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Symbol: a point within a circle
The circle, in this instance, is the ‘eyeball’ within the vesica piscis ‘eye of God,’ through which Great Spirit may, not only view the landscape of Its domain, but create a space into which it may emanate its light; the point is that emanation, a continuous outpouring force, within which the Will, Love and Intelligence of Divine manifestation is transmitted. Bear this in mind when considering the energies of your chosen cards during readings using this layout.
First Ray Essence -
The first ray is the primary impulse that arises through the most pure and primal of intentions; the will to exist. However, it is far more than bringing life to physical existence. It penetrates to the core of every life form it touches, to infuse all with Purpose; Divine Purpose. In daily life this works out as the ‘Will to Good’ where every evolutionary turn of the spiral results in a more inclusive approach to reality. But beware, its method, using fiery will, is total annihilation of the old before a new way may come into being.
Use this layout to bring the inner and outer into intimate relationship. When a new beginning or way of being is on the horizon it is too easy to fall back on old, familiar ways, or coping mechanisms. This layout introduces a new way, a transpersonal perspective, where guidance, and resultant new expression, has at its core the Source of all beginnings (and endings); Divine Will.
Choose one card from the Rainbow suit. This represents the circle in the symbol and is the bigger picture; energy that is available to you should you choose to accept its gift. Now, choose a second card from any other suit. This is the point within the circle and the initiatory force leading to a new way of being. Remember letting go of any preconceived outcome or agenda is prelude to embracing the new.
Four or five cards
Symbol: Crucified Cross
Notice how this symbol fills the vesica piscis ‘eye;’ there is no circle/sphere, no container, as the very act of engaging with this layout implies total surrender to the energies it embodies, as did Christ when he was nailed to the cross. In a like manner, the personality, or ego, is crucified that the love of the Soul may control the outer form -
Second Ray Essence -
The underlying force governing our universe is love. It is the intuitive ‘glue’ that ensures, at some point in our evolutionary journey, two will become one. The second ray, therefore, is concerned with how this all-
Use this layout for balancing the horizontal (personality) and vertical (Soul) life. Not an easy task, for it requires two opposing forces -
Choose four cards from any suit. Place one at each ‘arm.’ The short arm is your daily life, the longer, the incoming energies of the vertical life available to you now. Try not to use your mind during placement, listen to your intuition and, with relaxed focus, move the cards as you are inwardly directed. Give it some time for the energies of your chosen cards to arise as inner knowing, then if you feel so inspired choose a fifth card to rest at the centre of the cross. This ‘cements’ the reading into reality; the method through which it achieves this is revealed through the card.
The triad, triangle, or tetrahedron is a stable geometry that facilitates change through unification. In constant motion, yet seemingly static, it allows all that is dual to express itself from a state of wholeness. Consider the Trinity, in its many forms, where each aspect of divinity is expressed without any loss or supremacy over the others; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is its modus operandi.
Third Ray Essence -
This is the ray of intelligent activity, the universal Mind of God, and takes the first outpouring of Spirit, deep into the heart of matter, through ordered intelligence. Infused with Love and Purpose, it ensures every appearance, whether human, animal, mineral or vegetable, is finely attuned to the rhythm of the Great Cosmic metronome; Divine Will. Time and space come under its auspices, as do cycles of birth, life and death; planetary orbits, phases of the moon, creatures of land, sea and air, owe their innate modus operandi to the intelligent activity of this ray. At its heart is the principle of balance where polar opposites are brought to a point of unity in accordance with cosmic Law; it IS the middle path. In terms of human consciousness it encompasses the full spectrum of life in physical form from the moment of incarnation, through evolutionary growth, to eventual rebirth into the realm of Spirit.
Use this layout, on a personal level, to balance your inner core dualities -
First of all, using your inner guidance, decide which attributes, duality (child/adult m/f etc.) cycles in time, or busyness/stillness, you wish to work with. Now choose two cards from any suit to represent the opposing ‘poles’. Spend some time assimilating the energies they each embody -
Conflict Resolution -
Two or three cards
Symbol: Two diagonal crosses
When confusion, misunderstanding or conflict arises it is often said each is at cross purpose to the other; the significance of this symbol couldn't therefore, be clearer. It extends beyond the central vesica ‘eye,’ filling the two circles in their entirety. This implies there is work to be done in bringing the two to a point of resolution, and also illustrates the degree to which the two poles are apart; only two suit symbols express polarity to this extreme -
Fourth Ray Essence -
The fourth is the ray of humanity and, aside from marking man’s preponderance to polarise everything dual it also draws to the surface his interminable battle with himself. The symbol could not be clearer, two crosses side by side, symbolising the battlefield and endless war of divisive thought that defines 21st century life on planet earth. Seed thought, together with ray essence, offer clear direction as to the way forward; unity must prevail. Everything about this ray, therefore, points to the polarisation of core dualities but of far more import to one who has turned his attention inwards, is the glaring chasm between heart and mind; thought and feelings.
Use this layout to explore polarity in your life. Every conflicting view, each separate part or divisive opinion has, at some point, the potential for resolution. The art of living lies in bringing these opposing forces into relationship and eventually into a place of harmony where each appreciates the qualities and expressions of the other without judgement. This may present externally as an ‘other’ or internally between different aspects; heart and mind, body and spirit etc. Ultimately, when all apparent separates are embraced as reflective attributes of the inner you then every challenge, every life event, becomes a blessing. Life is viewed as a gift, with diversity as its greatest asset, and a sense of wonderment ensues as the ‘Way of Beauty’ translates into reality.
This layout is simple. Choose two cards from any suit, each being an opposing end of the pole giving rise to conflict; this may be an inner or outer process, each are equally valid and essential in the route to wholeness. Take time to consider carefully, look beyond the obvious interpretation, and be open to a new layer, or bigger picture, to reveal itself. A third card may be chosen to bring clarity -
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Which layout to choose?
The way in to all layouts is very simple. Shuffle all the cards and choose one. Notice the suit symbol on reverse (bottom centre) -
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