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.
You will hear good news from a friend. Fame and fortune shall increase should you accept their help. Your actions will be successful if you allow yourself to hear their words.
The Present Card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.
New friendships and opportunities will soon be yours. It is possible you will meet a new love, or the love you already have will deepen. However you must be open to change and dare to take risks.
Hidden Influences - Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.
New unions and the strengthening of established unions are just around the corner. These unions may be secular and/or spiritual, and will prove successful. Be open to change, but do not abandon your values. Works of virtue and power are favored by this sign. Fire activities are highly favored and increase happiness much, but works involving water, earth, and fixed objects are not at all favorable, even bad.
Obstacle - This is the challenge.
Your pursuits are spoiled; hopes are scattered like dust in the wind. You would be well advised to perform suppression rituals, burial rituals, or a peaceful fire ritual. Enemies wish you ill. Welcome visitors bring bad news. You have accumulated bad energies through faulty decisions, and you may need to retrace your steps to see where things went wrong.
External Influences - Attitudes about this situation from people around the querent.
The sign of "the Good Moon" suggests that you will find pleasure without obstacles. Light-hearted activities will be successful, but using too much power or force will not work. White-colored objects are favored by this feminine sign.
Suggestion - The recommended course of action.
You are are standing before a blank canvas and have the freedom to choose how you fill it. New powers and energies will be available to you if you are open to them. Your choices will determine your future.
The Outcome - What will happen if the suggestion is followed.
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.