Sara Donaldson, TABI Ezine and Tracker editor extraordinaire, came up with a spread for the December issue of Tracker that seems very appropriate to look at the energy around the New Year. So, I thought I'd use it to do a reading for TABI. It's called the Changes Spread (Sara Donaldson, 2011) and you can see the layout below:
|Please excuse the dubious photography!|
The positions are:
Card 1 - represents the old TABI - VII - The Chariot
Card 2 - represents TABI now - Six of Cups
Card 3 - represents the TABI to come - Ten of Swords
Card 4 - what facilitated the change from 1 to 2 - Ace of Wands
Card 5 - what will facilitate the change from 2 to 3 - Seven of Wands
Card 6 - the positives of the change from 2 to 3 - IV - The Emperor
Card 7 - the negatives of the change from 2 to 3 - X - The World
Card 8 - the positives of the change from 1 to 2 - Five of Pentacles
Card 9 - the negatives of the change from 1 to 2 - The Hanged Man
Card 10 - what TABI needs to know right now - Two of Pentacles
So, TABI was guided clearly in the past (Card 1 - The Chariot), with the occasional tug in different directions by people with conflicting ideas about what they wanted from the organisation. Now (Card 2 - Six of Cups), it has the potential to move in a new direction, fulfilling people's desire for enlightenment and a sense of connection with like-minded others. There is a renewed sense of hope and joy here. As for what is to come (Card 3 - Ten of Swords), there is perhaps the need for the end of the old era, a sense of closure and change allowing movement towards something new. Only by clearly finishing one thing can we move with clarity towards a new path.
What facilitated the change from how TABI was to how it is now (Card 4 - Ace of Wands) was an injection of creative new ideas and enthusiasm. It's not just about having a new Chair, but about lots of people thinking about what needs to change and how they can help this process. The positives of this change (Card 8 - Five of Pentacles) can best be seen in the way that people have pulled together to support both TABI and one another through this transition. The negatives of this change (Card 9 - The Hanged Man) are that TABI is still somewhat in limbo. Hence the 10 of Swords as where we're headed - we need that clarity.
What will facilitate the change from where TABI is now to where it will go (Card 5 - Seven of Wands) is a willingness to take action to defend the seeds of change sown by the Ace of Wands. A certain dynamism and protectiveness may be required, standing up for what TABI has the potential to become in the face of people who are comfortable with the status quo, or in the face of outside influences. The positives of this change (Card 6 - The Emperor) are to be found in the creation of new structures to support this new direction. These are already being worked on in the form of groups looking at how to improve the webpage and forums, as well as looking at the rules and processes in the statutes and how these can be streamlined. The negatives (Card 7 - Wheel of Fortune) are that change is always a bit of a scary prospect, even if it is change for the good. So, people may need to be encouraged to see that this is a natural part of the life cycle of TABI.
Finally, what we need to know right now (Card 10 - Two of Pentacles) is that TABI can weather these changes with poise and aplomb. There is the potential to find a new balance that will be empowering and enjoyable for the membership. This is a path to a new dawn, and though the road may not always be easy, it's a good route to travel, with lots of jewels of knowledge and friendship to be garnered along the way.
I really enjoyed this reading, and hope it will prove useful to TABI in the year to come...
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