Because I miss posting about divination, I’m going to start alternating posts about Filianism with posts about Divination on Mondays. Today, I am posting a tarot reading that I am doing for the world at large for the first quarter of 2019. The deck I am using is the Tarot Art Noveau from Antonella Castelli and produced by Lo Scarabeo. The artwork of this deck is strongly reminiscent of that of Alphonse Mucha. Very graceful lines in this deck and light colors. I find this to be a generally positive deck to read with. Even the traditionally more negative cards come up positive aspected more frequently than not.
The spread I am using is pictured above. It is known as the Celtic Cross and is a good spread for general information about a situation and upcoming events. Let me go over the card positions and their meanings before I start laying down cards.
At the center of the cross there are two cards. The card labeled ‘S’ is the signifier card that represents the subject of the reading (also known as the querent of the reading). Covering it is the card at position one which describes the situation or the problem the querent is facing. Card two at the base of the staff is the moderate past card. Card three is the distant past card. Card four is the future with out any change and card five is the immediate past. I usually read the cross portion of this spread in the order of querent’s card, card one, card three, two, five, and card four.
The cross formed, there is the staff to consider next. Card six represents the querent’s hopes and fears. Card seven is their ‘house and home’ or the immediate environment around them’s influence. Card eight is the influence of fate or the hand of the Divine. Card nine is the total outcome. Sometimes it is very similar to card four but sometimes it is very different. Preface made, let’s get to the reading.
Signifier: The Hermit – This card speaks of loneliness and a sense of isolation (be it self imposed or not) from one’s social support structure. This card also speaks of a search for meaning within spirituality.
The Situation: The Fool – This card speaks of new beginnings. At the same time, there is a danger lurking if we are not careful to watch where we put our proverbial feet and rush headlong into every new and shiny opportunity that presents itself.
Deep Past: The Magician – This card speaks of power and of a showman of great skill. It speaks of this person ascending in power on the basis of their bombastic ability to fool the onlooker into believing their slight of hand.
Moderate Deep Past: 9 of Swords – This is a card of dangerous seduction. Duped by the Magician, the maiden of this card has fallen into a trance and is unaware of the dangers that surround her. This is also the card where the seeds of coming conflict are sewn.
Recent past: The High Priestess – Secrets and mysteries are revealed. Hidden knowledge has come to light with mixed results.
Future with out any changes: Knight of Coins – Bold and practical movement forward shall happen. The beginnings of wrongs being righted by way of might. The will of the downtrodden shall be heard.
Hopes and fears: Queen of Coins – Hopes for a stabilizing figure are high. Fear that said figure will be vain and self-absorbed and unable to truly stabilize the situation is equally prominent.
House and home: 8 of Cups – Anxieties about the future trouble the world. Concerns that good times are left behind in the past and that the future brings only calamity and regret are most potent.
Fate’s hand: Knight of Swords – Strife and arguments will come to the heartbreak of many. Fights over what is right and wrong will become bitter. We are advised to focus on the most compassionate way to handle these arguments and to remember the humanity of others whom we disagree with.
Outcome: 2 of Wands – Fickle communication and coy words will begin discussions that lead to major changes on the emotional and spiritual front. Hidden motives drive these discussions and should be carefully investigated before any action is taken on these discussions.
Originally posted: 1/7/2019