I had a quick look through the rather incredible spreads index
started by Alissa and maintained by Moonbow* to see if anyone else had suggested or proposed a spread such as the one that follows, and did not find any.
I would presume that this spread may be listed under 'I-Ching' - though in the sense I intend it, it is not related to the I-Ching per se
, but rather utilises an aspect of its hexagrammes: its 'dynamic' aspect, if I can call it that.
For those familiar with the I-Ching, I do not
here propose any 'moving' lines. In fact, I do not propose any 'lines' at all, but rather simply six positions, from left to right. The similarity to the I-Ching will be obvious to those who use its 'invisible' trigrams.
The Spread ___________________________
The Reading ___________________________
_______ _______ _______ _______ _______ _______
| | | | | | | | | | | |
| | | A | | B | | C | | | | |
| Open | | | | | | | | | | Close |
| | | | | D | | E | | F | | |
|_______| |_______| |_______| |_______| |_______| |_______|
1 2 3 4 5 6
Once the cards are layed six-in-a-line they may be read in the following manner
card (card 1
) gives what is present as an underlying impulse in the situation at hand, whether this be a relationship, a work situation, or whatever it is the reading is about.
It may also indicate what the reading is actually about in cases where either there is no specified question, or where the ensuing reading seems to address other than the supposed question.
Central cards (2, 3, 4, 5)
can first be looked at as part 'clarification' cards for card 1
Then, the situation at hand is described as it manifests in ABC
). This is basically a three card reading which may be show forth various pertinent aspects (financial, physical effort, psychological, etc).
The situation is of course never static
, but in a permanent state of transformation
. This is what DEF
) now show as a 'new' three card reading.
The suggestion sees the sequence ABC
transformed to DEF
Closing card (6)
) gives an indication for the manner in which the future pulls the situation into its sphere. Again, here, cards 4
can be looked at as clarification cards for the final or closing
Wheels within wheels ___________________________
In a nutshell, the six-card spread has the dynamic virtue of the manner in which an I-Ching Hexagramme may
be read. Here, what is the basic pattern are repeated 3-fold readings:
Some further remarks ___________________________
- firstly as Opening -> 2, 3, 4, 5 (as a group) -> Closing;
- secondly as the convergence of impulses from the past (1, 2, 3) meeting impulses from the future (4, 5, 6);
- thirdly, as the manner in which the situation ABC is in the process of transformation to its new state DEF; and
- finally (for now), the way in which this situation (ABC -> DEF) has its two forces playing in from the opening and closing cards.
I personally do not advocate a strict position='specified meaning
' type reading, so the above is to be read, if taken as intended (of course anyone adopting it will transform it to their own preferred style), as dynamic and very much influenced and re-worked according to the specific
cards layed out, and as to whether or not other mitigating factors (such as the preponderance of a particular suit, or figures, or colour, etc) play into the layout.
Coming up offer __________________________________________________ ___
In a few weeks (for the weekend of the 20th of May 2006), I'll offer up to three exchange readings (I'll post it in the exchange Forum) using specifically this spread, and using a Schaffhouse deck. The exchange will be for feedback within six weeks of the given reading.