For those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile you may be wondering what’s been happening with me and The Alternative Tarot Course! It’s been three or so weeks since I posted my last weekly reading, which means that I have been on week two of the course for way too long!! It’s not that I have been struggling with it per say, it’s more that the procrastination bug has taken hold. That and life has just seemed to run away from me recently. So, having a few hours spare today I decided that it was high time for me to do the Weekly Reading for Chapter Two: Four Suits, Four Elements. This chapter was all about the four suits/elements of Tarot and how they interact with each other. It’s been an interesting chapter for me, as I struggle a bit with open ended exercises, probably the perfectionist in me wanting to get to the right answer :P. But at the same time it’s been great to think further about how the elements interact and what it means when they aren’t present.
So here we go, “The Four Elements Spread” by Beth Maiden. The idea behind this spread is to look at how the four elements influence a situation in your life. There are five positions in this spread, which are as follows:
1: Your situation at this moment (centre)
2: The Earth of your situation (bottom)
3: The Water of your situation (left)
4: The Air of your situation (top)
5: The Fire of your situation (right)
When I sat down to begin this reading I was unsure exactly what I wanted to ask the deck about, do I ask about my emotional state, about where I am in my life right now, or a way to move to a place where I am more stimulated and satisfied, I had so many things to ask that I decided I would let Shadow and my subconscious tell me what I should focus on. So here we go 🙂
- Position 1: My situation at this moment
Page of Cups
The Page of Cups is sitting there, in her safe place, examining a steaming chalice representative of a matter of the heart. She has discovered something new in the realm of emotions, possibly a relationship or an emotional or creative impetus, and instead of rushing into it headfirst like the Knight may do, she has decided to sit with it, study it and seek its deepest secrets before making a decision. I think maybe this is telling me that right now I need to take the time to see what it is my heart truly wants. To give myself the time to just sit with my emotions, feel what needs to be felt, and experience what needs to be experienced without adding too many intellectualised stresses into the situation. I quite often overly intellectualise what it is I’m feeling or what I wonder others are feeling in situations involving me, which always ends in me stressed out and worried about something that may not actually exist. I think this needs to stop. Maybe the Page is inviting me to look deeper into my soul, to sit and breathe in what is being offered, to loose myself in this experience in a calm and safe way, and see what I learn from it. Also the Page of Cups is often linked to a true romantic at heart, so maybe it’s telling me that it’s ok to be the way that I am! Hmmm, a bit to think about here.
- Position 2: The Earth of my situation
Ace of Cups
Linking this to the Page I feel Shadow is telling me that I might be entering a new emotional era in my life that is more grounded and balanced with Earthy energies. A time where I can be in touch with my emotions and intuition in a way where I am less likely to get carried away in them. This would be great. I have always felt a strong connection to Water’s energies and a real lack of Earth. And previously in my life I’ve felt that my main problem is my emotions themselves. But seeing this card in my Earth position makes me think that maybe it is through my emotional/intuitive side that I may find more of a connection to some Earthy balanced and grounded qualities. Also I feel as if maybe this is saying that by getting in touch with my feelings, letting my heart lead the way, and letting my love light shine I will in turn experience a more healthy and physically grounded life.
- Position 3: The Water of my situation
I see this as the answer to my Earth. If I can ground my emotions, and develop through this new era then maybe, just maybe I will find hope and a new inspiration in my life. A still and silent place within me of serenity and tranquility amid any troubles I may face. A place where my emotions and intuition lend me peace and uplift my spirit. Not only that but the Carp seen in this card symbolise strength and perserverance, which I’m hoping I will bolster in this new era.
Stars have always been symbols of hope, and when I was younger I used to love laying outside and looking up at their brilliance. I haven’t done that in so long though, so I’m going to take this as a prompt to get reconnected with myself through the brilliance and guidance of those radiant night souls that watch over us. I think it’s also important to note that the Water of my situation was one of the two Major Arcana cards in my spread, which to me links to the fact that I am more in touch with this element, and it has much more of an effect in my overall life.
- Position 4: The Air of my situation
Page of Pentacles
This was the hardest for me to interpret! The Page of Pentacles as my Air :/. I literally didn’t even write anything down when I pulled this card. I was stumped. I didn’t think it had to do with my dreams and desires as I have spoken before in relation to this card, and looking at it nothing was really jumping out at me. But after further thought I am wondering whether this is telling me that there is an opportunity for growth here. The orb she holds is the spark of potential, and it is here as representative of the Air qualities in my life. This Page is down to earth, lighthearted, joyous and above all else she reflects before acting, which I think are qualities that would be great to balance out my Air qualities, to influence my thoughts and help with those times when they can begin to take over, and infuse any situation I am in with negativity. I also think this is telling me that I need to start seeing potential in the Air qualities that I often see as negative, and that through my intelligence, perfectionism and clarity of mind I may turn this spark into a blazing star.
- Position 5: The Fire of my situation
The Hanged Man
Funny again to see another Major Arcana in an element I feel a close connection too. Here I think Shadow is telling me that in order to balance my drive and passion with all of my elements in this situation I need to let go of what holds me back. Linking this to Fire, I think that this is possibly saying that it is ok that I am not following my passion at this moment in time. That by letting go of control I may actually regain drive and start to create art worth creating. Also an acceptance of the fact that Acting has been put on the back burner, and that this is not a failing, but a choice of self-sacrifice, and like the man in this picture that if I just reverse my view of the situation I may see it in a new light!! For I am working towards something else at the moment, I am working to save the money to travel next year. And unfortunately I cannot do both, so the choice needs to be made!
This spread has brought up a lot to think about! And as hard as it was to link some of these cards to elements that may not seem obvious, it has given me a new appreciation of how much you can really get out of a tarot reading! If this is just a taste of what is to come in this course I would thoroughly advise partaking in it :).
Until next time, live well xx