I haven’t done a “Tarot for Fun” post in a while and, purely on whim not very long ago (less than half an hour ago), I threw down the minimalist spread I usually adopt for these not-very-serious looks at what divination says I have going on in my life. My standard caveat stands that I look at tarot as more of a life-guidance tool than a tool for actual divination. I think the archetypes embedded in the cards messages and art are useful for personal alchemy (understanding yourself), but are of limited value in divination. That’s me — if you disagree, that’s quite okay, but I’m not easily swayed away from this stance, so let’s not argue about which role tarot plays.
I use the Crow deck with art by MJ Cullinane. I use a mixture of the accompanying book and Biddy to interpret because I am just a casual user of tarot and haven’t focused on learning all of the symbolism. All of these are highly condensed excerpts — if you really want to dig into the symbolism I suggest you look for a better resource than what I jot down below. Of course, if you’ve been reading tarot for a while, you may have other insights. Please feel free to add or subtract anything from the interpretation below if you are one of those people and let me know in the comments.
Anyway, here is the minimalist 3-card spread for Past, Present and Future (in order from left to right):
Past | XVI The Tower
Present | 5 Wands (inverted)
Future | XVII The Star
[PAST] Tower Symbolism: Massive change. “A lightning bolt of clarity and insight cuts through the lies and illusions you have been telling yourself, and now the truth comes to light,” and “After a Tower experience, you will grow stronger, wiser and more resilient as you develop a new perspective on life you did not even know existed. These moments are necessary for your spiritual growth and enlightenment, and truth and honesty will bring about a positive change, even if you experience pain and anxiety throughout the process.”
[PRESENT] Inverted 5 of Wands Symbolism: Facing internal conflict. Viewpoints are being challenged, arising information from other people or from other sources presents conflicting information, but help have an informed path forward. Find the option that best suits you to move forward.
[FUTURE] The Star Symbolism: “Hope, faith, purpose, renewal, spirituality.” Reprieve. Magic flows around you. Listen to the voice within, dream and aspire, strip away spiritual limitations. “You are entering a peaceful, loving phase in your life, filled with calm energy, mental stability and more in-depth understanding of both yourself and others around you.”
All of this is very interesting stuff, especially considering the rabbit hole I started my day yesterday jumping into, as it relates to some of that stuff directly — do now I’m really interested in the patterns that have emerged in my life these past few months that seem like they hold water (I just don’t know what kind of water they hold, if that makes sense).