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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

10 of Swords
 
Hidden Influences

10 of Wands
  External Influences

The Devil
The Present

3 of Wands
  Suggestion

7 of Wands
The Past

Justice
  The Outcome

6 of Pentacles

 

 

 

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

 

Justice

A female judge holds the sword of Justice in her right hand and the scales of Justice in her left. This is symbolic of fairness and the knowledge of the law, as well as the power to execute judgement.

Upright Meaning:

Equity, rightness, probity, fair, honest, reasonable, uprightness, nonpartisan, balance, justness, integrity.

 

 

 

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

 

3 of Wands

A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff's edge at ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them.

Upright Meaning:

He symbolizes established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea. The card also signifies able co-operation in business, as if the successful merchant prince were looking from his side towards yours with a view to help you.

 

 

 

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

 

10 of Wands

A man oppressed by the weight of the ten staves which he is carrying.

Reversed Meaning:

Oppression, difficulties, intrigues, heavy-handedness, bad luck.

 

 

 

Obstacle - This is the challenge.

 

10 of Swords

A murder victim, pierced by ten swords showing the act of excessive force.

Upright Meaning:

Pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death, but the feeling of utter victimization and hopelessness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

The Devil

The devil holds the lovers, Adam and Eve in chains. This card represents the fall of man.

Upright Meaning:

Vengeance, violence, disgrace, force, lust, lies, cheating, hoax, bait, snake oil, disorder, confusion, false values, compulsion.

 

 

 

Suggestion - The recommended course of action. 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

6 of Pentacles

A person in the guise of a merchant weighs money in a pair of scales and distributes it to the needy and distressed. It is a testimony to his own success in life, as well as to his goodness of heart.

Upright Meaning:

Presents, gifts, gratification, attention, vigilance, prudence, prosperity, generosity, aid, kindness.