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About The Triadic Tarot of 2017, a customer questions the limitation of never having certain near-adjacent cards of the same suit in a reading. RESPONSE: Actually, this limitation tends to clarify the reading. Remember that any undertaking in life has 3 major stages, and, in a 78-card deck, each of those stages has its own 3 cards. In the Triadic Tarot, those three are grouped on one square card.  When one of these square cards comes up, only the top triangle is “read.”

  • Commencement (a new undertaking)—Ace, 2 & 3
  • Opposition (the difficulties one encounters)—4, 5 & 6
  • Equilibrium (the mature, stable result)—7, 8 & 9

If the 3 of any suit comes up, we know we are concerned with a newly established undertaking in the realm of that suit. For example: in the suit of Rods (birth, growth and development) we are concerned with a new creative project, or perhaps an educational program. The 3 tells us that the commitment has been made, the new project is established. We are past the first idea (the Ace) and past the stage of second thoughts and doubts (the 2). Those cards cannot come up, but they would serve no purpose. The next card can be any other card of this suit; it can also be any card of any other suit (thereby referencing a different realm).

Staying with the realm of Rods, if the 5 of Rods comes up next, it brings help to counter outside opposition to the project. The opposition itself, would have been indicated by the 4; but because we are at the 5, that opposition or the expectation of opposition is presumed. There is still reason to believe that the goal of the project will be achieved so there is no need to make the CHOICE required in the 6, and indeed, the 6 cannot come up. The important thing now (the message to you or the querent, is to consider the nature and source of the help offered, and whether there may be strings attached.

Can you see how just one of the three pips of a major stage clarifies the current concern?

What if the 8 of Cups had followed the 3 of Rods? The 8 (Opposition of Equilibrium) indicates a situation that requires a quick and competent response. Cups is the emotional and spiritual realm, so there might be a family crisis that requires immediate attention.

If a Trump card had followed the 3 of Rods, it would have given a whole new coloration and perhaps deeper significance to the newly established project. Was this helpful?     ###