As Solstice finished I began to look ahead to Lammas. I wanted to do a reading which would help me understand what I was to work on during this time period, what was to come next? I felt very strongly about having a “quest” or an assignment for me to pursue which would also be in conjunction with the energies of Lammas.
I looked over the internet and through a few of my tarot books. None of the spreads I found felt right and I knew I was going to need to design my own spread. The first thing I do when designing a spread is to get a blank piece of paper and write out aspects of what I want to cover in the reading. Not all of them make it and many get combined into a single position. I also like to keep the number of position totals to either 5 or 7 for manageability.
I liked what I read about the Camelot Oracle and it’s pathway cards and I decided to use it as inspiration. I wanted a card to represent the “type” of path before me as I headed towards Lammas. A descriptor card that would show more with it’s images and feelings evoked then the actual meaning from the book. I also wanted to know who or what my allies would be along the way and what challenges or experiences stood before me. I also wanted to know where the path led. What was the destination? Again, like the path card, I wanted it to be more of a descriptor-style of card.
I wanted a reading that felt “different” from the standard past, present, future set-up. I fiddled with things for around an hour before I came up with the simple spread below.
I used the pendulum to dowse the sequencing of the card pulls. I do believe that it will need a bit of tweaking here or there and so I fully expect a Questing Path 2.0 version soon enough.
Here is the description of each position.
1. The Path – This is a descriptor card and you should look at the overall image of the card to help describe your path. You can also find a keyword for the card and use it to fill in the blank on the phrase “The Path of _____ .” (See below for an example of this.)
2. Mid-Point Navigation – This card points to a midway marker or event between the beginning of the path and the destination. This is not a descriptor card. This could be a direct challenge or it could be an experience I was to look for along the way.
3. The Destination – Again, another descriptor card. Look at the image on the card and where the scene is that is taking place. Given that this spread is for Lammas, I’m looking for not only the feel of the card but a location where I might want to acknowledge Lammas when it arrives.
4 and 5. Allies Along the Way – This card would point to energies and entities along the way that I could call on for clarity, support and assistance. They would remind me of my strengths and my experience and might also be individuals, physical or non-physical, that I might encounter.
6 and 7. Challenges – These two cards would show me not only where the sticky points were going to be but also how to identify my greatest teachers on the path from here to there.
Let’s take a look at what they say.