Use the deck of playing cards
as a tool for Self-Transformation.
In order to prepare the deck of cards to be used for divinatory purposes,
Richmond would start by creating what he termed the Solar Book, or
Natural Order Book. For this study, this orientation of cards
is known as the sun
chart. Follow the steps below to prepare the deck:
- First separate the cards into piles based on the suit, where
each suit represents a season of our solar year:
- Now stack the piles face up from Ace to King
in bottom up order, and place them atop each
other in the natural order of Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds and Spades.
- Turn the deck over and lay out the cards in a 7 x 7 matrix as
shown to the left, going from right-to-left, and top down.
Place the three remaining cards above the 7 x 7 matrix as indicated.
You have now created the Sun chart
Notice the emblems at the right of each row. Each emblem
(in the 7 x 7 matrix) governs a row, and represents one of the 7
planets starting with the Mercury line (Ace of Hearts in the column
on the right) and reading to the left and down to the bottom row
representing the Neptune line (4 of Spades in the column on the
right). The descriptions below are based on Richmond's presentation:
|Mercury||Planet of impulse|
|Venus||Planet of love|
|Mars||Planet of aggressiveness|
|Jupiter||Planet of wealth and power|
|Saturn||Planet of death and constraint|
|Uranus||Planet of labor and creativity|
|Neptune||Planet of water|
According to Richmond, the top row of cards represents
the Sun line or Sun Cards because they do not rule under any of
the planets. This means that they operate outside the influence
of the 7x7 matrix that rests below it. Being exalted as it
is, the top row of cards has come to be known as the crown
line. Note how the crown
line (represented by the Jack, Queen and King of Spades) loops
back over the top of the Mercury line. Among other things,
this reflects the fact that these cards are not in a linear pattern,
but actually produce a spiral to where the King of Spades is followed
by the Ace of Hearts.
Richmond stated that the planets, Earth and Moon rule the suits
based on their characteristic effects.
|Mercury and Venus rule
|While Mercury rules the Hearts from the
standpoint of instinctive passion, Venus rules from the
standpoint of emotional love and harmony.
|Mars and Earth rule Clubs
|While Mars rules Clubs mainly from the
standpoint of action and aggressiveness, Earth rules from
the standpoint of selfishness and greed.
|Jupiter and Neptune rule
|While Jupiter rules the Diamonds from
the standpoint of wealth, Neptune rules from the standpoint
|Saturn and Uranus rule
|While Saturn rules the Spades from the
standpoint of death and rebirth, Uranus rules from the
standpoint of labor.
The following content
has been added reflective of the Oracle Cards presentation:
- Later in The Evolution of 7 topic,
additional suit/planet relationships will be discussed showing
a slightly different orientation than Richmond indicated (as stated
- The crown
line represents the contact point between our solar system
and the cosmos as a whole. Thus, the crown
line has the function of channeling universal energy and transforming
it such that it can be cognized by our physical senses (the 7x7
- Also, since Pluto was discovered after Mr. Richmond first introduced
his study, it has come to mind that Pluto may be the appropriate
ruler of the crown
line. But scientists have always questioned whether
Pluto was actually a member of our solar system, or merely one
of many planetoids of the Kuiper belt just outside of our solar
system. Through my own intuitive guidance, I have come to
know Pluto as a universal principle rather than through its role
as a planetary body. In this, Pluto operates as the ambassador
of the Kuiper belt, and therefore represents our contact with
the greater universe.