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Horse Shoe Spread #1

 

The 7-card Horse Shoe is a convenient basic layout that can be used to answer different types of questions, especially concerning questions where a little insight would be helpful. Like several other spreads, it has cards representing the past, present, and future.

The pinnacle of the Horse Shoe, looking like the top of the mountain, shows the obstacle or challenge that needs to be addressed and overcome. Card #6 suggests a course of action to meet this challenge. The final card shows the outcome or future should you take this advice.

Other clues are provided in Cards #3 and #5, which indicate hidden and outside influences that come into play effecting the journey to your goal.

Spread Positions

  1. Past Influences
  2. Present Influences
  3. Hidden Influences
  4. The Obstacle
  5. External Influences
  6. Suggested Course
  7. The Outcome

 

 

 

Horse Shoe Spread #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Horse Shoe #1 Reading

  Obstacle

King of Swords
 
Hidden Influences

2 of Swords
  External Influences

7 of Wands
The Present

The Emperor
  Suggestion

9 of Cups
The Past

5 of Pentacles
  The Outcome

Ace of Pentacles

 

 

 

The Past Card represents past events that are affecting the question.

 

5 of Pentacles

Two mendicants in a snow-storm pass a lighted casement.

Divinatory Meaning:

The card foretells material trouble above all, whether in the form illustrated – that is, destitution – or otherwise. For some cartomancers, it is a card of love and lovers – wife, husband, friend, mistress; also, concordance, affinities. These alternatives cannot be harmonised.

 

 

 

The Present Card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.

 

The Emperor

He has a form of the Crux ansata for his sceptre and a globe in his left hand. He is a crowned monarch – commanding, stately, seated on a throne, the arms of which axe fronted by ram heads. He is executive and realisation, the power of this world, here clothed with the highest of its natural attributes. He is occasionally represented as seated on a cubic stone, which, however, confuses some of the issues. He is the virile power, to which the Empress responds, and in this sense is he who seeks to remove the Veil of Isis; yet she remains virgo intacta.

It should be understood that this card and that of the Empress do not precisely represent the condition of married life, though this state is implied. On the surface, as I have indicated, they stand for mundane royalty, uplifted on the seats of the mighty; but above this there is the suggestion of another presence. They signify also – and the male figure especially – the higher kingship, occupying the intellectual throne. Hereof is the lordship of thought rather than of the animal world. Both personalities, after their own manner, are full of strange experience, but theirs is not consciously the wisdom which draws from a higher world. The Emperor has been described as (a) will in its embodied form, but this is only one of its applications, and (b) as an expression of virtualities contained in the Absolute Being – but this is fantasy.

Divinatory Meaning:

Stability, power, protection, realisation; a great person; aid, reason, conviction; also, authority and will.

 

 

 

Hidden Influences - Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.

 

2 of Swords

A hoodwinked female figure balances two swords upon her shoulders.

Divinatory Meaning:

Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms; another reading gives tenderness, affection, intimacy. The suggestion of harmony and other favourable readings must be considered in a qualified manner, as Swords generally are not symbolical of beneficent forces in human affairs.

 

 

 

Obstacle - This is the challenge.

 

King of Swords

He sits in judgment, holding the unsheathed sign of his suit. He recalls, of course, the conventional Symbol of justice in the Trumps Major, and he may represent this virtue, but he is rather the power of life and death, in virtue of his office.

Divinatory Meaning:

Whatsoever arises out of the idea of judgment and all its connexions – power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, offices of the crown, and so forth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External Influences - Attitudes about this situation from people around the querent.

 

7 of Wands

A young man on a craggy eminence brandishing a staff; six other staves are raised towards him from below.

Reversed Meaning:

Perplexity, embarrassments, anxiety. It is also a caution against indecision.

 

 

 

Suggestion - The recommended course of action.�

 

9 of Cups

A goodly personage has feasted to his heart's content, and abundant refreshment of wine is on the arched counter behind him, seeming to indicate that the future is also assured. The picture offers the material side only, but there are other aspects.

Divinatory Meaning:

Concord, contentment, physical bien-etre; also, victory, success, advantage; satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made.

 

 

 

The Outcome - What will happen if the suggestion is followed.

 

Ace of Pentacles

A hand – issuing, as usual, from a cloud – holds up a pentacle.

Reversed Meaning:

The evil side of wealth, bad intelligence; also, great riches. In any case it shews prosperity, comfortable material conditions, but whether these are of advantage to the possessor will depend on whether the card is reversed or not.