Messages from my 3×3 layout for this grounded full moon, using the eminently practical and Virgo-like Byzantine Tarot, where keeping your personal empire organized is paramount. 🙂
With this 3×3, I will use a shorter modification of the Lenormand method for this spread to look at some combinations that can give us interesting messages, if we are willing to listen to imperial wisdom (sophia).
Our focus in the center is the Ace of Swords. In the Byzantine Tarot Swords represent the social function of the warrior, military discipline, and forceful action. Let’s see how well we’re focused on this aspect of our world.
Learn from the past (V Patriarch, Ten of Swords, Eight of Coins): You’ve lost when you’ve ignored tradition and gone off on your own. Doesn’t matter how hard you worked if you weren’t doing it right. Looks like got undisciplined and didn’t adhere to best practices before moving ahead. Drat!
Be aware of the now (Five of Swords, Ace of Swords, Two of Cups): Being right is not as important as being love. Get your partnership in order by staying focused on the other and providing support. This will pay off later.
Follow the arrow of time (Countess of Cups, Ten of Staffs, Seven of Coins): You will have support to carry the load. Take a pause, wait for things to catch up while assessing the lay of the land.
What should inform your ruminations? (V Patriarch, Ace of Swords, Seven of Coins): Ask an expert before making your next move.
What should inform your effort? (Countess of Cups, Ace of Swords, Eight of Coins): A call to service.
And now, a look at visual patterns in the cards themselves (for a more Tarot approach): I notice that we have two Tens, of Swords (defeat) and Staffs (burdens). Time for a change of focus (Ace of Swords between) from leaving the old work to taking on the new. Struggle continues, though, on both sides of the blade.
And on the bottom, two cards of Coins, one actively working, the other at pause, and between them a loving couple. After a time of hard work, you will both be able to take a break before moving on to another environment.
I love this deck for an Earth-sign-centered Moon ritual. I feel so grounded with it already, and Virgo is a totally organized, attention-to-detail kind of energy. I note, though, that this organized approach is not a workaholic one in this draw; in the bottom corner, there is the Seven of Coins, with an opportunity to pause, even within the context of carrying that burden (Ten of Staffs). And I like having the support of the Countess of Cups going into the next couple of weeks as the moon wanes. She reminds me of two friends of mine that I’ll be working with during this time.
I love the way the Tarot of Delphi sensuously depicts the Devil and the way Chloë McCracken uses it in a positive way in this three-card draw from the TABI (Tarot Assoc. of the British Isles) Tarot blog.
Little Red has an interesting take on oracle (non-Tarot divination) decks. It’s nice having the known structure of the Tarot, but what do you think about the freedom of an oracle deck? Little Red looks at the potential, particularly of the very down-to-earth decks she’s chosen.