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Discover your karmic bonds, both positive and negative; see how a current life relationship has progressed from the past; learn which past lives have the strongest pull in your current life; gain insight into how to make a decision today that will reverse past karma; and uncover karmic choices that will affect your future lives.
The first card in the spread is related to the element of earth and speaks to us of our physical selves, our occupations, our animals, our finances,
our homes, and our families.
This is the card of the water element and gives us insight into the spiritual,
intuitive, and psychic forces that have combined to make us who we are.
Card 3 is governed by the element of fire. Fire's energy is that of passion,
courage, stamina, and transformation. A strong card in this position is indicative of positive change; a weak card is indicative of stagnant thinking or obstinacy.
This card is governed by the air element and is related to our thoughts,
studies, intellect, and powers of communication. The thoughts and communication shown by this card are not necessarily truthful or correct,
but they are a part of our past and helped make up the energies and events that shape our current self.
This is the card that represents your relationship to the “fifth element” of spirit. Spirit is your inner center, a place where all the other elements meet and blend within you. If one or more of these elemental energies are weak or excessive it can pull you away from your proper place-in your spiritual center seeking guidance from your higher consciousnness or your spirit guides. This card should give you insights into how this may best be accomplished. If your current you is not to your liking, take steps now to make positive changes. Use Cards 1 through 4 to help pinpoint the areas in which you may be most in need of rebalancing, then ask spirit to help you find your way back to your center.
Card 6 gives you an overall impression of the current you as shaped by the four elements and spirit. If you are out of balance with the elements,
or have moved away from your center or spirit, this card may at first seem inconsistent with the others. Be open to what it is trying to show you. If you don't understand it today, you may tomorrow or next week.
Card 1: Strength, reversed
In our physical past our subject had the opportunity to display strength in both body and character and to know the limits of those strengths. In a reversed position this card can mean he allowed the powers of hatred or jealousy to consume and weaken him. In The Complete Book of Tarot
Reversals, Mary K. Greer writes that, in its reversed position, Strength can indicate a time of being overwhelmed by life and by forces that seem beyond the seeker's control.
This position is related to the element earth, which grounds and stabilizes us.When connected to Card 2 we can see a pattern emerging of past lives when the seeker dreamed too much, didn't take positive actions, refused to accept self-responsibility, and allowed life's difficult day-to-day issues to swamp him with their pressures.
Card 2: Four of Swords
In the position corresponding to the element water we find a card of repose. This card is usually an indication that more time was needed in creative contemplation rather than idle daydreaming. The catafalque,
on which the feminine figure reclines, evokes death imagery which, in the tarot, indicates a need for or a time of profound change for the seeker. Taking the time to look within and reassess his life and goals is essential to the future happiness of our subject.
Card 3: Ace of Cups, reversed
This position corresponds to the element fire, which boasts transformation as its dominant power. In an upright position the ace of any suit represents a variety of new beginnings. In this case, the cup is shown overflowing with an abundance of love, peace, and luck. These would all be welcome transformations for anyone. But note that the card is reversed, allowing the energy of the transformation to come pouring out without control. Caution is indicated to correct this karma with self-responsibility.
Card 4: Seven of Cups
This card is in the position governed by the air element, which relates to thought, study, and communication. The card in the deck I use depicts a young woman daydreaming about riches, love, fame, glory, and all the good things in life that the young see as possibilities for their lives.
Because it is in the air position, this is a card of thought, but it indicates those thoughts are scattered and personal energy is squandered on things that will not make the seeker happy in the end. This is an indication that a karmic thread has come down to our subject's present life because he did too much daydreaming and not enough communicating about his wants and needs, and he did not take action to get them. Creative visualization is a powerful tool for change, but it cannot work without some serious physical-world backup by the dreamer.
Card 5: Six of Swords
The so-called “fifth element” is spirit. Its power is that it unifies and coalesces all the other elements into a single working unit. The Six of
Swords in this position depicts a young man sailing in a swanlike vessel to a distant shore. In Celtic mythology-birds, cranes, and swans in particular-represent transition to the afterlife or the otherworld realm where one can attain the wisdom of the deities.
In many tarot decks the male figure is overseen by a transparent,
shadowy figure in a hooded cape who is guiding the boat.
The common interpretation of this card is that it is time to look toward the gifts of the spirit rather than those of earthly things. In this transition to a higher state of consciousness we can find wisdom, but we first have to trust in the power of spirit to lead us in the right direction,
even when we want to travel elsewhere.
Card 6: The Hanged Man
This is the perfect card to end this example spread. The Hanged Man represents all things that are static within and around the life of the seeker. If you look closely at the card you'll see the hanging man does not appear to be suffering, nor are his legs and feet bound so that he cannot
“unhang” himself if he chooses. Careful thought and looking to higher consciousness or deities for assistance is the way to break out of this cycle of inaction, which is the dominant karmic bond in this example spread.
The overall interpretation of this spread is that many small karmic bonds are still with you, preventing you from gaining the forward momentum you need to continue growing in wisdom and in spirit. The message is to look within and to your Higher Self and spirit helpers to lead you on to a more positive pathway.
If you wish to explore any of these karmic elements in more depth,
use the card representing your karmic issue as a significator card and use it as the foundation card in any other simple past-life spread found in this book. Focus on your goal of understanding this specific aspect of your past. Your new spread should provide more insight into your specific issue with each element and its karmic bond.
|List of Illustrations||xi|
|Introduction: Tarot and Your Past Lives||1|
|Past Lives and Your Soul's Journey||3|
|Coordinating Tarot Card Names||4|
|How to Use This Book||6|
|What the Advanced Reader Sees||7|
|Example Readings, Time, and Gender||9|
|Keeping Good Records||10|
|For Further Study||11|
|1||The Invoking Pentacle Spread||15|
|2||The Dark Moon Spread||21|
|3||The Irish Cross Spread||27|
|4||The Solomon's Seal Spread||37|
|5||The Karmic Choice Spread||45|
|6||The Rainbow Bridge Spread||53|
|7||The Tree of Life Spread||59|
|8||The Big Picture Spread||67|
|9||The Feng Shui Spread||77|
|10||The Lifetime Convergence Spread||83|
|11||Omniscient Time Spread||93|
|12||Growth Over Three Lifetimes Spread||99|
|13||The Next Challenge Spread||107|
|14||The Future-Life Spread||113|
|15||The Constellation Past-Life Wheel||121|
|16||Unmasking the Past||135|
|17||Past-Life Epiphany Spread||141|
|18||Entering the Tarot Cards||147|
|The Astral Tarot Card Divination Process||148|
|The Pros and Cons of Using the Entire Deck||153|
|Exiting the Cards||154|
|Knowledge Is Wisdom, Wisdom Is Power||155|
|19||Uncovering Your Past Lives||157|
|Working with a Partner or Seeking Outside Help||157|
|The Art of Self-Regression||160|
|Assessing the Regression Experience||166|
Posted October 26, 2008
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