September 12, 2020
Wayne Limberger of Parsifal’s Wheel Tarot and Astrology recently added a conflict resolution spread to his website that I found too intriguing not to try out. It’s called the “My Way, Your Way or the Highway” spread, and it can be used with just about any kind of deck that you can divine with, plus a regular six-sided die. You can access Wayne’s explanations here. That way you get the rules right from the source. 🙂
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.)
Let’s start! Because of the nature of this spread, I decided to ask if Donald Trump would win this year’s election in November. His cards would go in the “My Way” line at the top; Joe Biden’s in the “Your Way” line at the bottom; 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 Trump: “Guter Herr” (a good man), 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.)
“Falsche Person” (false person), reversed will start the second row. Because this card also came out reversed, the next card will also have to go in the row below it , since there are no cards there yet.
“Gefängnis” (prison) goes into the third row. Since this card came out upright, the next card drawn will go right beside it. Remember the “winner” will be the one who gets three cards before his rival. So we’re not there yet, but things are moving.
The card drawn here is “Kurze Krankheit” (brief illness), and it’s reversed. That means that the card following it will have to go in a different row. Only three rows are allowed, though, so this card will have to go in the row above!
The card drawn for this is called “Ein kleines Kind” (a small child), and because it came out upright, guess what happens next? That’s right, the next card will have to go beside it in the same row, giving us three cards in the row indicating a tie!
So here you can see how the placement of the sixth card, “Grosses Glück” (great luck), indicates a tie as a first outcome to the election. Of course a strategy will have to be found in order to declare a winner, and that strategy is to be read from the three cards in line 2.
The “false person” starts the line, but since it came up reversed, I chose to read it in a milder way, as a clever maneuver, possibly involving bringing in the support of a younger person (“small child”), in the form of a delegate or senator, which in turn will turn the tide for the better (“great luck”).
Ah, but for whom? My guess would be that it would be in favour of Biden, not Trump, since most of the action leading up to the tie in this reading was between the second and third rows. We could even ask ourselves, if that last card had been reversed, and the rules had allowed us to place one more in another row, it would have had to be added to the bottom row. So again the tie winner would have been Biden.
So there you have it. A fascinating spread by Wayne Limberger.