Comic Strip Spread
The Comic Strip Spread is an extremely simple 9-card chronological spread that looks like a page of a comic book. This method should be used to get a glimpse of the future as it would pan out naturally. You may also want to check your biorythm. The spread is easy to read as a story, just like a comic book.
The main subject is apparent in the first card, while the story plays out through the following cards.
Pay particular attention to the cards and the relationships to their neighbors. Notice which directions the cards are facing, and how they interact.
Your Comic Strip Reading
|Ace of Cups
||9 of Wands - Great Strength
||4 of Cups - Luxury
||Ace of Wands
||Knight of Swords
|5 of Swords - Defeat
||Knight of Disks
||5 of Cups - Disappointment
Card 1: Ace of Cups
The Root of Water
The cup of Kether is the holy grail. Ten rays beam from the single source of light emanating from the cup. The cup is a vessel for the light. The beginning of a new way of feeling.
Joy, contentment, love, fruitfulness, beauty.
Card 2: 9 of Wands - Great Strength
Moon in Saggitarius
Great Strength. Eight arrows have been collected and are now under the authority of a headmaster arrow. They have been completed by this arrangement and the addition of the moon-heads. The driving force that empowers them is the sun.
Great strength, tremendous force, power, competition, warrior spirit, focused rage. Change is stability.
Card 3: 4 of Cups - Luxury
Moon in Cancer
Four trophy cups filled with wine represent an excess of abundance.
Giving in to desire. Excess, luxury, insatiability.
When ill-dignified: gluttony and excessive indulgence, irritation.
Card 4: Judgement
Judgement is reserved for god. The Guardian Angel blows his trumpet. He has been sent to judge the man. This is true Judgement, all else is mere opinion. The earthling sheds all his earthly coverings and comes to naked truth. He has been X'ed out of this world. The wolf lies with the lamb.
Always means taking a new step. Leaving the past behind.
Card 5: Ace of Wands
The Root of Fire
This is the initial spark without which there is no fire. It represents the spiritual aspect of energy and vitality at its initial manifestation.
Energy, natural force, strength, creation, invention, pioneer spirit, enterprise, source, beginning, birth.
Card 6: Knight of Swords
The Knight of Swords rides a red horse, symbolizing the fiery passion that drives his intellectual pursuits. The birds that fly beneath him symbolize quick-wittedness. He bears a great sword in his right hand while he stashes a dagger in his left, symbolizing the witty two-sided personality of a Gemini.
An active, skillful, witty, clever, fierce man.
When ill-dignified: An indecisive, cunning, deceitful man.
Card 7: 5 of Swords - Defeat
Venus in Aquarius
The pale blue background of this card symbolizes airy weakness. A chipped sword attempts to battle four bent swords in the shape of a pentagram. A hopeless struggle, this solitary sword is the weakest of the five.
Weakness, loss, spite, malice, trouble, dishonor, degradation, infamy, revocation, loss, humiliation, anxiety. A driver of wedges.
Card 8: Knight of Disks
The Knight of Disks rides the pale horse. His horse is in fact an unicorn, a symbol of Virgo. Bearing the sickle, he has come to reap the harvest. The shield radiates waves of energy that symbolize his connection with the sphere of earth. He is concerned primarily with material values.
Agricultural proficiency, skills regarding material concerns, perhaps preoccupied with material concerns and therefore dull.
When ill-dignified: a petty, jealous, small-minded man.
Card 9: 5 of Cups - Disappointment
Mars in Scorpio
In this card the water has turned to muck and the sky has gone pink. A scorpion is in the center of the pentagram formed by the five cups, which are represented here as tridents. Hostility or aggression turned inwards.
Disturbance ending pleasure. Grief, misfortune, sadness, loss, treachery, bitterness, frustration, bad marriage, expectations unfulfilled.