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Monday, August 30, 2010

Timing Techniques in Divination

Using divination to determine the length of time before something  begins, ends, or manifest is a difficult skill to learn and even experienced readers still have difficulty in timing events even after years of practice. Knowing if and when a desired event will likely happen is a valuable piece of information that allows the individual to 
  1. Determine if a certain goal is worthy of pursuit.
  2. Helps develop short-term and long-term strategies for successful completion. 
Predicting events through the art of divination has often largely depended upon the intuition/ability of the reader and the tool that he or she uses (if any). In my experience reading Tarot/Playing Cards I have often based questions of timing on the final, or outcome, card in a reading. 

For example if the outcome card is the 3 of Pentacles, I would automatically think that the outcome will occur within 3 Days...3 Months...or 3 Years.  The answer I give would then be based on three things. They are:
  1. The question that was asked. For example, if the client comes in wanting to know the outcome of a job promotion for which s/he is being considered. Using the 3 of Diamonds as an example, logic would dictate that she should get an answer within 3 days or 3 months depending on circumstances.
  2. The over-all reading. If the reading indicates many obstacles or delays, I would answer 3 months. However if the cards were more positive in nature, I may answer 3 days.
  3. My own intuition. As you contemplate the reading a certain time period may simply feel more 'right' that another option. There will also be time when specific dates or time-periods will just come to you. In these instances I forgo any logic and lead with what my intuition is telling me.
If the final card was a Court Card I would base my answer on other visual cues found on the card.  For example, compare the two cards below. 

If the final card was the Knight of Wands, I may notice that the horse has two legs "in the air " (delays) and predict that the desired event will take place in two months or even two years. Alternately, I may notice that there are five branches (growth) on the wand and predict 5 days. 

If the final card was the Knight of Pentacles, my eyes may be drawn to the yellow-pentacle on a yellow background in the Knight's hand which reminds me of the Sun. Taking into account the horse seems to not be moving, and the fertile fields in the background I may predict that the event may take as long as a year to take place. Again, my answer would depend on the question asked, the other cards in the reading, and my own intuition.

Cartomancers have developed several methods to determine if and when an event is likely to happen. One reader I know times events by formulating the question such as How many (days, weeks, months, etc..) before (fill in the blank)? He then has the individual shuffle and cut the cards as usual and lays down the cards in a straight line until a card appears which represents the desired outcome. He counts the number of cards on the table telling him how many (days, weeks, or months) it will take for the desired outcome to occur.

For example, the questioner asks: How many weeks will it take before I find a new job? The cards are shuffled and cut and finally laid in the following order

8 of Spades * 10 of Clubs * 3 of Hearts * Ace of Diamonds

The reader stops at the Ace of Diamonds which he interprets as the beginning of a new business venture which promises to be prosperous and successful. The Ace of Diamonds was the fourth card laid down and therefore he predicts that the client will find a new job within four weeks. 

In addition, the three cards which precede the Ace can predict what the client may feel or experience before he finds the new job such as stagnation (8 of Spades), a sense of being overwhelmed (10 of Clubs), and renewed hope (Three of Hearts). Since the reader has already predicted that the client will get a new job in four weeks, the three of hearts may portend that s/he gets called in for an interview since the number three is linked to the planet Mercury and therefore communication.

People who read Playing Cards have often observed that there is a similarity between how a standard deck of playing cards are structured and the modern calender. They are:
  • There are 52 cards in the standard playing card deck and 52 weeks in a year. 
  • There are four suits in a deck and four seasons in a year. 
  • There are 13 cards in each suit and 13 weeks in each season. 
With this information in mind, the standard deck of playing cards can be divided into four season with Hearts representing Spring, Clubs representing Summer, Spades representing Autumn, and Diamonds representing Winter. The four season can then be divided into 13 weeks. Beginning with the Ace and ending with the King, each card can represent a week in each season. Ace being the first week and the King of any suit representing the 13th. 

For example the 6 of Diamonds would represent the 6th week of Winter, the King of Hears would represent the 13th week of Summer, etc... Using these correspondences a reader can predict to within a week's time when an event will begin, end, or manifest. 

These are just a few of the ways in which a card-reader may determine if and when an event will begin, end, or manifest.

Carolina Dean 

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