After doing a personal reading for myself failed to calm me, I decided to move on to a reading that a friend of mine requested a couple of weeks ago.
She wanted a general reading. I'm not sure how serious she is about tarot, I honestly believe it was just the novelty of it that spurred her to ask for a reading, but I told her I would do one for her.
I used the Paulina Tarot, by Paulina Cassidy, and a 21 card Gypsy Magic spread. This spread is based on 7 columns, with 3 cards in each column. Each column is assigned a question, and the 3 cards tell a 'story' in answer to the question.
Column A : Her emotional state of mind...
Cards: 10 of Pentacles, Page of Wands, 2 of Cups
She has strong family ties and support. She is happy. She may be concerned about a parent or in law at this time. She is optimistic, and has high hopes. She may even be considering a career change at this time. She is experiencing emotional change with either a new relationshp of intensified feelings in an old relationship.
Column B: Her home life...
Cards: The World, 9 of Cups, 3 of Wands
She has reached a long time goal and is feeling a sense of completion in this area of her life. Her desires are fulfilled on the home front - she is satisfied with the material happiness and financial well being that she has achieved. Even though she is happy with where she is in life, she continues to set more goals for the future. She is ambitious, and there is much more that she wants.
Column C: Her present desires, hopes and questions...
Cards: The Star, Queen of Swords, High Priestess
She is seeking spiritual happiness and inspiration. She would like to tap into her hidden potential and psychological depths, if she could only find the time and the focus. She sometimes wonders what it would feel like to have some time to herself - to get back to who she really is beyond being a wife, mother and teacher.
Column D: Her expectations...
Cards: 6 of Pentacles, The Sun, Justice
She wants what she feels she deserves from life. There is a strong indication from these cards that she desires a promotion or change in her career. She wants to continue to help others, but she also wants success and self fulfillment. She wants recognition.
Column E: What she does not expect / surprises...
Cards: 6 of Wands, 10 of Cups, King of Wands
She will receive the recognition she deserves - again, these cards point towards a promotion or career change. She will be rewarded in all matters of love/emotion/family relationships and spiritual growth. She will become exactly who she wanted to be when she 'grew up'. She will receive sound advice from a mature male in her life - someone she doesn't expect to receive advice from. She will take this advice to heart, and it will help her achieve what she wants.
Column F: Her immediate future...
Cards: Ace of Wands, The Hermit, Ace of Swords
Lots of important things will happen fairly quickly. These cards indicate the start of a new venture or intellectual enterprise and new experiences - most likely something positive and rewarding will come out of something painful or bad. She will seek the advice of someone who is very important to her future...She will need their assistance to make an important decision. It may be a spiritual advisor, or a teacher - someone she will learn from.
Column G: Her outcome and long term prospects...
Cards: Queen of Wands, 7 of Swords, 8 of Swords
Again, career is at the top of the reading. A promotion or career change is imminent, and she will be very successful at this. She should beware of someone doing something underhanded or deceitful, or of being pushed into a corner where she has to do something underhanded or deceitful herself. She may feel trapped or stuck in a difficult situation, but she needs to keep in mind that her limitations may be self imposed, and if they are, she can extricate herself.