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
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
3) Vayu/Air - what is hanging in the air? Six of Swords
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
4) Apas/Water - what is receding? Six of Cups
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
5) Prithvi/Earth - what is stable? Queen of Pentacles
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
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.