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Unique Gifts and Individuality

This unique gifts and individuality spread came out of a conversation with our son where he said “being different is a good thing”.

As a result ti really stuck with me and was the spark to develop this spread.

You can see how the cards are laid out and download the spread to do for yourself here.

I did the spread for myself and initially found all the Swords quite confronting and my first thoughts were – who gets the 8 of Swords as their unique gift? and what’s with the 9 and 10 of Swords?

But I’ve taken some time with it, to get to grips with the cards and what they might mean in this situation.

When I was doing my tarot diploma I learnt to read the cards and not rely on books, but I’ll admit to taking time to read up on what others say about the 8 of Swords to get some understanding of how it might fit in this context.  When you’re stumped sometimes you just need help!

Here goes…

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5. What is the purpose of my unique gifts and individuality? – 8 of Wands

Eights are about making progress, movement, adjusting and re-evaluating.  I think it’s about having things on the go, on the boil, and taking action to learn new things and gain knowledge.  Once I have that creative inspiration, or have made a decision, it’s importnat to quickly take action, bring it into fruition and to completion.  So that I can then move on to the next thing, growing with each experience.

6. What can I achieve if I embrace my unique gifts and individuality? – Page of Cups

Being in close contact with my feelings and emotions.  Being open to love and my intuition.  To help me with my spiritual growth and journey.

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3. What blocks me from using my unique gifts and individuality? – 9 of Swords

Here I am, head in my hands, literally.  The card of the worrier, so caught up in their problems and concerns they can’t think straight.  Yip, I can relate.  Seems, on a simplistic level that I need to stop worrying and get out of my head and the thinking space.  Instead use my heart and feeling space.

1. What are my unique gifts and individuality? – 8 of Swords

With the 8 of Swords I was really pleased to get some insight in Rachel Pollack’s Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom (p220):

“On a very different level the Eight of Swords acts as a Gate to a special awareness… we gain a sense of our own ignorant condition… Without enlightenment or what some Sufis and others call ‘conscious evolution’, we can never really know ourselves or the world… Recognition of ignorance is the first step to true knowledge.”

By being blindfolded and bound you are insular and unaware of the world around you.  The key perhaps is to turn that into a positive thing, not to see it as debilitating.  Instead look at things from a perspective of a blank canvas, as something to be embraced and used to explore the world, myself, and those around me, with fresh innocent eyes in order to learn and grow.

4. How can I clear those blocks? – The Sun

A beautiful, warm and energising card.  Could there be a card more opposite to the 9 of Swords?  So to clear those blocks it’s a wonderful thing – get out, open my arms, embrace the world with joy and happiness.  With innocent wonder.

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2. What are the roots of my unique gifts and individuality? – 10 of Swords

This is the card of martyrs and drama queens – that woe is me thing.  It took me some time to get to grips with how a feeling of hopelessness and despair would relate to being the source of my unique gifts and individuality.  Perhaps it’s more case of knowing that it doesn’t need to be that way; that with energy of The Sun and the 8 of Wands, I can clear the blocks and take action bringing me in closer contact with my feelings and emotions, being open to love and my intuition, to help me with my spiritual growth and journey.


When doing this for yourself use the terms unique gifts and individuality together, separately, or interchangeably, whichever feels right at the time.

Enjoy, and I’d love to hear how you found it.


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