Rosa Parks’s Defending Yourself Spread

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

Rosa Parks’s Defending Yourself Spread

On This Day

Rosa Parks sacrificed much when she unintentionally became the symbol for civil rights movements. Arrested and mistreated, she lost her job, then became a public figure. She was either looked to for inspiration or mistreated and abused by a racist public.

On this evening in 1945, Rosa Parks made history. A tiny African American woman, a humble seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. Her subsequent arrest and simple act of refusal started a bus boycott that kicked off the civil rights movement.

Summation of Spread

The Five of Swords reminds you that just because the fight is over, it does not mean the battle is finished. Just like Rosa Parks, who spent the night in jail but later became a major catalyst for change, the Five of Swords reflects only the dispute, not the repercussions.

Do you need to stand your ground? This spread was created for clarity when you need to defend yourself against cruelty and unfairness.

Cast Your Cards

Believe in yourself and cast the cards as follows:

1. What helps me speak with authority?

2. How can I keep my cool while engaged with this issue?

3. Am I prepared with all the information I need?

4. Am I seeing this situation in a clear light?

5. Why is this issue so important?

6. Outcome if I do nothing.

7. Outcome if I stand up for myself.

8. What is this situation’s lesson?