There are so many reasons to NOT use a significator. Readers today have lots of reasons for relegating the use of significators to the dustheap of fortune telling. We say that it inhibits messages by taking a card from the deck and rendering it useless. We say that it makes the querent feel like a mere bystander, an observer as their fate plays out before them in the cards.
And those reasons are true. If we use significators as they were used in conjunction with “mere fortune telling” then yes, of course, they are not a good match for reading styles that reflect our current beliefs about how the Universe works.
So…why not evolve our understanding of significators in the same way that we’ve evolved the way we use the cards in general?
One way to do that is to use the Mirror, Mirror technique I described in my last post.
And I could continue to list techniques. But techniques are, or should be, a reflection of or a symbolic act representing what we believe. So let’s think about what we believe and how it applies to significators.
Most readers these days believe that the querent has the most influence (generally) over the events of his or her life. If that is true for you, then yes, the querent is the most significant card.
If you believe that the querent is significant and plays an influential role in her own life, then you would not have the card representing the querent off to the side, a mere focal point, simply watching the rest of the action, right? Instead, the querent, her energy as represented by the card (however you, the reader, has decided to select it) would significantly affect every card in that reading.
And this is why when I use significators, I move that card next to each card in the reading and read them as a pair. Cards read as pairs are read differently than singles. By reading all cards in relation to the significator card, we are incorporating the querent’s energy and power and influence into that card. Also, we are considering how the other cards affect the querent.
With this in mind, what techniques can you create that reflect YOUR beliefs about a querent’s role in her own life and in a reading about her life?