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.
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.
The Present Card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.
The Orchid tile suggests there may be rare and refined experiences coming into your life. Enjoy them!
Hidden Influences - Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.
The Pearl tile denotes the attainment of wealth and a life of luxury. The task will be to balance the spiritual self with the physical self.
Obstacle - This is the challenge.
Symbol: The Scholar
The Scholar represents gain through intellectual pursuits. The Scholar's mind is sharp and finds solutions to the most difficult problems.
External Influences - Attitudes about this situation from people around the querent.
The Tortoise tile suggests impatience with the time certain aspects are taking to play themselves out. It is likely any open issues you may have will need extra attention and patience to resolve properly. The Tortoise also symbolizes long life.
Suggestion - The recommended course of action.
Generally the East Wind tile represents the querent. The tiles nearest the East tile in a reading have added importance.
The Outcome - What will happen if the suggestion is followed.
The Water tile denotes a need for communication. A trip may be necessary to communicate properly. You may be called upon to present proof of ownership or that an event actually took place.