Saturday, 7 June 2014

GT For June

The reading I did earlier in the week made me think about doing a Grand Tableau, as that technique would be a good exercise to have students practice before facing an entire GT.  Well, so long as they didn't get nearly the whole deck, the way I did…  Anyway, I decided to draw a GT for June and examine how that exercise would fit into an entire GT, and what else would show up.

The results were quite fascinating.  The main things I'm interested in this month are an appointment for my elder son regarding a surgery we think he needs to have, and my work.  I laid the GT on a reading cloth I made myself (cheap silk scarf and a coloured sharpie).  There were two "flows" in the GT, and both flows were useful.  One could be taken from Scythe (for surgery) or from Anchor (for work), with different interpretations, with a total of 21 cards and houses.  The other could be taken from Tree (for health), with a total of 12 cards and houses included.  Finally, there was one pair - Dog on Clouds and Clouds on Dog - and a singleton - Snake on Snake.

I interpreted the Scythe/Anchor flow very differently for the two subject areas.  For instance, in the Scythe flow, the Ship suggested delays due to people going on holiday, while in the Anchor flow it spoke of my life's path, and a business trip abroad which is coming up.  And interestingly, there were a lot of similar combinations to the earlier reading around the project I want to work on more.  As for the Tree flow, it highlighted the difficulty of making the decision about this surgery - what will be best for my son's health?  It will require talking things through with the surgeon, my DH, and possibly other members of the extended family, and taking into account both rational arguments and our feelings about the whole thing.

Another way of looking at a GT which I like is to focus on the nine squares around the cards that most interest you.  For the surgery, seems like talking with the surgeon might bring an end to arguments about my son's illness and whether this operation would help.  However, the warning about holiday breaks causing delays brings the recommendation to make sure we get any guidance in writing as soon as possible.

In the traditional way of reading a GT, people look at what lies between the Man and Woman to assess the state of their relationship.  Here, the Man was the first card laid, and the Woman was the last.  While this could be taken to say that everything lies between us at the moment, so much going on that it gets in the way, another perspective is possible.  Given the way you can count around a GT, it means that the last card leads straight back to the first.  So, we are not separated by anything at all - it's all in the perspective we choose!  I liked that :)

Another thing this reading brought up is the question of whether you should re-do a GT if the relevant person card is right at the outside edge of a reading.  While some say that this means the reading will only talk about the woman's thoughts, and about the past, I take a more unified view of readings in any case.  Having stated the timeframe as being about this month, the past/present question isn't an issue.  And seeing as I always look at things from a psychological perspective, it's fine just to look at my thoughts, they are how I filter everything anyway ;)

The reading brought up some interesting questions and suggestions around the two fields that most interested me.  And it proved to me that the previous technique I used would be a good exercise to teach before starting on the GT.  Win-win!

16 comments:

  1. I think redoing a GT is like putting your card of the day back in the deck to pick a better one :)
    I wish you and your DH and everybody else involved all the wisdom to make such a difficult decision about your Big Boy's health
    Hugs

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    1. Funny, Ellen, as almost all traditional readers say to re-do a GT if the person card is on one of the edges. I agree, I think you can still get a lot from it, but it depends on whether you are reading predictively or not, I guess.
      Thank you. It is a tough decision, but hopefully we'll get some useful advice and perspectives from others…
      Hugs to you! Kxx

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    2. I think we're not that traditional then :)

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  2. I've only ever tried one GT and it did my head in. :)

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    1. Yes, I think you have to be very clear in your own mind how you intend to approach it, if you're to get anything from it. There are plenty of ways to go about it, all of them with merit, but you have to know what you expect and how you're going to go about it :)
      For myself, I've found them most useful when I'm very clear about what I want to look at (like back in January, and now). Then again, perhaps that's like my preference for spreads, that I need that kind of clarity to limit the possibilities...

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  3. I finally ordered a Lenormand deck and am ready to start learning to do readings. It's interesting to read about your readings now that I'm starting to understand how the system works and what the meanings are for the different cards. It was all Greek to me before. I still struggle to understand the meanings with the combinations, but it's fun to learn something new!

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    1. Yay, Siddaleah, hope you have a lot of fun learning the Lenormand! I like learning and experimenting, too, that was part of the joy of this reading: understanding how the two approaches fed into each other :)

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  4. :) What a great interpretation of a tremendous spread of cards. I hope all works out as simply and quickly as possible in the best interest of your son.

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    1. Well, we have to wait until almost the end of the month to see the surgeon. Talking about the cards with my DH, though, led us to add two points to the list of questions/issues that we plan to take along with us :)

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    2. Being prepared ahead of time with your questions (especially with surgeons or doctors) is always a good idea.

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    3. Yes, that's definitely a lesson we've learned!

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  5. Very impressive, and I hope you did gain some insight in how to move forward in a way that is most helpful to you and your situation! Sending lotsa love and luck,MM

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    1. Thanks, MM, as I say, it was helpful. We've expanded our talking points list, and will query the holiday issue. Hope all is well with you! Hugs, Kxxx

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  6. I'm sure you'll have the signs from above too, helping you with this decision. I wish you the best. Good luck and Muchas Estrellas!!!

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    1. Thanks, Las Magas. And yes, I'll keep my eyes peeled for signs from spirit :)

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