John Lennon once wrote a book called A Spaniard in the Works. Its title appears to have been a puckish allusion to the British expression for an unforeseen problem: “a spanner in the works.”
As it turned out when I attempted to use this spread, my memory was faulty. Not all of the Thoth Minor Arcana have I Ching correspondences in The Book of Thoth (and the 777 tables were no help either), so I went to the Haindl deck, which has hexagrams on all small cards from the Two to the Ten. But then I found that two of the three hexagrams I cast had no associations in either deck, mainly because there are 64 hexagrams and only 40 small cards. I went looking for a table on-line to tie it all together, and instead of a Thoth cross-reference I found this alternative system, which brings trump and court cards into the mix. I haven’t closely examined the rationale for the assignments, but it’s probably as good a system as any for experimentation.
I have extracted the interactive table I intend to use.
Clicking on the links reveals that the author used the RWS cards for his associations, which I think may be useful for my purpose since it breaks the connection between the incomplete Book of Thoth references and the I Ching. Unless I come across a more complete index for the Thoth deck, I will be running with this one, opening up the possibility of using other decks. I will probably augment the RWS-style decks with the Thoth-based Haindl when there is an I Ching cross-tie between them. An example reading will be forthcoming in a future post.