Sunday 19 June 2016

Thirtytwo Tarot Cards
In an online article, Richard T Gault suggested a way to use 32 tarots to cast I Ching hexagrams. The idea is simple:
  • Represent yin lines with Cups and Pentacles (Coins) as they are round and receptive (feminine);
  • Represent yang lines with Swords and Wands as they are aggressive and strong (masculine);
  • Include cards in a proportion that mimics the yarrow stalks probabilities:
    •   2 cards of Cups;
    • 14 cards of Pentacles;
    • 10 cards of Swords;
    •   6 cards of Wands;
Once the association has been memorized, the method is very simple:
  1. Shuffle the 32 cards and pick a card;
  2. Draw a line based on the card suit:
    • If it's Cups,        draw  ;
    • If it's Pentacles, draw  ;
    • If it's Swords,     draw  ;
    • If it's Wands,      draw 
  3. Reinsert the card in the deck;
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 five more times drawing the hexagram from bottom to top


By construction, the method provides the same probabilities as the Method of 16 one.

Cards images: WikiMedia Commons

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