Madrone of Coils
Shaman of Bells
Gatemaker of Coils Apprentice of Spikes
IV The Anvil
Six of Coils
Eight of Spikes Nine of Coils
Five 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.

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.
Shaman of Bells: Fire of Earth. A turkey vulture journeys while playing the bones, gourd and pomegranate rattles, bells forged from her feathers, and a tambourine. Her skull is an egg hatching a baby vulture shaman. She is the psychopomp who guides the dead to the Otherworld and the living through the maze of grief or transformation.
Nine of Coils: A chain of double links and coiled charms holds a shaman's mirror for seeing helping spirits and finding lost souls. It hangs from a triskele that was offered to the sacred well - a wish fulfilled, a responsibility accepted, and balance achieved.
Madrone of Coils: Water of Water. Madrone flowers in her hair, her hands are Sargassum weed that shelters Gulf Stream creatures: leatherback hatchling, ocellated crab, button jellyfish, blue glaucus sea slug, and violet snail. She connects and feels all, reflecting the subconscious of others, knowing when to move closer, when to dive and let go, and when to float with the current.
Apprentice of Spikes: Earth of Fire. With sweetgrass in her wild hair, she makes fire for camp and forge with flint and a steel tent stake. Fire separates her from the jaguar but attracts domestic cats. It demystifies night terrors like the eye-winged moth. Restless and independent, she seeks the spark of new adventures.
Six of Coils: Iron bracelets shaped like the coldwater Pacific Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera). Repetitive designs show the rootlike holdfast, leaflike blades, and floating gas bladders. Deep memories become part of the body, and are released in clear flute music and the rhythm of ocean currents and surf.
Eight of Spikes: When the timing is right, iron feathers on a shaman's costume transform into real feathers, heated in magical flight. A bird bone flute summons a caracara spirit, Garuda of the desert grasslands. The shaman's stories inspire people and remind them who they are.
Gatemaker of Coils: Air of Water. She peers from the misty cypress swamp into a lake or river, and calls the paddlefish water spirits. Compassionate and trusting, she inspires songs and poetry that express the strangest or most frightening feelings and visions so they can be shared in beauty.
IV - The Anvil (The Emperor): The blacksmith's tool, world axis, sacred symbol, workbench, altar, source of authority, and deity. It holds the solidity of the earth's core and the tension of growing tree roots, and imposes sacred order, stability, and focus.

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

Ironwing Tarot

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