Dancing Between Light and Darkness

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Dancing Between Light and Darkness

Occasionally a tarot spread will use a crossing card, a card placed horizontally. There are a variety of ways to interpret this placement. I was taught that the upright card represents the descent of spirit, the yang (active or directive) polarity, or striving upward. The crossing card, the horizontal energy, represents the yin (passive or receptive) polarity, limitations, being bound, or the material plane. When I looked at these basic concepts as I was taught them more than two decades ago, and then added in the consideration of the equinox and the balance of light and dark, I saw the vertical card as the tropical or turning force of the solstice and the horizontal card as the evenness and balance of the equinox. The upward card seeks to change, while the crossing card seeks to maintain.

The upright card could also be seen as the solar influence whereas the crossing card represents darkness. The horizontal card could alternately be considered the dawn, or the point of change between day and night. It can be seen as the pivot point of the beam of a scale. When looked at this way, the crossing card can even be the point at which the upward card changes. It’s interesting to look at when this maintenance card, the card that strives to keep its balance, shifts to a changing point: when do the scales tip.

The Tipping the Scales Spread

The Tipping The Scales Spread explores where we are striving, growing or wanting to overthrow something, contrasted against that which is keeping us even and balanced, what seeks to stay the same or what is trying to prevent or slow down the change.

  • Card 1. Pillar. Forces that seek change.
  • Cards 2 and 3. Pans.  The forces that shift us one way or the other or which are unequally balanced.
  • Card 4. Beam. The forces that seek stability.

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Joy Vernon is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader and Reiki Teacher in Denver, Colorado. Her specialty is the Empyrean Key Transformational Guidance, which combines energetic and esoteric modalities to help her clients break through blocks and align themselves with their higher purpose. For information on upcoming classes or to schedule an appointment, please visit JoyVernon.com.

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Joy Vernon
Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon is widely recognized as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty-five years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup grew into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Now Joy runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher in Burien, Washington. To learn more, please visit JoyVernon.com.

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