Spoiler alert! I have polled my first readers for an opinion over whether the embedded video is a spoiler. The consensus is ‘no’. BUT if you want to play things on the safe side, then wait till after you’ve read the “Favour” chapter of the book, about three quarters of the way through, before playing the video. If you’re really the cautious type, look away now!
As you learn early the novel, in the “Society” chapter a little mystery has appeared about a Tarot spread which concerned Cal’s future. That spread was done using a method known as the “cross” or “Celtic cross”.
As you’ll see in the video, which reproduces the spread, I use a less common layout style which begins with a “significator”. In this case, the significator was not drawn at random, but chosen specifically with Cal in mind. Also, the final four “divination” cards are laid out underneath one another, rather than on top, which is less usual. See The Key to the Tarot by A. E. Waite.
For the commentary, I tried to emulate in a small way the magnificent narration style used by Kenneth Branagh in Walking with Dinosaurs. Obviously it’s a pale imitation of the great thesp, but a tribute nevertheless.
The cross is one of the oldest and most widely used tarot spreads. It is versatile in its ability to cover many aspects related to an important question. It offers a deep and multi-faceted forecast. The Querent (that is, the person raising the question) must be present to cut the cards, because at the moment of so doing, they impact the order the universe which is fundamental to ensuring the divinatory value of the deck.
Arthur Edward Waite was the mystic authority behind the famed Rider Waite deck of tarot cards, as used here, which were drawn by illustrator Pamela Colman Smith and published in 1909. He was a member of a secret society, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where the study and practice of the occult was developed. The other abiding famous name among its members was W. B. Yeats.