Understanding the Karmic Wheel
The diagram on the left describes the order of the Cards as they progress through the positions in the framework while the deck is being quadrated. These positions from here on will be termed houses, and the card that resides in each house in the sun spread will be said to own that house.
To start, notice the inner circle which contains the fixed and binary state cards. The fixed cards are shown as being linked to each other in the form of a triangle. This symbolism is reflective of the maxim that the fixed cards create an anchor through which the movement of the outer Wheel maintains its harmonic balance.
The binary state pairs are represented by showing their connection using 2-way arrows. This symbolism represents the reality that even in the fixed nature of the universal 'Law of One', duality is present and creates an alternating sequence of attraction.
The outer wheel then contains the remaining 45 cards that are always in motion whenever the deck is quadrated. Even though these cards are always moving, there is a sequence that these cards follow in relation to each other. Look at the Sun spread and notice the position of the in the spread. According to Richmond, the card that resides in that house is called the solar time card. We will use that card house (at the top point of the large triangle) to describe the movement of these 45 cards throughout the quadrations.
Each time the deck is quadrated, the cards on the outer wheel progress one position to the left (counter-clockwise) to show the progression of cards through each house in the framework. Using the solar time card house as an example, quadrating the deck will move the into that house. This first quadration can be considered akin to the astrological natal chart that is manifest at the moment of birth. Therefore, the first quadration represents year zero, which starts at birth and lasts up to your first birthday. Quadrating the deck again, the will move into the solar time card house for that year (this represents the year '1' spread)
If you continue quadrating the deck, on your 44th birthday the will again be in its original house (the solar time card house). This wheel maintains its movement unceasingly throughout life. Therefore, on the 45th birthday the cards will all be in the exact same houses as they were at birth, except for one important difference.
The outer wheel of 45 cards will all return to their respective houses, but the binary state pairs of cards in the inner circle will be in their alternate houses. The and the will have changed positions as will the and . As a result of this, it will be seen that the first set of 45 quadrations (years 0 - 44) will be exactly the same as the second set of 45 quadrations (years 45 - 89) except that the binary state pairs of ruling cards will have changed places.
From this we can see that there are a total of 90 unique quadrations, and on the 90th birthday the cards will be in the exact locations that they were in the year 0 quadration. Therefore, for years 90 and beyond, you start counting from 0 again.
The description above shows the movement of the cards as they progress through a particular card house as the deck is being quadrated. However, another important progression is occurring at the same time as this counter-clockwise motion. When the wheel is moving in the clockwise motion, the card that moves into the solar time card house on the outer wheel represents the card house that the will be in for that year.
For example, at the year 0 quadration the wheel moves clockwise and shows that the will move into the solar time card house. This means that the (solar time card) will be in the house at the year 0 quadration. At the year 1 quadration (rotating clock-wise again) the will then be in the house, and so on.
From this we can see that there is Karmic Wheel movement in both directions simultaneously as the deck is being quadrated, and outpictures as described below:
Rotation of the Karmic Wheel in the clockwise direction exposes the quadration that represents the outward movement of the wheel. This represents the positive linear sequence of number, where the quadrations fan out in ascending order, starting with 0 and going to 88. At year 89 you will arrive again at the top of the wheel and will have rotated one complete cycle.
Rotation of the Karmic Wheel in the counter-clockwise direction exposes the quadration that represents the inward movement of the wheel. This represents the negative linear sequence of number, where the quadrations fan out in descending order, starting with 88 and going to 0. At year 89 you will arrive again at the top of the wheel and will have rotated one complete cycle.
Since the year 89 quadration represents the sun spread, it means that at year 89, the sun spread, moon spread and rising spread are all the same. Therefore, year 89 represents the point of greatest potential for the individual, having all 3 aspects of Self aligned to the same orientation.
The graphic below shows a cross-section of the top of the karmic wheel using the sun spread as an example to describe how the quadrations fan out like a wheel. The object of this graphic is to show how movement of the karmic wheel produces the sequence of Rising and Moon spreads as it is rotated in both clockwise and counter-clockwise direction.