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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

Death
 
Hidden Influences

The World
  External Influences

The Hanged Man
The Present

Ace of Wands
  Suggestion

2 of Pentacles
The Past

The Emperor
  The Outcome

10 of Cups

 

 

 

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

 

The Emperor

The Emperor sits on his throne holding his sceptor. He represents a male figure of power and authority.

Upright Meaning:

Authority, stability, power, protection, benevolence, realization a greatness, aid, reason, conviction, willpower.

 

 

 

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

 

Ace of Wands

A hand reaching out from a cloud grasps a stout wand or club.

Upright Meaning:

Creation, invention, enterprise, the powers which result in these; principle, beginning, source; birth, family, origin, and in a sense the virility which is behind them; the starting point of enterprises; according to another account, money, fortune, inheritance.

 

 

 

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

 

The World

A nude, dancing female holding two batons, symbolic of Mother Earth and Mother Nature. She is encircled by a wreath and surrounded by the cherums who are the guardians of Heaven and Earth.

Reversed Meaning:

fixity, stagnation, absence, nullification, dullness, discouragement, false visions, non-existence, lackluster, nullity.

 

 

 

Obstacle - This is the challenge.

 

Death

The Grim Reaper rides into town on a pale horse. The king has fallen, and the Pope greets Death with the king's family. The sun sets in the gateway on the horizon.

Reversed Meaning:

Inertia, sleep, lethargy, hope destroyed, depression, sloth, misery, undoing, ruin, subjugation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

The Hanged Man

A man hangs upside down from the Tau cross. This is a card of self-sacrifice and enlightenment.

Upright Meaning:

Wisdom, circumspection, discernment, trials, sacrifice, augury, prophecy, pause, reflection, ideas, imagination, meditation.

 

 

 

Suggestion - The recommended course of action. 

 

2 of Pentacles

A young man, in the act of dancing, has a pentacle in either hand, and they are joined by the lemniscate, the sign of eternity.

Upright Meaning:

On the one hand it is represented as a card of gaiety, recreation and its connections, which is the subject of the design; but it is read also as news and messages in writing, as obstacles, agitation, trouble, embroilment.

 

 

 

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

 

10 of Cups

Appearance of Cups in a rainbow; it is contemplated in wonder and ecstacy by a man and woman below, evidently husband and wife. His right arm is about her; his left is raised upward; she raises her right arm. The two children dancing near them have not observed the prodigy but are happy after their own manner. There is a home-scene beyond.

Upright Meaning:

Contentment, repose of the entire heart; the perfection of that state; also perfection of human love and friendship; also the town, village or country you live in.