World Tarot Day originated with DenElder. She's since passed the torch but the original spirit was that all those who loved Tarot would share it in some way on this day. Her thoughts were not commercial but were community oriented.
Today, I wanted to share a spread based on that idea of community outreach. Shuffle your cards. When they are shuffled to your satisfaction, but them into three piles then stack them so that the last cut is the top of the deck.
Now deal the cards into a pile face-up. Stop when you get to a court card. This represents the role you need to take on in your community. Now pull two more cards.
The one to the left of the court card is what you can bring into the community. The one to the right is what you can take away.
What I must bring into the community is the idea that we need to drop old baggage. We must learn as a group to leave the past in the past. Easier said than done, eh? But that is the message of the 8 of Cups.
What I can take away is the treachery and backstabbing that seems to go on around me. So many times as a community we get more entrenched in talking about the bad instead of the good. This is my call to help others see that isn't the best for our group.
My path to do that will be as the Queen of Pentacles who rule with a kind and gentle hand. She is the one who guides her friends and family with compassion and determination. Since I am a Water Ox in the Chinese astrology system so while I am very compassionate, I can also be quite unyielding. This is my reminder that I need to be more flexible.
So that is my Community Lesson spread. What's yours?
Also, because it is World Tarot Day, in the spirit of giving back to my community, I will come back this evening and do three card mini-readings for the first five (5) commentors on this blog. If I have time, I'll do more.
(c) Stephanie Arwen Lynch: Arwen can be found on the web at http://www.tarotbyarwen.com frequently reminding people to "Seek Joy, Y'all!"
Images used are from the Chinese Tarot Published by US Games 1989. It is now out of print.