“The Oyster and the Sword” Eye-Opener Spread

There is a line from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor where the braggart Pistol obliquely threatens Falstaff when the latter refuses to lend him money:

“Why then the world’s mine oyster,
Which I with sword will open”

I figured this quote is a good inspiration for a spread aimed at exploring unknown territory that presents itself to the querent as vague intimations of something that needs doing. It offers insights into the conundrum “I don’t know what it is, but I’ll know it when I see it.” The target card (“The Pearl”) can be intentionally chosen by topic area or randomly drawn. The “shell” cards are dealt next and show the various “access points” by which the shell can be “cracked.” The shell card with the most sympathy for “The Pearl” is the primary access point. The “suit pack” cards are then dealt counter-clockwise in rotation from the Wands pack until a card with a strong affinity for the main access card is pulled; this is the “sword” card. The 3-card series is read from outside in as an “action” line showing the best way to get to the heart of the matter, with the suit pack defining the “mode of attack”

The assessments of “sympathy” and “affinity” can be made according to shared dignity, whether by element, number, astrological alignment, rank or inherent nature. For example, a series of three trump cards would be an obvious channel for decisive action with the likelihood of significant consequences. This is a judgment call on the part of the reader.


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