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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Five-Ten-Fifteen / Bruegel Tarot

Time for an update on what area(s) of life need my attention at this time. For the FIVE-TEN-FIFTEEN SPREAD, I shuffle the deck then count down to the 5th card in the stack and turn it over. Next I count down to the 10th card after that and turn it over. Finally, I 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.

Das Bruegel-Tarot by Guido Zibordi Marchesi (Lo Scarabeo) volunteered for this round, so here we go.


(1) Urgent. Deal with this right now.
TEMPERANCE (Adaptability. Equilibrium)

The proverb given in the Little White Book for this card is: "The burden becomes light for those who know how to carry it. (Everything has a right way of being confronted.)"

Okay, I am being told to deal with something that is out of balance or going to one extreme or another in my life. I need to do a better job of blending diverse elements of my life so that I create a pleasing, beneficial whole. And yes, the key to doing that is knowing how to "carry" or "confront" the various demands, challenges, and responsibilities that are placed upon my time and energy.

(2) Important but not urgent. Can be set aside for now, but don't forget.
FIVE OF WANDS (Ambition)

Proverb: "Those who rise too high often fall. (It's easier for those who rise too much to fall.)"

Oh dear, am I being too ambitious? Am I in danger of setting myself up for a fall? I sure hope not! Perhaps this card is telling me that I do need to be competitive in certain areas but not to the point of a knock down, drag out fight. Also, I think this card often refers to internal conflicts that need to be acknowledged and addressed to restore peace and calm to my life.

(3) Not important. Not urgent. Let it go. Forget it.
EIGHT OF SWORDS (Conflict, Bad Luck)

Proverb: "Two wives in one house cannot get along. (Only one person can be the boss.)"

The illustration on this card is quite a departure from the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith version, which depicts a bound, blindfolded woman surrounded by a ring of swords stuck in the ground. However, if we look at the issue of "control," we can see some similarities in the interpretation from the Bruegel deck.

The two women on the Bruegel card are fighting over who gets to be boss -- who gets to be in control. The woman on the traditional Eight of Swords is under the control of someone or something. I need to think about how much or how little I control an area of my life and what, if anything, I need to do about that. Since this position is "not important, not urgent, let it go, forget it," maybe I need to just let someone else be in control of something and not try to take charge.

All three of these cards are "positive" or "active" from an elemental standpoint (Temperance and Wands = Fire; Swords = Air). Not much sitting around and sipping tea here! But I get the distinct impression that I need to choose my battles (or activities) wisely and carefully.

7 comments:

  1. I really like this quick spread you devised and how it gives insight into certain aspect of one life - I wonder if your 5 Wands card is more about translating your ideas into a reality, perhaps it indicates keeping your ideas real so that they can be manifested rather than end up a disappointment to you. Just a thought.


    I shall try this spread it out now using the Wonderland.
    1) Urgent. Deal with this right now. - 9 of Peppermills (Wands) - This image of the card tells me that I've set my peppermills up in order on my shelf and that it's okay to take some time out now to consider what my next move will be. This says that I've almost achieved my goal, now all I need is the strength to see it finally through, so stop and consider what I need to do with the peppermill that's still in my hand!


    2) Important but not urgent. - 8 Flamingos - (swords) Okay it's time to get my thoughts a bit more organised, when I allow them to crowd in on me I begin to feel trapped by them. The way out is clear, organise them so that I can see what's worth worry about and what's not.


    (3) Not important. Not urgent. Let it go. Forget it. - Ace of Peppermills - okay it seems that it's not the right time just yet to begin a new project. Obviously I have to see the one in hand through first.

    Like you Zanna all action cards - Interesting numericaly 9 which is about making sure all loose ends are tied up, 8 forward movement, not being held back by muddled thoughts 1 new beginnings, being told not just yet.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Helen. I don't think I have ever heard that interpretation for the Five of Wands, but I will certainly think about how it might apply to me.

      How interesting that we both pulled the 8 of Swords (although in different positions)!

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    2. Yep I came across that interpretation years ago from one of Juliet Sharman Burkes books, it talked about the 5 wands symbolising the difficulties that can arise when one tries to translate an idea into action - I guess the clashing of wands can representing that difficulty in making something work for you.

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  2. Great Spread, thanks for sharing
    Be well, Sharyn/AJ

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    1. You're welcome, Sharyn. Thanks for stopping by!

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