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: Sasha Fenton’s Consequences Spread
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I adore vintage tarot books. There’s something about cracking open those old books that takes me way back to the days when I first began reading the tarot cards. Many moons ago, I discovered the work of Sasha Fenton. I’ve been a big fan ever since. I grabbed a copy of Tarot In Action, an out-of-print book of spreads back at the Fields Book Store in San Francisco before it went out of business (bummer!). The book subtitle is: “an introduction to simple and more complex Tarot spreads.”
Perfect for my Tarot Spread Test Drive!
The spread I picked was: Consequences Spread (pg 32).
Fenton says that this small spread is “obviously most useful for answering a specific question.” Groovy.
Here are the positions:
We begin by picking a significator. Read my post on significators to learn more about ’em. The first card is laid right on top of the significator.
Position 1: The person or situation
Position 2. Matters affecting the person or situation
Position 3: The past
Position 4: The future
Position 5: Suggested course of action
Position 6: Outside factors
Position 7: Consequences
Position 1: Five of Pentacles
Position 2. Nine of Wands
Position 3: Page of Wands
Position 4: Three of Wands
Position 5: Ten of Wands
Position 6: The Lovers
Position 7: Seven of Cups
Now the interps:
My question is about a business decision I made last year.
The card I picked for the significator was the Queen of Swords. Why? I’m a Gemini and Swords is the Air element. But also, my situation was about boundaries and policies.
The person or situation: Five of Pentacles – the Five of Pentacles can symbolize poverty or struggles. But it can also symbolize the outsider or shutting someone out. In this case, I made a decision that would certainly make some people feel shut out. It was a decision that came with a price tag and one that I was willing to take. Because sometimes policies are more important that the bottom line.
Matters affecting the person or situation: Nine of Wands – here, the figure seems fearful, paranoid. He’s in a protective stance. Which is accurate because my decision had to do with my boundaries and feeling safe.
The past: Page of Wands – there were seeds planted a while ago that paved the way for this decision. Remember: Pages are often signs of new beginnings or messages. I see this as me getting a message that said it was time to make a change long ago. That is actually true too – I got the signs but chose to ignore them because I didn’t think I “could” make this decision.
The future: Three of Wands – this is the card of success and expansion. Plus, the figure is standing at a safe shore. Of all the cards, this one stood out most for me. It was a sign that although I was taking a risk, I would be secure, in control, and successful in the long run.
Suggested course of action: Ten of Wands – more Wands! All this Wand energy is surely biz stuff – and a lot of energy. The Ten of Wands seems to be saying: move ahead now but do expect pressure. Also true – when I began implementing the new policy, I got flack. The Ten of Wands keeps going, no matter how much pressure is applied. I did just that.
Outside factors: The Lovers – there are some wonderful people in my business life, people who support me every way. The presence of the Lovers says: your right people are there, giving you love and support. Even though the Ten of Wands feels heavy, the Lovers trumps that card. It’s a sign that I’m weeding out the stuff I don’t want so that I can be surrounded by the people who love my work – and who I love right back.
Consequences: Seven of Cups – my new policy might make some people confused. Some might think twice about working with me. I may even have to clarify things for a few. But that’s the thing about new policies: not everyone will like or understand them. But it’s a risk I was willing to take – and I’m glad I did.
A clear, simple spread. Easy to work with and totally insightful. In other words: it’s a winner. I did this spread based on a decision made last year but you may want to try this spread before you make a decision!
I hope you enjoyed the latest Tarot Spread Test Drive. I’ll be taking the tarot wheel and hittin’ the road with a new spread soon. If you want to ride along with me, keep an eye on my blog. Happy tarot trails!
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2017
images from The Fountain Tarot and Radiant Rider Waite
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