Significators | Finding The One
I’ve already written at length (ad nauseum?!) about various methods of finding a Significator for your sitter (or yourself) and in one of the resulting blog post comments, Chloe McCracken mentioned a way to use them that I thought was GREAT and am going to share with you here.
As with all the best things in life, it’s really simple to implement: You chose your significator, insert it back into the deck, let your client shuffle and chat about their issue……then you carefully go through the well-shuffled deck and read the cards either side of the significator.
Here’s a worked example:
I chose the Queen of Wands for myself because of the lions on her throne and me being Leo *tosses mane imperiously, sits with knees apart*. I slipped the card into the middle of the deck and started shuffling, thinking all the while about how I could Improve Things…..
Once I was satisfied that I’d shuffled sufficiently, I inched through the cards until I found the one I was looking for, the Queen of Wands. The card before her was the 2 of Pentacles and the card after her was the 8 of Swords.
The first thing that struck me was that she seems to have turned her back on the dancing Pents dude and has turned her head towards the sword-hampered figure in the 8Swords. She is inclined towards the Swords.
Mind you, that guy’s hat is a bit strange…..
Anyway, although she is inclined towards the Swords, she IS still looking out at us – and her cat is certainly not side-tracked by the show on either side of the cards.
I see water in both of the cards either side of her.
So, here’s how I interpret these cards for the query: How I can improve things: I am naturally inclined towards the self-limiting behaviour of the 8 Swords. Sometimes my emotions/hormones (I’m at a funny age!) DO whell up and I feel overwhelmed (see the puddles of sea-water around the Swords gal’s feet? – and let’s not forget that this queen embodies Water and Fire – not always comfortable bedfellows), but that feeling of restricction is ENIRELY avoidable (that Swords girl can easily shirk off those bonds and get off her blindfold – if she wants to. And she’s not trapped by swords – the whole front of the card is sword free. She just THINKS she’s stymied. *I* just think I’m stymied. And that’s wrong-headed thinking.
Instead the Queen would do well to take a better look at the juggling Pentacles chappie. Strange hat notwithstanding, he’s managing to juggle his disks – and rides out the waves. He’s on one leg. He’s got balance. He is not subsumed by the waves/emotions/hormones. Once I get a metaphorical boat, I’ll be fine. I’ve maybe even already GOT the boat 🙂
Have you tried Chloe’s idea? How did you get on with it? What would you add to my interpretation?
Deck: RWS Centenary Edition, published by US Games – words, A E Waite, artwork Pamela Colman-Smith