get a reading from Catherine using this spread, you’re in luck! She offers it right here (see sidebar).

Okay – that marks the end of this little tarot spread test run. I’ll be taking the tarot wheel and hittin’ the road with a new spread next month. If you want to ride along with me, keep an eye on my blog. Happy tarot trails!

Blessings,
Theresa

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2016

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Soul Proprietor – The Great Game

by Theresa Reed on June 27, 2016

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If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you gotta admit – last night’s season finale was pretty darn epic. I’m still reeling from all the twists ‘n turns – but now I have to get back to reality – and my daily grind.

When you’re in business for yourself, you don’t have a lot of time for fantasy. There is work to be done, tasks to conquer and people to serve. Every day, you have to suit up and charge in, sometimes without any support.

There are days when everything flows like wine – things get done on time, clients are happy and finances are in feast mode.

But then, there are those other times when everything that can go wrong…does. Technology snafus, bad news from your accountant, the client from hell demanding instant gratification, not enough money coming in and your mortgage is looming. That.

Those days make even the sturdiest entrepreneur fantasize about getting a “regular” job with a steady paycheck and normal hours. They make you crave the expected. Because the ups and downs of doing your own thing can be scary.

More so than some would you like you to believe. There are plenty of biz gurus and the like who show only the sunny side of business. The ginormous income, the large team that handles all the “dirty” work, the pictures of them lounging at the beach…it’s a seductive vision – which is why so many assume this path is an easy, breezy one with money coming out of thin air effortlessly.

But it’s not realistic.

It’s fantasy, nothing more.

In one scene of last night’s episode, the mother of dragons, Daeneyrs, sits with her advisor Tyrion, to discuss all the crap that has been going down – and what’s ahead.
Tyrion looks at her and sagely says: “You’re in the great game now. And the great game is terrifying.”

That’s a bit more what it feels like to step into your own business. When you actually get in, it doesn’t take long to see that it’s a gamble and long, hard slog. It’s rarely glamorous.

Entrepreneurship requires a bold vision but also great persistence. In some cases, a bit of luck too.

It’s not for the faint of heart and if you don’t like those moments when the bottom drops out and you’re hanging on the edge of a moon door by your fingernails, then this may not be your jam.

But if you are willing to play the game and hang in there – you may just win…and win big.

Blessings,

Theresa

© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2016

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