Friday, March 23, 2012

Five-Ten-Fifteen

Back in June I introduced a 3-card spread called Five-Ten-Fifteen. This seems like a good time to give myself an update on what area(s) of life need my attention most right now.

For this spread, shuffle the deck of your choice using whatever method suits you. Then, count down to the 5th card in the stack and turn it over. Count down to the 10th card after that and turn it over. Count down to the 15th card after that and turn it over. Is there a significance to five-ten-fifteen? I don't know. It just sounded good to me!

These three cards go into the following positions:

1.....2.....3

(1) Urgent. Deal with this right now.
(2) Important but not urgent. Can be set aside for now, but don't forget.
(3) Not important. Not urgent. Let it go. Forget it.

The Faery Wicca Tarot volunteered for this reading. While shuffling the cards, I meditated on the question: What area(s) of life need my attention most right now? Here are the cards that came forward:

Faery Wicca Tarot

(1) Urgent. Deal with this right now.
SEVEN OF AER (Air)
Representing opposition from hostile forces difficult to identify, this card typically serves as a warning to watch my back. Deceit and betrayal of trust are highly likely. This makes me a bit nervous, of course. I find myself thinking of an unpleasant online encounter I recently had with a stranger. I dealt with it by ending the conversation and removing myself from the group in which it took place. Was that enough? What else could/should I do?

(2) Important but not urgent. Can be set aside for now, but don't forget.
TWO OF TINE (Fire), reversed

Kisma K. Stepanich tells us that in this deck, reversals can serve various purposes, including:
  • Providing insight into the energy state of the querent
  • Signifying the possibility of an event
  • Indicating where an energy blockage is occurring
  • Acting as a warning or challenge about to present itself

The number Two naturally makes me think of polarization or duality, the need to balance conflicting energies, making partners out of antagonists. Fire is a powerful force. It must be tempered and controlled to avoid or limit destruction. Given the nature of the Seven of Aer in position 1, I suspect that this card is also a warning about a conflict or challenge -- one that has yet to be presented. Again I am perhaps being encouraged to watch my back. I also wonder if this refers to an important internal conflict that I need to resolve, if not immediately then at some point down the road.

(3) Not important. Not urgent. Let it go. Forget it.
RIDIRE OF TINE (Knight of Fire)

In this deck, all Knights are associated with the element Air. So we have Air and Fire in position 3 -- Air put into action. The Ridire of Tine often represents someone who acts without thinking things through, someone who is mischievous or cannot "sit still." Look at Cu Chulainn on this card. He has the heads of his enemies hanging on the sides of his wagon!

Tine (Fire) is the element associated with "willpower...ego politics...the games of life...pretenses" (Stepanich). In any situation, I must choose whether to give my power away, exert my power over someone else, or neither (remain neutral). That last option is what I would associate with position 3: "Not important. Not urgent. Let it go. Forget it."

When asking my question -- What area(s) of life need my attention most right now? -- I imagined the cards pointing to three different areas, in order of urgency/importance. Instead, with this reading, I feel the cards could be referring to the same issue, or perhaps variations of that same issue, advising me that while I need to be vigilant and aware of possible opposition or hostile forces, I need to bring my own energies into balance within myself in order to remain "above the fray."

Faery Wicca Tarot
By Kisma K. Stepanich
Illustrated by Renee Christine Yates
Llewellyn Worldwide / 2004

4 comments:

  1. I really like the idea of this spread. Shall be trying it out myself soon :]

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  2. You're welcome, L.M. Tea and Bonkers! I'm glad you liked it.

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  3. I found this an interesting reading Zanna - Perhaps I'll give this spread a go myself. ^_^

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