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Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Manor: A Nine Card Spread

Overview: This is a spread that I created in the mid 90’s, it is my favorite spread for general readings or as a daily spread. I think that if you give it a chance you’ll like it as well. The Manor is a 9 card spread used for general readings. It represents a house of nine rooms and each room represents a different area of your life. 

Directions: To use this spread choose your signifier and place it on the table before you. Shuffle and cut the cards as usual, then deal out the first nine cards as indicated in the diagram above. These nine cards can be read alone for a general reading, or early in one's day for a daily reading.

However if you want a little more depth to your reading, you can deal out an additional 18 cards by starting over at number one again dealing out nine cards, then repeating the process by dealing out an additional nine cards from one to nine again. This will give you three cards for each room. Alternately you can deal out three cards at each position at the outset, it is a matter of personal preference.

Now, if you want to go even deeper, the three cards in each room can be read from left to right as Physical, Mental, and Spiritual. For example, if you deal out the following cards for The Library, which relates to one's past.

The Four of Cups (Physical)
Two of Pentacles (Mental)
5 of Swords (Spiritual)


The four of cups would indicate that the person is procrastinating on an issue, possible a decision about a relationship or one's personal sense of security. They have low energy (possible related to depression.

The two of pentacles, indicates they are mentally concerned with money. So it's clear that their sense of security is dependent upon their ability to provide for themselves. It could be there are up to the neck in debt, or have gone through financial loss.

The five of pentacles indicates they feel spiritually defeated. The universe isn't playing fair, furthur contributing to the person's indecision, and depression. Just as a person's mind, body, and spirit are connected these corresponding cards are connected as well.

As you can see, this simple spread can be used on various levels depending on your needs from a quick general reading to more in depth readings.

S. Your Signifier 

  1. The Attic- The general atmosphere around you.
  2. The Kitchen- Matters within your control.
  3. The Library- The Past
  4. The Solarium- The Future
  5. The Home Office- Money and Material Matters.
  6. The Master Bedroom- Your Hopes and Fears
  7. The Dining Room- What you expect.
  8. The Foyer- What you do not expect.
  9. The Basement- What is sure to come.
If you get a chance to use this spread, I'd like to hear about your experience and let me know what you think.

Carolina Dean

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