I thought I’d pass these along 🙂 I made the Trollway a couple months ago, the Door around Christmas. Enjoy and let me know what you think of them!
It’s supposed to look vaguely like a door with a handle. Ish. Can be read with or without a question in mind.
- To start, you deal the doorway itself, facedown, in this case cards 1-4. (You can add more, if you like. Four’s about my limit for a coherent reading.) Cards 1-4 are read as a group. This is the door that you need to pass through. Card 5 is the key to opening the door, and is dealt facedown and sideways (crappily represented as the sketchy black outline up there).
- Once all cards are dealt, before you flip anything over, turn the fifth card upright (the red rectangle, if you were wondering). It doesn’t matter which way you turn it; this is your influence on the “door”. Even if you don’t normally read with reversals, don’t “correct” it.
Since I posted this on Tumblr, a person called lacartetreizieme did a wonderful adaptation, so go check it out 🙂 It has a photo and everything.
This one, as my charmingly crap Paint picture says, is the one I call the Trollbridge, or the Trollway. It is designed to show you the beginning of a journey, the stuff in the middle, and the end (i.e., the beginning, the end, and the bridge that connects these outcomes). The Troll comes into play (a la 3 Billy Goats Gruff) as the card that menaces you. Doesn’t matter how nice it appears; that’s the card that is going to try and put a stop to your bridgewalking.
Spread can be used at least two ways; one normal, one a sort of witchy hybrid.
Method 1– for use with or without a question
- Deal the cards facedown in an arc in an arc, 1 through 5 (you certainly can deal more for a more detailed look, or less. I’m comfortable with 5 so that’s the amount I regularly use. Bare minimum for the bridge-arc is 3 cards).
- Deal the Troll underneath, facedown.
- You can turn them over in any way you wish; all in a line, one after another, or whatever you prefer. In my case, I generally turn over the “feet” of the bridge first (1 and 5), then the bridge (2, 3, and 4), then the Troll (6). Just a personal preference.
- Interpret accordingly. The “feet” are the beginning and the end of the bridge you face. The arc is the path you either need to cross to get there, or will cross to get there. The Troll, as previously mentioned, will be doing its best to pull you off the bridge entirely. Be wary of what that card represents.
Method 2– For use with a specific question (please read entirely before doing, folks) (could also be used as a writing exercise for the plot-driven among you)
- Pick a card that represents you as you are, or the situation as it is. This card is placed face up in the #1 position. (Say, you’re having issues communicating emotionally with another; Page of Cups reversed in the number one position fits the bill nicely.)
- Pick a card that represents what you want the resolution to be. This goes faceup in the #5 position. (You want there to be a caring resolution to the whole mess, and want to be better at such communication in general; you decide Queen of Cups suits you and put her in the #5 position.)
- Now, deal the rest of the cards in, face down. (This would be #2, 3, 4, and 6, in order.) Numbers 2, 3, and 4 are what you will have to get through to reach your “happy ending”. #6, our ever lovely Troll, is what is trying to fuck you up.
- Flip 2, 3, 4, and 6. Read accordingly. (Hmm. You draw: #2, 3 of Swords, #3, The Devil, #4, The Tower. Jealousy, blindness (possibly with carnal overtones), and complete destruction of what you though was stable. Your Troll is 7 of Cups reversed; all the possibilities and daydreams pulling you away from reality. So, you will be working very very very hard for that happy ending.)