Perplexing Hexagrams

March 26, 2009 § Leave a comment

Last weekend I decided to do a reading using the Hagall spread. This is the spread Rachel Pollack designed specifically for the Haindl Tarot. I’ve found it’s excellent for general readings to look at what’s going on in my life right now. For this spread, you separate the deck into minor arcana, major arcana and court cards then draw four cards from the minors, three from the majors and three from the courts.

I’m hoping to get the reading posted here at some point, but today I just wanted to talk about the I Ching hexagrams that appeared in the reading. The minor arcana cards I drew were the 5 of Wands, 7 of Cups, 5 of Cups and 2 of Stones (in that order). Take a look at the hexagrams that appear on those cards:

49 – 5 of Wands and 7 of Cups – 4

91 – 5 of Cups and 2 of Stones – 16

The hexagrams for each pair of cards are exact opposites! That is, where there is a light (unbroken) line in the hexagram on the 5 of Wands there is a dark (broken) line in the hexagram for the 7 of Cups. The same goes for the hexagrams on the 5 of Cups and the 2 of Stones. It was surprising to see this once; amazing to see it occur twice in the same reading. Can there be any significance to this or is it just an interesting coincidence?

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