Greetings, friend! I’m going to do a 5 card spread for you this week! This week, I’m going to use the Medieval Scapini Tarot deck, a beautiful and unique deck illustrated by Luigi Scapini of Verona
Card 1: The Present – This card represents your present situation. This sets the general theme of this reading.
Page Of Coins
Someone in your life is seeking information, friend. and they have approached you to get it. This person has questions, and you have answers. This person has previously been known to be rather frivolous, but he or she is moving away from frivolity in their life and taking steps to buckle down and get serious.
Card 2: The Past – This card reveals past events that are still having an influence on the current situation. These may need to be let go of in order for the situation to reach its full potential.
Two of Swords
This tells me that very recently, you and this page entered into an agreement with one another, but the interesting thing about this is that both parties here have tools at their disposal that could be very hurtful. For all that, a truce has been struck and both parties have decided to move forward in harmony. That’s fine, but note that those swords are still there, and still available to cut if the need arises.
Card 3: The Future – This card shows the future outcome of the situation, given the current circumstances as they are, if the current path is followed as it is.
Three of Coins reversed
Oooh. Yikes. This looks like someone on your team is going to create some problems and have a poor effect on motivation. Someone here is going to be resistant and insist upon doing everything their way, and that will backfire. This person is not really experienced enough yet to do that, either.
Card 4: Reasons/Causes – This card reveals the reasons/causes that led to this current situation. It reveals obstacles that are standing in the way and works in conjunction with card 2. There can be a strong correlation between these two cards; you must work on what is shown by them to reach the potential shown in card 5.
If I may pause for just a moment…do please take a little time to pause and admire the rich, beautiful symbolism on this card. Luigi Scapini produced a magnificent image here.
She says to me that there’s a lot of hidden, occult information out there that – by definition – was not immediately apparent; this is what led to the need to seek information (Page of Coins) and to reach out and negotiate with you (Two of Swords). But this Popess is a wise occult mistress indeed; she is very secretive and doesn’t blab everything to every Tom, Dick, and Harry out there. She knows when to speak, and when to keep silent. She indicates to me that someone in this negotiated settlement is
a: not forthcoming with all the information they have
b: not ready for certain information as of yet
There is a need to remain quiet, for the time being.
A side note: she reminds me, very strongly, of the rune Perthro in the elder futhark. More on that another time.
Card 5: Potential – This card reveals the possible outcome that can occur if the querent chooses to take the advice given by cards 2 and 4.
A brief note: Luigi Scapini painted his own face in this card – on the lower left of the image, right by his signature. It was his way of recognizing that he was mortal too.
This entire situation has the potential to be life-changing. One party here is going to decide to move on, to cut ties, to seek greener pastures elsewhere. And it may be the very thing he or she needs to do, in order to learn how to handle loss and change wisely.
I decided to pull a Shadow card from the bottom of the deck; this card indicates the unconscious root of the issue at hand.
Five of Wands reversed
Friend, this tells me a person is having some inner struggle in this, and this leads to a specific question: is it you who has not been forthcoming with everything you know, everything you want, everything you’re experiencing? Does the Popess refer to you? Are you the party who is keeping secrets and undermining the mission? Do you feel like someone is exploiting you, taking advantage of your inner struggle? Ask yourself, friend. If this is so, ask yourself if it is the right time to come forward and speak up. Maybe it is not. Perhaps it’s best to keep things under your hat for the time being (note the giant hat worn by the Page of Coins in card 1).
There is much to reflect on for this week, friend. Be well!