Ballerina Spread

365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day - Sasha Graham 2014

Ballerina Spread

On This Day

Degas consciously chose to paint his ballerinas off-guard, showing them backstage in awkward moments or exhausted after practicing for hours.

Impressionist painter Edward Degas was born on this day in 1834. Also a renowned sculptor, he is most remembered for painting ballet dancers.

Summation of Spread

Ballet is the martial arts of dance. The Ballerina Spread brings elements of this art form together, building a spread examining how these qualities are at play in your life.

Like ballet, the Temperance card is associated with balance. The toes of Temperance remind us of ballet, one foot dipped in water, representing the unconscious, and one foot on land, representing grounding. Balance exists between the meeting of conscious and subconscious.

Cast Your Cards

The Ballerina Spread’s cards are cast in the shape of a ballerina’s first position.

1. Grace: How am I graceful?

2. Physicality: How can I care for my body?

3. Dedication: What should I dedicate myself to?

4. Focus: What do I need to focus on right now?

5. Practice: What daily practice should I perform?

6. Beauty: How do I cultivate beauty in my life?

7. Storytelling: What stories do I need to pay attention to?

8. Art: What am I creating?