The first blog post on “the directionality of the key” discussed the image’s directionality and the corresponding meanings. This second part will discuss different ways the Key’s directionality can be used for readings.
- the starting point / raw material
- when to incorporate the key’s directionality into readings
- how to incorporate the key’s directionality into…
a) recommencement spreads
c) small tableaus
the starting point / raw material
In the first blog post on the directionality of the Key I explained how a combination of the image’s directionality and a specific dimension of the card’s meaning might guide you to interpret cards surrounding the Key as follows:
- Cards which lie to the left of the Key stand for unpleasant or unhealthy things we could or should get away from, liberate ourselves from.
- Cards which lie above and/or beneath the Key represent things we could or should let in, allow, welcome.
- Cards which lie to the Key’s right represent things we could or should gain access to, new things we could enter into, start doing.
when to incorporate the key’s directionality into a reading
In theory, the Key’s directionality could be incorporated into a reading any time the card is present in the spread. Practically, however, it is not always productive. When is it productive? Well: it is productive if knowing which things are or should/could be left behind, and welcomed, and entered into, is of relevance for the question asked. Only you, the reader, can know whether this is the case. It will, however, to be quite likely to be so with questions in the form of “How should I do X?” or “What would be a good thing to do?”, or when you have asked for the reason of or solution for a problem or conflict.
how to incorporate the key’s directionality…
a) … into a special “recommencement spread”
This spread makes use of the Key’s directionality in the most direct form. You use the Key as central card by default, and then draw two cards to lie on the Key’s left, one each above and beneath, and two to its right. Interpret these cards along the lines described under “starting point / raw material”.
Using this spread might be helpful whenever you feel stuck in an unproductive place, when you need to realign yourself, “reshuffle” your life. It can be very suitable on birthdays or new year’s eve – at any point of transition. And it can be a useful spread if you don’t have a particular question but still would like to do a meaningful reading. There are always things in our life we should move away from, let in, and move towards.
b) … into a string
Perhaps you don’t want to use the directionality of the Key by default, as in the above example of the recommencement spread, but only if the Key turns up by chance, because the Key was one of the cards you drew by chance, for that reading.
Now, if the Key turns up in a String by chance, it could do so in any position. The Key could be the very first card on the left, or lie somewhere in the middle, or it could be to the very right.
If the Key lies on the very left, the reading only addresses things to enter into, to begin. The reading is silent regarding what you should move away from.
If the Key lies somewhere in the middle, the reading addresses both things to liberate yourself from (to the Key’s left), and things to enter into, to begin (to the right).
And if the Key lies on the very right, the reading only addresses what you should move away from; it is silent regarding things to enter into, to begin.
As for things to welcome, to let in, you have three options:
- Since there are no above and below cards, the Key in String readings doesn’t address these at all
- If the Key turns up in a String and you wish to use its directionality to learn what to welcome, what to let in, you just add two more cards, one above, one below.
- If the Key turns up in a String and you wish to use its directionality to learn what to welcome, what to let in, and are not interested what you should move towards, you could reinterpret the spread and say that cards to the right represent things to welcome, instead of things to move towards.
c) … into a small tableau
If the Key turns up in a Small Tableau by chance, it could also do so in any position, just as it could in Strings. Depending on where the Key is positioned, the reading will address all three possible issues (leave behind / let in / move towards), or just two of them.
For example, this Tableau addresses things to leave behind and things to let in, but not things to move towards:
Of course, with Tableaus, there is the question of how to deal with the cards which are not linear neighbours of the Key but are at its corners. Using the same example as before, I mean the pale ones:
There are different ways these corner cards could be dealt with. You could for example:
- … exclude them from the interpretation (maybe turn them face down again or remove them altogether).
- … use them as specifiers of the main cards they are lying in a straight line with (e.g top row left card and middle row left card specify/modify the bottom row left card).
- … interpret all corner cards together as the deeper meaning, the “what for”, of all the leaving behind / letting in / moving towards.
- … do whatever else works for you!