UPDATE: This turned out to be a fascinating reading. The facility where the exams are performed has a new scanning machine, and the technician was both inexperienced and under-trained in its use. She botched the first set of scans even after making two attempts, and I had to sit for a third one when that was discovered by a senior tech. Snake and Cross mirroring Moon compromised the integrity of the initial effort, and Birds and Crossroads can both indicate “two of something.” Furthermore, there were no prior exam results for that machine so the doctor was unable to do a comparative analysis of old and new data to look for deterioration in my condition. He was able to say from the available testimony (visual examination, pressure testing, optical nerve photographs, etc.) that he saw no apparent increase in my risk of developing glaucoma from the last visit in April, 2018. So the “good news” was there as predicted in addition to the diagnostic uncertainty.
My original idea with this spread was to read it as a fully-populated 9×4 tableau whenever the topic card shows up anywhere in the bottom row by running that row out to the end using the remainder of the deck. However, the critical thing with this layout is the “box” of eight cards surrounding the topic card; the line extending out of the square in either direction is secondary information. With that in mind, I decided it would be best to first complete the 3×3 array with any cards remaining after the topic card drops, as long as there are enough cards left to do that. After that I would run the rest of the pack out equally in both directions, alternating left and right, to give a truncated look at past and future. If there aren’t enough cards left to complete the square, I would resort to the original plan (a full tableau).
What got me thinking along these lines is a reading I just did regarding my upcoming annual eye exam with a specialist who has been monitoring me for glaucoma, an hereditary risk in my family, over the last three years. I used the Birds, representing the eyes, as the topic card, and went with the Heloise Lenormand deck. The Birds landed in the extreme lower-left corner of the spread, creating the dilemma described above. Rather than running the bottom row all the way out to the end, I reserved enough cards from the bottom of the deck to complete the square surrounding the Birds (to the left and below) and than placed the others in series extending to the right. This yielded a 9-card square with three cards proceeding into the future from its center, creating a five-card line. Since this is something that can be read with confidence, I decided to go with it.
The series Heart-Birds-Key and Bear-Birds-Rider suggest good news: nothing has changed from my previous favorable examination. However, the Snake and Cross knighting to the Rider with the Mountain following looks like the doctor may have some difficulty arriving at a clear diagnosis (the Letter). Birds mirroring Mountain gives the same testimony, but Bear mirroring Letter shows that he should be able to deliver a well-substantiated report.
The series Crossroads-Rider-Moon seems to be showing the fact that I have to travel some distance to his alternate work location (we moved too far away from his main office, but he “rides the circuit”), while both Crossroads and Moon knighting to Letter reflect that I will get what I’m going for. Moon also knighting to Heart and Bear indicates that he is a trustworthy professional and should live up to his customary level of expertise. Heart and Key knighting to Mountain should aid him in finding his way over any obstacles. The negative cards knighting to the Rider may simply mean that he doesn’t have the same examination capabilities at his alternate location and could be at a disadvantage.