Spring equinox: A tarot spread & a reading

What is coming forth for you as spring takes hold?

What is emerging with the growing light? What is piercing the surface of your consciousness and taking up space in your life?

Bright, green, airy spring equinox invites us to spend time honouring what is coming forth for each of us at this time.

Halfway between the longest night and the longest day, this is a halfway house in our journey from midwinter’s inner reflections to midsummer’s outward, expansive expression. A moment to pause and check in before moving into the next quarter of the year. A moment to reflect on the slow, organic unfurling that takes place in the early months of the year, and celebrate what is only just now beginning to take real shape.

I’m feeling really in that space right now, really in the flow of this burgeoning season. I’m feeling it reflected in my life, as themes I’ve been sitting with and observing for months are starting to feel more dynamic, more tangible.

Spring is characterised by the element of air – the thinking, judging, planning parts of ourselves. There’s a burst of creative energy as people begin to move forward with their ideas, putting pen to paper, having conversations about what they want to do. I’ve found myself writing lists and drawing spider diagrams lately, feeling a strong need to ‘get things down’ so I can see what’s what, and begin planning my work.

But I’ve been here before. Scribbling away, thoughts leading, brain whirring… and not stopping to notice what all of these ideas feel like. I have a strong tendency to skip over the ‘feelings bit’ when I have a plan and charge ahead with a busy mind. This time, I really want to take the time to feel into what’s coming forth for me right now – before I do any real planning.

So – I created a spring equinox tarot spread!

(Of course.)

It’s a short, five-card spread that brings forth key themes for whatever is emerging for you right now

I’ve shared my personal reading below.

Card positions:

  1. What is coming forth in my life right now? What is emerging, what is just beginning to pierce the surface and peek through?
  2. How might I really honour this emergence? How might I frame what is happening for me right now, so as to truly understand and integrate?
  3. What is the work of the coming months? What does it look like?
  4. What do I need to clear or let go as part of this work?
  5. What ‘fertiliser’ do I need right now? What is the most nourishing food I can offer myself, how can I show myself love as I begin this chapter of my journey?


Here’s my personal reading.

All cards shown are from the Sasuraibito Tarot, by Stasia Burrington.

1. What is coming forth in my life right now? What is emerging, what is just beginning to pierce the surface and peek through?

Seven of Cups

I’m noticing connections and opportunities everywhere. As I unfold into spring, everything I’m currently working with – mainly my relationship to my body and its wisdom – seems connected. It’s dazzling and a bit confusing – I find myself wanting to try everything, every workshop, research every

2. How should I honour this emergence? How might I frame what is happening for me right now, so as to truly understand and integrate?

The Empress

It’s no surprise to find the Empress here – this is the archetype I’m working with most closely at the moment. Queen of all that is rich and abundant and nourishing and sensual, here the Empress tells me I’m on the right track, that this work is the right work.

I honour this moment of emergence and these many dazzling choices by bringing it all into my body, by feeling my way through, hearing the yeses and nos and maybe-like-this-es that it offers each time a new opportunity arises for me.

3. What is the work I need to do right now? What does it look like?

The Fool

I know that this is about unlearning. Going back to the very basics, to square one, without ego or judge, so I can take step one all over again. A lot of the work I’ve been doing lately is focused around acknowledging (and even befriending) the ‘judging voice’ inside me. The one that rolls her eyes and tells me that it’s all just embarrassing, the one that wants to keep me small. She’s there, of course. We all have a bit of her.

Part of moving past her limiting mantra is about stripping off and being really, really naked and vulnerable. Unafraid of the risk, unafraid to try, trusting in that wonderful exchange of energy we have with the Universe. I am unlearning fear of falling, learning to be unafraid to fall…and thus unafraid to step forwards.

4. What do I need to clear or let go?

The Moon

The Moon has always been a difficult card for me. So often, it indicates self-deception, so often, it has shown up to tell me I’m on a dodgy path, that I’m deceiving myself or others. Here, it feels similar.

The Moon carries on from the Fool: it’s about taking off a mask, removing a layer of camouflage, being more honest, more naked (like the Fool) – to myself at least. There’s a mask, a skin to shed here. It’s uncomfortable in my mind, but my body is not afraid or uncomfortable. It wants me to do this. It wants me to grow.

5. What ‘fertiliser’ do I need right now? What is the most nourishing food I can offer myself, how can I show myself love as I begin this chapter of my journey?

The Hierophant

This card encourages me to study the work of wise people. To delve into the many, many teachings on intuition, magic, body wisdom, and spirituality that connects all things.

This speaks directly back to the Seven of Cups – all those choices that are emerging for me right now. As I said, I feel kinda dazzled by how everything feels really connected right now, and that I have this busy-busy urge to say yes to everything – every workshop, online course, book, event that comes along… I’ve said before that this feels like an input year, and it really, really is. There’s a lot going in right now!

The Hierophant reminds me of the importance of the quality and depth of this input, asking me to delve into fewer things, and commit more deeply to the choices I make.

Choices that, as the Empress says, come from my body.

 

All cards shown are from the Sasuraibito Tarot, by Stasia Burrington.

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15 comments

  1. Eli says:

    This is a brilliant reading and a wonderful spread. I’ve just used it for myself–the first in-depth reading I’ve done for myself in a while actually. Some important reminders and advice showed up really clearly, as well as some stuff that was a bit harder to hear (it’s funny: I’ll find myself jumping to a comfortable interpretation of a card–not with the certainty of intuition but with the ease of memorised knowledge–then, after sitting a while, something altogether more challenging will emerge). My favourite part of my spread, in terms of the tarot showing its wise and witty way of putting things, was that the first card was the Hierophant, and the second card was the Fool… 🙂

    • Beth says:

      Oh wow Eli, I so relate to that thing of easily (and quickly) jumping to memorised meanings… then later noticing something more intuitive emerging. So glad this resonated for you. Hope you’re well!! <3

  2. Lydia says:

    What a lovely spread; it sounds like you’re entering a really exciting time of possibilities. I love how the Hierophant showed up to remind you of the teachers who’ve gone before, and of how sometimes quality is more important than quantity. I’m going to use this spread to read for friends at an equinox gathering tonight, so thank you for sharing it!

  3. Katherine says:

    Ace of Wands as what I need to clear or let go…and 9 of swords in the “fertilizer” position? I must admit, this one has me stumped :/ I love this spread, though (and all of your stuff, actually!)

  4. Maren says:

    Thanks a lot for this spread! going to try it and have a look at what the cards will tell me right away!
    Love from (still snowy, freezing) Austria, Maren

  5. Jenn says:

    I’m working through your Alternative Tarot Course and it has been immensely helpful to my newbie self! Now when I try out these sorts of spreads I’m so much more at ease. Thank you! Oh, and I also drew The Hierophant and 7 of Cups. Lots going on, lol!

  6. Laura says:

    Tried this spread today as well. Really clear guidance. I’ve been reading for myself a lot recently, and sometimes when I do that the message becomes more distilled, emphatic, insistent. And then I put the cards down and walk the path I’ve been shown, having exhausted my questions. That’s where I’m at now; it feels good.

    Themes: freedom, clarity, manifestation, hard work, determination, planning, shadow work.

  7. jade says:

    9 of swords came up for me too, although in the “work to do now” position, which for me atm, seems more like an acknowledgement of what I am doing (and the unhelpful ways in which I focus on the negative and how that holds me back) and how I will be able to find a new perspective on that as I move into spring with the world and 3 of wands in positions 1&2.

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