Here is the HedgeWytch Method rhyme from the Witch of Poor Memory that really got me going on this method of cartomancy. I still synthesized my older traditional card meanings in, but this helped me to string things together as seen in the Wee Daily Three worksheets.
The Firstmost (Rule 1) rule is easily had:
Red cards are good and Black cards are bad.
The Secondmost (Rule 2) rule shall bring greater fruits:
It deals with the meanings of each of the suits.
The Hearts count as love, family, and friends.
Diamonds are money, wealth, means, and ends,
Clubs shall mean work, callings, and plans,
And Spades are the troubles that plague every man.
The Thirdmost (Rule 3) rule toward number inclines;
Just note the card’s pip and read here their signs:
An Ace brings beginnings,
And Two gives exchange,
Three shows things growing,
But Four does not change.
Five is the body,
It’s health and its stead,
Six shows a path
That the Seeker shall tread.
Seven brings troubles
That Fate has assigned,
While Eight shows ideas
And thoughts in the mind.
Nine heralds changes,
And Ten is the end,
While Kings are the symbols
Of power and men.
Queens are the emblems
Of women and truth,
A Knave (Jack) is a message,
A girl, or a youth.
Examination of the Firstmost Rule:
R, B, B: A fair beginning steadily worsens and turns foul.
B, B, R: A light at the end of the tunnel.
R, R, B: A problem is on the horizon.
B, R, R: A problem will be solved, things will steadily improve.
R, B, R: A small delay or problem will be overcome.
B, R, B: A temporary truce or rest. Do not let down your guard; appearances can be deceiving.
R, R, R: All is fair and fine.
B, B, B: Beset by problems and hardship.
Examination of the Secondmost Rule:
The secondmost rule deals with the meaning of the four suits. It is another layer of information to add to the firstmost rule. Your task is to note the suits of the three cards in your row. There are many more possible combinations here – far too many to list. But you shall acquire the knack of it by example.
Always keep in mind that time moves from left to right in the group of three. The suit of the first card will show where you have been, the suit of the second card will show where you are, and the suit of the third card will show where you are headed as a result of the first two cards. The third card is usually the most important and should be given greater emphasis.
Let us first examine cards hemmed in by spades, for these are easy to understand:
♠ ♥ ♠: a troubled heart
♠ ♦ ♠: a troubled purse
♠ ♣ ♠: a troubled will; inability to act; feeling trapped; labor without gain
♠ ♠ ♠: trouble, trouble, and more trouble
The first two examples above fall in the BRB pattern of the firstmost rule. Thus, they show a troubled heart or purse that only ever receives temporary respite from problems. And just when one thinks that one problem is over, another takes its place after a brief interlude.
The second two examples fall in the BBB pattern, showing fairly constant trouble and stress. Even where the ♣ is the middle card, it hardly acts as a respite, for it shows the Seeker needing to expend energy on work before the next problem arises.
From the examples of spades hemming in a card, you can easily think through the following examples of a middle card flanked by two cards of the same suit. Refer back to the combinations of the firstmost rule, too, as you examine the examples below:
♣ ♦ ♣: much work, but only little profit
♦ ♣ ♦: money making affairs or financial activity
♥ ♦ ♥: generosity, a giving heart
♦ ♥ ♦: enjoying the fruits of one’s labor with loved ones
♦ ♠ ♦: a financial problem is overcome
♥ ♠ ♥: an emotional problem is overcome (easily; see below)
♣ ♠ ♣: a problem is overcome at work or on a personal project.
Let us continue with examining trios with spades in them. Look at the following examples, again keeping in mind the color sequences of the firstmost rule:
♣ ♥ ♠: working yourself into an emotional problem
♠ ♥ ♣: an emotional problem that you will work out of.
♥ ♠ ♣: an emotional problem that you will work out of, but slowly.
Note that because the first trio above ends with the spade, you are working into the problem. In the second trio, the spade falls first, so the problem is being overcome. In the third trio, the spade is in the middle, so the problem will be overcome, but the spade will slow down your efforts. Replace the hearts in the above examples with diamonds, and you will have the following:
♣ ♦ ♠: working yourself into a financial problem
♠ ♦ ♣: a financial problem that you will work out of.
♦ ♠ ♣: a financial problem that you will work out of, but slowly.
Let us examine a few more examples, this time with clubs starting the trios. These are very easy to grasp.
♣ ♠ ♠: working in the wrong direction; obstacles are ahead, so the goal
♣ ♦ ♦: working in the right direction for financial success.
♣ ♥ ♥: working in the right direction for emotional success.
Whenever a heart ends the trio, it is a very good sign. No matter what the first two cards of the trio are – showing stress or hard work or financial problems, a heart at the end will show that the problem will be overcome fairly easily. For instance:
♦ ♠ ♥: a financial problem is overcome easily.
Compare that example with one given above — ♦ ♠ ♣. Because the example above ends with a heart, the problem is easily overcome. When the trio ends in a club, more work will be needed.
Simply remember the easy meanings of the suits and that time in the trio of cards moves from left to right, and you shall hit on the correct interpretation. Again, do not simply jump in and begin interpreting the meanings of the cards. First note the sequence of colors in the trio, then the sequence of suits.
As you can see, with just the firstmost and secondmost rules, one can actually glean quite a bit of information from a trio of cards.
I then break the the thirdmost rule into two parts; Rule 3 is for the numerology of the card and Rule 4 is for the actual card definitions which is a combination of Rule 2 and Rule 3. It is just an extra step that I did in the beginning to memorize everything faster! For example:
Ace (Beginnings) of Hearts (Love; Family; Friends) – The home; The family or a family member; A new friendship or love affair; Sometimes a birth or change of residence.