Obstacles 'vs Opportunities

Opportunities in Obstacles Spread

By:  Koneta Bailey – NewPathsTarot

“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin–real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me, these obstacles were my life.” –Alfred D’Souza

I posted this quote on my Facebook page because I identified with it and thought others might as well.  It started an internal dialogue about life’s obstacles and how I perceive them, verses someone else’s point of view, and if looked at as a learning experience, how these obstacles can be turned into opportunities.   We all have them, (obstacles) its part of life and living, growing, and learning.  Without obstacles we would never learn to do anything for ourselves, nor would we appreciate the experiences we have gained by overcoming them.  Everyone knows this on some level, its commons sense right?  Most are taught this from birth and it becomes second nature, or it should be.  Still, not everyone tackles them the same.

I, for example, expect and accept obstacles.  They are a fact of life. Not that I am looking for the worst to happen all the time, quite the opposite.  I am an optimist.  I asked the question one time, “Can a person be too much of an optimist?”  I suppose so, if you are not realistic as well.  On the flip side to this is the consummate pessimist.  The old adage, “Is your cup half full, or half empty?”  Mine is perpetually half full.  I seem to always try to look at and point out to others the lighter side of things – the silk lining.  This is not to totally disregard an obstacle, but to down-play it.  For example, the mundane daily obstacles that can be an aggravation but are truly not life altering, the ones that sometimes get blown out of proportion and make a situation a lot worse than it really is. (It is at times like these I say, “pull up your big girl panties and get over it.”)   I am a firm believer in “That, which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”  I think back over my life thus far and all the hardships I have seen and weathered, and I know that I am a better person for those experiences.  Whether the obstacle is an inconvenience or something truly troubling, keep in mind that it can always be worse.  Unfortunately, somewhere someone is going through something that may be so horrific that we could not begin to fathom.  It is in these moments that we must remind ourselves that an inconvenient obstacle is not the end of the world and should remind us to be thankful for the many blessings we do have.

So, every obstacle is and can be, an opportunity.  For every obstacle, wrong decision, or bad judgment we feel we have made or faced in our past, or we are facing in our present can be seen as an opportunity.  A learning experience on our soul journey, as well as wisdom gained.  The older we get, the easier this should be for us.  Not always the case.

With all this in mind, of course it then led me to thinking of Tarot and spreads.  Obstacles can be seen as foundations, and sometimes they are built upon with more obstacles.  (The pessimistic point of view)  In this way, they become walls.   Walls fence us in and stifle.  If we use the obstacles and turn them into opportunities, they then become steps, steps that can rise above and go over those walls.

For this spread, I suggest using two separate decks. Two decks I feel give you a more clear picture of your obstacle and your opportunity.   I would use decks that are of the same structure.  But that is entirely up to you.

The foundation (obstacles), lain out with one deck of your choosing, and the stair steps (opportunities), with the other deck.

Here we will look at these positions:

A = obstacle   B = Opportunity

1a-b – The main obstacle/concern at this time.  Where the biggest opportunity can be found.

2a-b – Home; your home environment, whether this is an actual place or where your heart is.

3a-b – Career; Your present job.  Can be anything from a home-maker to a corporate executive.

4a-b – Family; can include anyone or any family situation with relatives or extended family.

5a-b – Relationships; How is your love life? Any relationship that is of importance to you.

6a-b – Spiritual; Personal growth.

Here I used the Legacy of the Divine Tarot for the Obstacles, and

The Gilded Tarot for the Opportunities.

(By Ciro Marchetti and distributed by Llewellyn Worlwide.)

I will post what I interpret for myself using the spread above later.

This can be a very adaptable spread that can be used with the examples given, or you could add a card, one for each category and use this as an indicator for the upcoming week.  Each set representing a day of the week.  You could shorten it (4 cards of each a and b) to represent a week in a month.  I can see many possibilities.

Let me know how this spread works for you!

Until then,  Happy Tarot’ing !

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One Response to Obstacles 'vs Opportunities

  1. Nefer Khepri says:

    This spread looks really interesting. Glad I ran across this. I’ll give it a try and let you know how it works for me. Great choice of decks to use for it, too! I may try it with the exact same ones 🙂

    I see that you posted this on my anniversary. How funny!


    Nefer Khepri

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