Seven of Bells
Five of Spikes
IX The Hermit Six of Spikes
Two of Spikes
X The Wheel
0 The Lodestone Eight of Blades
Madrone 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.

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.
Five of Spikes: Cut nails strike a flint fossil sea urchin, but no fire is born - the nails must be polished free of firescale and the weathered flint must be broken to reveal the fresh spark-producing black core. The creative spark gutters only in the wind of fear that it will catch fire and burn.
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.
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.
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.
X - The Wheel: A girl transforms her heart into a red bird and offers it trustingly to ancient Fortuna, who replaces it with a larger heart made of growing leaves. An iron wheel hangs on the axis of the World Tree and twists around eight nails to mark the year's fire festivals, and smaller wheels symbolize the four elements.
0 - The Lodestone (The Fool): A little girl holds a magnetite crystal that diverts her compass needle. All magnetite will attract a magnet, but the lodestone variety is a magnet itself, and attracts small pieces of iron. Innocent but curious, she begins her journey without a guide, trusting the earth to reveal her path. Red ochre handprints hint at the Black Metal's potential.
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.
Two of Spikes: An Eyed Click Beetle watches between torches that burn smoldering incense and flaming scented oil. Its real eyes are hidden and the obvious patterned ones are false - or a mask. The view is of two worlds at once, a choice between equally powerful opposites.

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

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