Ten of Spikes
Five of Spikes
III The Forge XIII Death
Two of Coils
Six of Spikes
XVII The Star XXI The World
Six of Blades
XVII The Star Star Spread
The Three Star Spread is based on this picture. One woman stands on iron ore and watches a basket star swimming in the sea. Another woman stands on fossil crinoids (relatives of the sea star) and watches a falling iron meteor. Each woman tries to attract the other's attention, though they do not look at each other. A single glowing eye unites the women, their visions, and the ground they stand on.

This layout is used to clarify a relationship between two people. Odd numbers represent one person, even numbers represent the other. Card 9 unites the two. Try reading both sides for each person. The spread can also be read for one person: Odd numbers represent what you think and do in the world and how others see you. Even numbers represent the subconscious, the imagination, and how you see yourself. Card 9 balances the two.

Cards 1&2: The ground that each person stands on: home and work, responsibilities, and the past as it affects the current situation.
Cards 3&4: Each person now: priorities, self image, role in life or in the relationship.
Cards 5&6: What each person is looking at next and/or wants the other person to see.
Cards 7&8: Division: an inner obstacle or outside interference.
Card 9: Point of connection or reconciliation.

Six of Blades: A heron of wooded swamps and a sandhill crane of the prairies entwine bird scissors. A bird-masked person reaches the end of a long journey and leaves her boat to swim in disguise to an unknown shore. Hope dawns and solid ground is reached when Science, Art, and Spirit are one.
Five of Spikes: Cut nails strike a flint fossil sea urchin, but no fire is born - the nails must be polished free of firescale and the weathered flint must be broken to reveal the fresh spark-producing black core. The creative spark gutters only in the wind of fear that it will catch fire and burn.
XXI - The World: The lodestone forms the heart of an iron dancer with a bell body, a blade mask that splits the air, coiled legs that dance on water, and spike hands trailing fire. Beyond are the interlocking iron crystals of the earth's core. Knowing her limits and fully using the space within them, she dances arrival, completion, and wholeness.
Ten of Spikes: Ten malevolent-looking pins surround a desert pinacate beetle that stands on its head in self-defense. Entomologists use black pins for mounting insects. Some shamans remove harmful intrusions as black pins, in a burst of purifying energy that burns out to exhaustion and release.
XIII - Death: A mask of rusty iron weeping salt crystals - the shocking decay of what seems imperishable. A skull dissolves, its phosphate combining with iron to form vivianite crystals in an unexpected and mysterious transformation that carries no trace of the original bone.
Six of Spikes: An iron agave stalk holds sparkling seedpod lamps, and the base holds a honeycomb. These spike-leaved desert plants take years to mature, then they flower in a blaze of midsummer glory before dying. Young rosettes of new plants are hidden under the dead leaves.
XVII - The Star: One woman stands on iron ore and watches the wonder of a basket star (Gorgonocephalus) rise from the ocean depths. Another stands on crinoid fossils (relatives of the sea star) and watches the miracle of a falling iron meteor. Each tries to attract the other's attention. Though they do not see each other, a third miracle - an open eye - unites them.
III - The Forge (The Empress): The forge is a pomegranate filled with fiery seeds of life, the inexhaustible womb of creativity, a comfort and a challenge that draws the smith back again and again. With each piece of iron it heats, the world is new.
Two of Coils: Twisted steel snakes assist each other's hatching and devour each other's tails, a double Uroboros. The end of one attachment flows into the beginning of another, a mutual exchange and a swirling, changing flow of feeling between opposite poles.

Online Free Reading from the Ironwing Tarot by Lorena Babcock Moore.

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