The Deck of Shadows | The “Three-Ring Circus” Spread
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements.
– Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus)
Here’s a fun little spread for use with The Deck of Shadows, Tarot cards, or your favorite oracle. It is built around the metaphor of a circus; the Big Top filled with three rings of simultaneous acts. The term “a three-ring circus” is often used to describe a situation that is filled with “stuff” going on while, at the same time, being both fascinating to watch and amusing. The Three-Ring Circus Spread is intended for use with someone who thinks their life is disorganized and perhaps excessive. This spread is for those who have a lot happening all at once.
And so . . .
THE THREE-RING CIRCUS SPREAD
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! CHILDREN OF ALL AGES!WELCOME TO THE MOST ASTONISHING EXHIBITION THE HUMAN SPIRIT CAN EXPERIENCE! FROM THE MOMENT YOU BUY YOUR TICKET AND JOIN US TO THE TIME WHEN YOU LEAVE FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH SPLENDID SATISFACTION, YOU WILL BE PART OF THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH! NOW . . . STEP RIGHT UP . . .
STEP ONE. Shuffle/mix your deck.
STEP TWO. Select the first card and place it face-up closest to the person being read. This is “The Ticket” and represents the price that has been paid to get to where they are right now. This is the cost the Sitter has paid for their show. All other cards will be placed moving away from the Sitter and towards you.
STEP THREE. Select a second card and place it face-up just below “The Ticket” card. This is “The Ringmaster.” This card represents the element, person, or place that has the greatest influence on the success the Sitter is going to experience. Alternatively, this can be what the Sitter has to do, accomplish, or become to achieve success.
STEP FOUR. Select three cards and lay them out, side-by-side and face-up, just below “The Ringmaster” card. These are the “The Three Rings.” These cards represent the three things, people, or events that need the most attention right now.
STEP FIVE. Select another card and place this face-up on top of “The Three Ring” card to your left. This card represents “The Tightwalker.” This is the risk that is going to be taken and what might need a safety net to be put in place
STEP SIX. Select another card and place this face-up on top of “The Three Ring” card in the middle. This card represents “The Elephant.” This is the strength and power – both physical and emotional – that is needed at the moment.
STEP SEVEN. Select another card and place this face-up on top of “The Three Ring” card to your right. This card represents “The Clown.” This is what your Sitter needs to do to achieve their authentic self.
STEP EIGHT. Select a final card and place this closest to you of all the cards and below “The Three Ring” cards. This card is “The Cotton Candy.” This card represents the gift, reward, or treat that comes to the Sitter from attending their circus.
Here is the way the full spread should look:
The Three-Ring Circus Spread is a powerful layout to use when someone tells you they have too much going on in their life right now. It will help them to choose what to focus on in order to take control back and move forward in the direction they desire.
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