Gatemaker of Bells
Ten of Coils
Seven of Blades I The Magician
XVI The Tower
XIV Quench
Two of Bells Eight of Coils
Shaman of Spikes
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.

Shaman of Spikes: Fire of Fire. As a mountain lion crowned with honey locust pods and thorns, she summons a luna moth from cup fungi. Spike lanterns show her mastery of purifying but destructive wildfire and of cool night woods phosphorescence that brings visions and nightmares. She is the purifier, exorcist, and shadow chaser.
Ten of Coils: A chain of interlocking snails becomes more than the sum of its links, and conjures a new growing spirit-snail that is the essence of its wholeness.
Eight of Coils: A tiny, perfect baby skate is poised to swim away from an iron replica of the protective eggcase it has outgrown. It is now free to experience its inborn (but yet untried) ability to fly swiftly through the depths.
Gatemaker of Bells: Air of Earth. She is a bell in the shape of the flower, pods, and leaves of Pipevines, adorned with a pipevine swallowtail butterfly and chrysalids. Steady and contemplative, her work is slow but rich and complex, and her careful attention and focus arise from the changing earth.
I - The Magician: Masked for secrecy and drama, she communicates expertly but shows only what she wants us to see. She carries iron symbols of the four elements that she summons and combines at will, with innate talent, but without knowledge or experience.
XIV - Quench (Temperance): A newly-forged bowl is quenched in icy water, creating steam that cracks and melts icicles. Quenching cools and hardens the metal and declares its shape perfect: a healer's bowl for holding cool herb-scented water, protecting precious crystals, or burning incense or scribbled paper.
Two of Bells: Tiny gongs or cymbals joined with a riveted chain give a hard, clear ring. A collaborative project or moving balance between opposites that strikes a new note to awaken anyone who is watching.
Seven of Blades: Skeleton hands reach through an African wrist knife surrounded by finger knives. Two Bald Ibises (Geronticus eremita) face off in ritualized conflict, when wielding power and avoiding it are equally risky.
XVI - The Tower: The three fuels of blacksmithing burn in a wildfire, creating toxic smoke: charcoal crumbles in a torching fir tree, coal outcrops explode in a creek, and oil burns in a calcite geode. The smith's work loses meaning and she is powerless. Falling without wings brings release. A door opens in the air, and something new and strange may appear in the ashes.

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

Ironwing Tarot

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