The 3 Periods of Time
According to Richmond, the framework within which the quadrations
are laid out have the Planets ruling the rows of the framework.
Additionally, he stated that the columns should be used as an indicator
of the time frame to consider when delineating for any position
in the spread. The diagram on the left is segmented into 3
parts, representing the 3 periods of time being Past, Present and
Working from the right, the Past is represented by the 1st and
2nd columns and part of the 3rd column. The 4th column and
part of the 3rd and 5th columns represent the Present. The
Future is represented by the remaining part of the 5th column along
with the 6th and 7th columns.
Richmond did not signify what part of the 3rd column was to be
used as the representative portion to assign to the Past.
In addition, he did not signify what part of the 5th column was
to be used as the representative portion to assign to the Future.
For this study, the designations will be as shown in the
diagram. The divisions marked as such are purely from my own
psychic and intuitive guidance, where each time frame contains a
nearly equal amount of card energy.
The top row (shown with the King, Queen and Jack of Spades) is
sitting above the remaining cards in the Present columns.
Richmond called this row of cards ‘Sun Cards’, and stated
that they were not under the influence of any of the planetary rulers.
However, Richmond did not go into detail as to how these 'Sun Cards'
should be included in a reading, and in his diagram they were not
separated so distinctly. Thus, it is important that each
reader develop their own understanding of this crown
line in order to relate how it should be included in a reading.
For this study, the crown
line remains outside of the planetary influences even though
Pluto has been assigned the planetary ruler of this row. Here,
Pluto rules the crown
line from it's spiritual aspect, essentially representing the
portal through which Divine Light nourishes the Soul incarnation.
The position of any card in the framework indicates where the strongest
and nearest effects concentrate for that individual. If the
card is in the past, it shows the forces that are affecting it for
a distance of 2 cards will indicate something recent. If
in the future, the indication is of something soon to come.
This shows how emblems are indicated personally. When taken
as a whole, the framework provides the structure through which the
vastness of time can be segmented such that the general indications
suggest individuals or events far in the past or future coordinating
with the present.
For this study, the general indications relate to the fundamental
principle of Cause and Effect. Thus, an individual can see
right away whether the current incarnation is largely the effect
of a previous cause (indicating the Past), or if the effect
has been integrated, forming the platform from which the new cause
originates (indicating the Future). When the Present is indicated,
it shows a balancing of cause and effect such that both are in effect
simultaneously. Please note, these terms are largely symbolic
and should be considered metaphorically.
Lines of Darkness and Light
Richmond presented a section on the groupings of cards based on
their color, where black represented darkness and red represented
light. Therefore, for a line of black cards it would indicate
darkness in ones life, and a line of red cards would indicate light,
or happy times. From my own observation however, these groupings
have come to be termed differently. Where a line of black
cards is shown, it represents a shadow appearance, requiring that
the individual look within to identify the source as a means of
reaping the rewards. When a line of red cards is shown, it
indicates the wellspring of opportunity available to the individual.
If the individual does not make use of the opportunity appropriately,
it will be like a talent that goes unused--and therefore, in essence,
taken away. As with the descriptions stated above, these terms
are indicated metaphorically.