Shaman of Spikes
Ore of Spikes
VI Connection XVIII The Moon
XVII The Star
Three of Coils
Eight of Spikes Five of Bells
III The Forge
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.

III - The Forge (The Empress): The forge is a pomegranate filled with fiery seeds of life, the inexhaustible womb of creativity, a comfort and a challenge that draws the smith back again and again. With each piece of iron it heats, the world is new.
Ore of Spikes - Hematite: An antlered torch blazes above jasper-banded hematite, igniting the imagination. Ore glows in the furnace, an image of the birth of inspiration. Hematite is the most important iron ore, and other ores must be heated to fully oxidize them to this mineral before smelting. It is the mineral pigment red ochre.
Five of Bells: The heat from newly-forged flower bells causes a sacred datura flower to unfurl in a swirl of perfume. When strength and creative work fails, return to the earth and be open to the comfort of unexpected wonders.
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.
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.
Three of Coils: A cauldron, a dipper, and a sacred well cover with three windows showing bubbles rising from the deep source. Triskele spirals are offerings to the precious water that heals, cleans and nourishes everyone as it brings them together.
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.
VI - Connection (The Lovers): Two women draw with charcoal on a turtle shell, and combine their visions at the center. The iron ring shows six ways to join two pieces of iron, each progressively hotter, more permanent, and less reversible - a reminder to be aware but not fearful of one's level of commitment to a person, place, or idea.
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.

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

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