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Friday, 24 June 2016

A personal reading using TdM

Jean Dodal Tarot, JC Flornoy 2009
How should we proceed with the house buy given the outcome of the EU Referendum? 

The images of the cards:

A lad on a horse changes direction from the left of the card to the right. As he turns to the right, all his energy is focused in the new direction. His gaze, his horse's head and his outstretched arm holding the wand all strive toward the right of the card.

In the middle of the card, 3 crossed batons.

On the right side of the spread, a man is seated easily on the edge of a chair. His legs crossed at the knee, hand resting on his belt, and elbow leaning on the arm of the chair all denote confidence and self-assurance. He holds up a sceptre and at his side is a shield.

The story of the cards:

After a hesitation, energy reasserts itself in the direction of the future. Plans are proceeding after briefly heading in a backward direction. Now all the energy is focused to proceeding with plans. (Batons are 'work, callings and plans'). The Knight of Wands (progression of plans) moves toward 3 of Batons -- 3 is the number of growth, 3 of Batons is growth of plans. So the original energy is focused toward growth of the plans. And finally, the Emperor faces 3 of Batons and focuses all his energy in that direction as well. He maintains the status quo, keeps a stiff upper lip, and is a man of action - as long as the action is to keep things as they are, firmly under his control. He's very much an 'I've started so I'll finish' type. His easy confidence suggests that the plans are the right thing to do.

In other words, you may have hesitated for a moment, but all your energies should be poured into maintaining that original plan and carrying on with it.

How will the mortgage perform over its full life? 

The images of the cards:

A huge angel blows a trumpet down toward the ground and three figures seem to be emerging from boxes. On the next card, there are a lot of coins, and the final card shows four interlocked batons.

The story of the cards:

The image in Judgement is the Biblical 'judgement day', when the dead rise in response to a heavenly call. It is an image associated with rebirth and renewal. In the next card, nine is 'a lot', so 9 of Coins could be seen as 'a lot of money' (and this card has come up in other house readings)-- a mortgage is a big thing. That's twice 9 of Coins has represented a mortgage loan in my TdM draws.  In the next card, four batons interlock. Four 'does not change'. 4 of Batons is ofen seen as a stability card or home and hearth card.

In other words, over the course of its life, the amount will be continuously remortgaged, but it will be stable.

That's that, then.


  1. May it be so! :)
    In terms of reading TdM, it strikes me that it's the same as the way you used to read non-positional spreads. The biggest difference is that, using non-illustrated pips, people stand out more clearly because they aren't on every card. So, the method would work with any non-illustrated pip decks. Says she as she tries to get out of using ugly TdM cards :D

    1. Much like my experience with Thoth, which I found ugly, with use, the TdM becomes beautiful. Now I actually enjoy looking at these cards. The figures are kaleidoscopic and prismatic. The colours are like jewels or stained glass. Aesthetically, at last, I understand the appeal of the TdM.

      It's like learning to drink black coffee. It's awful until one day it's delicious.

    2. Also, I really like the way TdM feels stripped back of occult correspondences. Definitely not something that can be said for Thoth! It goes completely in the opposite direction. With Thoth and even RWS, you always feel something more is going on in the cards, things are hidden (which of course, they are -- that's what 'esoteric' means, right?) But with TdM, apart from the higher trump cards, it's a pretty straightforward world. That's my experience so far at least!

      It's such a relief to drop all the Fire, Water, Earth, Air, South, West, North, East business, all the Fire of Fire and Earth of Water business. That stuff is interesting but unnecessary. It can overcomplicate the reading, draw the attention away from the actual story of the images.