The Sun Spread
Use the deck of playing cards as a tool for Self-Transformation.
In order to prepare the deck of cards to be used for divinatory purposes, Richmond would start by creating what he termed the Solar Book, or Natural Order Book. For this study, this orientation of cards is known as the sun spread. Follow the steps below to prepare the deck:
You have now created the Sun spread
Planetary Powers that Rule Each Row
Notice the emblems at the right of each row. Each emblem (in the 7 x 7 matrix) governs a row and represents one of the 7 planetary powers, starting with the Mercury line (Ace of Hearts in the column on the right) and reading to the left and down to the bottom row representing the Neptune line (4 of Spades in the column on the right). The descriptions below are based on Richmond's presentation:
According to Richmond, the top row of cards represents the Sun line or Sun Cards because they do not rule under any of the planets. This means that they operate outside the influence of the 7x7 matrix that rests below it. Being exalted as it is, the top row of cards has come to be known as the crown line. Note how the crown line (represented by the Jack, Queen and King of Spades) loops back over the top of the Mercury line. Among other things, this reflects the fact that these cards are not in a linear pattern, but actually produce a spiral to where the King of Spades is followed by the Ace of Hearts.
Richmond stated that the planets, Earth and Moon rule the suits based on their characteristic effects.
Mercury and Venus
While Mercury rules the Hearts from the standpoint of instinctive passion, Venus rules from the standpoint of emotional love and harmony.
Mars and Earth
While Mars rules Clubs mainly from the standpoint of action and aggressiveness, Earth rules from the standpoint of selfishness and greed.
Jupiter and Neptune
While Jupiter rules the Diamonds from the standpoint of wealth, Neptune rules from the standpoint of commerce.
Saturn and Uranus
While Saturn rules the Spades from the standpoint of death and rebirth, Uranus rules from the standpoint of labor.
The following content has been added reflective of the Oracle Cards presentation: