I am always on the lookout for new ways to read the Tarot. Recently I was reading old journals of mine and came across this drawing of a spread. I do not remember where I found it or who created it. So if you recognize it, please let me know. For now I am calling it The Pentacle Tarot Spread. There is already a popular Pentacle Spread, but that one has only five cards and focuses on the elemental directions (including Spirit). Let’s check it out!
This is a sample reading using The Pentacle Spread. In the center (Card #1) we see the Ace of Wands, indicating that the main issue at hand is an epiphany. The subject of this reading revolves around an idea that needs to be honored, a creative opportunity for new growth. Card #2, the Eight of Cups, gives information on how to ground the situation. It calls for removing oneself from people, events and situations that are emotionally draining, and balancing your needs with the needs of others.
There has been some depression in the past as represented by the Nine of Swords (Card #3), and some rest and relaxation is called for from Card #4 as we see in the Four of Swords. The Knight of Swords (Card #5) represents hopes and fears. Their is a need to communicate with others, but there is a very real fear about being seen as too impulsive or reckless. With the emphasis on Swords in this reading, there is a caution to communicate as mindfully as possible. One might write things down first and then speak one’s truth.
Card #6 is the crown or outcome of the situation and portends great completion and ultimate joy as it is the last card of the Major Arcana, The World. Limitations and restrictions will be removed once one starts to work freely within them. The World card teaches us how to dance again! This card brings to mind this quote by the celebrated poet Rumi:
Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.
Finally, Card #0 serves as a satellite around the reading, representing the unknowable forces always at work. They are unseen energies that one may choose to channel. In this reading they are represented by The Magician, card one of the Major Arcana. A card of willpower, it serves as a new beginning for The World’s ending. Once the lesson of restriction is learned, then focus for new manifestation is at hand. This brings the reading full cycle with the Ace of Wands, since all of the Aces are tools of The Magician. The depression and fear are gone and only new possibilities remain!
That ends our short reading with The Pentacle Spread. I hope you enjoyed it and use it for your own readings!
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