I've looked into the process and come to a vague understand of how this works. I'm still a little confused, but bear with me. As I learn, you can learn with me.
I had a friend go over a spread and it all made sense, but on my own it didn't seem so clear anymore. Like everything in life, practice is the key.
First you will need to know:
Fire and Air are friendly and active
Water and Earth are friendly and passive
Fire and Water are enemies, they weaken each other
Air and Earth are enemies, they weaken each other
Fire and Earth strengthen each other but are neutral
Water and Air strengthen each other but are neutral
Elemental Dignities are usually read in triplets. The middle card is known as the Principal card an the cards flanking it are called Moderators. The point in this process is to find the strongest card, therefore identifying where the focus of the reading should be.
Elemental Properties can be found here.
In Tarot Tuesday's reading, the cards pulled were: 13 Death (water), 9 of Wands (fire), and 8 of Pentacles (earth).
First, let's look at the relationship of the first two cards: water and fire are enemies, they weaken each other.
Second, the relationship between the last two cards: fire and earth strengthen each other but are neutral.
Third, the relationship between the first and last card: water and earth are friendly and passive.
In this case one flanking card strengthens the central card, while the other weakens it. The central card remains strong, but modified by the enemy.
When using this in a reading, it does not change the cards' meanings. It only changes the ultimate focus.
So looking back at the reading, we find that the central card (9 of Wands) is the focus but it is now modified by the enemy flanking card (13 Death).
What does all this mean? The process of standing up will be a part of a transformation period. Therefore: This appears not to be a recovery process as thought of before, but a transformation period.
Any thoughts or opinions are welcomed. As I said before, I'm not sure about how to do this. I'm winging it. Let me know what you think. Was this helpful?