# “Breaking the Chain” Cause-and-Effect Spread

This is the spread I promised yesterday; it is built on the assumption that the sitter can best decide (based on the subconscious "hunches" that most of us harbor) which time-frame should be explored first in determining why present circumstances are the way they are and what might be done about them. Since our behavior … Continue reading “Breaking the Chain” Cause-and-Effect Spread

# Who Hit Julia? – A Hit-and-Run Reading

This layout is a spin-off from my "Rogue's Gallery" unsolved homicide spread, in which I'm using the Tower as the central "focus" card to signify a traumatic accident rather than Death, which symbolized a homicide in the original spread. I'm also using the 10 of Swords as the pointer or "finger" card because in many … Continue reading Who Hit Julia? – A Hit-and-Run Reading

# Finally . . . A Valid I Ching/Tarot Reading

I think I have most of the kinks worked out of this spread, and the decks I selected seem like a winning combination. For this reading I used the boldly-colored Albano-Waite RWS deck and the similarly vibrant Tabula Mundi Colores Arcus as companions to Anthony Clark's I Ching Pack. The Albano-Waite executes the table of … Continue reading Finally . . . A Valid I Ching/Tarot Reading

# An I Ching/Tarot Problem-Solving Spread

This is my first attempt at fashioning a practical spread from a combination of the I Ching and the tarot. The decks I intend to be used are Anthony Clark's I Ching Pack, which has direct correspondences to the hexagrams; the Thoth deck with its association to the hexagrams through Aleister Crowley's commentary in The … Continue reading An I Ching/Tarot Problem-Solving Spread

# “Roll Them Bones” Situational Awareness Spread

Here I'm having some more fun with dice and cards in collaboration. The dice are used to narrow down the card possibilities for each position. The idea is to "roll the bones" until you arrive at a number that fits within the range for the position, and then remove the four minor or court cards … Continue reading “Roll Them Bones” Situational Awareness Spread

# The “Skeleton in the Closet” Chain-of-Destiny Spread

I firmly believe that few momentous events in a human life occur in a vacuum, however random or unprecedented they may seem to be. On a personal, interpersonal or trans-personal level, there was almost always something in the past that set the individual up for the experience, whether it was a sin of commission or … Continue reading The “Skeleton in the Closet” Chain-of-Destiny Spread

# The “Hot-and-Cold Running Commentary” Problem-Solving Spread

Here is an intricate 12-card spread that uses elemental temperaments to determine which course of action will produce the best solution to a problem. The moderate traits of "warm" and "cool" are applied to suggest an integrated approach rather than the absolute qualities of Fire, Water, Air and Earth (which are considered background forces here … Continue reading The “Hot-and-Cold Running Commentary” Problem-Solving Spread

# Straight, No Chaser: A Project-Management Reading

The old-time whisky drinkers in the crowd will get the hint in my title: taking things "straight" in this situation could be a harsh dram to swallow. We have a landscaping project pending at our new home that was stalled last year because of the early onset of winter. Although our grounds are now dry … Continue reading Straight, No Chaser: A Project-Management Reading

# “Unto the Breach” Problem-Solving Spread

Most personal-problem scenarios reach a point where things "come to a boil;" we have gained some momentum toward resolution but the opposition is entrenched, so a pitched battle ensues (even if the conflict is only within our own psyche). Some kind of "breach" has to be found (or made) in the wall of resistance that … Continue reading “Unto the Breach” Problem-Solving Spread

# The “Break On Through” Rite-of-Passage Spread

The inspiration for this spread came from a couple of sources. I was watching a TV show in which a choir was singing that old "Do-Re-Mi" song from The Sound of Music  film (not the rap song of the same name). ("Doe, a deer, a female deer," etc. Don't ask.) I got thinking about the … Continue reading The “Break On Through” Rite-of-Passage Spread