(This spread was created by Beth Owl’s Daughter and it’s included in the Gaian Tarot companion book. I love it because it empowers the person who seeks a reading to take charge and move in the direction of her dreams, instead of passively waiting to be told what her future might be. Thank you, Beth.)
Beth first separates the Major Arcana cards from the rest of the deck. From the Majors, she asks her client to look through them face up and choose two. One will represent how they feel about or would describe their current situation, and the other represents where they wish to be.
She says, “Because it can be hard to narrow down one’s favorites from all the beautiful possibilities, I’ve found that if they go through and first discard the ones that don’t fit at all, then make a subset of their ‘semi-finalists,’ it’s easier for them to finally settle on the ones they want. And they always amaze me with their wise, powerful choices! Even (sometimes especially) when they have no prior knowledge of the Tarot.”
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In the Gaian Tarot Circle, we have just finished up our study of the Builder (Emperor) card. One of the study assignments each month is to create a spread based on the current card we’re studying. GTC member Teresa Youngblood came up with this spread, which I find simple and elegant. Thanks for letting me share it, Teresa!
This spread might work well as someone contemplates a project in the early stages.
1: The qualities I need to bolster in myself to build the future I want. (In the card, this card position corresponds to the Builder figure.)
2: The foundation of the plan for my project, where I need to be solid before moving upward. (Positions 2,3, and 4 represent the wooden support pole.)
3: Halfway there, at the point where my attention or enthusiasm may wane. Issues, challenges, or unexpected gifts I might encounter.
4: Nearing the finish. What I need to complete my project, to stick with it, bring it to fulfillment, and release it when it’s finished.
Alternatively, Positions 2,3, and 4 could be read together to give a general idea of what challenges and surprises the project may hold for the Builder.
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