A new deck this week, at least new to this blog, the Starlight Dragon Tarot (Huszka & Engert, 2016). It’s got beautiful, vibrant artwork in a detailed and yet minimalist style. The cards are square, which makes for some interesting possibilities, like the diamond spread shown here. The idea of the layout is to represent the elements, and here they are organised as I use them – East to the left, South at the top, West to the right, and North at the bottom.
East – Eight of Fire (Wands)
This Eight of Fire is more structured than normal, and yet, there’s still an awful lot going on. Looks like my mind is whirring, thoughts churning. And yet, one of these thoughts has the potential to grow into something, a seed of potential. Which one, though?
South – X – The Wheel
My passions are driving me forward, and spinning me around, too. Once again, while there’s a lot of energy, it doesn’t feel particularly directed or focused. Still, following the axiom that a change is as good as a break, I am feeling energised at least 🙂
West – Two of Earth (Pentacles)
Emotionally, I need to get more balanced, especially at a physical level. I’ve been working on this, with the breath exercise I mentioned last week. It does seem to be helping, though some emotional stuff has created a challenge on that front. In this card, I see growth coming through creating strong roots. Someone reminded me last week that it takes about a month to cement a new habit, and I’m two and a half weeks in now…
North – Queen of Water (Cups)
I love the way this Queen rises up from the base of this reading, reaching up towards the Wheel above. She emerges from her own cup, an all-seeing eye, the eye of intuition, open within her coils. It looks like bubbles of delight, or the spray of gentle waves, foaming around her, reminding me of Aphrodite rising from the sea. Physical renewal requires joy and emotional well-being.
Pulling It Together
The Earth card in the Water position and the Water card in the Earth position highlight how intertwined these two areas are at the moment. The physical and the emotional can support one another, or they can clash. Someone recommended last week that I need to get more in touch with my wateriness, with the ability to flow and adapt (oh yeah, Queen of Water). I’ll admit I may sometimes be a bit too stuck in my own patterns and habits, physically and emotionally. Exercise and breath can help soften me, encourage me to be more responsive rather than reactive.
The Two of Pentacles (balance) and Eight of Wands (dynamic energy) are the fulcrums on which the whole reading spins, the two wings on which it rises or falls, spins or crashes. It is in finding these in the everyday that I will find my fluidity and bring the change I desire.
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.