Sunday, 12 October 2014

Tattva Reading

On Saturday, I was introduced to this interesting spread.  It is based on the tattvas, the Sanskrit take on the elements.  They define these as Akasha/Spirit, Tejas/Fire, Vayu/Air, Apas/Water, and Prithvi/Earth.  For this spread, you draw from the Majors for the spirit question, from Wands for the Fire question and so on.  I used the Mini Rider Waite (U.S. Games) to look at my work situation:

1) Akasha/Spirit - what lesson am I being offered?  The Wheel of Fortune
I need to learn to flow with change.  For this, it helps to find and hold to my own centre, to the core of what I believe in.

2) Tejas/Fire - what is growing?  Page of Wands
My ability to take a playful approach and to follow my passion is on the increase.  I want to explore, to learn, to try things out and be creative.

3) Vayu/Air - what is hanging in the air?  Six of Swords
To do this, I will have to move on from where I've been and what I've been doing.  Letting go of the past and of what has felt safe and known is not easy.  Still, it is a journey worth taking, part of the Wheel's lesson.

4) Apas/Water - what is receding?  Six of Cups
At first I saw this as saying my children's need of me is becoming less.  And that is partly true and will hopefully start allowing me to do more work outside the home next year.  However, I think it is also saying something deeper about letting go of the ideas and expectations around work that I was raised with.  Perhaps I don't have to just have a 'proper job'...

5) Prithvi/Earth - what is stable?  Queen of Pentacles
Once again, my first thought concerned my children, seeming to contradict the last card.  Then, I thought, if it isn't about nurturing my family, then perhaps it's about growing my own sense of independence, my own business.  And suddenly it reminded me of a spell I performed a couple of years ago, the basis of which I uploaded to YouTube.  I wanted to grow a soulful business, based on sharing, learning, abundance and creativity.  Already, I feel some of what I've created in the last couple of years grew from this spell, and this reading encourages me to continue on this path.

6) Akasha/Spirit - if I learn this lesson, what comes next?  The Hermit
The Hermit is predominantly about learning through self-study, of books and experientially.  Yet, there also comes a time when the Hermit raises his lamp to shine the light of his experience on that path, for others to explore it too.  Teaching, in one form or another, is a big part of where I want to go!

Overall, this reading reinforces the message that although the changes I'm contemplating may be a bit scary, fundamentally, this feels right for me.


  1. Oh wow, your comment about the Six of Cups really struck a chord with me. I've been battling with "normal" and "proper" for a long while. Yet I think so many folks just don't fit well in those types of jobs - square pegs in round holes. :)
    The first Akasha card (Wheel) seems to parallel the second one (Hermit) nicely. You start out on the Wheel learning, then eventually end up teaching what you've learned. :)

    1. Yes, I think many people don't do well with proper jobs. Our society has become strangely narrow in its definitions, though at the same time there is such variety: or maybe that is why - it's confusing, so people try to simplify…
      And yes, finding what I believe will certainly make me a better teacher, as well as being open to changes in that :)

  2. What a wonderful spread. It makes so much sense to pull cards from the correlated suits, I am going to try this for myself.
    I think you are going to be (and are already)a wonderful teacher!

    1. Thanks, Ellen! I love teaching, that's for sure. And a good start! :D
      Will look forward to seeing if you do try this out…
      Hugs, Kxxx