I performed a test reading with the “Yes-or-No” spread posted earlier, using the Fournier Tarot de Marseille. I asked a simple question about whether an upcoming activity would turn out well. (Note that where the cards are bi-directional, I consider them to be upright).
Card #1: 10 of Cups – Cups = Yes; Upright = Yes; Even = Yes; High number = Yes.
Judgment = High likelihood of “Yes.”
Card #2: 3 of Coins – Coins = No; Upright = Yes; Odd = No; Low Number = No; Lunar Phase = No.
Judgment: Strong “No” emphasis suggests that things will not start off well.
Card #3: Queen of Batons (Wands) – Wands = Yes; Reversed = No; Court Card = Yes; Lunar Phase = Maybe.
Judgment: On the “Waxing Trend” side of the picture, this indicates an improving situation.
Card #4: 10 of Swords – Swords = No; Upright = Yes; Even = Yes; High Number = Yes; Lunar Phase = Yes.
Judgment: Swords may show some disagreement, but the testimony is strongly positive.
Card #5: 8 of Swords – Swords = No; Upright = Yes; Even = Yes; High Number = Yes; Lunar Phase = Maybe.
Judgment: While there may be a lingering dispute of the “agree to disagree” type, the verdict still looks affirmative.
Card #6: 8 of Batons (Wands) – Wands = Yes; Reversed = No; Even = Yes; High Number = Yes; Solar Position = Yes.
Judgment: The preponderance of evidence both here and in the overall reading supports a convincing “Yes” answer.
Dice Roll: Two Fives – Even = Yes; High Number = Yes
Judgment: This roll shows powerful support for the “Yes” outcome described above.
Note the recurrence of the balanced numbers Eight and Ten; also, the Elemental Dignities around the central “Earth” position are mainly supportive of its testimony. Only the Queen of Batons reversed provides contrary evidence, and may indicate a difficult woman who is the source of the conflict suggested by the two Swords.
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