Expert Tarot Horoscope  
Your Question: What's happening? What should I watch for?
Name: What's Happening?
Apr 5, 2007
Your Spread
   

house of the future


house of visions
   
 
house of reputation

 
house of surrender
      house of secrets
house of identity


house of ideas

 

house of magic

house of relationships
  house of work
house of apprenticeship
 
      house of family
     

Spread Information:
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The Horoscope Spread takes its form from the natal chart of Astrology, with one card for each "house" or department. These 12 houses illuminate your true nature with respect to the twelve archetypal areas of human life.

Tarot's Horoscope spread focuses on changes taking place in these different departments. Each card is interpreted in light of the process going on in that house, implying change, motion, action, and discovery. References to past, future, and other people reflect how those energies affect that department of your life right now.

All departments are considered equally important, but greater emphasis is added with the presence of Major Arcana cards or your own special interests.

You can subdivide this spread into groups depending upon the line of inquiry you are following. Houses 1, 5, and 9 represent the Fire houses, reflecting desires, ambitions, goals, passions. Houses 2, 6, and 10 represent Earth -- tangible realities like your body and your cash flow, the results of effort and time, the "things" in your world. Houses 3, 7, and 11 illuminate the realm of Air, realm of communications, the Word (sword) of Truth and the relationships in which you unsheathe it. Houses 4, 8, and 12 are Water houses, realm of the feelings, intuition, sensibilities and emotions.

Houses 1, 4, 7, and 10 taken together describe those innovative, self-starting, pioneering energies which give the courage to press for change. Houses 2, 5, 8, and 11 together illustrate powers of determination, fidelity, endurance, and farsightedness. Houses 3, 6, 9, and 12 point to areas in your life where you are the most flexible, responsive, and adaptive. Taking the time to investigate the spread at this level of depth will reveal amazing correspondences between your inner life, the events of your outer world, and astrological transits to your natal chart, giving you a superb experience of reading the Tarot at multiple levels.



Your Interpretations

House of Identity: Ten of Pentacles

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
The inheritor of prestige and influence is also required to meet certain obligations.

The card that falls in the House of Identity has to do with the face you wear to meet the world.

With the Ten of Coins in this position, you are the proper inheritor of a family tradition or ethic that makes you an important person in your community. This underlying heritage may have so thoroughly permeated your history and development that you have gone to special lengths to be distinct from it, to avoid becoming swallowed by it.

Living up to this legacy can feel like a burden, but it is yours to bear both literally and karmically and it would be wrong to reject it. Obviously this situation provides you with stability and security, but it also creates special obligations. Maturity and sobriety are great allies to a person who has been given so much in terms of money, education, skills or responsibilities.

GENERAL MEANING
The Ten of this suit represents the final result of cumulative efforts -- perhaps after generations of effort -- resulting in such abundance that it directly and indirectly supports a lot of people. One layer of meaning refers to the pride of supporting your own lineage of well-loved souls.

Imagine a flow of resources so abundant that you are filled not only with pride but also self-respect and gratitude. Such bounty can impact the destiny of many families and generations. Nobility obligates its possessors, and the obligation must be passed down from generation to generation along with the abundance and freedom.

MEANING of POSITION
The card that falls in the House of Identity has to do with the face you wear to meet the world.

The House of Identity position has to do with the "face" you wear to meet the world -- your persona, your presentation, how you are seen by others. It is also the part of your personality that others recognize as being "like you."


House of Work: The Devil

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
Heighten your awareness of the wrestling match between darkness and light. Focus on the relatedness of things rather than the differences.

The card in the House of Work should be interpreted in terms of whatever activities you engage in, or organization you belong to, in order to support yourself.

The Devil card in this position suggests you may be dealing with a feeling of fear or a fearful situation. Don't worry -- instead of crushing you, this particular experience will primarily educate you. If you refrain from judging things in black or white terms, or labelling things as either good or bad, you will appreciate the tremendous amount of life force that is available to you, and rise to the occasion, stronger.

Whatever the particulars of your situation, things could veer from one extreme to another, either manifesting as passionate love or self-centered gratification. Just try to keep your head above water in this powerfully moving situation.

Pay attention to how the life force wants to move through you so that you can follow its flow and keep learning from it. Regardless of how bedeviling they may seem, face your instincts with tenacity and a touch of humor. A deeper spiritual dimension is beckoning you.

GENERAL MEANING
What has traditionally been known as the Devil card expresses the realm of the Taboo, the culturally rejected wildness and undigested shadow side that each of us carries in our subconscious. This shadow is actually at the core of our being, which we cannot get rid of and will never succeed in taming. From its earliest versions, which portrayed a vampire-demon, this card evoked the Church-fueled fear that a person could "lose their soul" to wild and passionate forces.

The image which emerged in the mid-1700's gives us a more sophisticated rendition -- that of the "scapegoated Goddess," whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower her efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul. Tavaglione's highly evolved image (Stella deck) portrays the magical formula for harnessing and transmuting primal and obsessive emotions into transformative energies. As a part of the Gnostic message of Tarot, this fearsome passion and power must be reintegrated into the personality, to fuel the soul's passage from mortal to immortal.

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of Work should be interpreted in terms of whatever activities you engage in, or organization you belong to, in order to support yourself.

The House of Work position represents your body, your physical strength and stamina, your health, your overall viability as a survivor. The card that lands in this position is also generally commenting on whatever activities you engage in to support yourself, to keep body and soul together.


House of Ideas: Prince of Swords

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
Accept a coming challenge only if it will benefit the greater good.

The card in the House of Ideas represents the awakening of your creativity, a place where you experiment and brainstorm fantastic options and work out how to overcome even the obstacles that seem daunting.

With the Knight of Swords (in some decks, a Prince) in this position, you have an opportunity to experience the kind of power that comes from high idealism and strong moral sensibilities. Avoid becoming self righteous and moralistic, but hold to your convictions.

For the sake of clarity, step back and look at the big picture. Scrutinize your motives, making sure you are not just spoiling for a fight. Only engage this challenge if it's going to benefit all who will be affected, because you could take a beating if you decide to go through with it. This Prince at his best is an intellectual and moral leader who raises others' sensibilities by choosing strategic battles that illuminate important moral or ethical issues. If this is your motive, pursue it.

GENERAL MEANING
This card is traditionally entitled the Knight, but in some modern decks appears as the Prince. Traditionally, this card portrays the restless mind, aroused by thoughts of offense and defense, storming around searching for a target to pounce on. He often feels slighted, has a chip on his shoulder and bristles with a hostile attitude. His usual method is to look for someone to blame for his irritation.

Furthermore, in an attitude of righteousness, he may assign himself the job of correcting the offender. Jumping easily to conclusions, he shoots first, asks questions later and is therefore often guilty of overkill. This is not to say that he does not have his heroic side; a single-minded combativeness can have its value. However, even when he is doing the right thing, he is likely to be doing it for the wrong reasons. Apt advice for this card is to deeply question your motives for what you are thinking about doing. Forethought will assist you in discriminating between righteous and unrighteous causes. Control any traces of impulsive judgement!

Occasionally you will notice in the detail on the card, that the person can be a woman rather than the expected man. There is some evidence that the tradition of knighthood included a certain number of "anonymous knights" who took mythic names and veiled their true identities. Living on the road with few or no servants, they served as free-lance defenders of travelers, champions of the little people against the exploitation of both highway robbers and the wealthy classes. Odds are that some of these knights-errant were camouflaged women, and that idea is preserved with the traditional representation of the Sword Knight.

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of Ideas represents the awakening of your creativity, a place where you experiment and brainstorm fantastic options and work out how to overcome even the obstacles that seem daunting.

The House of Ideas position represents the awakening of your creativity, your magical imagination, the inner world of your possibilities. Here lives the "inner child," experimenting with "what ifs" and exploring options in fantasy. Set this part loose on the problems at hand, and you will be amazed at what you come up with!


House of Family: Six of Cups

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
A careful look at your roots reveals the underlying truth of the current situation.

The card in the House of Family represents your strongest emotional attachments, deepest loyalties. This represents some aspect of where you come from, your genetic and cultural heritage.

The Six of Cups in this position suggests that you may have inherited or adopted a tendency to be nostalgic about or idealize the 'good old days.' Perhaps this was the habit of the significant caretakers of your childhood.

There's nothing wrong with this, but it is a higher priority to pay attention to the present, unencumbered by sentimentality. It's great to be loyal to the splendors of the past. Nevertheless, even though historical patterns do repeat -- and there are values to be mined there -- we have to stay tuned in to current conditions. Don't be so retro that you can't be here now.

GENERAL MEANING
The Six of this suit generally represents a refreshing openness and innocence, a willingness to learn and an optimism that things will get better as we advance together in understanding. The traditional title, The Past, reminds us of our original nature, when we were young and enthusiastic, when anything was possible and the future was an open book. We are to remember that this same freshness, those new possibilities, are always available to us, even now.

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of Family represents your strongest emotional attachments, deepest loyalties. This represents some aspect of where you come from, your genetic and cultural heritage.

The House of Family position represents your strongest emotional attachments, deepest loyalties and oldest positive memories. This involves your heart's home, your spiritual refuge, the place you retreat to feel safe when your feel overwhelmed or at a loss. This is also where you can enjoy the people and situations you feel most in harmony with and the values you derive strength and peace from in the middle of a storm.


House of Magic: Four of Swords

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
Despite the chaos surrounding you, a time out has recharged your spirit and renewed your energy.

The card in the House of Magic represents that magnetism which attracts people and situations to you that can challenge your assumptions, reveal hidden genius, and provide new insights.

When the Four of Swords is in this position, you have recently found refreshment and regeneration from a time of meditation and personal retreat. That experience gave you the opportunity to organize your mind and reconfigure your plans and goals. You may have been resistant to the circumstances that gave rise to the quiet time, but the benefits are obvious as you return to action. Perhaps in the future you will be more intentional about creating retreat time when it is needed.

GENERAL MEANING
A Four in this suit sends a message to take some time out, surrendering worldly concerns and retreating to a sheltered place of serenity away from the hustle and bustle. The oldest Tarot card images suggest a visit to the tombs of our ancestors, a place to contemplate your mortality and breathe in the dust of those who brought you here.

A vision quest or pilgrimage to one's own center allows us to contemplate our roots, values and goals. Here you will see your place in the flow of time ... and unfolding generations.

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of Magic represents that magnetism which attracts people and situations to you that can challenge your assumptions, reveal hidden genius, and provide new insights.

The House of Magic position indicates that magnetism which seems to accidentally attract people and situations to you that challenge your assumptions, reveal hidden genius or provide new insights. No matter what you thought you knew about yourself or the situation, this card opens your eyes to a wider viewpoint. New insights may even change your self-esteem for the better.


House of Apprenticeship: Ace of Staves

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
You may suddenly find yourself in the spotlight taking a stand, speaking out and inspiring others.

The card in the House of Apprenticeship refers to your ongoing education or training. This may be the result of a sense of calling or mission, or a motivating goal that changes your priorities and raises your expectations of yourself.

When the Ace of Wands presents in this position, it's as if your Higher Self is handing you the torch and saying, "Please keep this light aloft for a little while. We won't make you hold it long. Another runner will be sent to collect it from you. While you wait and hold the torch, be of good cheer."

You are helping the world by standing forth in this way. Don't be surprised when all the attention is focused on you as you speak out and motivate others. This is a great opening; you will finally have the opportunity to reveal your strengths and courage.

GENERAL MEANING
This suit, most often called "Wands" and sometimes called "Rods" or "Staves," represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.

An Ace of this suit in this position symbolizes a pivotal act, or fateful step, that will set loose a chain of events leading toward your desired goal. It refers to a birth or new beginning, the inauguration of an endeavor, and the building of the necessary commitment to see a project or plan through. It personifies an aroused Will that is totally focused, aiming at the bulls-eye.

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of Apprenticeship refers to your ongoing education or training. This may be the result of a sense of calling or mission, or a motivating goal that changes your priorities and raises your expectations of yourself.

The House of Apprenticeship position points to where you might want to upgrade your skills, refine your methods and educate yourself to become more competent and useful.

The urge to improve oneself is often the result of a calling or mission, a motivating goal that changes your priorities and raises your expectations of yourself.


House of Relationships: Four of Staves

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
Keep yourself open and receptive to the significant people you are about to encounter.

The card in the House of Relationships represents important romantic, professional, familial, or legal relationships which came into your life to complete you in some way.

When the Four of Wands is in this position, the talent needed to fulfill your vision is beginning to come together. Be confident that the process has been set in motion. Pivotal colleagues may soon step forward so you can meet, trade notes and define the work you will share.

The power of these new connections may lift you out of obscurity and onto a path of high achievement. So be prepared to confidently display your skills ... and this may be a great time to welcome capable peers. Don't neglect the opportunity to remain open and direct to attract like-minded souls you may be proud to be seen with.

GENERAL MEANING
This suit, most often called "Wands" and sometimes called "Rods" or "Staves," represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.

A Four in this suit is the teamwork card, often symbolized by two couples who have come together to create something profitable and enduring. Quite likely, they will bequeath a gift to the future -- a business, hospital, theater or university. They represent the founding families of the future community that will grow around their inspiration. Teamwork is the key.

It takes time to build a grand vision; and other people of ambition and talent must be attracted to it for it to fulfill its potential. What we see here is the start-up group, the founding visionaries committing their energies to designing the blueprints and laying the groundwork. This partnership is the prototype for society or any grouping where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of Relationships represents important romantic, professional, familial, or legal relationships which came into your life to complete you in some way.

The House of Relationships position represents long-term relationships -- romantic, professional, family or legal -- which are brought into your life to complete you in some way. It can also describe the kind of energies that you are innately attracted to, which may become the bedrock patterns in all of your important relationships.


House of Secrets: Six of Staves

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
Resist dogma; think for yourself in order to preserve your integrity and values.

The House of Secrets card represents judgmental voices in your inner life, which may be repeating negative messages and emotional reactions stemming from past resentments and injuries. This may also point to places where you hide parts of yourself that you don't like to look at.

When the Six of Wands falls in this position, it signifies conflict between your interests and the desires of a larger group. You may feel a need for approval from others, but the desire to fit in can lead to towing a party line that offends your personal integrity.

Keep in mind that the price of leadership sometimes requires resistance to social pressures rather than capitulation. Look deeply into your own heart, instinct and conscience and ask yourself if you really need to fall in with the group. This could be a time to strike out in a different direction, in order to preserve your integrity and values.

GENERAL MEANING
This suit, most often called "Wands" and sometimes called "Rods" or "Staves," represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.

The Six of this suit points to the respect and acknowledgment due to you for your efforts to solve the problems of your community. The image is usually that of a victory parade, after the celebrated leader has helped the troops win a pivotal battle.

It took the whole tribe to win the victory, of course, but it was the leader's heroism and clarity under pressure that inspired them to overcome. The team is thrilled that the leader led them to victory. This card points to a time to let everyone relax and celebrate -- if you are the leader, even let them lionize you for awhile. They are seeing reflected in you their own better selves -- a victory indeed!

MEANING of POSITION
The House of Secrets card represents judgmental voices in your inner life, which may be repeating negative messages and emotional reactions stemming from past resentments and injuries. This may also point to places where you hide parts of yourself that you don't like to look at.

The House of Secrets position represents judgmental voices in your inner life, repeating negative messages and stuck emotions from past resentments and injuries. This house is also where you hide parts of you that you fear others may be judging, the repository of your personal shame. This kind of thinking can hurt you if you become attached to it, failing to forgive yourself and others for imperfections or less-evolved aspects.


House of Visions: Two of Staves

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
Withhold action until you consult experienced guides; they can provide profound insight into your options.

The card in the House of Visions represents an expansive view of possibilities which are opening up to you, because of the community of like-minded souls you are discovering and connecting with.

The Two of Wands in this position challenges you to discern your full spectrum of choices. Guides are available who can provide realistic insights into your choices, help you evaluate the implications of your options and intercept any hasty decisions. Ask your mentors and elders to assess their lives and the fruits of their labors -- not in terms of fame or monetary achievement but on deeper levels.

If you don't get them to reveal information and insights beyond the obvious, you may miss the essential message for you now. This is an important time to make good choices. A small deviation in your path today can create a widening wedge of change in your life tomorrow.

GENERAL MEANING
This suit, most often called "Wands" and sometimes called "Rods" or "Staves," represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.

The Two in this suit, often portrayed as crossed wands, imply a deadlock due to energies working at cross-purposes. This could refer to an internal split -- perhaps a duel between optimistic and pessimistic parts of your psyche, for example -- or some situation where you feel "damned if you do, damned if you don't." This could be a standoff with another person or rubbing up against limitations that are currently imposed upon you.

This card points to the possibility of creeping self-doubt -- the kind that arises in a situation where one has bitten off more than one can chew. Give yourself a moment to take in the full implications of your situation. Find your bearings again before launching back into action. Deal with real concerns now -- before they become regrets!

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of Visions represents an expansive view of possibilities which are opening up to you, because of the community of like-minded souls you are discovering and connecting with.

The House of Visions position represents an expansive view of possibilities which are opening up to you, because of the community of like-minded souls you are discovering and connecting with. The card that falls here will indicate the best way to use your sphere of influence at this time.


House of Reputation: Ace of Swords

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
Stay focused and resolute, for you are about to reach your objective.

The card in the House of Reputation represents your life's work and legacy, your contribution and what you are to be known for. The card that lands here can give you advice on how to fulfill your role within the Greater Whole.

The Ace of Swords in this position advises you to be steady -- you are about to reach your objective. There may be no need to hesitate. Just concentrate on making your impact. This could be your moment. The arrow is pointed straight at the target. Your eye is keen, your grip is firm. Let that arrow fly! If you set aside distractions and hit your mark, you will be rewarded with insight and clarity.

Remember that this is not the time to hold back, worrying about the consequences. When you access this level of truth, you are very likely to cut through all illusion and nonsense.

GENERAL MEANING
This suit represents the rational mind and its ability to discriminate. Swords cut through things in order to pierce illusion, to differentiate between fantasy and reality. In the image of this Ace, a single upraised sword represents your Prime Motive or Guiding Ideal -- the primary vision that guides you through life's changing fortunes with single-minded clarity.

The sword is sometimes shown piercing a silver and/or laurel crown, a symbol of optimism implying evolution, progress, a sense of hope and victory. It is occasionally shown pointed downwards -- a darker message, which refers to sacrifice, challenges and a critical environment.

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of Reputation represents your life's work and legacy, your contribution and what you are to be known for. The card that lands here can give you advice on how to fulfill your role within the Greater Whole.

The House of Reputation position represents your life's work, your legacy and contribution -- i.e. what you will be known for. The card that lands here can give you advice on how to fulfill your role within the Greater Whole. This is where you take personal responsibility for how things turn out.


House of the Future: The Sun

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
You have arranged your life to serve your highest dreams and aspirations.

The card in the House of the Future represents a visionary wisdom which allows you to sense and project probabilities into the future. This concerns solutions to long-term issues.

With the Sun in this position, there is long term potential to have what you want in this life. You can fulfill your dream, change the world, gain friends and influence those around you.

As you stand up for your highest values, they will be affirmed, acknowledged and supported by others. When you practice the willingness to repeatedly come back to your center and cultivate it more and more, you will see your life bloom in all directions. Perseverance is the key.

GENERAL MEANING
What has traditionally been known as the Sun card is about the self -- who you are and how you cultivate your personality and character. The earth revolves around the sun to make up one year of a person's life, a fact we celebrate on our birthday.

The Sun card could also be titled "Back to Eden." The Sun's radiance is where one's original nature or unconditioned Being can be encountered in health and safety. The limitations of time and space are stripped away; the soul is refreshed and temporarily protected from the chaos outside the garden walls.

Under the light of the Sun, Life reclaims its primordial goodness, truth and beauty. If one person is shown on this card, it is usually signifying a human incarnation of the Divine. When two humans are shown, the image is portraying a resolution of the tension between opposites at all levels. It's as if this card is saying "You can do no wrong -- it's all to the good!"

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of the Future represents a visionary wisdom which allows you to sense and project probabilities into the future. This concerns solutions to long-term issues.

The House of the Future position represents that storehouse of wisdom within you, which allows you to sense and project probabilities into the future. This is the part of you that is working on solutions to long-term issues. The card that appears here highlights your vision.


House of Surrender: Princess of Cups

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POSITIONAL (MAIN) MEANING
Make yourself invisible; do whatever you can to help, but make no demands.

The card in the House of Surrender position represents the area of your life where you have to let go of illusions of control, to release attachment to outcomes and TRUST. Accepting limitations is the first step to psychic and emotional peace.

The Page of Cups (in some decks, a Princess) in this position requires that you let go of any grandiose fantasies you may tend to indulge. Be willing to be humble and give up special claims to power or fame.

You are called upon to be the emissary or assistant to greater work right now. Stay faithful to the labor at hand, and concentrate on doing an exceptional job. Keep your attitude free of envy or resentment. Appreciate that your role is significant in a low-key way.

GENERAL MEANING
This card is traditionally entitled the Page, but in some modern decks appears as a Princess. In this suit this card represents a poetic, mystical, emotionally open young person, still tender and idealistic, given to flights of imaginative fantasy.

This energy is exquisitely refined and fine-tuned. It may be that a sense of being grounded in reality has not yet entirely set in, such that external forces and events easily upset the balance. This person must work to achieve a stronger will and more calculating mind, to balance and protect all that wonderful sensitivity.

MEANING of POSITION
The card in the House of Surrender position represents the area of your life where you have to let go of illusions of control, to release attachment to outcomes and TRUST. Accepting limitations is the first step to psychic and emotional peace.

The House of Surrender position represents the area of your life where you have to let go of illusions of control, to release attachment to outcomes and TRUST. Accepting limitations is the first step to psychic and emotional peace. This could involve a sacrifice of some sort.


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