Yesterday a friend asked me for some help interpreting this spread.
Question: How can I build my business? She has gone through a long period of unemployment and has finally stepped out of it and started her own business. However she needs her business to be much more profitable.
I can’t remember what this spread is called or where exactly it came from, but it’s one I have in my notes that I find useful when looking for some practical advice. It’s very empowering. If you recognise it and know who developed it, please let me know below.
- Self – Ace of Swords
- Root Cause – Four of Pentacles
- How you’ve responded – Nine of Wands Reversed
- Hopes and Fears – Eight of Cups
- Your response – Six of Wands
- What you can change – Ten of Wands
- Commitment (What can you do to make this change) – Ten of Pentacles Reversed
You are in a place where you are feeling more mental clarity around your work than you have before. You are recognising that in order to move forward you have to change the way you think because thoughts control the emotions which affect your ability to move forward and manifest the growth your want to see in your practice.
You’ve been through a long period where you were reliant on benefits and while this gave you a basic level of security (a roof over your head) it also made you scared to move forward and lose this security. So it entrenched your stuckness. And you dealt with this from a place of fear because you didn’t have the resources to move forward (financial, emotional support etc)
I think there’s a certain amount of paranoia in the 9 of wands – worrying about losing benefits/being made homeless etc is what comes to mind and this card is asking you to look at the progression of the Wands to find a way out. Maybe take a look at the cards before and after the 9 of Wands? It’s important to remember that these worries are in the past, you’ve come through these problems. What’s the payoff in holding onto them?
The 8 of cups is telling me that you have doubts about wether or not you should stick with your business or not and you aren’t sure if it’s time to walk away and start something new. Maybe it’s saying that you find it difficult to commit fully to this path so haven’t given it a chance to come to fruition.
In the 6 of Pentacles I think you are being asked to examine your relation with money. Are you the beggar or the rich man? Do you recognise the value of what you give to people and the difference it makes in their lives? What more could you offer in your business to your clients? How are you with receiving help? Are you looking after your own health and well being enough? I think you should do some work exploring your relationship to money.
The last two cards are showing that you’ve come to an end of a cycle (both 10’s) and your goal is not far away. I think they’re recognising that you can sometimes feel overwhelmed or burdened by everything on your plate (maybe all the things you think you have to do to build your business) and that it’s important to focus on just one thing at a time, and to recognise the progress you’ve made already. You’ve come a long way (emotionally, spiritually etc) and the end is within site. Take some time to look around and see what you’ve learned.
Also, the word ‘package’ comes up when I look at all these cards together. So maybe there’s some new package of services your business could offer that is much more niche and really appeal a certain ‘type’ of person. But it has to be something that feels in sync with you are, otherwise it won’t feel authentic.
How about you? Do you have a different interpretation of these cards?