As a follow up on my post about the world of the Victorian Fairy Tarot, I wanted to share two spreads with you that these cards are absolutely perfect for. The first spread is the Dance of Happiness, which is recommended in the book “Victorian Fairy Companion”, which usually comes with the deck when you buy it. I find it really clear and powerful. The second one is a spread I invented and called “The Snail” (post to follow, keep an eye out for it!).
The Dance of Happiness spread is based on the most difficult dance of the Victorian era: the Cotillon. This dance was extremely hard to master as it involved many complex figures so it makes for a perfect metaphor of happiness and balance…
The lead couple represented on the Four of Spring card masters this dance to perfection. This is why they must be placed at the center of your spread for this reading: they will lead. After we’ve placed this card we will add 2 cards above, 2 cards to the right, at the bottom and to the left of the Four of Spring as you can see on the picture below.
This is a spread did as an example for a friend of mine last week. I was amazed at how true and powerful the reading was. So was she.
Let’s go into the details of each card and what they stand for.
Card 1: “The Twister Handkerchief” represents the things that are worrying you. In this case, the 3 of Winter shows that the consultant is worried about gossip, backstabbing, rumours and false friends. Someone has or is hurting the consultant by intriguing against them. It can be in her personal or professional environment.
Card 2: “The Mirror” represents your self-esteem and how the way you perceive yourself can affect your happiness. In this case with the King of Winter we have a consultant who is very harsh with herself. Some of the flaws she sees do exist but she is being way too hard and is possibly hurting herself because of her cold and almost mean perception of her personal qualities.
Card 3: “The Masks” represent the roles that others play in your happiness. Here we have the Knight of Spring, which means that the consultant can only be happy and satisfied with creative and strong people around her. There is no room for boring people. With this card, it can also be deducted that the consultant has enough charisma to attract such people’s attention.
Card 4: “The Mysterious Hands” represent the special gift that will help you achieve happiness. The Ace of Autumn is a fantastic card to have in this case because it carries the essence of the court of Autumn: hard work and maturity are the strongest gifts of the consultant. She can be sure to harvest the fruit of her labour because she is working hard enough and has the emotional maturity to carry her project(s) wisely.
Card 5: “The Arms Entwined” show who is currently supporting you. In this case, with the 8 of Summer, we have a consultant who is going through a moment of loneliness. She is alone to take difficult decisions in which no one can help. That does not mean that the consultant has no one around her. What has happened to this river (the consultant’s life) is their personal business. The fairy (and the consultant) needs to move on, it’s a necessary personal decision, no one could help even if they wanted to. In other words, the consultant must stand for herself and let go of what no longer works.
Card 6: “The Deceiving Circle” represents something that is not as it seems. The Hermit confirms the previous card. The Hermit shows a fairy locked alone in his study. But the Hermit is alone by choice because he is studying, researching and even though it is the card of introspection it is also the card of wisdom and knowledge. The consultant seems to be dealing with things alone, but it does not mean she is abandoned or sad about this situation. It is a necessary way of moving forward and sorting things out.
Card 7: “The Winding Alley” shows the next step that the consultant must take to achieve happiness. The Six of Winter shows a group of fairy who are fleeing all the problems, conflicts and dangers of the winter court (an echo to the Card 1 of this spread). They are leaving with very little belongings, it’s cold and the icy wind is dangerous but they are protected by the warm feathers of the swan. Just like the fairy on the 8 of Summer, they are heading towards better times even though they can’t feel it yet. In other words, the step that the consultant needs to take is to let go of the current problems, let go of conflictual relationships or a work situation that is not harmonious. It is difficult because it is risky and emotionally hard but it is the right thing to do.
Card 8: “The Final Round” shows us what happiness will look like for the consultant. The Chariot is pure triumph. It is the symbol of victory. We saw the whole spread for this consultant was quite difficult and she is going through a moment of conflict and loss. But all the difficult decisions made today will lead her to victory. Whatever her current problems are, the fact that she is making the right choices (such as leaving and/or letting go as we saw with Card 5 and 7) will lead her towards happiness. Her dreams and ambitions will come true thanks to the sacrifices she had made.
This spread goes very deep in terms of emotional and psychological analysis. This post cannot go into all the details given by each card or it would be way too long but it can give you a good idea of how strong and deep this deck is. I really recommend doing this spread for yourself about twice a year (more would not make sense in most cases) or have someone do it for you. It’s like a full check up of your emotional state and the Fairy deck is really perfect for such readings. Way more than most other decks.
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