Nine of Bells
Nine of Blades
Shaman of Bells Eight of Blades
XVI The Tower
Madrone of Spikes
IX The Hermit Eight of Bells
Four of Bells
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.

Four of Bells: Bells in the shape of Bur Oak acorns hang below a medicinal bracket fungus (Ganoderma lucida) that grows on living and dead oak wood. Together they are reminders to know and use what is precious, and transform or release the rest.
Nine of Blades: A raven mask glares at staring-eyed tri-blade arrowheads - is she their sender or their target? In such a complex situation, only the movement has meaning, since it makes the eyes on the arrows sing with whistling noises - a fearful or exultant sound.
Eight of Bells: Traditional West African dance bells on an ankle bracelet forged with podlike rattles. The bells are no use alone, and each is made with the consistent skill of long-term study and repetition.
Nine of Bells: A sistrum with pods, cone bells, and flat jingles. Ancient instrument of the Goddess, its intricate shapes and many-voiced sounds speak of triumphant accomplishment as a masterpiece is revealed and consecrated in ritual.
Eight of Blades: A woman with shorn hair covers her eyes from the sight of braids hung like trophies on a throwing star, and does see the garden tool that will cut through the roots of obstructions.
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.
IX - The Hermit: With a bag of red ochre creek pebbles and an iron lantern, she walks up the creek into the dark moon, leaving a record of her ever-evolving visions as pictographs on the rocks for others to decipher. She goes cloaked so we see her wisdom but are not distracted by her appearance. To see her face, look in a mirror pool of creekwater by starlight.
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.
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

All artwork, electronic images, and text are copyright ©2001-2004 by Lorena Babcock Moore. Script copyright ©2004 by Daniel Moore.