Golden Dawn Spread for Paula T
4th March 2013
|Golden Dawn Spread, 7 cards up|
Focus of spread: What guidance is there for Paula with regard to her 2013 Year Card, The Hermit?
I shuffled the deck and searched for the Hermit card as card number 1, then laid out the next 14 cards in the shape of the Golden Dawn spread. I turned over cards 1 -2- 3, and the middle card from each 3-card cluster, cards 8 - 9 - 10 - 11.
What is the truth about my current situation?
2-1-3 'The Querent' –Tower, Hermit, 7 of Wands
The Hermit is caught between Tower and 7 of Wands, which represents both tremendous upheaval and a battle which requires great valour. Whatever is going on within you is very big, important and life-changing.
What must I adapt to or accept?
7-11-15 'Destiny/Karma' (those things that are more or less beyond the control of the querent; this usually reflects past influences on the current situation, as those are usually the sorts of things that can't be undone and have to be adapted to or accepted) Prince of Swords, 2 of Cups, The Priestess
The 2 of Cups turned over on its own led me to believe that the thing that is unchanging in your life is your relationships, in particular your love partnership. This is good news in most situations. But I wanted to know more, so I turned over the cards on either side of the 2 of Cups, and the message expanded. The thing that must be accepted or adapted to is the spirituality of your loved ones. The image of the Prince of Swords and The Priestess flanking the 2 of Cups makes me think at once of your family and friends, but in particular your partner, being particularly inflexible in areas of spirituality. I believe that The Hermit is going to take you on a journey in which you question or test traditional beliefs; I see in this combination of cards that no amount of debate is going to sway your family or partner or friends to understanding the new revelations or breakthroughs you may make. Be prepared that if you choose to share them, you may be met with resistance.
What is under my control? ie, What can I do or change?
14-10-6 'Psychological basis' (the underlying psychology of the situation; this would usually end up as possible advice or suggestions for change to the current situation) The Devil, Knight of Wands, 8 of Wands
I turned over Knight of Wands, which of course made me think at once of swift energy and enthusiastic action. The thing that is under your control is, of course, your actions. And the way to approach your actions, according to this card, would be to go with your instincts, be fiery in your enthusiasm. I just had to know more, so I turned over the other two cards and revealed The Devil to the left and 8 of Wands to the right. Both cards reinforce to the central Knight of Wands card. The Knight of Wands in this card is charging right toward the Devil. That sounds scary, but it doesn’t have to be. The Devil is not just about temptation, excess, or consequences. Of course, it can be about those things, but The Devil is also about exploration of things that we have simply forbidden ourselves. Maybe the things that are forbidden aren’t really so awful. Maybe they’re forbidden out of tradition and nothing more. Maybe what you’ve been told was wrong isn’t really wrong. These cards represent the ‘psychological basis’ for your situation, and the suggest to me that you are doing some deep internal exploration of long-held beliefs. What is right? What is wrong? What is acceptable? What is unacceptable? Who says? Why should I believe them? What do I really believe? The Devil card shows you may be exploring your beliefs in these new ways, which might feel scary. The Devil card is on the left side, which to me represents outward appearances, so yes, your explorations may appear 'of the Devil' to others. Dangerous, risky patterns of thought or behaviour, they may say. But are they? You will need to decide. And the Knight of Wands makes the suggestion that you not shy away from this important exploration. You should charge right into it. The 8 of Wands, the card of Swiftness, is behind the Knight of Wands, urging him on with great energy.
|Golden Dawn Spread, 15 cards up|
Where might I be heading?
4-8-12 'Likely outcome' (this might be where the querent is heading if he or she continues on their current path with no change) 3 of Cups, Knight of Disks, 5 of Wands
The middle card, Knight of Disks, is a steadfast soul, dependable, careful, stalwart and true. On his left side, the outside, is the 3 of Cups. On his right side, the inside, is the 5 of Wands. The 3 of Cups is the happiness card, the celebration card, and from the outside, it might very well look like you have every reason to be ‘happy’. But on the inside, there is the 5 of Wands, the card of constant niggling struggles and strife and irritation. The card combination shows me a person who everyone can depend on, whose life seems like it ought to be great, but who has a lot of internal conflict. This is the path you may be headed down if you make no changes at all to your current situation. (Though I have to be honest, the Tower card in position 2 suggests that you would not be able to maintain this stasis forever. This result would have to come down eventually).
13-9-5 'Possible outcome' (this might be the outcome if the querent takes the advice of the spread, or takes some action of any kind, rather than making no change at all) 2 of Wands, 6 of Wands, Death.
I was delighted to see 6 of Wands in the outcome position, because this was your goal in that previous reading I did for you! The very same card, which I wrote extensively about for you in your last reading. Well, when that card came up, I had to turn over the other two. The 6 of Wands is flanked by 2 of Wands and Death. The victory of the 6 of Wands, that wonderful feeling of triumph and accomplishment, is shored up by the 2 of Wands, which just represents exactly what it looks like, with its two crossed wands, reinforcing and strengthening one another – Dominion, dominance, strength. All you need to do to understand the feeling of the 2 of Wands is make your hands into fists and cross your forearms across your chest like a mighty warrior! And if you want to go ‘Rooooaaaar!’ when you do, I can understand that. Because look who’s battling away to the right side, it’s Mr Death. What could he be cutting down? Old, worn out habits? Old beliefs? The old you? I think so!
Thank you very much for letting me try out my version of the Golden Dawn Spread for the very first time on you. I hope this reading has been helpful to you, and look forward to your feedback.