Yoga Asana Archetype Spread
On This Day
The om mantra is found in Hindu and Tibetan philosophy. It is said to be the primordial sound of the universe and is connected to the third eye (consciousness) chakra.
On this day in 1893, Swami Vivananda began his journey to America from India. Speaking at the Chicago World’s Fair, this was the first time yoga was introduced to America on a large scale.
Summation of Spread
Like a yogi, the Hanged Man’s inversion places him upside down, looking at the world from a new perspective. The Hanged Man is associated with artists, seers, and mystics. He represents arriving at a crossroads and sometimes signals a pause leading to wisdom and prophetic power.
This spread’s questions are based on basic yoga poses to explore the meaning and metaphor behind them. This spread is helpful whether you are familiar with the practice or not. If you do keep a personal yoga practice, you might want to ponder these questions when performing these asanas, or positions.
Cast Your Cards
The cards of this spread are cast in the shape of Downward-Facing Dog, an all-around rejuvenating stretch.
1. Downward-Facing Dog Pose: What helps me turn inward?
2. Tree Pose: Why is it important to be strong yet flexible?
3. Headstand: What helps me to see the world from a different perspective?
4. Eagle: Can I see what is truly important in life?
5. Cobra: Can I rise above the material world and peer into the unknown?
6. Child’s Pose: How do I cultivate a youthful attitude?
7. Corpse Pose: How can I let go of everything?