I have had several requests to demonstrate on how to read the Trigger Layout. It is important to decide prior to shuffle which time frame you would like to use and it is important to really mean it. The reason I am saying this is because I have assigned short-term time frames only to discover the events were further into the future. Often we think we want to know about situations over the next few months but deep inside we want to know about the big picture.
The Trigger Layout can be used with or without the Significator card placed into the YOU spot (yellow round magnet in center of card, see image below). Today I decided not to use the Lady card to represent me. I did select a 3 month time frame for the SOON column. Immediate column can be any time up to a month. Sometimes this column is a few days. It depends on what is going on in your life and it also depends on what the Universe has planned for you and others.
The Trigger Row
After the cards are laid out I usually scan or review the Trigger Row first. These card will tell me about a situation which is probably a main theme. In the close up image above the Trigger Row consists of FISH (past column), SUN (you in the now column), SCYTHE (immediate column) and DOG (soon column)
This is how I would read the Trigger Row if I were doing a Reading for a client. My interpretation is brief without delving into the Court cards, pip suits, or too many alternate meanings to the cards. Also, when I read I do receive other information which is not in the cards. Your Cartomancy personality is what’s important!
At the current time you are questioning your happiness (sun). This is on your mind a lot (now column). In the past you have had a situation under scrutiny involving your finances (fish). I will expand on this point once we get into the Reading in more detail. It looks like there is a situation in the very near future, perhaps within a few weeks (immediate column) that will startle you (scythe) and it is linked to money in some way. There should be a pretty friendly solution (dog) within 3 months (soon column). It is quite possible a friendship (dog) will be directly involved in this situation.
After you summarize the Trigger Layout you continue with the Reading starting with the Now column to see what’s going on.
The card representing you, the Lady, falls in the now spot suggesting that your happiness (sun) has been tested. When the Sun card is coupled with the Tower card this means there has been a break up in the continuity of your personal happiness. Most likely a situation has happened in the past which put you in a fragmented state of mind.
Looking at the cards in the past column there is a strong indication you have been thinking about how to solve (key) some financial issues (fish). There seems to be some underhanded (snake) energy around this problem. You are a smart (snake) lady that cannot be fooled. Don’t let this situation undermine (snake) your happiness (sun).
It’s always a good idea to dialogue with your client at this stage of the Reading. Ask her if any of what you have told her makes sense to her. You need some confirmation that you are picking up on the correct meanings and combinations for the cards. If you are on the “mark” the client would have already agreed with what you said about the YOU card – the SUN.
In the next few weeks (immediate column) your Significant other (gentleman) will play a very important role. If you do not have someone special in your life the Gentleman card can represent a male close to you. This man will be troubled over something wrong (fox) decision he will make on the fly (scythe). I see this as an impulsive (scythe) reaction to a situation which occurred between the two of you. This male is partly involved with your personal happiness (sun) as his card touches the card representing your happiness.
Try to establish open lines of communication with your client by discussing what you just said. You may need to say it in a different way if the person doesn’t totally understand what you trying to say. This is common because client’s often are nervous getting a Reading. Now you continue with the Soon Column.
Keep in mind that this situation is only temporary and it will pass (clouds) or end (coffin). The error in judgement (fox) will temporarily conceal (clouds) the friendship (dog) with this man. I would suggest you engage in a deep discussion with this man in order to resolve this situation. I see the current dilemma ending (coffin) within about three months.
Conclude the Reading on a high. Most likely a problem will be solved … and pass. Don’t read meanings into cards if you are not sure like saying your friendship (dog) will end (coffin) because he is a jerk (fox). That’s not what the cards are saying. The female’s happiness (sun) is the theme of this Reading and it is tied into a financial situation (fish). Maybe these two people have a business venture. Ask questions. The doctor asks you why you came for the appointment. The doctor doesn’t give you a diagnosis without you sharing your symptoms. It’s ok to ask questions in Readings.
You are not a mind Reader. You are a card Reader.