The grand house tour with the Housewives


What better spread to use with the my old pals from the Housewives Tarot than a home-themed one? I adapted this spread from the free PDF with three spread ideas that is offered for download over at Tarosophy.

1. Hallway: Where I am right now
2. Kitchen: What nourishes me
3. Study: What I need to learn next
4. Children’s Room: What delights me
5. Bedroom: What gives me rest and relaxation
6. Bathroom: What I need to flush away/get rid of
7. Basement: What from the past I should keep
8. Attic: What I should aim for next
9. Staircase: How I can get there

1. Hallway: Where I am right nowNine of Wands

A woman has climbed beyond where most of the cleaning tools can reach. She wears a little black cocktail dress and opera-length gloves, but she also carries a bucket and wiping cloth.

It’s time to celebrate a success but there will be more work to do later on, on a higher level than before.

This could refer to my job situation where I hope to successfully finish off a project before my holiday, but where I also know I’ll be coming back to more detail-fixing work after my weeks off.

2. Kitchen: What nourishes meThe Emperor

A man whose body is made entirely from canned food. And a faint recipe sheet in the background with instructions to make several dishes from scratch.

This is a pretty literal card, and an amusing one at that! For at least a year now, I’ve been eating a lot of food that I haven’t cooked from scratch but bought pre-made or ready-made at the supermarket near my workplace or as take-out. While I can afford to keep doing that financially, I still sometimes miss making my own food from scratch (despite not being much of an enthusiastic cook!). I find myself lazy, and I suspect that even though I usually go for relatively healthy options, I’m still eating quite a bit of stuff that I wouldn’t put into my own meals if I made them from scratch (e.g. glutamate, food colorings, unknown “aromas,” preservatives, etc.). Therefore I conclude that it would nourish me better if I made at least half of my meals per week myself again. Especially since food has come up as a spiritually-related topic anyway. I would have to become more organized and structure my days better, but I suppose that would also do me good.

Then again, this could also (less literally) mean that it’s fine to rely on some pre-produced somethings, that I don’t have to reinvent the wheel in every situation, that I can build on a preexisting structure. I’ll have to think about this some more to see what exactly this might be referring to.

3. Study: What I need to learn nextQueen of Wands

This queen invites someone in, while remaining seated on her armchair-throne. The colors are pretty bland. She lets others come to her and directs them elsewhere, but she isn’t overexerting herself. She also looks as if she has every right to do just that (she still is a queen, after all!), but she doesn’t flaunt that.

This could be about pulling the reigns from a more relaxed and self-assured position than I often do at work. The fire is still there (it is a Wands card) but she doesn’t let it show quite so obviously. She is still a worker (her royal staff ends in a broom at the bottom), so she’s not acting superior to anyone else, she’s just showing them the way – and by that, she gets her way. She is secure on her throne, but there is no need for her to show off her power. I definitely could use an attitude that assumed the power I have without feeling the need to constantly defend it. I also might do good not to flare up with anger (if only inside) when things don’t go as I wish but to calmly direct them to be the way they should be. At any rate, this is a very interesting card to consider for this position!

4. Children’s Room: What delights meQueen of Pentacles

Another queen! This one pats her husband, child, and dog goodbye as she goes off to earn (or spend?) some more money. Husband and child both carry bags filled with food, so everyone seems taken care of materially. She does look a bit condescending, though.

I have neither husband nor child nor pet, so I’m wondering what aspect of my life this is about. It’s true, I enjoy taking care of things competently, and I sometimes get a bit condescending towards a specific kind of coworker (those who play(?) dumb until someone else solves their problems). I’m also a pretty practical/pragmatic person at work. I’m not sure any of these actually delight me, but then there isn’t much that I find truly enjoyable about my job anyway.

What does delight me, however, is the fact that I have already decided to quit that job sometime later this year. That would also mean leaving all these coworkers behind and taking care only for myself – full risk, and full benefits for me. So I guess the saying goodbye aspect of this card is the relevant one here.

5. Bedroom: What gives me rest and relaxationFive of Swords

A dress (like for a paperdoll) is cut out by several pairs of scissors, and there is thread and a hand holding a sewing needle.

Another wonderfully literal card! I much enjoy creating things with my hands, especially by sewing. The work I do at my paid job falls into the category of knowledge work and is pretty “invisible” most of the time, so making something tangible is a great balance for that. In fact, that’s one of the things on which I want to spend a noteworthy amount of time during my holiday. Great call!

6. Bathroom: What I need to flush away/get rid ofStrength

A box of aluminum-and-soap scrub pads, surrounded by six of them.

Interesting card for the position to get rid of! I’m thinking of several things here. Scrub pads like these suggest a forceful and not-so-gentle way to get rid of some tough, dried-in old dirt. That could mean I need to be more gentle in approaching any figurative “cleaning” matters. The card also suggest a kind of work that basically is the same over and over again. This would mean I need to get rid of as many routine tasks as possible (this would apply to my job again). I believe both of these interpretations go together well. The card could also mean I need to get rid of the idea that I have to do all the work myself – which ties it back nicely to the Queen of Wands.

7. Basement: What I should keep from the pastSix of Swords

Six pointy knives stand upright (are they switch blades? meat knives?). Three faces of the same woman change their expression from grumpy to excited. A woman carrying a handbag and round, black bag waves goodbye as she leaves the scene.

The element that sticks out to me most is the bag she’s carrying – it looks just like my partner’s frame drum bag (the one I patterned my own after, only mine isn’t black). So this could be telling me not to give up drumming. Then again, drumming isn’t exactly from the past because I do it nearly every morning.

So what else could this be about? Except for the already-mentioned desire to move on to a different work life (which also is a present issue and not a past one. Maybe it’s just about me not holding a grudge but moving from grumpy to happy in a relatively short period of time.

Or does any of you have any ideas?

8. Attic: What I should aim for nextNine of Cups

A woman has just got a Christmas present from her partner. Nine crystal glasses are floating above them, adding some festive sparkle.

Getting lots of presents! ;-) Seriously, though, the Christmas tree makes me think of long-term plans (for me, more than a few months in advance is long-term). That fits with my vague intention to have a different and better work life by the time I turn 40 (which will be in roughly a year). The glasses suggest clarity to me, which goes well with any plans. I might do well to more clearly define what kind of “present” I would like to get, and being open to receive good things certainly won’t hurt, either.

9. Staircase: How I can get thereAce of Cups

A hand holds a wine glass; in the background are household tips about drinks.

If I should aim for the Nine of Cups, and this is the Ace of Cups, I’d say the answer is simple: By taking the first step! Also, by following useful advice I may get. And by paying attention to how I feel about things and taking that seriously.

All in all, this is a pretty balanced spread. All suits/elements are present, as are two majors.

[Note: The individual card images in this post are from Taroteca. The scanning mistakes in the Queen of Pentacles and the Nine of Cups are also from there.]


One response »

  1. Such a great spread, gotta do this with my next weeks deck. Which just might be Housewifes! You did a good job with the deck here. (i like especially the brillo-pad part)

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