The Eye and the Horn

This is my personal preference when it comes to readings. The Eye and the Horn was developed only recently by a collection of Doomsayers, myself included. As we recreate the Face of Joshua, we reveal truths in line with the Prophecy of Joshua. Many Doomsayers have taken up this reading over the more traditional and Yagan-inspired readings like 'Three Waterfalls,' which do not take into account, or even recognize, the Prophecy of Joshua.

One begins with the Eye -- one card, preferably drawn by the subject herself, that represents the subject of the reading. Be careful when performing this reading not to fall into the trap of associating the outward bearing of the card with the subject; if the Bully is drawn, the subject is not necessarily a bully, but may be being coerced or feel she is being coerced by someone else. This card may also represent their place in life, the role amongst their peers, or any other aspect that is particularly important to them or to the reading as a whole.

After the subject (or the seeress) has drawn the Eye, we construct the Horn. The Horn is a sequence of three cards placed to the left of the Eye, arcing up and to the left. When complete, the Eye and the Horn will look something like the Face of Joshua -- if you cross your eyes a little.

The first card in the Horn is the Base of the Horn, and represents the current situation of the subject in the Eye, and also the aspects of the present situation which will lead to the events further up on the Horn. Mastering the current situation will allow you or the subject to better determine or understand later developments.

The second card in the Horn is called the Bow of the Horn. Think of the Horn as also being able to shoot an arrow, like a longbow, and things should make a little more sense. This card is the transition between the Base and the Point, and usually displays the critical point at which the aspects of the Base are turned and shot forward into the events of the Point. This card is a crux of fate, and cannot be overlooked in preference of the Point. It is in many ways more important than the final end, because it is this card which determines how the flow of events will turn eventually into the elements represented by the Point.

The Point stands at the very tip of the Horn, and represents the final end of the events begun in the Base and triggered into action by the Bow. The final resolution of events is by no means alterable; it is fated. However, the way in which the Dreamer interprets this card may or may not be the correct interpretation, and what you are expecting may not be what you get in the end. Reflection will show how the final resolution that you were not expecting falls under the sway of the Point card and the rest of the Horn, usually fitting the cards in a cleaner, clearer interpretation than you first created.

Note that the three cards of the Horn do not necessarily display in chronological order. The Bow may be a set of circumstances which make the Eye's current situation, represented by the Base, develop into the Point. Similarily, the Point may preceed the Bow and Base; this is common in cases of prophecy. A word to the wise: when 'Blood and Sacrifice' turns up at the top of the horn, that is the Goddess' way of telling you that the end result is nothing you will be finding out by playing with cards.

Three Waterfalls

Begin the reading by shuffling the deck and having the subject cut it into three stacks. These stacks need not be even, although they should each have at least five cards. If the subject is unavailable to cut the deck, fix her face or features or Name in your mind and cut the deck yourself.

Overturn the top card of each stack and set them in a row. These three cards, taken collectively, display a picture of the subject's current situation. The first card represents the subject's Mind, her thoughts and mental state. The second card represents the subject's Body, her state of health and any physical threats she may be at the mercy of. The third card represents the subject's Soul, her relationship with the River of Dream, and whatever corruption taints her heart. Review these first cards well, because they represent the foundation of the Present, and the rest of the reading will build upon them. Consider how each card bears upon the other two before continuing.

Now turn over another three cards, setting them over the first three so they occlude all but the tops of the cards, or as much of the card as you need to identify it. This second tier represents the development of the subject's situation. The first card in the second tier represents the development of the subject's Mind, the second card of the second tier the subject's Body, and the third card of the second tier the subject's Soul, as before. These cards may represent how fate will unfold for them, or it may develop the subject's past. In some cases, it will do both. Try not to label the cards as 'Future' or 'Past' as they fall, because this will undoubtably distort the meaning. Rather, review the correspondences between the cards, noting the similar characteristics and the vastly different meanings, and how they all interrelate. A better picture of the subject should emerge.

Turn over a third tier of cards and perform the same reading on these. Note how each of the new cards bears on each of the old cards. Compare and contrast the meanings and elements to understand the unfolding picture. Repeat this process as many times as you like, further deepening and expanding the meaning as you go. It is doubtful that you will proceed past the fifth teir, as fifteen cards laid out at once reveal no less than one hundred and twenty pairs of cards, and that's not even counting the trios and quartets of cards that share elements or in other ways suggest they should be considered together.

As you can imagine, a Three Waterfalls reading can be as simple as six cards and perhaps ten minutes, or as complex as you like. Some Doomsayers have spent not hours but days considering the lay of a complex reading. Rumor has it that Den-Hades once ran out of cards, although I find this highly unlikely...

One-Card Reading

I sometimes find it useful, when I am in need of some simple clarification or some inspiration into some matter of destiny, to draw a single card to represent a person or situation. This is by no means the most reliable reading one can do, but sometimes I do not have the time to ponder the mysteries of the cards, or even have a table on which to lay them out.

Fixing my eyes on whoever or whatever I am scrying, I let myself fall into the embrace of Dream and draw a card, usually directly from my pocket, and transfer my eyes from the subject to the card. The first similarity I see between the two I throw out entirely -- first impressions are usually the least puissant -- and then I study the other parallels I can draw between them. These, usually the next two or three impressions, give me the best idea of what I am scrying. Occasional glances between card and subject may also curry more information, although this is not always neccesary. All in all, such a reading usually takes me a moment and a half, and I am only slightly removed from the conversation.


Dannae is referring to a 'Fast Trance' dreaming, substituting a quick dip in the River of Dream for full immersion. This sort of dreaming is usually less effective (hence the -1 modifier) but does not require the preparation or time that is necessary for other readings.

The Lost Cards