Two of Bells
Ten of Blades
Ten of Coils Ore of Bells
Seven of Bells
XVII The Star
XVIII The Moon XI Strength
XXI The World
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.

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 Blades: The labrys is an ancient double-bitted axe of uncertain origin and purpose. Here they resemble owls flying out to attack a web of constricting, confusing thoughts, and cut through it to freedom.
XI - Strength: The shaman's ribs become burning bone flutes that a tutelary spirit replaces with iron horns. Hair grows hooks that capture soul fragments that are restored as quartz crystals. A helping spirit in the form of a tiger bellows blows new breath and life into her heart. She reunites spirit and body as both are transformed and healed.
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.
Ore of Bells - Magnetite: Gifts from the earth - dark and light, fragile but enduring. A seedpod bell hangs over magnetite crystals, surrounded by Ice Plant or Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora), a pure white plant from the eastern old-growth forest.
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.
XVIII - The Moon: The coyote as moon goddess stands at a gate of Moonwort ferns contemplates her skeleton or talks to an ancestor, her hands trailing in the water that flows between worlds. The moon is shown full and in eclipse, bringer of strange dreams and wishes, prophetic visions or confusion, clarity or madness. Moon shells show the moon's bright and hidden sides.
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.
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.

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

Ironwing Tarot

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