Happy Valentine’s Day to All Around The World
The Picture above shows Cards from The Jane Austen Tarot Deck. I thought their Romantic Imagery would be very suitable and fitting for Valentine’s Day. The Tarot of Jane Austen by Diane Wilkes and Lola Alraghi, and published by Lo Scarabeo is inspired by the famous author of the Classics ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Emma’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility.
This is a beautiful Deck of Cards and lovely to use for Love and Romance Readings. Whereas they do stick quite faithfully to the Rider-Waite-Smith approach, some of the Imagery in relation to Card Number and Suit may be confusing for the beginner. It is a matter of just getting used to them and they are a must for any Jane Austen Fan. Be warned, they may appear all pink and fluffy in the main, but some of the Cards, especially the Swords, known as Plumes/Quills in this Deck, can be quite Dark, especially The Four of Plumes, Five of Coins, Death and The Moon. The Suits are called Candlesticks (Wands), Teacups (Cups), Quills (Swords) and Coins (Pentacles). They can be purchased in many places but here is a link to Amazon.
The Relationship Spread
For this Reading to be of any benefit, it is essential that The Querant or the One doing the Enquiring be as Open and Accepting to whatever the Cards Reveal. Very often when starting out in a Relationship, or when a certain Stage has been reached, there may be some concern or confusion as to whether your Partner has the same outlook for the Relationship as you do. Do they envisage entering into a long-term commitment with you or have they other plans, plans that possibly do not include you?
This Reading is also useful for when you are in two minds about entering a Relationship with a certain other, or when there is more than one Partner to choose from. You must remember that nothing is ever 100% accurate in Tarot Reading and is also Subject to Interpretation. If you have a certain mind-set towards your Relationship, or decide to indulge in wishful thinking or idealising about your Relationship, or the Potential of a New One, then you may very well get Cards that will fall nicely in line with your way of thinking. They may be nice and romantic, fulfilling your exact desires, but they may not be based on reality. Therefore try your best to let go of any preconceptions or notions and throw it out to the Universe.
This Reading can reveal confusion in a Relationship between Partners or a lack of proper Communication. Therefore it may highlight areas that need to be brought out into the open. If your Reading shows that you see Wedding Bells in your Future and your Partner’s reveals a sense of entrapment or restlessness, then it would be wise to sit down and discuss honestly what both of you are expecting out of the Relationship. Sometimes just talking the issues over can smooth out any areas where there is doubt or concern. If you think your Partner is showing interest in an other, and their Cards reveal total devotion and commitment to you, then you may just be paranoid and certainly this will not have a beneficial effect on the time you spend with each other.
Do not get overly concerned with what comes up in the Reading as you are bound to be anxious when asking such questions about your Partner and your Relationship. I had a client very recently who had one of those enviable problems. She had three guys interested in her and she wanted to see which out of the three might be the most suitable to go for. She was looking for a Steady, Stable Relationship, and not just a fling or short-lived affair, so she didn’t want to waste her time on a guy who would not be around for long. We did three separate Readings for each Guy after picking a Significator for Each. We took note of the Significator and then put the Cards back in The Deck. For Each Reading we Cleared the Deck of The Previous Reading Energy and also made sure that any Reversed Cards had been Uprighted. We then Shuffled and Reversed a Few while asking the following Question.
First Shuffle and Selection of Cards is for Yourself/Querant – The Potential of a Loving Relationship From Querant’s Point of View. Draw Five Cards and Place them Face Down in Front of You.
Cleanse and Upright The Cards Once More before Shuffling (Remember to Reverse a Few) while asking the same Question but now – The Potential of a Loving Relationship from Your Partner’s Point of View. Make sure to name the Person in full for extra clarity as Partner could also refer to a business partner. Also be very clear in your intention that the Relationship is one of Love and Romance. Draw Five Cards and Place them Face Down in Front of You.
If you do not wish to exclude any Cards from the Second Set of Five, then you can use Two Decks, one for The Querant and one For the Partner.
When you are ready turn over the First Five Cards and Read these before turning over the Second Line of Five Cards. If you turn them all over at the same time, it will be very hard to stay focussed. When both Lines have been analysed and compared, it should hopefully map out the Relationship from both points of view. You may discover that you are lovingly singing from the Same Hymn Sheet, are Completely Out of Tune or just have to do a little Practice before you can both sing in Harmony. Extra Cards can be drawn for clarification.
The Relationship from the Querant’s Point of View
1 2 3 4 5
The Relationship from the Partner’s Point of View
1 2 3 4 5
Card 1 – The Origins of The Relationship (How it All Started)
Card 2 – Where Relationship is Coming From (Immediate Past)
Card 3 – Where The Relationship is at Present
Card 4 – Where The Relationship is heading in the Near Future
Card 5 – How The Relationship Ultimately Evolves
Q. I used to go out with Johnny years ago when we were in High School,but he then went to college overseas. We did write for some time but it eventually ceased. To be honest I hadn’t thought about him in ages but last week I bumped into him on the street. He looks great and we hugged and everything. He asked me to join him for a drink this week. Since I met him I just can’t stop thinking about him and am panicking about what I should wear when I see him next. I wonder how he feels about me after all this time?
The Relationship From Querant’s Point of View
The Relationship From Potential Partner’s Point of View
Extra Cards Position 4 and 5
Have a look at The Reading Above and see if you can work out whether this Relationship has any Future Potential or Not.
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
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