September 19, 2021
If this seems like déjà vu to you, you’re right. This is a spread by Wayne Limberger of Parsifal’s Wheel, and which he calls “My Way, Your Way or the Highway”. I had already tried it out last year to see who would win the American election in 2020. I liked it so much I decided to try it again for the upcoming Canadian election. It’s happening on September 20, 2021, and the two main contenders seem to be stuck in a tie. So who will win? Will the incumbent Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, representing the Liberal Party get re-elected again or will Erin O’Toole be elected as head of the Conservative Party? Let’s see if this spread can help us out.
Since this spread can be used with just about any kind of deck that you can divine with, I decided to use my traditional Kipper cards again, along with a regular six-sided die. You can access Wayne’s explanations here. That way you get the rules right from the source. 🙂
As I mentioned last year, I like this spread because it operates on different levels. To begin with, where you place the cards depends both on the number you get when you throw the die and on whether the card is upright or reversed.
Second, it’s a prediction spread to figure out which one of two parties (individuals, organizations, etc) will win what they’re striving to get.
Third, the cards drawn will only be spread over three rows: one for each protagonist and one for the tie. Whoever gets three cards in a line first is the winner.
Finally, if the cards drawn result in a tie, you can interpret the cards from that line to see how the conflict can be resolved.
(Now would be a good time to go over Wayne’s instructions so that they’re fresh in your mind before continuing to read. Please note that what follows is my previous understanding of Wayne’s instructions, and although it’s still usable it’s NOT how he meant the cards to be laid out. Please look under the September 26, 2021 Update below to see how Wayne’s layout should be.)
Let’s start! Since Justin Trudeau is the incumbent Prime Minister I assigned the first row to him; Erin O’Toole’s cards would go in the bottom row; and a tie would be indicated if three cards showed up first in the middle row (“the Highway”).
The first toss of the die gave me a one. I drew the first card from my shuffled (with reversals) deck of Kipper cards, and placed it in line one, the line for Mr. Trudeau: “Unverhofftes Geld” (“unexpected money”), reversed. Kipper cards are not usually read reversed, but we’ll make an exception for this spread. At any rate, no interpretation is required at this stage; upright and reversed cards only tell us where to place the next card.
Since this card came out reversed, the next card drawn will go in the row below it. (The die is no longer needed at this point.)
“Kummer und Widerwärtigkeiten” (sorrow and unpleasantness) starts the second row (the “Highway”). Since it came out right side up, we can add the next card beside it. That card is “Grosses Glück” (great luck). Notice it’s reversed.
Because that card came up reversed, the following card will have to be added to the third row (Erin O’Toole’s row.)
The card starting the third row is “Angenehmer Brief” (pleasant letter) and it’s right side up. So we can add another card beside it. That turns out to be “Eine Reise” (a journey), reversed.
Now what? We’re already in the third row, so we can’t add the next card below it. We can’t add it immediately above either because that spot is already taken up by a card (“Grosses Glück”.) We also can’t end the reading because no row has three or more cards yet. What to do?
Simple. In this case we place the next card in the row above to the right of the two cards that are already there. The next card we pull, “Gericht” (tribunal or court house) will have to go there, where it will be the third card in the “Highway” row, thus showing a tie!
Although we can have a minority government in Canada, we can’t have two Prime Ministers. So the “tie” will have to be resolved somehow. I think I read somewhere that a true tie would have to be in favour of the incumbent Prime Minister, meaning Mr. Trudeau, but I’m not sure, and I don’t remember where I saw this online. Regardless, the interesting thing here is that if we want to add another card for more clarification, it will have to go in Mr O’Toole’s row because it would follow “Gericht, which is reversed!
So now the reading is showing some kind of “tie”, which will soon turn into a favourable outcome for Mr O’Toole’s party. Maybe that’s what “Grosses Glück” (great luck) combined with “Gericht” (tribunal) means in the tie row. I also think that “Angenehmer Brief” (pleasant mail) could be referring to the mail-in ballots that may take some time to count (“Eine Reise”, a “journey”). It’s kind of interesting, too, that the last card pulled is “Hauptperson”, a main or significator card.
So even though the opinion polls as of today are showing Mr Trudeau’s party slightly ahead of Mr O’Toole’s, there’s only one card in his row, and it’s reversed, whereas Mr O’Toole’s row has two upright cards and only one reversed. Sometimes you have to go out on a limb, especially with predictive readings. So since I love predictive readings so much whether I’m right or wrong, I’ll have to go out on a limb and say Mr O’Toole and the Conservatives will end up carrying off this election.
September 21, 2021 Update: No, that was not the outcome. Maybe this spread should be used for what it was designed for, namely conflict resolution, rather than a strictly predictive purpose. I think this spread would be great for situations that actually call for a compromise, and in that case a set of Tarot cards might offer greater insight in showing exactly what’s needed for each side. For predictions proper, I’ll stick to shorter and more “direct” spreads, even though I had lots of fun doing this one.
September 26, 2021 Update: It turns out (as Wayne Limberger kindly took the time to clarify today) that the movement of this spread should go from left to right and the purpose of reversed cards is only to move them to the next row down, but still from left of the last card drawn over to the right. You don’t start back at position one on each row. For example, since the first card (#27, Unverhofftes Geld) came up reversed, the next card (#32, Kummer und Widerwärtigkeiten) is placed in position two of the next row, not in position one! See the picture below.
Finally, I also learned that because this is meant to be a five-card spread only, it ends when it ends, even if you don’t have a row with three cards in it. That’s what we see in the picture below. My outcome would still have been wrong, since Justin Trudeau did win the election, but the cards here would have just shown an ambivalent situation with no clear winner.
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