This is a good next step in learning spreads in that it still uses only 7 cards with, again, the first three very like a three-card spread. However, the lay-out requires a bit more finesse than the simple horseshoe.
It also seem apropos for this time of year, when Solstice, Hannuka, Kawanza or Xmas, we're all interested in the power of light
Konraad recommends this spead for the END of a reading, when you want to bring it to a close. The idea is that anything not clear, the star will shred light on. So you can say to the querent, "Let's finish up by shedding light on anything we might have missed with this last spread...."
Now explaining some of these layouts is going to get a wee bit tricky in these posts because there seems no way to easily diagram them. So, you're just going to have to go with me step by step here.
*The lay-out is a 6 pointed star--two interlocking triangles. Draw one up on paper, then follow along marking the points as follows:
*The first three cards are an upright triangle.
1 at the top of the triangle
2 down and to the RIGHT
3 across from #2 and to the LEFT.
1 is the apex, 2 & 3 are the base.
*The other three cards, 4, 5, 6 are an upside-down triangle interconnecting with the first to form a 6 pointed star.
4 is the lowest point, the apex, the point of the downward triangle (it's in the middle and right below the line formed by #2 & #3).
5 is up and to the LEFT
6 is right across from #5 and to the RIGHT.
So, #5 and #6 form an invisible line, with #1 in the middle and above that line.
Are you seeing it?
#1, top center, #2, down and RIGHT, #3 across from #2 to the left.
#4 down and center, #5 up and LEFT, #6 across from #5 to the right.
And #7 dead center. Right in the middle of the star.
#1 Foundation of the question or problem, what's beneath it, what is it based on (example, if you got the Tower, it would mean it was based on lies)
#2 Influence of the past on the present
#3 Immediate future given past and present
#4 action or lack of action required for a good result--this is what the querent needs to do or not do to make things fall into place. For example, using our new lessons in reversals, if you got the 7 of wands reversed, it might mean that you shouldn't fight to keep this thing to yourself.
#5 Others involved who can help
#6 Opposing forces
#7 Best possible outcome given that the querent takes the cards' advice, uses friends, recognizes foes (opposing forces), takes/doesn't take certain actions.
Thus, the first triangle (1,2,3) examines the problem/question. It's foundation, where it is given the past, where it's going given the present.
The second triangle (4,5,6) sheds light on what the querent can do to make the situation the best it can be. Action he can take/should not take, people who will help, people/things which will oppose him.
Think of the first triangle as a passive overview, the way things have been and might be, with the second as the active, on the ground view, what can/should be done about it?
Give this spread a try for the holidays. And a happy Yuletide to you all. May you have light, warmth and friendship to keep your world bright during these long, solstice nights.