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It’s been a spell since I tossed down some cards for a tarot reading. Mid-September, in fact. After moving things around in my working space (writing, paying work, shallow thoughts masquerading as deep thoughts, etc.), my tarot deck came to the forefront of my new “writing on paper” space and I thought… hmmm, that seems like something I should do just so I don’t get rusty on looking at this kind of archetypal symbolism.
As you may recall, I look to tarot as one of the many possible tools for spirit- or soul-work; not necessarily as a divinatory tool so much as a means towards understanding the spirits at play in our inner alchemy (this is also much how I approach the runestaves, as you probably have noticed).
If you recall way back then, I was exploring doing a modified past/present/future spread derived my my current understanding of wyrd at the time. Before I got really wrapped up in my rune study, I was obsessed with some of the conceptualizations of ørlǫg, or fate/destiny/fortune, which is probably the more correct term to use as opposed to wyrd (based on linguistics and a deepened understanding of the Norse conceptualization of it all). In Norse mythology which, in turn, influenced Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic myth and culture, there were three fate-like beings known as The Nornir. They were said to be responsible for shaping the course of human destinies (ørlǫg). While there is some debate about the matter, the three are as follow:
- Urðr (from which the A.S. word wyrd is derived) represents “That Which Became or Happened”; sometimes conceived as the immutable part of fate and being.
- Verðandi is the nornir envisioned as representative of “What Is Presently Coming Into Being”; e.g., the Present Moment.
- Skuld is the nornir representing “What Shall Be (or Should Be)”; the point of understanding one’s ørlǫg is to understand what it intended to be, and not necessarily a immutable “fate”, but a changing fate based on the immutable (Urðr) and the emergent (Verðandi) ørlǫg of the individual and that individual’s choices.
My own conceptualization of the spread, while derivative of the Past/Present/Future three-card spread that’s out there, was envisioned to skip the strict linear representation of time as we commonly conceive it in the modern era and introduce the idea of entanglement — that the linear time is irrelevant to the spread, conceived instead as a cyclic spiral. Patterns repeat across the time until that which ultimately should be comes to pass.
Three Cards Spread | Subject: wildcrafting progress
Urðr (VIII Strength)
What has been in the process of becoming has been work on taming raw emotion and channeling that energy in a more balanced way to prop up inner strength, will and determination in order to quietly influence and persuade others. Recent work has been on building confidence and commitment, while being able to look fear squarely in the eye.
Verðandi (VI Wands)
Confidence is higher than usual, because a certain degree of chaos has been overcome. The Six of Wands is encouragement to believe in the self and celebrate the gains made towards wildcrafting the spirit
Skuld (IX Wands, reversed)
Learning to draw upon resilience, inner courage, self-care and positive mindset will be the milestone; overcoming multiple setbacks will challenge, but eventually strengthen the person emerging from those challenges. The fight may eventually help others.
Note: Biddy Tarot is my resource for understanding the card meaning. Different references may result in a different interpretation of the cards.