Often students of cartomancy think that reading a square of nine is quite demanding, as one has to tease out all the possibilities presented in the cards. That is true, but it need not take a lot of time.

A glance at the way in which trios dance, first horizontally, then vertically, and then X’ing the spot, can quickly settle the outcome. So here’s a straight-forward reading with 9 cards that presents the viewer with the essential information formulated in what I call, ‘the master sentence’.

Those accustomed to my readings will know, however, that what I strive for is how to validate this master sentence by what I see interacting in all the cards.

While gathering small bits of information from reading the cards in chunks of three systematically is a good approach to begin with, I prefer to go for the one sentence narrative that’s consistent with the entire set.

Consistent and dancing are the keywords here, not scattered information divided in 8 sentences. (For more elaborate info on my master sentence method, you’re welcome to go here. For a simplified method of reading with playing-cards, see my post here.)

The Reading

A man wants to know about his work situation. More specifically he asks this:

Will I get promoted?

The cards fell on the table thus:

10♣   K♣   9♠

3♥     3♦    9♣

K♠     2♥    5♣

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The King of Clubs (who I see as the employer) is assessing the King of Spades’ realizations (10C over KS), but he decides against them (9S; also the presence of 2 threes indicates that a decision is in the works (9C)).

The King of Spades is familiar (2H) with the King of Club’s intentions to invest (3D) in setting up a competition in the house (2H), and he turns the emotional tone a notch up (3H).

This doesn’t impress the King of Clubs who has no qualms about axing the depressed King of Spades (9s to KS), who has stretched it as far as he could (10C to 5C).

The man will not get promoted. He will feel the embarrassment (9S) in the great changes at work (9C) weigh down on him (5C), but he can comfort himself with knowing that less will be expected from him (10C to 5C).

Sometimes I turn over a surprise card. I turn the cut deck and look at the bottom card. No surprises here. The 7 of Spades enforces the sad outcome for this man.

Cry baby cry, and move on.

♥ ♠ ♣ ♦

The deck: Dondorf, Otto Tragy Jugend Spielkarten, Ver. Stralsunder Spielkartenfabrik, 1910


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