Weather or Not: An Event-Planning Spread

This spread serves two purposes: its more obvious aim is to forecast the likely weather conditions for a planned outdoor event or travel situation. Its more abstract objective is to serve as a data-collection tool for determining how effective prediction is with the cards. One of the chief weaknesses in cartomantic prognostication is that so much of our evidence is purely anecdotal because the feedback loop isn’t closed. In other words, our sitters walk out the door never to be seen again, so we don’t know what happened. I envision this spread being used on a daily basis (without regard for what the weather experts are saying) to predict what the next day’s weather is going to be. Keeping records over time will provide a reliably accurate account of any predictive trends (“hits-and-misses”), one way or the other. To avoid “Weather Channel bias,” I may just pick a period in the future to start tracking the results in a “Farmer’s Almanac” manner.

I started developing this concept with the Thoth deck due to its highly evocative imagery (disregarding the titles for this purpose). I created a “weather spectrum,” from unseasonably cool to unseasonably warm, with everything from cloudy, rainy, changeable, windy and pleasant in between. I chose these seven qualities so this approach can also be used to lay out a weekly weather forecast, but that’s an incidental option. Obviously, seasonal variables will have to be taken into account, so some kind of sliding scale will be needed; what is oppressively hot (10 of Wands) in midsummer could be agreeably moderate (maybe 8 of Disks?) during the colder months. Perhaps I need two templates, one for Summer and one for Winter (see below). I won’t use reversals with this spread.

Here are the cards I chose for the template:

7 of Swords – Mostly clear and unseasonably cool
7 of Cups – Cloudy; gloomy
8 of Cups – Rainy; foggy
2 of Disks – Changeable; fluctuating noticeably during the course of the day
8 of Wands – Windy and mild
6 of Cups – Pleasant/improving
10 of Wands – Unseasonably warm

I added the Tarot de Marseille counterparts to the picture because this is a data-collection tool so I’m not interested in expressive visuals (although a case can be made that the TdM images are expressive in their own way). On a daily basis I will use those cards and bring in the Thoth (or other) deck only if I’m planning a specific activity.

The Sun is used as the “pointer” card or “card-of-the-day.” I will shuffle it together with six of what I consider fairly “neutral” cards (basically fillers to allow randomizing of the Sun’s position) and then deal them on top of the forecast cards until the Sun shows up. The card under the Sun is the prediction for the upcoming day.

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Here is an example reading. I asked what travel conditions will be in the eastern US for next Wednesday, August 28, 2019. The verdict was “windy and mild.” That was yesterday; the day started out sunny, calm and comfortably mild, but around noon a brisk wind picked up that blew in storm clouds by the end of the day and brought overnight storms. Because the travel event ended around 3:30 PM, I’ll take it as a predictive success.

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Here is an alternate forecasting template to use during the colder months of the year. (Note that the TdM counterparts for the 6 of Disks and 8 of Disks are swapped; I fixed it in the example reading.) The position meanings are:

Ace of Swords – Clear and unseasonably cold
3 of Swords – Damp and dismal
9 of Swords – Snowy or icy
2 of Disks – Changeable; fluctuating noticeably during the course of the day
5 of Disks – Blustery and unsettled
6 of Disks – Moderating/improving
8 of Disks – Unseasonably warm

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Here is an example reading. Question: “What will the weather be in New England on Christmas Day, 2019?” Verdict – Changeable; fluctuating noticeably during the course of the day. These changes usually involve arriving weather fronts, jet stream oscillations, temperature inversions and similar meteorological phenomena.

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