Today I got a question from someone who wanted to know what was happening to her friend, a public figure, who has started behaving strangely.
A 9-card spread quickly suggested a plausible answer as this was an easy reading that settled the matter in 2 seconds. In spite of ‘no challenge here’ – and I like to write about challenging cards – I want to make a quick point and emphasize the following:
Although we generally tend to perceive a reading as fair when we have a preponderance of red cards over blacks, the rule of ‘if it ends with a spade, bad news’ will keep us in good stead, just in case we want to go rampant and trumpet that all is well in this country – except for some minor trouble.
The cards below tell me this:
5♦ 9♥ 10♥
8♦ 6♦ 8♥
9♦ 2♠ 4♠
The querent’s friend (5D) has a grand wish (9H) to take the path of money (6D) and surround herself with friends that have it (8D mirror 8H). She goes for it full throttle (10H to 9D). There is also clear access (6D) to friends with money in this public space (8D+6D+8H).
BUT, although our friend thinks she has just gotten there, where she can have her fingers in the sack of money (5D+8D+9D), things take a turn (9D) for the worse (2S) with the party splitting (2S+4S). Or rather, to be more specific, our friend gets thrown out of the party (2S+4S). Looking at the surprise card (7S), there is hardly any surprise here to learn that greed often leads to tears.
My point is that although we often dance around the cards, we also tend to read towards some point of gravitas, where we gather the threads.
Usually the last card in a 9-card spread has much to say, as it ends both the vertical and horizontal lines.
Here we have 2 trouble cards in our otherwise ‘red’ spread, with the reds indicating all good news (it’s nice to have both money and friends).
But since they are placed strategically towards the end of the spread, we’re going to have to deliver a nasty message, and say something like this to our querent: ‘perhaps your friend is not so close to you anymore (the fives indicate closeness, the 5s are the body).
She seems to have gotten herself lost in a sea of wishful thinking for cash and adulation.’ (The cluster of 9, 10, 8 hearts in the top right tell me that this person is seeking public company because she thrives on flattery).
In other words, it takes more than lots of red cards to make a spread fair, or a person nice.
Good luck with your friends out there.
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For a basic theory of reading with playing-cards, see my post here.
For more 9-card readings, see my post here.
Note on the deck: Otto Tragy Jugendstil Spielkarte, Ver. Strals. Altenburg, 1910
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