The Star Spread: Will I Find True Love?

I wanted to share the following reading because it provides a good example of how I approach a small spread that is dominated by Court Cards. I recently posted two articles on how to read the Court Cards: The Court Cards As People and When Court Cards Do Not Represent People. I hope the following example reading will help further showcase these ideas in action.

For this reading I used the Star Spread. I have encountered several versions of the Star Spread from various sources. The version I prefer comes from the book, The Way of Cartouche by Murry Hope.

This example Star Spread was part of an actual reading done on 4/21/06 for the daughter of a good friend.  You’ll notice that 4 of the 5 cards pulled for this layout were Court Cards which provide psychological insight into the interactions between the people involved in the situation.  

Question: Will I find true love?

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Cards In the Order They Were Drawn:

King of Hearts
Queen of Spades
King of Spades
5 of Diamonds
King of Clubs

The King of Hearts at the first point of the star represents the nature of the question.  As a member of the suit of hearts, this card confirms that the question deals with an emotional matter.  The King would specifically represent the ideal partner the querent is wishing for– family man, good provider, protector, faithful husband, etc., which are all of the characteristics associated with this card.

The Queen of Spades at the 2nd point of the star represents the cause or basis of the question, the reason for the wish, or the cause of the problem.  The suit of Spades represents sadness and loneliness, which are obvious reasons for searching for true love. Specifically, the queen represents the querent in her current aspect of sadness and loneliness.  The Queen of Spades can also represent a divorced woman, and the querent was in fact divorced.

The King of Spades falling at the 3rd point of the star represents a contributing factor, or additional information to be considered in the situation. It’s easy to see that he represents the querent’s ex-husband, as the King of Spades would denote a divorced or widowed man. As a spade falling in this position, he represents an obstacle to the successful outcome of the situation.

If we look at the dynamics of the cards in this layout, we see that the Queen of Spades (the querent) is looking away from the King of Spades (the ex-husband), but the ex-husband is looking directly at the querent.  These interactions suggest that although she is finished with the relationship, and is ready to move on, he is still holding on.  The querent confirmed that this was the case.  The ex-husband had continued to pursue her even after she made it clear to him that she was not interested in a reconciliation.

Despite her desire to move on, the queen’s stance also suggests that the querent still harbors anger and hurt feelings from the past relationship.  These negative emotions as represented by the Queen of Spades may be holding her back from finding new love.  Interestingly, the Queen of Spades is  turned away from all of the men in the layout, including her ideal man, the King of Hearts.  This further suggests that she has closed herself off emotionally.

At the 4th point of the star we find the only pip in the layout.  This position answers the question, or provides advice for finding a solution to the problem or concern.  The 5 of Diamonds is the card of “physical and mental attraction,” and it reminds us that we create our experiences based on the energy we project out into the the world.  This card can be a warning to be more aware of how we present ourselves to those around us.

The 5 of Diamonds in this position advises that a change is needed in the way the querent is perceiving herself, and presenting this image to the world–and in particular to potential partners.  This card suggests that in order to move forward, the querent must release her anger, forgive the ex, and drop the Queen of Spades persona as the sad, lonely, hurt, angry, wronged woman.

The card in the final position at the 5th point of the star represents the final outcome if the advice of the card in position 4 is heeded.  Here we find the King of Clubs.  He is the actual man, as opposed to the ideal (King of Hearts), that the querent can potentially attract (5 of Diamonds) into her life.  The King of Clubs is friendly, reliable, trustworthy and stable, the very qualities the querent needs.  It is interesting to note that the King of Clubs also looks away from the Queen, which suggests disinterest in her current aspect as the hurt, angry woman.

For this yes-or-no question I set the intention that the answer could be derived by the ratio of red to black cards in the spread. The predominance of black cards would suggest a “no” answer.  It’s important to keep in mind that the “no” does not mean “never.”  It simply means “no” for the duration of the whatever time frame is set by the reading.  In the case of the Star Spread, the time frame is usually between 3 to 6 months.

The King of Clubs represents a new man coming into the querent’s life, but the encounter could be delayed by her inability to release the negative emotion from her past relationship with the ex.  It’s also possible she may meet the new man within the time frame of the reading, but the relationship may not develop right away.

Feedback:

The querent took the advice to heart, and worked at forgiving and releasing the baggage from her failed marriage.  She did meet someone new about year after the reading, and eventually remarried.

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Three Card Draw with Significator: The Mystery Gift

I did this reading several years ago for a friend who was about to celebrate her 30th birthday. She was never one to enjoy surprises, and for an entire week her boyfriend had been torturing her with hints about a spectacular birthday gift, but he refused to reveal any details.

My friend was ready to lose her mind, so she asked me if there was a special layout she could use to petition the cards for more information about mystery gift. I advised her of a spread she could use if she was sure that she wanted to spoil the surprise. She said she was very sure.

The spread I suggested is a variation of the simple 3-Card Draw with the addition of a significator card. The significator represents the theme of the question, and provides a clear focus for the reading. My friend chose 2 of Clubs to represent the mystery birthday gift from her boyfriend.

Method:

The procedure for layout is simple. First a significator card is chosen to represent the theme or subject of the question. The significator is removed from the deck and placed face up on the table. The remaining 51 cards are shuffled while focusing on the question. Next the shuffled cards are fanned out face down on the table, and the querent chooses three cards. Each card is turned up in the order chosen to form a row of three cards below the significator. The three cards are then interpreted together to answer the question or address the specific situation represented by the significator.

The Reading:

Question: What gift did my boyfriend buy me for my birthday?

Significator – 2 of Clubs (gift)

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The cards the querent chose to identify her gift were:

4 of Diamonds + 8 of Diamonds + 8 of Hearts

Interpretation:

The first thing to note is that all three cards are red, and the final card is a heart. Whatever the gift turns out to be, it’s clear that this is something that the querent will enjoy.

The 4 of Diamonds can represent a fancy box, so my initial thought was be a pretty piece of jewelry. The two red 8′s represent having a good time, and also make me think of music (the 88 keys on a piano). The 4 of Diamonds can also represent a ticket window, or tickets, so the idea of a concert or musical event seemed to make better sense.

The 8 of Diamonds represents the eyes, and can indicate seeing or looking at something, and the 8 of Hearts indicates something they do together as a couple, so my best guess was be that the boyfriend bought her a pair of tickets to a concert or musical show. The 8 of Hearts would indicate that they go together as a couple, and have a wonderful time.

Feedback:

It turned out that the mystery birthday gift was a weekend getaway to Disney World Resort. The weekend included tickets to cirque du soleil ‘La Nouba,’ and two nights in a hotel on the lake. She said they had an amazing time!

Horoscope Spread: The Perfect Match?

The Cartomancy Horoscope Spread is perfect for exploring complex situations that require addressing multiple related questions. I find this spread to be particularly useful for business inquiries which may include several elements that must be evaluated. For example the spread works well for exploring all of the details involved in purchasing or selling a home.

Is He the Perfect Roommate?

I drew the following cards for my brother when he was debating over the idea of taking a roommate. He needed insight into the pros and cons of sharing his home with an acquaintance he did not know well. My brother was living alone in a three-bedroom townhouse. He knew that taking a housemate made financial sense, but he wanted to be sure that the man would be a suitable roommate.  Because this is a complex topic with several aspects to consider, I chose the Horoscope Spread to address the various concerns.

Area of focus: Would this friend be a suitable roommate?

I asked my brother to shuffle the cards while concentrating on his area of focus for the reading. Then I dealt 12 cards from the top of the shuffled deck, and laid them into the 12 houses of the astrological wheel as illustrated in the following diagram:

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Areas of Inquiry

My aim was to do the intuitive equivalent of a background check on the prospective roommate. I needed to explore the following questions in order to make a determination about his suitability as a roommate, and assess the future success of the living arrangement.

  • Does the roommate have a stable source of income?
  • How does the roommate handle his money?
  • Is the roommate emotionally stable?
  • Does the roommate have good communication skills?
  • Does the roommate keep his living quarters neat and clean?
  • Does the roommate have a wild social life?
  • Is the roommate’s life philosophy compatible?
Relevant Houses for the Questions

1st House: represents the querent himself, his attitude, and motivations.
4th House: represents the querent’s townhouse
4th House (roommate’s 10th House): represents the roommate’s career
7th House: represents the roommate himself, his attitude and motivations.
8th House: (roommate’s 2nd House) the roommate’s finances
9th House: the querent’s philosophy on life
9th House (roommate’s 3rd House): how the roommate communicates
10th House (roommates 4th House): the roommates lifestyle in the home
12th House (roommates’s 6th House): the roommate’s work ethic

Each house of the horoscope encompasses a wide range of possible meanings. For this reading I focus only on the meanings that apply directly to the area of focus for our inquiry.

Relevant Cards and Keywords

8 of Diamonds: careful planning, caution with money
8 of Hearts: sharing and cooperation, optimism
4 of Hearts: partnership, union, comfort and security
7 of Clubs: hard work, steady actions, evaluations
10 of Spades: fear, worry, ambition, heavy responsibility
Queen of Spades: authoritative, detached, conscientious
Jack of Spades: watchful, reserved, emotionally awkward
9 of Clubs: travel, good luck, distance, expansion
7 of Spades: stagnation, routines, frustration, unable to move forward

Interpreting the Cartomancy Horoscope

First I looked at the attitudes and motivations of both the querent and the prospective roommate. What is the querent looking for in a roommate? Is the roommate a suitable house companion? Or does the roommate lead a double life as an ax murderer?

The 1st House (House of the Self) represents the querent and his personality. It describes his attitude and motivations in reference to the question. The 1st house also sets the tone of the reading. The 8 of Diamonds describes my brother as cautious and deliberate. He intends to carefully evaluate all of the pros and cons of accepting the roommate.

The 4th House (House of the Home) represents the querent’s townhouse. The 4 of Hearts is the card of partnerships, and confirms that the cards are in tune with the question of bringing a roommate into the home. The 4 of Hearts also shows that my brother loves his home. It is a place of comfort and security.

The 7th House (House of the Partner) represents the roommate and serves as the roommate’s 1st house. It describes the roommate’s attitude and motivations in reference to the question. The 8 of Hearts describes the roommate as companionable and cooperative. He is honest, and open-minded and willing to compromise. He is motivated by a willingness to share.

The 8 of Diamonds suggests that for my brother, the decision to take a roommate is a very serious matter. He is motivated by the prospect of reducing his monthly expenses with the supplemental income from the roommate. But he wants to be sure that taking on a roommate will not upset the harmony and tranquility of his personal space.  The 8 of Hearts suggests that the prospective roommate is friendly and trustworthy. In terms of his personality, attitude and motivations, he seems to be a perfect match.

Then I wanted to take a look at the roommate’s finances to determine if he spends his money wisely, and if he will have enough to cover the expenses each month.

The 8th House is the Roommate’s 2nd House of finances. The 7 of Clubs indicates a steady income. The roommate works hard for his money, and he is careful with his spending.

The 4th House is the roommate’s 10th House of career. The 4 of Hearts shows that the roommate loves his work. He feels comfortable and secure in his job. We could even say that he’s married to his work.

The 12th House is the roommate’s 6th House of service, which can tell us something about his work ethic, and his attitude toward work in general. The 10 of Spades indicates high ambitions. He takes his work very seriously and worries about meeting his responsibilities.

The cards indicate that the roommate is conscientious about his work and about his spending. He should have no trouble covering his monthly expenses.

Next I needed to evaluate the roommate’s lifestyle at home, and assess how he maintains his living quarters. Is he a slob? Will he be negligent with the furnishings and fixtures?  I also wanted to look at the kinds of people he may potentially entertain in the townhouse.

The 10th House is the roommate’s 4th House of house and home. The Queen of Spades is meticulous about her appearance and surroundings. She is authoritative, and not afraid to take responsibility. She is detached and private.

The 5th House is the roommate’s 11th House of friendships and social activities. The Jack of Spades is watchful and reserved. He can be jealous and spiteful when provoked.

The Spades can be negative influences, but their significance must be weighed against the 8 of Hearts which describes the roommate’s basic demeanor. The Queen of Spades indicates that the roommate will be respectful of the townhouse and of my brother’s property. The roommate will clean up after himself, and accept any chores or responsibilities required of him. He will keep to himself, and not infringe on my brother’s personal space.  The Queen of Spades further suggests to me that the roommate is not going to bring women into the house. The Jack of Spades suggests that the roommate may experience social anxiety, and probably has a few close friends. He isn’t likely to host wild parties in the townhouse.

Finally, I needed to evaluate whether the roommate and my brother will get along together. There are two houses I can look at to help me determine compatibility. First, good communication is crucial in any relationship. Next I can evaluate each person’s basic life philosophy to see if they share a common ground.

The 3rd House shows how the querent communicates his ideas to others. The 9 of Clubs indicates that my brother is an expansive communicator. He enjoys participating in conversations on a wide-ranging topics. He is straightforward, and he is not afraid to speak his mind.

The 9th House is the roommate’s 3rd house of communication. The 7 of Spades warns that the roommate is more reserved. He holds back his thoughts and opinions, which may cause resentments to brew under the surface. He is easily frustrated in his communications, and isn’t always willing or able to hear the other person’s point of view.

The 9th House represents the querent’s philosophy of life. The 7 of Spades suggests that my brother espouses traditional values. He is set in his ways. He follows established routines, and does not accept change easily.  He is slow to take action, and he avoids making rash decisions.

The 3rd House is the roommate’s 9th House. The 9 of Clubs suggests that the roommate is more broad minded. He enjoys culture and travel and learning new things. He is impulsive and spontaneous. He is not afraid to dive head first into unfamiliar territory, and explore all that life has to offer.

It struck me that the opposing perspectives on life, and the contrasting skills with communication, could result in the two men having a beneficial influence on each other. The prospective roommate could inspire my brother to rise above his limitations, and more readily embrace spontaneity and change. My brother might help the roommate learn to communicate more freely, and to better manage his social awkwardness.

I advised my brother that the prospective roommate would be a wonderful fit. He is honest and dependable, and will respect my brother’s property and personal boundaries– the perfect match for a roommate.

After weighing all of the information, my brother decided to move forward with taking on the roommate. They have been living together for several months, and both are pleased with the arrangement.

Cartomancy Horoscope Spread for Answering Questions

Zodiac-WheelThe Cartomancy Horoscope Spread is perfect for when the querent requires detailed information about an important matter which may include several related questions. This spread allows me to hone in on a specific topic, and answer all the related questions without the need to reshuffle the deck and redraw cards.

The Horoscope Spread is based on the horary astrological chart which is divided into twelve sections. Each section (or house) is ruled by one of the signs of the zodiac. By combining the basic horary astrology house meanings with the cartomancy card meanings, the Horoscope Spread can provide very specific information regarding all aspects of the matter in question.

Drawing the Cards

Shuffle the cards while focusing on the general topic to be explored. You may decide that certain cards will serve as significators in the spread. For example, if the querent wishes to know about a love interest, you can set your intention that the Queen of Hearts will represent the querent, and the King of Hearts will represent her love interest. These cards may not show up in the spread, but if they do they will carry special significance determined by the houses into which they fall.

Next the cards are dealt around the astrological wheel, placing one card into each house of the zodiac, beginning with the first house, as shown in the following diagram:

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 Guidelines for Interpreting the Spread
  • The specific questions will determine which houses are relevant (not all of the cards in the spread may be relevant). The card in each relevant house will provide the information to answer the question.
  • The relevant cards are interpreted within the context of each question, and within the framework of the houses into which they fall.
  • I deal from the top of the shuffled deck. Alternately, you can spread the cards face-down on the table and randomly draw one card for each house of the horoscope.
  • I place only one card into each house because the focus is on one topic only. I experience a high level of accuracy with this spread provided that all of the questions are related to the single topic that was the focus of the shuffle.  I have asked up to 8 questions with excellent results.

For a general reading, or for multiple questions that are not related to a single topic, you can place up to three cards into each house to focus on each individual area of the querent’s life in more detail.

 Meanings of the Houses
House Meanings
1st House Represents the querent. The querent’s personal life and appearance, beginnings,  new projects, length of life.
Direction: East
2nd House Finances, values, lost or stolen objects, movable possessions, potential poverty or wealth, resources, material things desired, business transactions, earnings.
Direction: East North-East 
3rd House Siblings, relatives, neighbors. Short journeys. Schooling, early education. Personal communication, letters, emails, advice. Gossip, rumors, news. Direction: North North-East 
4th House Home, parents, father, domestic issues, buried treasure, land, real estate, inheritances from parents, houses, farms, agriculture, old age, mines. The end of any matter.
Direction: North
5th House Children, women, luxury, affairs, gambling, hobbies, stocks, romance, pregnancy, elections, entertainment, feasts, eating, drinking, parties, fun. Personal creativity. Bodies of water, rain. Teaching.
Direction: North North-west
6th House Health, illness, diseases, injuries, misfortunes. Hygiene, healing. Daily work, daily routines. Pets, small animals. Servants, employees.
Direction: West North-west
7th House Partner (marriage and business), lover, spouse, divorce, lawsuits, contracts. Quarrels, open rivals, competitors. Thieves, robbers, dishonors. Any unidentified person. The astrologer.
Direction: West
8th House Shared resources, death, and birth. Surgery. Life transformations, occult studies. Taxes, debts, mortgages and loans. Legacies, inheritance from other than parents, other people’s money or resources, corporate money. Investigations. Poverty, suffering, dangers. Sleep.
Direction: West South-West 
9th House Long-distance travel, religion, philosophy, education, higher learning. Lawyers, professionals. Dreams, divination. Wisdom. The arts. Public communication, media, publishing.
Direction: South South-West
10th House Career, vocation. Mother. Superiors, authority, employer, government. Status, fortune, success, glory, reputation, honors. Environment, the weather.
Direction: South
11th House Friends, sources of help. Protection, riches, presents. good fortune, Joy, hopes and wishes, praise, confidence, goals. Social activities, group endeavors.
Direction: South South-East
12th House Loss, imprisonment, secret enemies, black magic. Retreat and solitude. Widowhood, fears. Secrets, suffering, afflictions. Large animals. Hidden life, unconscious thoughts. Institutions, hospitalization. Suicide, murder. Vagabonds, prostitutes, beggars. Charity. Drugs and alcohol.
Direction: South South-West

Cartomancy Lady’s Fan Card Spread

A useful spread for answering specific questions with playing cards is The Lady’s Fan. The spread consists of 7 cards which cover the past influences, the present circumstances, and the future outcome of the matter in question.

The 7th card serves as the linchpin of the reading. It is the most important card in the spread indicating the most significant influence on the situation. Often the answer to the question can be found in the linchpin card.

The cards can be drawn either randomly or dealt directly from the top of the shuffled deck, depending on the preference of the reader. Then the cards are laid out as in the following diagram:

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Past Influences: The two cards on the left (1 & 4) represent the past influences leading up to the present situation. These cards will usually indicate the recent past in reference to the matter in question.

Present Influences: The two cards at the center of the fan (2 & 5) represent the present influences surrounding the situation. Sometimes these cards will show the immediate future.

Future Outcome: The two cards on the far right (3 & 6) represent the future outcome of the situation based on the present influences. It’s important to remember that the future is fluid. Often the querent can influences the outcome of the situation by making a change in the present circumstances.

Linchpin: The linchpin card (7) is the most important card in the spread. The situation revolves around the influences represented by this card. For a yes-or-no question, the answer to the question will often be found in the linchpin card. Sometimes this card will provide advice that if followed will expedite a happy outcome, or help to ameliorate an unfavorable one.