A Fortuna’s Spiral Example Reading: “The Negotiation”

This example reading describes an imaginary situation involving a negotiation between a man (the "offeror") and a woman (the offeree"). Because the objective is to show whether the participants "have luck on their side," either jointly or separately, I performed the spread twice, once for each party; I selected the Queen of Cups as the … Continue reading A Fortuna’s Spiral Example Reading: “The Negotiation”

The “Tetractys” Decision-Making Spread

With this spread I believe I've found a satisfactory alternative to my long-standing use of the venerable and reliable Celtic Cross. I want to acknowledge that this isn't entirely original work; I found a suggested interpretive model on Wikipedia that was presented as one possibility among many. I tweaked most of the position descriptions to … Continue reading The “Tetractys” Decision-Making Spread

Daily-Draw Tones and Overtones: Variations On a Theme

I've found over many years of working with them that single-card daily draws are more useful for showing the background "tone" of the upcoming day than for trying to pinpoint specific activities or events. They are too limited in scope to effectively convey all of the ramifying "overtones" that can accompany the main theme, which … Continue reading Daily-Draw Tones and Overtones: Variations On a Theme

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 … Continue reading Weather or Not: An Event-Planning Spread

A “Hidden Agenda” Developmental Insight Reading

I was recently asked by someone to perform a reading to answer whether a person they are involved with has a "hidden agenda." (This is not a romantic situation.) It so happens that I have a spread specifically for this scenario, and I don't often get a chance to use it. https://parsifalswheeldivination.com/2018/08/01/the-hidden-agenda-developmental-insight-spread/ The querent suspects … Continue reading A “Hidden Agenda” Developmental Insight Reading

The “Round It Goes” Decision-Making Spread

There has been some on-line discussion lately about the Random Number Generators that tarot software apps use to select the cards for a reading. I was resistant to the idea for a long time because it seemed too disconnected from the tactile "feel" of the cards to produce valid results. But eventually I realized that … Continue reading The “Round It Goes” Decision-Making Spread

The “Light-and-Shadow” Decision-Making Spread

The "Holy Grail" of decision-making advice is the simple, straightforward "yes-or-no" answer: "Should I or shouldn't I? Will she or won't she? Is it or isn't it?" There are numerous short spreads that strive for this goal; this isn't one of them. It recognizes that every sunny street has a shady side, and a ray … Continue reading The “Light-and-Shadow” Decision-Making Spread

The “Speed-Bump and Pothole” Decision-Making Spread

In New England, one of the "Rites of Spring" when driving is the emergence of frost-heaves and potholes in the roadways, forcing us to slow down and steer a devious course around them. Here is a simple (at least for me) decision-making spread that acknowledges the fact that any course of action can be fraught … Continue reading The “Speed-Bump and Pothole” Decision-Making Spread