I once had a friend whose English pronunciation was a bit on the ragged side. He added an “s” to many singular nouns (those of you from a certain part of the world will relate) and instead of the common idiom “Let’s face it,” he always said “Let me face it.” Looks like a ready-made title for this post.
I find that facing is an under-valued arrow in my interpretive quiver. I don’t use it to determine the flow of the time-line in the Celtic Cross (it’s always clockwise) and I don’t use it at all with Lenormand cards. I do find value in the Golden Dawn’s stipulation that a King (the mounted guy to them) facing against the flow of the card sequence can mean that a person or event will be entering the matter, while one facing in the same direction as the flow implies that something similar will be leaving the querent’s vicinity. I also sometimes use the facing of a court card as a way to tell whether the subject of the reading is focused on the past or the future, and in a relationship reading, whether toward or away from the partner.
This last one has been on my mind in connection with the use of a court card as the “significator” in the Celtic Cross spread. I stopped using one a while ago because it seemed redundant to the talking one sitting across the table from me. But I started thinking that randomly selecting a court card to place at the beginning of a CC might be a good indication of whether the querent or subject of the reading is still hung up on the recent past (left-looking) or leaning toward the near future and beyond (right-looking). Of course, in some decks the figure on the card is facing straight out of the picture, in which case I would use revered orientation to show a deep, abiding obsession with past matters and upright status as living entirely in the here-and-now. Reversal will also change the directionality of a normally left-facing or right-facing card, perhaps making the emphasis more covert.
I would do this by taking the court cards out of the deck, shuffling them as a sub-pack, and drawing one for the significator position. I would then reassemble the deck and continue. However, because one of the arguments against using significator cards is that the practice takes a card out of circulation for the balance of the reading, I would most likely use a second deck for the purpose. I wouldn’t read this card as part of the narrative other than using it as a kind of “pointer” for where in the time-line I should focus my attention. This would also be a useful consideration to bring up to the querent, who should be able to acknowledge one way or the other.