Today, I welcome Jo Tracey, astrologer, writer, mum and fellow Aussie. Thank goodness for people like Jo. Jo is a super-star astrologer AND knows how to read the Tarot cards. Not like me. I've had three big books on astrology sitting on my bookshelf for YEARS, never read. Every time I go to start, I freak out about how much I have to learn! So, when I met Jo and found out she has a talent for marrying up Tarot and astrology, I couldn't wait to get her on the Biddy Tarot blog.
Today she shares her down-to-earth version of the Horoscope Tarot spread. Over to you, Jo…
I had a tarot reading the other day.
I tend to have one done at least once a year. It helps clarify the themes that I see coming through astrologically for me.
Fridays reading went much as I thought it might, until:
‘it looks like there’s a move on the way…’
‘I don’t think so,’ I said.
‘I’ll leave that with you, then,’ she says.
In the very next spread:
‘Are you sure that you’re not thinking of moving?’
and the next…
‘Jo, three times can’t be a coincidence. There’s definitely something happening on the home-front…’
That’s when it hit me. Jupiter will be moving through my 4th house for most of the next 12 months- and Jupiter in the 4th house always involves expansion or change a home…and very often signifies a move.
So, what is the 4th house, and what does it have to do with tarot?
The easiest way to describe this is to look at the Horoscope Tarot Spread.
Horoscope Tarot Spread
This Tarot Spread resembles a Zodiac chart, with each card representing an astrological house, or area of life. I like to think of the houses as the stage on which the planets, or actors in your life, play out their roles.
Here’s how it works:
- Shuffle the cards as you normally would and spread them out face down.
- Select the first card. This is placed at the 9 o’clock position. This represents the first house.
- Lay the next card at the 8 o’clock position. This represents the second house.
- Continue to lay another 10 cards anticlockwise until you have a round spread that looks like a clock.
- Interpret the cards in relation to their house meanings. As an example, in my spread, the card that signified the 1st house, or me, was Knight of Wands. I’m feeling ready to go on crusade, my health is good, my enthusiasm high. The message? Go for it.
Each card represents a “house.” Each house is associated with an element, a tarot suit, a zodiac sign and the planet that rules that sign:
1st House– is identity. This is you – your personality, your physicality, how you look.
Associations: Fire, Wands, Aries, Mars
2nd House- is resources. This is your self worth, your possessions, your money (& how you earn it).
Associations: Earth, Pentacles, Taurus, Venus
3rd House– is communication and knowledge. What you know, your early learning style, your siblings, your neighbours, your short or routine journeys, your environment. Associations: Air, Swords, Gemini, Mercury
4th House– is Home & Family. This is where you live, your attachments, your roots, your structure, your history, your domestic life & your emotional security (or otherwise).
Associations: Water, Cups, Cancer, the Moon
5th House– is Creativity & Children. The things we give birth to & take risks on. This is where we play, fall in love and create.
Associations: Fire, Wands, Leo, the Sun
6th House– is Work & Service. This is your health (& habits), your responsibilities, the mundane work that you do & those who do work for you.
Associations: Earth, Pentacles, Virgo, Mercury
7th House– is Relationships. This is where you interact with others- and how. Committed romantic or business partnerships…& openly declared enemies are represented here.
Associations: Air, Swords, Libra, Venus
8th House– is Tough Stuff. This house represents the things we don’t want to talk about- death, taxes, inheritances. It’s also joint resources, other peoples money, sex & transformation.
Associations: Water, Cups, Scorpio, Pluto*
9th House– is Expansion & Beliefs. This house is about expanding your mind, your horizons, your knowledge & your belief systems. It’s religion, philosophy, travel, adventure, law and the learning we do because we want to.
Associations: Fire, Wands, Sagittarius, Jupiter
10th House– is Career. This is your career, your reputation, you in the world, your public persona, your social responsibilities.
Associations: Earth, Pentacles, Capricorn, Saturn
11th House– is Friends & Community. Here we find your hopes & dreams, your friends, your associations, & your social life.
Associations: Air, Swords, Aquarius, Uranus*
12th House– is Secrets & Undoing. This is us in private. It’s the things we keep locked away in the closet- the things that bring us undone. It’s also karmic lessons, spirituality, where we escape and what we know subconsciously.
Associations: Water, Cups, Pisces, Neptune*
*The modern rulers of Scorpio, Aquarius & Pisces are Pluto, Uranus, & Neptune. These signs also have a traditional rulership- Mars, Saturn & Jupiter, respectively.