Grid — or even gird — your loins, fellow card readers! Here’s a technique for wringing information out of a single card. It’s based on an imaginary grid overlaying a single card, and reading parts of the card in the context of that grid. This isn’t new, but I don’t think it’s commonly explored; and it’s not something I’ve tried before.

I used the Gods and Titans Oracle cards. The author and primary force in creating was Stacey Demarco. However, I must give props to Jimmy Manton’s artwork. (The more recent Isis Oracle that he illustrated has truly drool-worthy art, although it didn’t work for me as a reading deck.)

My question: Show me what I need to focus on at work this upcoming week. I decided in advance that I would draw the tenth card, as if I were looking at the final outcome in a tree of life spread. Even if one doesn’t wish to use that spread, I like the extra factor of randomization that I feel is added by not just taking the top card. Question and method established, I shuffled the cards with focus and intent — those favorite keywords of mine! —and dealt the 10th card, Helios, titan of the sun. (Click image for a larger view.)


The handsome Helios is the raison d’etre of this card, although his steed dominates the picture. So I am going to focus on Helios himself. Had I been drawn to the horse, I could have focused on him and gotten a different reading. I mentally pretend I have a grid depicting past, present and future columns— a virtual “PPF” card layout in one image, if you want to think of it that way. Even better, I also Photoshopped grid images for the sections we will be exploring!

Helios is in the right third, or imagined future portion, of the card. However, he’s looking to the past. I see that the wind blows his cape, while his styled hair holds its shape. I was trying to decide on his facial expression: focused? Fearful? I decided on anxious. An overall summary is that I may be focusing on the future, but I’m worried because of what’s going on in the present. I navigate the winds of change, but must remain outwardly calm.


Although that sounds like a Barnum statement (something anyone could relate to), it’s quite true. Work was super busy and stressful this past week, which was my first full work week since end-of-year time off and a short business trip.

Our organization is also making more changes in an effort to improve our workflow. This isn’t new for any company, but when you’re in the thick of things, it can be tough when the dust has barely settled from the last round of changes. My boss is also giving me more responsibility to help me grow professionally.

None of this is meant to be complaints about my life; there are good career opportunities around this. I am, rather, trying to give some insight into how this reading relates to my life in the context of my question.

Rather than one gigantic post, I will continue this reading in another post, so please watch for Part 2.