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?
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.
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.