Tarot Blog Hop | Ostara 2013 | Snowdrop Spread

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Welcome to the Ostara Tarot Blog Hop! You may have arrived here by hopping forward from Joanne’s blog or hopping backwards from Joanna’s – or maybe you’ve just alighted on the page by chance! 

Whichever mossy path you have taken to reach me here at Tarot Thrones, you are most welcome *pulls out a chair and proffers a plate of chocolate biscuits. Really nice ‘spensive biscuits – nothing but the best*

If you’ve never been here before, let me explain a little about life here at Tarot Thrones – this blog exists primarily to help people with their Court Card work.  I know.  Tricky! And that maybe makes it sound a bit boooooooring here, but I hope that it’s not 🙂

This spread was inspired by the snowdrop.  By looking at the plant’s structure, I arrived at this 8-card spread.   Take your cards and begin to shuffle, all the while thinking of the snowdrop……


The Snowdrop

Card 1:  The bulb that sits patiently in the darkness of the earth asks:  what nourishes me?  Because the bulb is in the ground, this may turn out to be something that you don’t initially recognise as being nourishing.  It might be a shadow energy.  Can it nourish you?

Card 2:  The green fuse (as Dylan Thomas most memorably wrote!) that emerges from the earth, spiking its way inexorably skywards asks:  what motivates me?

Cards 3, 4 and 5 – These three cards represent the three outer petals and together ask: what flowers within me.  The cards may be read individually or as a trio.

Cards 6, 7 and 8 – These are the three tiny inner petals that are difficult to see (unless you look!)  and together ask:  what hidden gifts do I have?  Again, these cards may be read individually or as a trio.

Record your reading in your journal and refer to it whenever your energies flag or you could just do with a boost to renew yourself.

There may be cards that arise within this spread that you don’t feel fit the questions – cards that you actively dislike or feel ambivalent about.  This is the perfect time of year, the Spring Equinox, to deal with any ambivalence that you might feel regarding the cards – see whether you can bring those energies from the dark and into the light 🙂

Should any card be unclear, pull another card to clarify the meaning.  The spread works equally well with an Oracle or Tarot deck, I find.  Because my blog is about Court Cards, you can try this variation – For Card 1, you may prefer to take 16 Court Cards from a different deck to your main deck and select a Court to see whose energies nourish you?

I hope that you find a little time to try the spread, but now I appreciate that you must be off – forwards or backwards – to my lovely neighbours on this blog hop *waves white hankie fondly at the departing reader*  Come back and visit us again, won’t you?

Alison Cross

The Tarot's Court Cards are my specialist area.  They talk to me. Not LITERALLY though ....


Shonna · 24th March 2013 at 1:02 pm

I've been thinking a lot too about a spread based on a plantling. You did it so beautifully. I like thinking of the 'soil' as the manure that really stinks and that we have to push through, but that helps us reach our full potential. I'm looking forward to trying this one out.

Alison Cross · 21st March 2013 at 3:33 pm

Chloe – that's a great idea – give it a go and see what comes up! Would love to read about it on your blog 😀

I might put my reading up at the start of next week – am preparing (ie speaking out loud in the bedroom) to test the timings of my 2-hour stint with the Glasgow Tarot Meetup Group on Saturday 😀 I iz thorough 😀

Ali x

Inner Whispers · 21st March 2013 at 3:00 pm

Beautiful spread, Ali! Like Viv and Ania, I'd love to see your reading 🙂 One time, Sharon blogged her actual reading the day after – as you say, otherwise posts can get a bit long *shamefaced look of someone who always posts a reading*

This is a spread that would work really well combining tarot and Lenormand. You could draw tarot cards for positions 1 and 2, and two lines of three for the inner and outer petals. In fact, I may do just that this weekend, if that's okay by you? Will of course give credit and a link, if you're in agreement!

Anonymous · 21st March 2013 at 2:38 am

Looks like I missed the biscuits. Amazing spread, just amazing! Here's what I got with the Wildwood, which I am reconnecting with:

1) Six of Vessels—Reunion: Water nourishes me, emotions nourish me, reunion with self and others heals me. The seed lies in the past.

2) Sun 19—Life: Life in all its visible brightness, maximum lightness and creation, heat of same; this motivates me. Love to help people shine. Do I need to shine more?

3, 4, 5) Blasted Oak 16, Nine of Vessels—Generosity, Wanderer 0: These flower within me; having enough to give it all away flanked by destruction and risk, and trust. What flowers? Trust in change and emptying to receive.

6, 7, 8) Forest Lovers 6, King of Arrows—Kingfisher, Two of Vessels—Attraction: My hidden gifts are love and love, chosen with clear sight and power from the center.

Damn cool, dear Alison. You, too, have wonderful gifts!

    Alison Cross · 21st March 2013 at 1:15 pm

    What I would add to your reading is that the snowdrop comes from a little bulb, so you will KEEP nourishing yourself with the 6 of Vessels – it's a cycle.

    Those cards for 3,4 and 5 are very exciting, with a leetle frisson of danger too!

    And what great cards for 6,7 and 8 are really lovely. This really worked out well for you, Joanne! (((hug)))

Tarot By Arwen · 20th March 2013 at 6:04 pm

Are there any biscuits left? Krysten (Creole Moon) seems to have made off with the last one!

Great spread, Ali.

    Alison Cross · 21st March 2013 at 1:12 pm

    *shuffles more biccies onto a plate and sends, over the pond, to Arwen* See, we have really GOOD chocolate in the UK *grin*

    Ali x

Creole Moon Tarot · 20th March 2013 at 12:36 pm

First off, Koneta said it best, you could not be boring woman even if ya tried lol! HA! Second, thx so much for the lovely fancy-pants biscuits, such a lovely hostess, bless!

Third and most importantly, I love this spread and can't wait to try it and report back. Blessed Ostara my friend (and quite probably future partner in numerous crimes he-hee!) xx

    Alison Cross · 20th March 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Those were my very BEST biscuits *looks forlornly at the becrumbed plate and wishes that she had another packet*

    But hey! this is the internet *magically produces another packet and scatters the bix around for other visitors. Also, slides one into pocket*

    Bring on the crime, is what I say! 😀

Koneta · 20th March 2013 at 12:06 pm

Ali, you could never be booooring! Great spread, going to give it a whirl. 🙂

    Alison Cross · 20th March 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Excellent news! And thanks for saying taht I could never be boring *whispers* your cheque's in the post 😀

Alison · 20th March 2013 at 11:53 am

Snowdrops – I love 'em. The sight of them always lifts my heart, gives me hope. Will add your spread to my list of 'to try out'!

    Alison Cross · 20th March 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I'd love to see what turns up for you, so if it ends up on your blog, give me a shout so that I don't miss it, Alison!


Vivianne · 20th March 2013 at 11:37 am

I wanna see a sample reading, I is too lazy to do my own 😀

    Ania · 20th March 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Me too 🙂

    Alison Cross · 20th March 2013 at 3:30 pm

    You can see why I am the Good Twin and you two are the Two Evil versions *sigh* I haz a reading, but didn't want to take up the whooooole blog with me mithering about myself lol! 😀

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