New Spread: Cards in the Balance

To light a candle is to cast a shadow…
—Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

This month we will visit both the light side and the dark side, whether of duct tape or of the force, and play with tales that balance the two.

Balance what, you might well ask?

Pick up your cards, and notice that there is a different word at each end. For most cards, these words are pairs that could be balanced. Some only figuratively, some quite literally.

The Spread

For this spread, we will stand an actor on a base. Lean too far to either end of the base, and balance is lost. The tale lies somewhere in the tension between the extremes.

For the base, deal a single card, placed horizontally.

For the actor, add a single card above it, near the base’s center, haphazardly. Add a second card above the first, also somewhat haphazardly. Taken together, these cards name the actor and provide the context.

Interpret the base as you will, drawing on context both obvious and obscure. The tale might be about freedom vs. duty, light vs. dark, good vs. evil, claustrophobia vs. agoraphobia, yin vs. yang, or set along any other spectrum you can imagine.

Example

The cards dealt are

Base: infinite — limited
Actor: gentleman puppet

The gentleman must prevail in spite of all the strings pulled by others, and find his center between the desires of those around him pulling him every which way, and his own personal goals. His success will be a path that walks between those extremes, sometimes playing those pulling his strings off of each other in order to maintain his own balance.

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