Saturday, 16 August 2014

Arwen's Life's Purpose Spread

I love the spreads Arwen of Tarot by Arwen comes up with.  Recently I read this one, and had to give it a try!  It's about understanding your life's purpose, where you are currently getting stuck, and what will help move you forward:

1) What thought patterns are keeping me stuck?
2) Why do I seem to take two steps forward and one step back?
3) Where is my energy best focused right now?
4) How can I put this information to use now?

Seeing as I'm on a bit of a Lenormand kick right now, I decided to use the Burning Serpent Oracle (Pollack & Place, 2014).

1) What thought patterns are keeping me stuck?  House, Cross, Birds


I am trapped by my own anxiety around the burdens of my home life.  So, it's not just the weight of the issues around my son's health, for instance, but how I react to them.  Which makes perfect sense, and highlights that it really is my thoughts that are getting me stuck, not the reality of the situation.

2) Why do I seem to take two steps forward and one step back?  Ring, Clover, Letter


Ha, sarky cards.  The reason I take two steps forward and one step back is because my commitment to writing (which I do see as being a big part of my life purpose) is rather small right now.  Admittedly, having a five month old child does interfere with committing to other things, and perhaps I need to accept that this is just where I am for the moment.  So, an explanation without judgement.

3) Where is my energy best focused right now? Ship, Sun, Snake


Now here's an answer worthy of Arwen!  My energy should be focused on enjoying the journey, no matter how winding it may seem :D  Following on from the last two sets, these cards say that I should enjoy where I am, even if I sometimes feel stuck and like I'm going slowly...

4) How can I put this information to use now? Bouquet, Woman, Moon


I can put all this information to use by tapping into my creativity, femininity and intuition.  I will find joy and purpose in life if I accept the gifts offered to me, even if they aren't always the gifts I wish I was receiving.

This fits well with something I experienced on Monday with the hypnotherapist.  She got me to experience three gifts I had already received that day, and appreciate them.  My baby's smile was one, as was the joy in having worked on a creative project, and the excitement of doing a reading for someone (using my intuition).  I am living my life's purpose, even if not always at the speed or with the focus that I might ask of myself.  Accepting where I am and what I'm doing is definitely the key.

12 comments:

  1. What a great spread and beautiful cards. They fit your situation so perfectly as if you had picked them yourself
    It is a real challenge to discover those daily magical gifts and acknowledge them for what they truly are and be grateful for them.

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    1. Yes, both the hypnotherapy and this spread were lovely reminders to acknowledge and enjoy all those little daily gifts. Why is this a message so many of us seem to need to hear again and again? Ah well, at least we have Arwen to remind us every day to seek joy :)

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  2. What a fantastic spread - a big thank you to Arwen and yourself for sharing it.
    I remember that feeling so well, of having a little one plus a job, yet wanting time to create and express myself. Could you keep a notebook of creative ideas so that when you do have some free time you can come back to them?

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    1. That's a good idea, Bev! Right now, it's also that I have a couple of creative things on the go, but no time to actually manifest them. In fact, I do have one word document just to remind me of things I want to add to one project, so I guess I'm doing that, kinda :)

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  3. I laughed at the third fan. Seek joy, indeed. I'm so glad you got a useful reading!

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    1. Yes, that was a lovely message, thanks for the spread, Arwen! And in that first fan, the Birds were like you getting an air card in the thoughts position: us humans and our monkey minds :)

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  4. Thought I would come back and let you know that I tried this spread (with Mary-El) and the results I got.
    1. Hierophant - the ME shows an old woman trying to nurse two babies; it is ridiculous seeing a "dry well" trying to give nourishment. And so I must ask myself what I am trying to rescue/nurture that is impossible for me to do. This feels like an old thought pattern that no longer serves anyone.
    2. Tower - Well this one was easy to figure out. We've had a crisis after crisis with children, elderly parents, etc. almost nonstop lately. I feel like I run around putting out fires.
    3. Five of Swords - This might seem like a weird card for this position, but in the ME, there is a woman covered by five owls. Yet in her arms is a baby. For me this is a whack upside the head, saying "Protect what is important and let all that other stuff go."
    4. Knight of Disks - One of my favorite cards in this deck, ME shows a sweet boy on the back of a white tiger. Unlike all the other knights, this one knows how to maintain his focus. Which is what I need to do. But I need to make sure what I concentrate my effort on is something important that I can do something about, rather than trying to codependently take care of people, places and things that aren't my responsibility.

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    1. Oh my, those Tower fires would certainly distract you from your purpose! Hope that you can take that Knight of Disks' path, as sometimes Tower fires don't ask a "by your leave".

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  5. Wonderful reading. Great idea using Lenormand with Arwen's spread.

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    1. Thanks, Cher. Many German Lenormand readers use spreads, and as one writer put it, the spread position becomes a bit like a House position - influencing the way the cards combine :)

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  6. now this is brilliant to use the lenormand cards for arwen's spread. i think i will do the same. i have been trying to find a spread that will answer the questions that i am looking for, and think this is it. thanks!

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    1. Hi Bridgett, I hope you do give it a go, I found it very supportive and helpful :)

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