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.
Symbol: The Unknown
The White Dragon tile denotes unknown factors in your reading. Exactly what these factors are is beyond our vision, but they will have an impact on your life.
The Present Card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.
The West Wind tile represents an obstacle that must be faced before you can make progress towards your goals. This obstacle may be anything, from a person to needing to find work.
Hidden Influences - Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.
Symbol: White Tiger
The White Tiger tile is epitomizes masculinity in its purest form. The male represented by the White Tiger is brave and assertive. He will fight to protect what he feels is right.
Obstacle - This is the challenge.
The Land tile suggests either a stable setting in which you are already thriving, or one that will exist in the near future. With stability your success and vision will grow.
External Influences - Attitudes about this situation from people around the querent.
The Plum tile reflects renewal and viewing your world with fresh viewpoints. It is an inherently happy tile. The Plum tile also suggests inexperience, a trait you must not allow to make you an easy target.
Suggestion - The recommended course of action.
The Duck tile symbolizes a long lasting relationship with the strength to overcome all obstacles. It suggests fidelity and trustworthiness. Regardless of the type of partnership in question, the second Bamboo tile indicates a strong, healthy relationship.
The Outcome - What will happen if the suggestion is followed.
The Unicorn tile indicates a clear vision of the future and the ability to see people for who the really are. In rare cases the Unicorn tile may suggest a person with psychic powers.