Westminster Abbey Spread
On This Day
Two ghosts have been reported in the abbey: a floating monk and a World War I soldier.
London’s Westminster Abbey opened on this day in 1065 and is the final resting place of over seventeen monarchs and the site of sixteen royal weddings. If every person laid within the abbey rose at once, it would be the greatest cocktail party the world has ever seen. Bones resting within include Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Queen Elizabeth 1, and Mary, Queen of Scots, among others.
Summation of Spread
The Hierophant, originally titled the Pope, is connected to cathedrals, abbeys, temples, and all religious architecture, as these are the dwelling and teaching places of hierophants.
Ecclesiastical architecture’s incredibly complex forms contain rich symbolism and meaning behind it. This spread is based on layout and architecture found within a Gothic-style building.
Cast Your Cards
Feel the power of ritual, smell the incense, and cast your cards:
1. The Nave (physical world): What does my world look like?
2. The Choir (world of the psyche, place of the soul): What does my heart look like?
3. Sanctuary (world of the spirit, splendid and brilliant): What is calling me?
4. The Altar (deity present in the sacrament): What do I worship?
5. The Rood Screen (threshold of consciousness): How do I interpret the world?
6. Aisle One (active): What am I actively engaged in?
7. Aisle Two (passive): What am I passive about?
8. Aisle Three (balanced): What is balanced?
9. What action should I take now that I know this?