Madrone of Spikes
Gatemaker of Spikes
Four of Blades Ore of Blades
Ore of Coils
Nine of Spikes
Gatemaker of Bells Seven of Bells
Five 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.

Five of Blades: A feather-crowned shaman contemplates a ritual ladder of hawk-shaped sawblades. To pass the test and ascend to the sky, she must grow wings or climb without fear that the blades will injure her.
Gatemaker of Spikes: Air of Fire. Crowned with sewing needles and a winglike fan of magical protective fabric, she separates the fire of heart and hearth from explosive wildfire. Her hair is twisted into ropes for the shaman's ascent to the starry sky. Intense and innovative, her creativity combines intricate beauty with protective power.
Seven of Bells: Shaman's cone bells have no clappers but make noise by striking against each other. They must be strung on the ring and shaken before they have any sound or power. To have meaning, any tool must be claimed, used, treasured, and eventually worn out.
Madrone of Spikes: Water of Fire. Her lightning rod forms a fulgurite, a tube of lighting-sintered sand. Her body is a madrone tree that shelters a spadefoot toad. She drops toad eggs and tadpoles into desert rain pools. She is the shower of sparks that inspires a new project or relationship, and the soothing reassurance that allows it to grow.
Ore of Blades - Limonite: A chopper engraved with a red-tailed hawk skull splits a limonite concretion, revealing a treasure of ideas. Earthstar puffballs offer spores to the sky like sacred smoke. Limonite is an informal name for a group of soft, amorphous yellow ores that form in soil and weathered rock. They are the mineral pigment yellow ochre.
Nine of Spikes: Hand-tipped hairpins still hold the heat of the forge. The central one holds transforming cicadas whose songs call up reserves of endurance, of creative energy at its most intense, the ecstatic dance that gives wings to one who journeys underground.
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.
Four of Blades: A fire rake cuts a furrow through sand to expose wet pebbles. Beyond this protective line there is space to quiet the mind, recover stability, prepare a defense, or walk away.
Ore of Coils - Goethite: A coiled fountain holds the shell of a paper nautilus (Argonauta argo) over bubbly-looking goethite. Water unites the fragile white shell and the dark sturdy stone in a self-renewing shower of empathy. Goethite is brown metallic "bog ore" found in sedimentary rocks, often crystallizing out of groundwater. It is the mineral pigments raw sienna and brown ochre.

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

Ironwing Tarot

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