Hexagram/Tree of Life spread, critique and feedback!



  • Ok, first post, mostly because I need feedback on a spread that I've been developing. It's based on the qualities of the hexagram and my studies on the Tree of Life. The order the cards are dealt is very important, because of specific correlations between ToL, and elemental attributes of the Hexagram. The seventh card is optional.

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    ======1======

    ===5=====3===

    ===2=====6===

    ======4======

    1-Spirit, representing the querent's true self in relation to the question or matter at hand.

    2-Earth, the question itself, the matter at hand

    3-Water, ideas and concerns, emotional influences

    4-Manifestation, obstacles, reality of the matter, possibly an unknown reality

    5-Air, intellect, possibilities, available decisions

    6-Fire, will, action, helpers and exterior advice

    7- (optional) Crown, the judge, synthesis of the reading, overarching theme; should most definitely be regarded if it turns up a Major Arcana

    1, 4, and 7 do not have elemental dignity, and should not be regarded in such a way, as 1 is the Neoplatonic position of "A"--such as an A Triangle is the absolute perfect conception of a triangle. The moment it is made manifest in any way it becomes B and continues to degenerate from there. 4 corresponds with Malkuth on the Tree of Life, and is the lowest emanation of 1. 4 is less the reality of the question and more the querent's actual manifestation in regard to the matter. It is a further emanation of the first position in the reading. Seven corresponds with the Ain, Ain Soph, and Ain Soph Aur of the Tree of Life and is a divine, exterior judgment that influences the entire reading but is not influenced by any of the other cards.

    Cards 2, 3, 5, and 6 all maintain their elemental dignity, so a Cups card in position six would be a weakening of that card's meaning, as well as indicative of weaker aspects of fire in the querent or situation.

    The reading is further utilized by applying ToL syntheses to groups of the cards.

    Cards 1 and 4 interpreted together are the pillar of balance, and are indicative of inner qualities of the situation.

    Cards 3 and 6 are the pillar of mercy and represent intellectual, reasonable considerations that must be kept in mind.

    Cards 2 and 5 are the pillar of severity and represent karmic and consequent actions that have influence on the situation that must be considered.

    Cards 1, 3, and 5 interpreted together represent the higher self, the divine light, the mind, the mental state.

    Cards 2, 4, and 6 are the lower self, the physical manifestation of cards 1, 3, and 5, and are indicative of environmental concerns and influences.

    Cards 1, 2, and 6 represent the fiery, active qualities of the situation. They are movement, action, and determination. They also lend themselves to the first of two possible outcomes or decisions (depending on the type of question being asked).

    Cards 3, 4, and 5 represent the watery, passive qualities of the situation. They are reflection, contemplation, and indicative of the second of the possible outcomes or decisions to be made.

    I'm still fine-tuning it, especially when it comes to how the syntheses effect on another, and also in determining if pairing of the corners should be incorporated. Any advice or feedback will be greatly appreciated. 🙂


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