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I have been feeling a strong spiritual call lately, especially considering my renewed focus on the tarot cards. I personally use them for meditation and self-improvement, and wanted to see where I am right now, and which direction I should go in. So I consulted my Fenestra Tarot, and borrowed the Work Cycle Spread, from Rachel Pollack’s Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot. The beauty of this spread is that you can lay down a second line, if you need further clarification or if you want a different viewpoint on the situation.

My Question: “What are the best steps for my spiritual growth and development?”

Spiritual Work Tarot Spread Part 1

1. Inner (being): Four of Pentacles – I have been very guarded about my spiritual path and progression. Believing that others would not understand the path I have chosen, I keep it very close to myself. I am at least partially reluctant to share it with others, especially those with more traditional spiritual experiences (such as mom and co-workers).

2. Outer (doing): Two of Cups – I am choosing to share my cup of knowledge with others anyway, despite my misgivings. I’ve started the tarot blog, and am going to renew my activity at the tarot forums. I also need to email my mentor, and again pursue the path to certification. Also, I am sharing this personal journey with my beloved, who is in a completely different area of his development. Yet he supports me fully and is willing to cultivate an interest in tarot and my spiritual lessons.

3. Past Experience: The Tower XVI Rx – My religious experiences were rocky to begin with, and only got worse from there! I grew up in a partially Seventh-Day Adventist home, and shook my fist at God when I was thirteen. I began my occult studies then, as a spiritual alternative. Yet I could not reconcile that I knew both the Bible was true and my studies of tarot and astrology were true. After a fallout with my beloved about spirituality, I left and ended up getting married to a man willing to live “by the Book” and go to church. That was a spectacular disaster, yet after reuniting with my beloved, I finally had the wisdom to resolve my inner conflict, and therefore did not need another Tower experience!

4. Expectations: The Star XVII – I truly want my spiritual development to be filled with hope, truth, and love. (Hey, I always wanted to be a hippie when I grew up!) While I expect there to be real, hard work to be done, I don’t foresee a lot of problems cropping up. I have reached a level of spirituality that is both comfortable and thrilling at the same time. I continue to learn and grow daily, and yet the work is easy, the burden is light!

5. Work: Seven of Pentacles – Time to review, assess, and learn from the progress I’ve made so far. If the Four of Swords is meditation, the Seven of Pentacles is meditative work, going beyond the basics and delving into the inner workings of the soul and its impressions over the world. A time of renewed growth, and knowing when to harvest and when to let things be. I need to learn from the past and move forward with the fruits of experience.

6. Work: The Wheel of Fortune X Rx – Time to take control of the wheel and make destiny work for me. Not satisfied with the way life buffers me about, I am to find my place and break out of the mundane cycles. Possibly pursuing a degree, or my own personal spiritual studies? Diving into the mind and psychology, mythology and occult spirituality. Letting my thoughts take center stage and allowing myself to write about the hidden things in my mind that I feared for so long would be ridiculed. To become a modern philosopher and record the spiritual truths still present but hidden in our self-made secular world.

7. Work: The Sun XIX – Does it count if my breakout experience occurred just now, as I was writing out my thoughts on the previous cards? I am to experience life freely, with no concern with what others think of me and my beliefs. To experience both joy and pain as a willing subject, so that I may learn deeper lessons and therefore have more knowledge to impart. To use the Sun’s radiant energy to rise above my inner blocks and seek higher levels of experience and knowledge.

8. Outcome: Five of Wands Rx – A more competitive, harder struggle than it first appears to be. More opposition, from unrecognized sources. Perhaps I will find unhappy readers of my blog who discount what I have to say. Or life will throw harder challenges at me, which will benefit my wisdom in the long run, yet will feel much more difficult than anything I have felt before. Of course, my inner blocks may loom larger than before, as I uncover more of my mind and what else is truly holding me back. Although it may be tough going, I will come out on top in time, with fierce determination and the will to fight for the truth.

9. Result: Ten of Wands – An overwhelming burden, which appears to be more than I can handle. They say that all knowledge is more than one person can contain. All of the inner truths can become jumbled up when held and interpreted by human hands, and may not clear up for quite a long time. I may grow weary from the fight, yet I know that this is my path, the one that I am meant to do.

While the work part of the spread (the middle three cards of the line) were particularly encouraging, I was still looking for more information about the Outcome and Result cards, both being difficult Wands cards. So I did decide to further the spread and add a second line.

Part Two: “What further information do I need to know about my spiritual path?”

Spiritual Work Spread Part 2

3. Past Experience: The World XXI Rx: While I’ve always had a deep desire to know spiritual truths, I often shirk the necessary work to get it done. Difficult experiences cause me to halt immediately, and look for easier paths. Without turning the World over and going full speed ahead, I will not make any further progress.

4. Expectations: Queen of Wands Rx: I tend to second guess myself considerably, and have an inner fear that whatever truths I uncover will turn out to be false. I do not want to lead others down the wrong path, and I do not want to be mislead. The fear of my immortal soul is still one of the few things that hang over me from my Christian roots. I also fear that I won’t have the strength or energy to continue to pursue my studies, and will falter once again.

5. Work: The Hierophant V – I am to be a spiritual guide to others, showing them the way and helping them find their own path. While humans are wont to make mistakes, it is not something I need to worry about. As long as I am being honest and forthright with others, and living my truths, all will be well. An act to help others will be rewarded, even if something goes awry.

6. Work: Ace of Cups – I am being given a gift of emotional growth, sympathy, and intuition. I am to treat it reverently, and with respect. I am to trust my emotions, and do what I know is right. To share in other people’s joys and sorrows, and be compassionate and caring. I am to allow the spirit to enter my life, and expand to all the corners of the world.

7. Work: Eight of Cups Rx – I am not to run when trouble comes. Personal fulfillment can only come through meaningful pursuits, and not leaving when apparent fulfillment has come. There is always more to learn, more to discover, and I am to plumb the depths of emotional and spiritual wisdom, even when times get tough.

8. Outcome: The Hanged Man XII – I will find a new spiritual perspective, one that requires personal sacrifice and choice. Perhaps my entire life will change as I grow spiritually. I will have new challenges to meet, ones that only I can take care of. While others may wish to help, only I can be the initiate and earn the scars that will take me deeper into the esoteric truths.

9. Result: Queen of Cups – My card! I will find great personal satisfaction in this creative endeavor, and have more wisdom about my emotions and spirituality. I will be able to create the life I want to live, while helping others and improving myself. I will find the freedom to look back on my past with sensitivity, and look forward to the challenges of the future.

The second line helped me considerably, to see where the potential struggles and burdens of the Wands cards might lie. The World reversed and Queen of Wands reversed show me that I have to push past my insecurities and pursue my spiritual studies no matter how uncomfortable I feel. The Eight of Cups reversed and Hanged Man indicate that I cannot run when trouble comes, but go through the whole process to reach greater spiritual heights.

How do you see your spiritual progress? Is there a particular Major card that you feel attuned with, or have you consulted the cards to see their opinion?

~Kim

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