What is the current situation between he and I?
What's on my romantic horizon?
This deck has gone through many configurations and it's become one of my favorites. It's finally ready!
This is a great deck for relationship readings, especially if you're looking for your Prince Charming or trying to manifest a happy ending in your romance. But I've discovered that it can help you see where you are in the story of manifesting anything in your life.
Understanding the Deck
There are very few characters in the deck: Cinderella, the Prince, the Stepsisters, and the Prince's messenger. Here's how I use the different characters.
You (or the questioner/subject of the reading) are represented by Cinderella.
The prince reflects the ideal or goal (getting married, finding a significant other, getting a promotion, finding a new job).
The ugly sisters reflect your shadow. This may take the form of negative self-talk or other people who are throwing shade your way.
The fairy godmother represents your Higher Self giving you a pep talk. She is positive inner guidance that can turn your life around.
The prince’s squire serves as a messenger that news is coming or a change is approaching. This is an external shift while the fairy godmother shows an internal shift.
In the beginning of the story, Cinderella is in rags which shows your initial state of mind (unaware of your beauty and power; poverty mindset; not believing you can attain your goal). She accepts this disguise as real, not seeing her true self as a Princess. When the fairy godmother changes her rags to a beautiful gown, this transformation can reflect a real transformation in your life that catapults you toward your ideal.
A Sample Reading
I gave one of my local friends The Cinderella Deck in beta testing mode over a year ago. She's becoming an expert in it. Occasionally, she wants some advice on the cards, though. She texted me this reading with the question, "What will happen to R and I after I move?"
She didn't cast this in a spread, just pulled 6 cards in this pattern. Since I know the backstory of her relationship with R, I could see how the cards were depicting her romance and where she was now. The top row seems to depict the past. The last card in this row (22) shows where she is at the time of the reading. The bottom row shows where things are headed. I'm not reading these as a typical 3-card reading because this wasn't the intention she had when she created the reading.
Here's how I would read the cards.
The top row shows a broken spell -- the magic of the relationship has worn off (20). But this leads to newfound confidence (14) and an eventual proclamation of love or intent (22). This summarizes the last 6 months of her relationship. She and R stopped seeing each other for a while. It seemed she had given up on hopes of the relationship meeting her needs and had gotten on with her life. She realized that since there was nothing holding her here, she decided to move closer to her family in another state. After a few months of little to no contact, R came back in her life again before she moved. He finally proclaimed his feelings and intentions for their relationship.
Now, she has moved and their relationship seems stronger than ever. The bottom row picks up from here with her question about how they will move forward. Card 25 shows Cinderella asking if she can try on the slipper. This could mean that if the relationship is going to move toward a greater commitment, she's going to have to ask for the change to happen. Card 29 is the final card showing Cinderella and her Prince moving into the castle together to live happily ever after. This is a card showing marriage, living together, or some such arrangement. The story is supposed to end here but there's one more card in the reading taking us backward in the story. Card 19 shows Cinderella running away from the Prince. I told my friend that I interpret this as getting what you want and then running away from it. But this card also appears when plans are made and then aborted. So, perhaps plans to move in together or get married are made but there isn't the follow through that's anticipated. For now, they are having a long-distance relationship and we'll see where things go.
I've decided to use the numerical theme with this deck. If we add up all the numbers of the cards we get 129 = 1 + 2 + 9 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3. This theme is all about expanding your horizons which is what my friend did by moving away from her boyfriend. The numerical theme doesn't predict the future although it can shed light on the real question and the way things might progress. Based on this theme the ending card makes more sense. The nature of the three is about meeting new people, doing new things and, in many cases, leaving the old behind.
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