I had no trouble seeing the W-shaped design of your spread, so don't worry... and of course I had to try it out. It's avery good spread, very clear answers. This one's definitely a keeper! Thank you, napaea.
Here's what I got (I used the Old English - it's becoming my past lives deck <g>):
1: This life's issue: The Hermit
Spot on. I live a very introverted life, I'm shy around other people (in real life - internet's different), I feel often overwhelmed by the fierce competition going on "outside" and I shy away from a commited relationship. That's probably more than anybody wanted to know about me LOL
2: Past life's issue I'm still confronted with: Justice
Since I don't have memories of past lives (how I envy you!), I don't know what went on then - but it's true that Justice (and the lack thereof) *is* a major issue in my life, from childhood on. I never could stand injustice and I would often be the only one to stand up to protest, defend others or myself.
3: How it influences my present life: King of Batons (Wands):
I guess this card means that I expect too much of others and myself, set unreasonably high ethical standards. Which is true
4: Lesson to be learned: 10 of Cups:
Since this is the family card, I see it as learning to be part of a group and to experience the joy and emotional fulfillment tha comes from being appreciated by other members of the group. To give up the hermit, basically.
5: Patterns that connect past and present life: 7 of Batons (Wands)
Classical "me against them" scenario, the lonely fighter (for justice), cornered and outnubered, but still heroically fighting the good fight... A lack of allies, too - I have to do it myself to get it done right.
6: What quality is needed to learn the lesson of position 4: The Devil
A good dose of humor and playfulness is needed - not taking everyone and everything so seriously. Also, to acknowledge the flawed human nature; it's natural to screw up sometimes.
7: The reward if the lesson is learned: The Wheel of Fortune
I'll no longer have to fight upstream - instead, I'll just go with the flow and everything will come with more ease to me.
Any additional thoughts are welcome!