Ore of Blades
Four of Bells
Seven of Spikes Four of Coils
Madrone of Bells
Ten of Spikes
Gatemaker of Blades Six of Spikes
Three 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.

Three of Bells: Bells inspired by wild gourds give three plain but carefully-crafted interpretations of a simple design from nature.
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.
Six of Spikes: An iron agave stalk holds sparkling seedpod lamps, and the base holds a honeycomb. These spike-leaved desert plants take years to mature, then they flower in a blaze of midsummer glory before dying. Young rosettes of new plants are hidden under the dead leaves.
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.
Four of Coils: Relic of the desert summer rains, a Devil's Claw seedpod entwines with its replica in an empty iron vessel, holding the hope and memory of water, but not yet the promise of rain. Trust, rest, and patience fill the solitary stillness.
Ten of Spikes: Ten malevolent-looking pins surround a desert pinacate beetle that stands on its head in self-defense. Entomologists use black pins for mounting insects. Some shamans remove harmful intrusions as black pins, in a burst of purifying energy that burns out to exhaustion and release.
Gatemaker of Blades: Air of Air. She wears a falcon helmet and wields talon knives. The curved blades of her fingers are also her ribcage, covered in icicles from the polar stormclouds that become her breath. She breathes the winds of truth, and even of anger when there is no other choice. She can speak, think, and go where others will not.
Seven of Spikes: A stag beetle and tiny iron antlers shaped like those of the extinct Pleistocene Giant Deer (Megaloceros) crown a shaman's hair comb ornament. Carbon antler fungi (Xylaria hypoxylon) are like ashy burnt antlers. One who accepts initiation enters the wild land to confront and claim power.
Madrone of Bells: Water of Earth. Under madrone berries in a mammoth shrine, she transforms cave pearls into bells and shelters a wolf and a dog puppy. She is a generous provider, watching to see that everyone has enough, enjoying the abundance of production work, and makes her home everywhere.

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

Ironwing Tarot

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