Sometimes when you want the guidance of the cards you may not really have a specific question. Times like this using a simple layout with only a few cards to interpret is a much easier way to zoom in to what you are thinking even though you may not consciously realize that those things are on your mind.
The Cosmic deck is used to illustrate the Simple Elements Layout and to demonstrate the process of reading the cards. An emotionally provoking deck.
STEPS in using this Layout
- shuffle your deck in the usual manner that is most comfortable for you. It does not matter which deck you use. I am using the Cosmic Tarot. In an upcoming post I will demonstrate one of the Sibilla decks as well in the Simple Elements Layout.
- you can cut the deck in 3 piles and then pick 1 pile or fan the cards out on the table
- if you fan the cards, [way #1] before selecting the first card clear you mind (if possible) and try not to ask a direct question. [way #2] ask for guidance regarding a situation or person. [way #3] make a wish
- do the same for the remainder of the cards.
CARD #1 – Current thoughts. The card that falls in this spot will reveal to you where the energy of your thoughts is. It does not matter which [way] you selected to do this reading.
8 of Swords - Let’s suppose that there was no question asked. Right away you get the feeling that there is pacing going on. The female is still and observing. The male is either walking away from the swords or thinking about another way to go at them. The person involved in the reading has a very worried mind. This card suggests that the person is on edge and has some serious thinking going on in their head.
CARD #2 – Your feelings. The second card will expose the emotions going on. The feelings can range.
Key 13- The Death card – the person most likely couldn’t care less about things. It is too soon to tell which way the feelings will develop. Right now there is a stillness which is the result of the worries depicted in card #1. Within the Death card is hope. The passion will return. The caring will once again re-appear once the fear has been dealt with. The person is afraid to get involved again. The feelings are in a “cutting off” stage.
CARD #3 – Plan of action. The card that has been placed here will provide options or a suggestive energy to apply directly connected to cards #1 & #2. This is what you should do. Depending on which card falls here, a way to the solution will be shown. If you see a card of inaction and you do not change that then do not be surprised if the result in card #4 is negative or not to your liking. Of course there are times when no action is the best course but you will have to intuitively determine that yourself.
5 of Wands – It looks like this person is taking steps to resolve some issue at hand. Communication is action. This card indicates there is some opposition but it is nothing serious, it is just bantering. The stillness of card #1 has been broken. The numbness of card #2 has been overcome. In some cases physical activity needs to be increased to attain certain goals. Like getting off your butt and being active.
CARD #4 – What can happen. The last card is the result, outcome or probable solution. Here you will find what happens when you apply action coupled with emotions regarding something on your mind. The previous cards will be very beneficial to you because within each card is a promise for success regardless if initially it appears negative. You have a choice in most areas of your life. This card will show you the by-product of your efforts.
Queen of Swords. The queen when taken as a personality card shows tremendous promise of re-gained power. She is in control and is not still & observing like in card #1. She has picked up one of the 8 swords and has made a decision. The person getting the reading done would have most likely had to keep a lid on their emotions mainly due to the cautions contained within card #2 Death.
Let’s suppose it is a male getting the reading. He will also access his power center, too. Perhaps he was the type of male who let others walk all over him. Well that will no longer be – he has learned to fight back. He is depicted in card #1 as either walking away or planning a strategic attack. Obviously he won.