Spread: “As below so above”

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With this spread you discover how a situation in your everyday life is reflected ‘above’ (beyond/in the immaterial world) and how you can benefit from these energies from above to solve the situation below:
 

1. Shuffle your Starlight Dragon Deck in the way you are used to, think of or envisage your situation while you shuffle. When you are done, lay out the first three cards from above your deck and read them as a narrative of your situation (see my example further below).

2. Shuffle the remaining deck again, opening yourself to the reply from above, then lay out the three cards on top of your deck like so: Read the cards in relation to your first narrative:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Finally, look at the bottom card in your deck and put it out on the last empty space in the middle of your spread. This is your ‘bridge’. It Shows what needs doing in your everyday to direct the energies from above to the solution in the below:

 

My reading of the example:

1. Much intuitive-creative power has accumulated (Knight of Cups) and seeks expression. But there is a blockade on the level of thought (4 Swords). Perhaps planning is needed or the development of the idea of structure for a text or another type of creative work. But at the moment thoughts are just running in circles. The Dragon from the Ace of Swords encourages you to break through this circle, but at the moment there is not enough strength.

2. The Princess (or Page) of Coins brings the message to make a fresh start. Death (XIII)takes this much wider and insists to see and accept a deep-going transfromation to unlock the flow of creative flow (3 Cups) to nourish the Knight of Cups below.

3. The “bridge” is the 7 of Swords, the card of reorganisation of thought patterns and expectation. The work here, energied by the transforming and renewing powers, expressed in the dragon of Card XIII from above will break open the block and set free the flow of the 3 Cups above and the Dragons below (Knight of Cups = Creativity and Ace of Swords (New thinking)) and make your work succeed.

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Turn into a Tree and speak to the Starlight Dragons

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I just read Aidan Wachter’s “Six Ways” and it appeals to my shamanic side, which also formed much part of the Starlight Dragon and my deeper work with it. One of Aidan’s exercises as a meditation, in which one assumes to be a tree. This inspired me for this card exercises, Your inner tree and its growth:

 

For the Tree I selected the Three of Coins, the three of the growth in early summer, while the light hours are still growing. Gazing on the card and breathing evenly in and out I begin to mirror the card inside me and step by step I turn into a tree, I feel my roots growing down into the ground below and my head transforms into the mighty crown on this old tree full of force from the juices it pumps up from below. From my shoulders to my belly, I am aware of the strong branches full of satured leaves swaying in the wind, enjoying the sunlight. When I have fully formed as the tree, I turn again to my roots and the juices the earth provides. I lay out 2 cards to see from what I am nourishing my growth at this time. I get the Tower and the 8 Wands and learn from this, I have to find new ways, a turnabout underground to find new nourishing resources and they assure me fast, directed growth.
I image new lights flickering in my roots and draw up new juices up to my crown.
Then I lay the card for my crown, which shows my aim: I The Magician, new skills, success and I draw two cards sideways on what I have to do to manifest my growth and my success: The Princess (or Page) of Coins on the left and the 7 Coins on my right. The resources need to be adapted/reorganised (the 7) for a new start (the Princess).

As always with these ‘limitless cards’ you can add  more cards to get more detailed information.

I close down my exercise by projecting my tree form back onto the 3 of Coins and feeling myself returning into  my present person form.

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The 9-Dragon Wall with the Starlight Dragon to Align with the Festive Season

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I woke today to the phrase “Always coming home”, title of a novel by Ursula Le Guin. I looked it up but could not find why it had come to me. But I thought about how we nearly always are coming or staying home at Christmas, a time of family gatherings, sometimes even of reconciliation.
My thoughts went on to what home (ideally) means: the place where we are known, where we find our close relations, where we feel comfortable and secure. 
Wishing you all a warm, secure and festive end-of- the year days at wherever true home is for you, I share the  9-dragon wall with the Starlight Dragon. In Chinese imperial culture 9-dragon walls (which could include many more dragons) were used to close off palaces for privacy. But through the number
nine they were also linked with well-being, especially longevity. The 9-Dragon walls showed dragons in a row, I have developed a specific layout for the Starlight Dragon.
 

While shuffling the cards, we focus on what is home for us and how we wish to come home this year. 
After shuffling he cards, we take out the bottom card and without looking at the picture, we put it aside, Then we take 8 cards from the top and play out 3 in the top row, 2 in the next, 1in the next, then we complete the one with 2 more cards below, then we take the original bottom card, turn it face up and complete the lower square. This card sums up the reading and we honour the imperial Chinese tradition, in which the emperor and other very highly placed persons wore garments with 9 dragons, at least on of which would remain hidden.
 
From the elemental rings and the colours of the cards we see at a glance that the top row and the left diagonal run from cold/cutting/difficult to harmonious/emotional/warm, even fiery in the case of the top row. We hope and expect to leave the bustle and struggle, the need permanently move forward behind (10 and Knight of Swords), to open up to our emotions, and feeling homely (Ace of Cups, Queen of Cups).Similarly, the top first cards:: to leave the 10Sw, the struggling and overthinking and let go into the balanced 4 of Cups, which even hints at the solemnity of the festive season.The third card even intimates the lively fire of a fireplace and the star form of Christmas cookies. The five here is not the challenge it usually is, but the break from the straining everyday routines, but also the inner space for the reassertion of what is truly important for us (5 Wands), this carries over in the Fool, which might incite in us the confidence for a new adventure to be undertaken in the New Year. The Ace of Cups, the centre card of the spread gives the nourishment of our intuition to these new ventures and mediates the flow into the the 7 Wands: we should stand up for ourselves with these new initiative and not allow ourselves to be distracted. Justice sums it up: this is a very good balance dragon wall, auspicious for our year end celebrations and to think about the coming year. The earth element is missing, though. Only in the (near?) future we will start to worry on how to make real that which we now experience as a new spark of inspiration springing from our rest and turning towards our intuition and deep-felt affection for those close to us.

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