I had been saving this spread for a while (sourced at Flaming Thyrsos) and was reminded of it a couple of days ago after seeing a mention of iris on another blog. Using the Ancient Feminine Wisdom oracle – with lovely art by Kay Steventon – to go along with this spread’s inspiration source.
 The Bow (also called the Handle): Your goal or journey – Flora (Renewal)
The thematic undercurrent of what I feel my personal work is – renewal through pleasure – continues, especially when taken in combination with the next card. There’s also repetition of the cards that keep appearing in readings – regardless of the question or how much (non)sense it makes): Spring. Spring. Spring.
 The Neck (also called shank or stem): The path to your goal – Maenads (Revelry)
Aaaah. Revelry, related to pleasure. Dance, to me. The ecstasy of Dance, as the Maenads know. Ladies devoted to the wildness of Dionysos and all He represents. Intuitively, I know this is about opening up (which is what keys are for…) and… joining heaven and earth, which can only be properly achieved if you are grounded to begin with. Grounded in your own body. Shii-it. That’s a hard one for me.
 Collar (also called throat): Qualities & Strengths – Auxo (Increase)
I don’t see this as being something which is already there, but something which must be done, no, CULTIVATED: INCREASE. Auxo is the Hôra of Spring growth, specifically. Ah, according to Karl Kerenyi, “Hôra means ‘the correct moment’.” Then Auxo represents the correct moment for increase? And if this card represents a quality or strength then I assume I am at the point where I am ready for this increase.
 The Blade: Skills, Knowledge or Guidance – Psyche (Soul Awakening)
Again, I’m going to assume that’s what I’m experiencing, bit by bit – Psyche’s journey. And who is Psyche’s partner in crime? Eros; the very nature of the daimonic. Part of Psyche’s journey is learning to trust Eros. I’ve a ways to go yet on this journey, but I will gain the skills I need if I follow through.
 Teeth: When the Key turns, will the Door open? – Cassandra (Intuition)
Um, that’s a “YES!” I think and quite a logical follow-on from Psyche. A “yes” with a word of caution attached (you might be sorryyyyyy)? If I choose to go make this journey, then it is my (implied) choice to accept where it takes me. Beware the “gifts” of the gods. Just for fun, I thought I’d see where I have Kassandra (114) in my chart: Aquarius 19-20 A Large White Dove Bearing A Message in the 2nd House. My chart is devoid of Aquarius, devoid of a belief in personal worth (that’s a door I would dearly like to open). The white dove of spirit/intuition/Higher Self is bravely flying through that barren wasteland.
 Pin: Final Outcome – Iris (Rainbow)
Oh! I know it’s hard to get a *bad* reading from an oracle, but this is really good. Iris bridges the expanse between the Heavens and the Underworld, carrying the messages of the Gods (Cassandra). In this deck She symbolises union, initiation and ascent into consciousness (Psyche). I like the way Her pose mimics that of the maenad – the destination circles back to the starting point and, being a messenger, maybe she can help that white dove make the journey?