Monday, April 11, 2016

Reading a Spread: The Rainbow

This is a spread I came up with originally just to be playful, but I keep coming back to it for insight and comfort.  Today, I shuffled up my Universal Rider-Waite and pulled a Rainbow for y'all.  I set the cards in an arc, with each card representing a sentiment that I instinctively associate with a specific color.  Let's take a look at what the cards say!


Check out the spread, and see the descriptions below of each card and its position.

The Rainbow

CARD 1:  What you are passionate about

The Hermit seems like a slightly strange card in this position, because I usually think of my passions as having more active energy.  The Hermit is about solitude and turning inward for guidance, and valuing the wisdom that comes with silence and meditation.  I will say that this aspect of myself--the valuation of silence and solitude--is not immediately apparent in my personality, but is still a vital part of myself.  This card reminds me that passion does not have to be fiery or flashy in order to still be a profoundly important part of our motivations.

CARD 2: What comforts you

I mean, who doesn't like a party?  The Four of Wands is often associated with specific celebrations, like weddings or other rites of passage, but I often end up reading it as any sort of celebration, necessarily with others.  I think that this is particularly interesting in contrast to the solitude of the previous card; this says to me that when my own internal passions begin to isolate me, I can find comfort in relaxing, playful celebration with friends.

CARD 3: What excites you

I think of excitement as different than passion in that excitement, in this case, refers more to the energizing but quickly-fading excitement of youth, whereas passion has more of a long, slow burn that sustains us.  In this case, my Seven of Cups shows that I get giddy when I have a ton of options.  I do love to fantasize about being a goat farmer one day, the CEO of an international non-profit the next day, and an award-winning science fiction writer the next.  The Seven of Cups also points out--especially in this position--that a glut of options can be overwhelming and paralyzing, and not necessarily conducive to growth.  This is powerful for me today, as I have several job interviews coming up, and I am trying not to be overwhelmed by them!

CARD 4: What makes you content

Oh, High Priestess, with that Mona Lisa smile; it's hard not to feel calm with this card.  She signifies hidden knowledge, empathy, and intuition.  What an interesting card, because I often struggle to honor that part of me.  The High Priestess in this position reminds me that trusting my own self-awareness is a crucial part of happiness.  I also think this is an interesting card, in that in symbolizes hidden knowledge; I often find great comfort and peace in the idea that there is so much yet unknown in the universe.

CARD 5: What saddens you

I'm calling this Eight of Pentacles straight-up literal: I'm tired of being a student!  I love learning, but the past several years have seen me in the role of apprentice and not a lot else.  I usually love this card, because the dude just seems really content to work on making his coins (plates? wheels?!), which is how it feels when you are in the zone learning something really cool.  This card tells me that, even though I will continue to learn throughout my entire life, now is a time for looking for other, non-student roles to do so.

CARD 6: What intrigues you

Well, there is nothing so intriguing as general mastery of the elements, which is what the Magician represents. He can also signify a unified sense of self, and the ability to turn your creative energies into tangible reality.  I like him in this position: It demonstrates that I have gotten pretty good at some internal balance and actualizing my aspirations, but that true, unified sense of self and accomplishment still eludes me.

CARD 7: What you are infatuated with

I like infatuation as the final card, because it is ambiguous.  It points to some need to re-examine the object of our infatuation, but it doesn't necessarily condemn it.  I was pretty excited to get Death here, and not just because it's one of my favorite cards.  I've been pretty obsessed lately with seasons, as they relate to our lives (for example, a season of growth versus a season of loss, or a season of change, or a season of poverty, etc.).  I just can't stop thinking about burning my past behind me and starting fresh; this card points out that, while in of itself that can be a healthy instinct, I shouldn't fixate on it to the point where I lose a sense of my past.


I'm curious how many people resonated with this reading.  Of course, you will have your own variations on the card meanings when you do your readings.  What do people think of the Rainbow as a spread?  Too many cards?  To few?  Which topics would you change?


  1. This is a really interesting spread! For me, I would make Blue the color of content or calm, Violet the color of sadness, and have Green be something more like growth (either ways you feel you need to grow, or areas where you feel you've grown). Although I know blue connotates sadness for many people, I see blue as calming and comforting, so that makes more sense for me. Violet is more of a sad or distressing color in my mind (the color of bruises, also only one letter away from violent), so that makes more sense to me. And green makes me think of growing things and new life and new beginnings. All the others are good, I'd keep them how they are. :)

    1. Oooh, I love your color associations! I think many people would agree with your reading of blue especially. Green is my favorite color, so that's certainly part of why it ended up in the prominent position; I'd love to see how people come up with their own color schemes!

  2. This is a fun idea and gives me inspiration to create some spreads of my own. I'm still getting to know the meanings, though. I just got my Tarot Mucha deck yesterday and I played with it all night!

  3. Also, lol @ coins/wheels/plates??? What even ARE you, pentacles?? My first thought is always "coin" and the Tarot Mucha calls them "discs" so I'm not sure what to think lol

    1. Haha, right?? I think the suit itself technically refers to coins, but in the pictures they're, like, never coins. They can be beach balls (2 of pentacles), pumpkins (7 of pentacles), or windows (5 of pentacles), but I never seen them used as actual coins. Arguably that could be happening in the 6 of pentacles, but I think that's a stretch.

      Also, let us know how you like the Mucha deck! It is high on my wish list. (:

    2. I'm still getting to know it but I love it so far! It's beautiful and the copy I got is a really nice quality and the cards are fairly large (I don't know if they're bigger than normal as this is the first deck I have purchased). The LWB is pretty detailed and I've found it helpful. It's really beautiful. The Devil is one of my favorite cards in it, as well as the High Priestess and the Moon and actually the two of swords is lovely.. I could go on. The aces are pretty neat. It's definitely very white, but oddly the only people of color depicted seem to all be on the pentacles suit, not sure what to make of that?