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Nine-Card Square
Nine-Card Square

The 5-card version simplifies evaluation
The 5-card version simplifies evaluation
 
 
The anatomy of the square
The square introduces a new element absent from the other two spreads: weighting. That is, we can distinguish which cards in a spread have more significance than others.

In the square, the mid-point represents the neutral or mid-position. Suppose our question is ‘What are the positive and negative influences upon our marriage?’ The central square then represents the place where positive and negative balance. As we go away in either direction, we encounter influences whose effect (positive + or negative -) is increasingly strong.

Questions with the square
Remember, I must always be clear in my questions. What do I mean by positive and negative influences? I must think about how I want to define these. I might say that ‘positive’ are those which favour harmony between us, ‘negative’ those which lead to discord. 

This is not the only definition; the important thing is that I am aware what I am doing. If I like, I can ask the cards to take care of the definition. What I must NOT do is to approach the cards with a hidden agenda, a set of attitudes, suppositions, assumptions etc which I am not conscious of.

The square can be used in any situation where evaluation is required. I can use it to explore the strengths and weaknesses in my own personality. If 9 cards is excessive, I use less.

I might ask about favourable and unfavourable factors affecting my company’s business.
Again, perhaps I am considering a change of house, town or even country: this spread will suggest what could benefit and what could harm me in the new environment.
 
 
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