I might use this spread for a tarot spell, but I was actually just exploring the symbolism of these cards together. They fit well for the last couple years of my life, but could also work for recovery after a hurricane or similar natural disaster. All of these cards from the Llewellyn Tarot deck refer to Welsh mythology and differ from the more common Rider-White-Smith deck in having more water in their imagery, which of course symbolizes emotion.
1. The Tower here refers to a tale in which a raging storm inundated a castle and village, turning the land into a lake, in punishment for the injustice and greed of the lord of the castle and his court. A traveling bard was playing at a drunken celebration at the castle, when a little bird warned him, saying “Vengeance, Vengeance”. The bard escaped to a high hill. Then the storm came and covered the castle, leaving no trace in the morning of the court or the castle.
The Tower represents destruction, upheaval & major change. It’s usually a bad card to get in a reading, unless your life needs a major shake-up. If I were to use this spread for a spell, this card would represent all that I lost last year, my home, practically all my stuff, my best friend, and my sense of security and trust.
2. The Temperance card usually shows a woman pouring water from one pitcher into another, with one foot in a stream. In this deck, she represents the story of a city that was inundated and covered by a magical well when the priestess of the well failed to cover it at night. Instead of being drowned, though, she was turned into a mermaid, while her faithful dog was turned into an otter.
I especially like this card to represent me in this spread, because the mermaid-priestess and her dog remind me of myself and my dog. This card represents temperance, moderation, adaption, self-control, managing a volatile situation with calm, grace under pressure, healing, reflection, balance, a confident survivor, bridging two worlds, the successful mixing of opposites, visionary art, beneficial transformation, creating a nurturing environment, and finding inner peace.
3. The Chariot card in this deck shows Manawydan (son of Lyr, whose name means the sea). He is related to the Irish Manannan Mac Lyr and is one of the most admirable, evolved temperaments in Welsh mythology. He’s a skilled craftsman, a seasoned warrior, and a wise, patient, faithful and loving husband and step-father. He rides a self-propelled boat, which is said to ride across the waves, “as if the sea were a plain of flowers”.
The Chariot card represents a journey, success in a difficult or multifaceted endeavor, courage, competence, maturity, leadership, being centered and secure, a high-minded approach to life, balance and harmony, integration of opposing forces, control over inner and external conflicts, ambition, conquest, honors, life unfolding at an accelerated pace, yet being able to maintain direction and focus to achieve a goal. It can also represent a rescue (as from the cavalry). Once again water (which is not in most Chariot cards) here represents emotion, while the two horses represent being able to control opposing forces. I like this card to represent myself conquering my own emotional turmoil and all the forces around me, in order to get the job I want.
The cards in this spread move upward from left to right, indicating steps toward a higher, more secure, more prosperous, and more evolved position in one’s life. If I were to continue this spread to make it more specifically about getting a good job, I might add something like the following cards:
4. The Ace of Pentacles represents being offered a job. Pentacles represent money and material things. The Ace represents beginnings, news and offerings.
5. The 8 of Pentacles represents working competently and steadily at work one enjoys.
6. The 4 of Wands represents a secure, happy and stable home, but can also represent a secure, happy and stable workplace. The bridge crossing a stream in this picture, represents a transition from one state to another.
Get into the proper state of mind for casting a spell by doing whatever rituals you do for spell-casting. This might be casting a circle and evoking the guardians of the 4 directions or might be as simple as lighting a candle. Focus on each card in turn and say what you want it to do. End your spell with something like “So Mote It Be” or even “Amen”. Then thank and release your guardians, uncast your circle, or just blow out your candle.