Last night, I did a layout to explore what I most need to know if I choose the option of pursuing astrology as a study and, eventually, a tool to use in a consultative capacity. The spread I used is the Clarifying Options layout from Gail Fairfield’s first book, Choice Centered Tarot. Here’s what I got.
1. Why consider this option? King of Wands, reversed. To enable myself and others to share the core self and to complete a part of my own personal growth.
2. What does this option represent to me? 2 of Cups, upright. A validation of therapeutic processes that I embrace and a way to choose healthy relationships of all kinds.
3. What is the true nature of this option? 8 of Pentacles, upright. Astrology is a way to organise reality and a framework on which to hang my skills or talents.
4. What resources support this option? 2 of Pentacles, reversed. Resources include saying “yes” to a long-term commitment to it and affirming astrology’s most grounded qualities.
5. What potential obstacles could block this option? King of Swords, reversed. It could be detrimental to share what I’ve learned too soon and to let go of my personal ethics around consultations.
6. What are the advantages of pursuing this option? Queen of Cups, reversed. Astrology could take my intuition to its peak and could assist me (and others) to mature spiritually and psychologically.
7. What are the disadvantages of pursuing this option? Ace of Swords, upright. Having to learn a new language “from scratch” and desiring to be more knowledgeable too early in the process.
8. What will likely happen if I pursue this option? Knight of Swords, upright. I’ll get enthusiastic about the information and devote myself to the learning experience.
9. What’s the main thing for me to keep in mind about this option? 9 of Wands, upright. Integrate astrology on my own terms, study it independently, and merge it with who I am (not the other way around).