Horse Shoe Layout
The Horse Shoe is an old classic tarot layout. It is more advanced than the 3-card reading, yet simpler than most other layouts. It is a versatile method that can be used for most queries, though there are other layouts which would go into more depth. Like the simple Past, Present, and Future layout, it contains these cards in positions 1, 2, and 7, but also has 4 other cards that help the reader understand how to deal with the Future better. The cards are to be read as follows:
- The Past: This card represents past events that are affecting the question.
- The Present: This card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.
- Hidden Influences: Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.
- Obstacles: This is the challenge. Obstacles might be avoided, or you may have to deal with them.
- External Influences: Attitudes and thoughts about this situation from people around the querent.
- Suggestions: Recommended course of action.
- The Final Outcome: This card represents what would happen if the suggestion is followed.
Your Horse Shoe Reading
The Past Card represents past events that are affecting the question.
This sign indicates a great disturbance, and that happiness will be destroyed. There is most likely an enemy, perhaps even a lawsuit. Black magic may have been performed against you. You are being harmed by reciprocal fighting, gossip, or by having gone to a place of much quarreling. Nothing you do will produce successful results unless you intend to do harm. Now is the time to confront your enemies and settle differences. You should try to find a positive way to vent negative emotions, such as taking action against a perceived injustice. Rituals of making yellow clay stupas representative of deities, saints, or sacred happenings would be beneficial.
The Present Card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.
A new life's path is unfolding before you. Opportunities abound. You will do well if you have the courage to move down this new path, as long as you do not stray from acting morally.
Hidden Influences - Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.
You now have the opportunity for material gain. New ventures are on the horizon. You must make a decision which of these new ventures best suits your ambitions for the future.
Obstacle - This is the challenge.
You are in a place where you can discover new aspects about yourself and the world you live in. Open up your spirit to new ways of seeing things and muster the courage act based upon this new knowledge. It is a time for you to act on the basis of logical analysis. Weigh your choices before making any decisions. To act on impulse now may be very harmful to your future.
External Influences - Attitudes about this situation from people around the querent.
The sign of "The Stainless Sky" suggests that you should listen carefully to the spirits of the air. Your mind should be cleansed of impure thoughts. This sign also suggests that to retain friends or wealth, small offerings should be made. Generally this is an average sign, neither bad nor good.
Suggestion - The recommended course of action.
What you have asked will be settled like the clarity of daylight. Things will work out well. However, things do not work out so well in questions regarding earth, houses, and objects used as supports such as tables or stages.
The Outcome - What will happen if the suggestion is followed.
This sign indicates great stability, and that projects already begun will meet with success. Generally a favorable sign, the only problem may be a delay in travel, as this is a sign of staying in one place.