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

Significator: King of Spades (popped randomly in the square)

Context: Work related. Significator is employed with a company and wants to know if his project proposal will be accepted, hoping also that a promotion will be in the bag if the project succeeds.

A note on the significators: You always choose them according to physical characteristics, NOT function.

We read the court cards primarily according to their function, but when we choose them to stand for a person, we go with physical traits (Check essay Courting the Self for more).

Ex: KS dark/black, KC fair/blond, KD freckled/redhaired, KC brunette.

The cards

10♣   K♣   9♠

3♥     3♦    9♣

K♠     2♥    5♣


The King of Clubs (boss) is assessing the King of Spades’ project (10C over KS), but he decides against it (9S).

In principle we could stop right here, as the matter is settled.

But if we unpack:  

The project is lovingly crafted (3H below 10C), and definitely put forward (3D), albeit in a scattered and convoluted way (3D+9C). Etteilla would say that the presence of 2 threes indicates calm. Right.

I don’t see any calm here. I’d rather say that there’s some urgency towards making a decision. Threes can be eager, look at that straight line, with the 9 clubs, very eager.

KS is familiar (2H) with the KC’s intentions to create value (3D) for the company, and hence emotionally appreciates the effort (2H). They meet in the 2H.

The X marks the spot.

KC 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 project (10C) is disappointing (9S) and flops (10C to 5C).

As a consequence, the KS 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).

The surprise

Sometimes I turn over a surprise card.

I turn up 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 meta surprise:

Although I could have gone the pedestrian way and formulate 6 sentences based on the reading of trios in the rows and columns, and then issue a final sentence, I elected to keep that option at the back of my head, not inform what I saw was more interesting to do, which is to zoom in and out of perspective and let the cards have a say in it according to the context.

The deck: My Little Cards by Kanako, Paris, 2013, included in My Little Sunset Box 2014 (a subscription based offering of lifestyle and beauty products).


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