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Fire Walk with Me

I had so much fun participating in the last Tarot Blog Hop, that I signed up again. This time the theme was given as “The Fire tends to All” and immediately I suffered a ’70s flashback moment with a mental blast of this…

(Kasabian have nothing on a man who wears burning horns on his head).

I was all set to ponder the Tarot connection when I was waylaid by another flashback in the form of Twin Peaks. I’m not sure that I’ve actually seen the film, but the original TV series was compulsory viewing on Wednesday evenings at the beginning of the ’90s. If you’re not old enough to remember it or you didn’t catch it, you missed some essential cult viewing of the ultra-weird David Lynch variety. Murder, a coffee and cherry pie obsession, the mad log lady, an increasingly impenetrable plot, the very scary Bob and the dream dwarf who speaks backwards, to name but a few of the delights, which begin with the theme music. I won’t post any clips here, but there are plenty in the usual places on the interwebs and you can get the series on DVD.

So, to the Tarot. Inspired by backward-speaking dwarf, I came up with a little top-down (backwards) spread for you.

What’s Hot: The heat above the flame (one card)

Where the Light is: The light from the fire (two cards)

What feeds the Fire: where the fuel comes from (three cards)

There are three rows of cards in the form of the elemental symbol for Fire. We begin with with the single topmost card for the main burning focus, two cards in the middle for what shines brightest in your life and three cards at the base of the fire representing the driving forces fuelling your life. What this spread highlights is that in order to obtain heat and light you need a a foundation of fuel – the more effort and energy that goes into a project or your life, the better the chances of a strong flame and even this will need tending in order to burn brightly. There is no point expecting to shine if there is no drive or energy at the root and, of course, the fuel needs to be of the right sort too. Damp fuel will, at best, just make smoke and at worst, refuse to burn at all, so ensure that your purpose is not…well…soggy.

I wasn’t going to necessarily do a reading here, but having chosen Emily Carding’s incandescently energetic Tarot of the Sidhe, it seemed rude not to:


My particular conflagration has The Elder (Hierophant) at the top, Dancer Four (4 Cups) and Judgement in the middle and the base cards are The Hermit, The Lovers** and The Sun. Phew! Powerful stuff. Almost all Majors and I really don’t know what to make of them just yet – I will have to have a long hard ponder* 🙂

Suggestions in the comments welcome 🙂

* That’ll be the Hermit then ;D

** The Lovers is associated with Beltane and it also happens to be the 20th anniversary of my getting together with my DH today 😀

If you enjoyed this post, read some others in the Blog hop here:



1 May 2012

15 Comments to “Fire Walk with Me”

  1. Happy anniversary to you and your other half. That Arthur Brown person used to scare the living bejesus out of me when he appeared on Top of The Pops!

    Ali x

  2. Ania –

    Love Twin Peaks – the original series! Mandatory viewing! 😉


    • I am quite fired up to see it again after this, though I can’t help wondering whether it will live up to expectation after all these years 🙂

  3. I loved the layered aspect of this spread. :”D

  4. Hi Ania,

    Great spread! Love the fact it forms the fire symbol, as well as the growing feel to it 🙂

    As for the cards, I see the idea that through self-study, being willing to choose with your heart, and just loving life and what you do, you are now in a place where you don’t have to be bored, but can speak your truth. That leads to what’s hot – you teaching at the TABI Conference, for one thing 😉 And just plain being able to inspire others and knowing where you stand spiritually. Dunno if that feels at all true to you, just what I got from those cards 🙂 Love this deck!

    • Thanks for your insight, Chloe. I will add this to my ponderings 😀 See you at the Conference, I hope 🙂

  5. Great spread Ania. I am working with this deck a lot lately both for readings, meditations, and intuitive divinations and your fire spread works on a number of levels!

    I love the cards you drew for the building of your fire and particularly like your reference to a ‘soggy’ intent!

    I would say, according to your cards that you are in for a sparky summer or perhaps a sizzling summer, in more ways than one!

    Enjoy the heat!

  6. You missed a couple: what the fire cooks, what puts the fire out 😀

    • Ah well, that’s an extension spread – can’t cook if you don’t know where the heat is 😀

  7. Wow, loved your flashback. Wish it had been able to be recorded in color. How cool to wear fiery horns. I want.

  8. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?

    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is magnificent,
    let alone the content!

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