by Dianna Hardy
First written 20th June, 2019 for newsletter subscribers.
Anyone can read cards, and you can start right here. Take a look at the spread above, and then at the meaning of each position below. This is a four-card spread I created for use with ANY tarot or oracle card deck, and it is a specific spread for unexpected events on your path - moments when you go, "Oh, wow - I didn't see that coming. What now?"
To this end, I recommend you don't use this spread daily, but for times when sudden change enters your life (big or small).
Card 1: You and your present surroundings - your current emotional and mental outlook on life and what you are (or were) heading towards before the wolf jumped out.
Card 2: The wolf in your path. What now obstructs you, or crosses you with good fortune? This card represents the thing that caused the change or unexpected event, as well as its underlying meaning, and what it can bring your way for better or worse.
Card 3: What you must do now. This card is about what you have to do now that the change has occurred into order to move on to the clearing further up the path. It's the action you must take, or the frame of mind you must foster.
Card 4: The clearing. Your goal, or your new goal. The outcome. This is where you're headed now that the change or event has taken place, and if you action what you need to in card 3. If a more negative card seems to fall here, don't lose heart. Remember that challenges in life are transient, and every challenge offers a chance for growth.
If you are new to reading cards, you should have received a small instruction booklet with the deck of cards you have. As you're learning to develop the meaning of each card, it is perfectly acceptable to conduct this spread with the meanings given in the booklet - they might be brief, but they can still be relevant. Just go for it.
Example (brief) reading using the cards pictured above:
(Card 1 - The Sacrifice / The Hanged Man)
You have had to recently change your perspective and hang yourself out to dry as it were, potentially putting yourself in the firing line of others' judgements. It's okay, this was for your own growth and you are, or will soon be better for it. You had every intention of being patient and sticking it out, but....
(Warrior of the Pentacle / Knight of Pentacles)
You got an unexpected message about (loss or gain of / movement of) finances and it's thrown you in a tizz. You now need to take action to make things happen and this might mean pulling yourself out of this different perspective you've spent so long cultivating - it's gotten you anxious and confused you a little. But don't fear, because...
(The Crown of the Magi / The World)
The world is at your feet and you're about to reach a huge completion with something which will include good fortune coming your way - one you've thoroughly earned - so go through the challenge just a little longer - keep strong and stand your ground.
(The Dazzling Light / The Sun)
Abundance of the highest order is around the corner if you stick this out - it's family related - it may even be to do with a child, or with inheritance. This is an incredibly fortunate card - everything you've worked for is coming to fruition. Trust. Don't be disturbed by the "wolf" that jumped into your path - it actually brings good news in disguise. You are heading for great things!
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