I love that at the center of this spread is the Three of Cups! Having a strong support group of friends is what keeps us young, optimistic...and sane!
The crow of the Six of Swords traveled a great distance to free itself from a less-than-ideal life. The journey was one that it wished it never had to make, but in the end, despite the feelings of sadness around the decision - today it takes comfort in knowing that it was for the best and its life is significantly better. The Six of Swords comes to us today asking - what baggage are we still carrying from the past? Despite making it through a tough time and ending up on the other side better-off there are feelings associated with the past that linger within us today. Although they may not be obvious, this baggage is playing a role in how we see ourselves in the world and what we believe we can accomplish. It may go as far back as a childhood memory of a parent's criticism that became like a curse - as we allowed that seed of doubt within us to grow. It may not be obvious, but it does surface from time to time - usually in the form of fear. It might be a fear of trying something new, going after a challenging position at work, or even getting into a relationship.
The Three of Cups is about celebrating as the crows in the garden eat and drink as they enjoy each other's company. This is where we experience a truly rich life - one that is shared with people who elevate our spirit. The Three of Cups at the center of this spread indicates a strong network of close friends - the kind that are part of your life beyond casually hanging out. This is your tribe - the people you call and who answer any time of the day. In the present position - these people represent a good foundation around relationships and feeling connected to others - it is such a vital element to have in our lives!
Balanced between two swords the crow is focused on not making an error or a misstep. With the Two of Swords in the future position, this signifies the ability to take control and ownership of your life. It is here that you are able to unpack the baggage of the Six of Swords and approach each limiting belief from a mature and logical positon. You will find the power to become blind to any negativity of the past as you focus your attention only on how to move forward in a positive direction today. The Two of Swords also brings a message in this position that if you have been hoping to find a new career opportunity and one presents itself - the time is right to move forward as you are in control of your destiny.
Being that the Three of Cups is at the center, this tells me that your greatest strength is coming from those around you who build you up, who at the end of the day makes you feel good about yourself - it is their energy you want to carry with you into the future, not the heavy baggage of the past.
p,s, Here is an interesting article about Blue Zones and the importance of friendships for our health and lives.