“Two-Out-of-Three” Spread Tutorial Layouts

A Facebook conversation led to the recognition that it would be a good idea to post some example pictures of how the various card chains would play out.  I posed a hypothetical question: “How will this business initiative work out?” and selected the 3 of Wands from the Albano-Waite deck (Deck #1) as my Significator.  Since the 7 of Pentacles reversed, the first card pulled from Deck #2 (Radiant RWS), will appear in all four permutations, that left two additional cards from Deck #2 and two from Deck #3 (Golden Universal) to populate the four discrete readings.

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At the first “adjustment point,” I rolled an even number on the die, so I pulled the second card, 6 of Wands, from the top of Deck #2. This pointed the emerging chain up the left-hand branch of the layout. At the second “adjust point,” I rolled another even number and therefore pulled the third card, 9 of Pentacles reversed, from the top of Deck #2. This is the “2-2-2” variation.

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In the second scenario, I rolled an even number at the first “adjustment point” and an odd number at the second one, resulting in the same cards from Deck #2 in the first two positions and a new card, the Page of Wands  pulled from the top of Deck #3, in the third position. This is the “2-2-3” variation.

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In the third scenario, I rolled an odd number at the first “adjustment point” and an even number at the second one, so I pulled the top card, Page of Wands,  from Deck #3 and the second card, 6 of Wands, from the top of Deck #2. The chain proceeded up the right-hand branch of the layout. This is the “2-3-2” variation.

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In the fourth scenario, I rolled an odd number at both the first and second “adjustment points,” and thus pulled the top card, Page of Wands, and the second card, 5 of Swords reversed, from Deck #3. This is the “2-3-3” variation.

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As far as interpreting these four distinct readings, I would say that the first scenario will strive valiantly to succeed but costs will be higher than anticipated and profitability will be less than hoped for. In the second scenario, an opportunistic young man will try to claim credit for correcting a wasteful situation that has already righted itself through team effort. In the third scenario, an energetic hero will step in to drive the effort successfully toward the goal. In the fourth scenario, the hero’s efforts will come to naught due to the in-fighting and backstabbing of subordinates. Scenario #3 looks to be the most promising, although Scenario #2 predicts success accompanied by the grumbling of those offended by the “glory-hound’s” power grab.

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