Trioditis Spread

This is a spread I use for decision making. It’s a Hekatean spread, echoing the three-way meeting of roads (“crossroads” is something of a misnomer, since it’s the meeting of three ways that’s specified by the name Trioditis) that is sacred to Hekate, and I always invoke her when using it. It does, however, offer the option of finding a third choice if the first two are not acceptable. This would be analogous to breaking new trail, something I find Hekate encourages.

But the additional third option is a squirmy, tricksy thing. It may show you a new option you hadn’t considered before. It may show you a way to compromise between the two obvious options. Or it may give you advice that applies to either path, in which case its cards will modify those of the path you choose.

Trioditis Spread

Lay out and read the first ten cards. The other three are there only if you need more information.

1. First step: Where you began the path that led to this particular choice.

2. Along the road: What you did, encountered or experiences on the way.

3. Where it led: The immediate that prompts this choice.

4. The Choice Before You: This describes just what your choice is, the theme of it, what you need to consider.

5. Left-hand option: One of your options. If you are right-handed or of a right hand path tradition, this may be the choice you favor less; if you are left-handed or of a left hand path tradition, it may be the choice you favor. Or it may just be one option. This card should tell you which of your options it is.

6. Along the road: Some of the consequences of this choice, things you will encounter on the road if you make this choice.

7. Where it leads: This lets you know what, ultimately, this choice gains you, and whether or not it’s what you want.

8. Right-hand option: Your other major option. This may be the option you find preferable, or may not. The card should tell you.

9. Along the road: Some of the consequences of this choice, things you will encounter on the road if you make this choice.

10. Where it leads: This lets you know what, ultimately, this choice gains you, and whether or not it’s what you want.

If you are unsatisfied with both of your choices and need a third option that you can’t yet see, or you’re looking for a way to get the best of both options, or you just need some more advice, now lay out these three cards. They may provide you with a third option altogether, suggest how to compromise between them, or just give you general advice that you can apply to either path. These three cards are very contextual.

11. In the Center: How to begin: the third option you haven’t seen, the compromise you might make, or advice that can apply to either path.

12. Along the Road: Some of the consequences of this choice, things you will encounter on the road if you make this choice, or the way taking this advice will influence your journey.

13. Where it leads: This lets you know what, ultimately, this choice gains you, and whether or not it’s what you want, or it may modify the destination card for the choice you do make.

This spread was created by Rebecca Lynn Scott under a Creative Commons Share Alike license, which means you can distribute it freely, but please keep attribution intact.