This is a presentation of a divination work done in two steps, in which the outcome of the first step was further explored in a second reading.
The divination was done in order to ask for the Spirit’s aid in a business contract negotiation, and the querent wanted hints about specific aspects to look out for and think about prior to the start of the negotiations.
The classic horseshoe spread was chosen for the first part of the divination, done upon the fully activated Seal of Illumination and using my deck of playing cards that are consecrated to mirror the classic Tarot meaning of the cards. These cards are marked with a black spot as well, indicating the top of the card. In other words, when the black point of consecrated ink is seen at the bottom of the card, the card is reversed.
Once the seal had been activated the purpose of the reading was focused upon and expressed to the Spirits by ritual means, and the different card positions of the horseshoe spread were contemplated.
The card deck was shuffled seven times before picking the card for each position, and the following were the results of the first reading (here presented from left to right and with shortened meanings of each card):
The Past – 9 of Wands reversed
Inner resources, struggle, overwhelm, defensive, paranoia, retreat, withdrawal.
The Present – 8 of Wands
Movement, fast paced change, action, alignment, air travel, taking off, progress.
The near Future – Page of Wands
Courage, daring, recklessness, optimism, leadership, initiative, extrovert, keep strong attraction, inspiration, ideas, discovery, limitless potential.
Querents’ attitude towards question – 3 of Wands reversed
Playing small, lack of foresight, unexpected delays, lack of confidence, self-doubt, restriction, failure, disappointed with choices/outcome.
Other/outer influences – 10 of Swords reversed
Recovery, regeneration, resisting an inevitable end, being beyond help, despair, total ruin.
Hopes and Fears – Five of wands
Conflict, disagreements, competition, tension, diversity, irritation, frustration.
Likely outcome – 2 of Pentacles reversed
Over-committed, disorganisation, reprioritisation, poor financial decisions, financial losses.
The first thing that came to mind about these results was that the spread is dominated by cards of the Wands suit. This indicates that answers are sought within the realm of thought, but also with a strong influence related to the element of Fire – unpredictable, energetic and wild.
Besides being dominating in number, the Wands suit is given special attention as the fourth card shows the querent’s own attitude towards the topic in question.
The influences of others is on the other hand within the realm of Swords/air, indicating that the ”other part” here (in this case interpreted as the other party of the contract negotiation) acts in a logical, thoughtful and constructive manner and is an excellent communicator. This tells of a difference in approach between the querent and the other party.
Furthermore, the past, present and future cards fit well with the situation as a whole, as the contract negotiation is something which the querent knew would come sooner or later, but had not been looking forward to as the past contract between the two had been to the querent’s favor.
The likely outcome speaks for itself and tells that things are moving in a bad direction which the querent must become aware of and try to prevent.
Having received these negative, but very helpful and telling answers, it was decided to do a follow-up reading.
The ritual procedure was a bit different this time and focus was placed upon how to avoid the ”Likely outcome” situation. This was ritually symbolized by placing the 2 of Pentacles card reversed on the cross of the Seal, and upon it was placed a ”mojo bag” that has been cultivated for many years in workings related to Wealth and Prosperity, holding among other things the powdered form of the herbal blend of the Key Sigil of Wealth, a ”lucky rabbit’s foot” harvested in traditional ways, a paper talisman drawn with Sanctified ink made with the tincture of the Key Sigil of Wealth and other relevant elements.
Having prayed to the Spirits of the work and placed the bag upon the card, the Spirits were asked to give answers and recommendations (through three cards this time) on how to avoid the financial troubles indicated by the card in question.
The results were the following (in the succession of right-left-center):
Five of wands reversed
Conflict, disagreements, competition, tension, diversity.
Page of wands reversed
Hasty, gullible, impatient, lack of energy/ ideas/ creativity/ ambition/ goals/plans, lazy, lethargic pessimistic, spoiled, loud mouth, tantrums, problem/inner child, overly confident with money.
Three of wands reversed
Playing small, lack of foresight, unexpected delays.
As you can tell, all of these cards were also included in the first reading, with the only difference now being that all of them were reversed. It should be mentioned that the cards were shuffled seven times before picking each of them also during this follow up reading, and still these three cards appeared again.
The result is something I regard as a very clear instruction from Spirit: the meaning of these three cards in the original spread shall be contemplated and given extra attention, and because they are all within the Wands suit, a further hint is given that they deal with the querent (remember the fourth position in the first spread) and points to how specific weak points within the realm of thought must be conquered to avoid the likely outcome of the original spread.
To summarize the interpretation of both readings I would say that the general recommendation from Spirit is that the querent should not get carried away or rush with the negotations, to be on the watch and do very close calculations of different scenarios, as well as not giving in to any fear of conflict. The repeated warning of ”unexpected delay” might also tell that the negotiations might take longer than what has been forecasted, and that the querent should be prepared that patience will be put to the test. The Page of Wands was upright in the first spread but reversed in the second one, thus telling that what is regarded as ”courage and daring” in these matters might in reality be gullibleness and impatience, and risks of putting the querent in a troublesome situation.