This spread was sparked by a 20-minute coaching call with Zoe Kors. If you’re unfamiliar with Zoe, she’s a writer, coach, speaker and all-around fabulous woman.
Zoe and I packed quite a few topics into those 20 minutes, but they all centered around the same thing: Loving yourself and your body.
I’ve had a long-running battle with how I perceive my body. I’m a nappy-haired, knock-kneed, pigeon-toed, dark-skinned black woman with a gap between her front teeth (save for one year in high school in which I had beautifully straight American teeth when I got my braces removed. The gap returned soon after, retainer be damned).
But the difference between my 27-year-old self having body issues and my 47-year-old self having body issues is that the latter accepts them, examines their causes, works on them, and then leaves them by the side of the road. Sometimes they chase after her. Sometimes they catch her.
And the process begins again.
How can Tarot help with this process? Well, some of us probably have a tendency to look at each body part and pick it apart in a negative sense. What if we did the same thing - pick our bodies apart - but examine them in a positive sense? The spread below can help. Each position is a section or part of the body. Using whatever card lands in that position, we can examine that part within the framework of the positive aspects of the card.
Head: The Sun
My hair springs forth, radiating my ideas, my strength, my intelligence, my heritage. I am a child of the Sun. I compose songs that my spiritual children dance to - they come to life. My mane broadcasts my roar.
Heart: Ten of Pentacles
I put my heart into my work and personal life to create value. I take care of my physical heart as well: making sure I feed it with movement, healthy food and air.
Groin: The Tower
I embrace the power of my sex. The way it looks, feels and other qualities. I embrace the power of being a woman. I embrace the power to challenge gender stereotypes: the way I should look, sound and behave. I embrace the fact that it is good.
Right hand: Page / Princess of Swords
My dominant hand, but not domineering. It channels my thoughts, my words, my brain activity from pen to paper. It makes my words real. It washes me. Feeds me. It is the hand of fellowship.
Left hand: Ace of Swords
As its companion is the right hand of fellowship, my left hand is the hand of decisions, of cool, intelligent reasoning. It delivers a swift blow. It accents the right, helps it make decisions to set into stone, onto paper. My left hand holds the chisel for the right hand's hammer. My left hand reminds me to think and activates the right side of my brain.
Right foot: Three of Cups
I take my first step in celebration of my path. My right foot taps, keeps time as I dance. It leads me on my commute to work. Its straight line points me in the right direction.
Left foot: Ace of Wands
My funny, goofy, mischievous foot. It points a tad inward as I walk if I'm not careful...just enough to trip me up and make me laugh as attempt to glide across a slippery floor in heels. And even the bunion on it makes me ask, “Should I have been wearing those heels in the first place?”. It makes me think before moving. And if I fall, begin again.
I hope this helps. Let me know how you get on.