This in-depth 8-card layout shows various aspects of your personal journey. It is good for exploring generalized personal questions, but can also be used to explore relationships if the couple is viewed as a whole.
This spread progresses through 8 stages similar to the tarot deck's Major Arcana, beginning with birth and the area of fertility. After birth comes the initial growth which leads to a period of adaptation, change, and re-balancing oneself. Once the process has grown enough, security comes into focus, as it is necessary to protect what we've earned. After this, once again growth is important, but on the level of the mind and creativitity this time, leading to another phase of personal changes. Finally upon completion of the journey, the rewards become evident, and beyond that the person's spiritual development can also be noticed.
Matters of Completion, Rewards and Luck.
Page of Swords
|Matters of Change and Metamorphosis.
|Matters of Inner Strength and Spiritual Guidance.
Knight of Cups
|Matters of Learning, Art and Creativity.
6 of Swords
|Matters of Beginnings, fertility and birth.
5 of Pentacles
|Matters of Protection and Defense.
3 of Cups
|Matters of Growth, Flow and Energy.
|Matters of Changes, Polarities and Balance.
Queen of Pentacles
Seated on her throne, the Empress holds up the golden sceptor. She represents the archtypal female.
Fertility, pregnancy, motherly instincts, fruitfulness, compassion, diplomacy, public rejoicings, jubilation.
The face suggests that of a dark, intelligent woman, who has the quality of greatness. She contemplates her pentacle, using it as a tool of skrying and divination.
Evil, suspicion, suspense, fear, mistrust, apprehension, perplexity, hesitation, uncertainty, skepticism, doubt.
Maidens in a garden-ground with cups uplifted, as if pledging one another.
Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end. It signifies also the side of excess in physical enjoyment, and the pleasures of the senses.
A ferryman delivering passengers to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, as the workload is not beyond his ability.
Declaration, confession, publicity; possibly a proposal of love.
A nude child rides a white pony in the foreground. Behind him the sun boldly enlightens the world, acting as a source of life and role model to several sun flowers.
Kindness, favor, gain, abundance, good tidings, windfall, praise, benediction.
A lithe, active figure holds a sword upright in both hands, while in the act of power walking. He is passing over rugged land, and about his way the clouds are collocated wildly. He is alert and lithe, looking this way and that, as if an expected enemy might appear at any moment.
Unforeseen difficulties, unprepared state, surprises, sickness.
Graceful, but not warlike; riding quietly, wearing a winged helmet, referring to those higher graces of the imagination which sometimes characterize this card. He too is a dreamer, but the images of the side of sense haunt him in his vision.
Trickery, artifice, subtlety, swindling, duplicity, fraud.