This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. – Morpheus (The Matrix)
The Six Impossible Things Spread is a hefty oracle layout you can easily use with my Deck of Shadows to help you discover what is wondrous (and what is absurd) in your life. Naturally, it is based, as some of you might have already guessed, on that terrific and bouncing conversation from Lewis Carrol’s Through the Looking-Glass. Briefly, in the classic tale, Alice boldly tells the Queen that you can’t believe impossible things. The Queen plainly responds, I daresay you haven’t had much practice. . . . When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Most people – cautiously – pride themselves on making (or attempting to make) stark sense of the events, thoughts, and feelings in their lives. Yet, nearly everyone routinely struggles with the internal conflict between their own good sense and the skillful gibberish that eternally springs from their fears. So it is that I invite you to consider the possibility that very few things are truly impossible. Rather, there are simply what can be thought of as out of the way things (borrowing very freely from the description in Adventures in Wonderland); things that we might find intolerable or we are simply too lazy to go after. These out of the way things are really just things, people, and events that don’t happen to follow our personal, internal view of reality. Unacceptable, however, is not the same as unattainable.
In using the Six Impossible Things Spread, you select six simple and wide-eyed cards – cards that represent those things or events a person considers to be impractical, hopeless, and maddening. These six, seemingly uncomplicated cards, however, correspond to those things that are really achievable, possible, and effective (we’ve just forgotten our own potential). In other words, here is a spread to help you eliminate the influential nonsense you have, alas, convinced yourself otherwise exists.
The spread is built upon the following six characters from the Wonderland/Looking-Glass books:
Caterpillar (FAMOUS LINE: Who are YOU?) – MEANING: That which you need to follow or listen to in order to attain the next step.
Cheshire Cat (FAMOUS LINE: It doesn’t matter which way you go.) – MEANING: That which needs your guiding hand or direction.
Dormouse (FAMOUS LINE: You might just as well say that “I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as “I sleep when I breathe.”) – MEANING: That which you need to open your eyes and just pay attention to.
Hatter (FAMOUS LINE: Why is a raven like a writing desk?) – MEANING: That which you don’t believe you have an answer for – but you really do.
Queen of Hearts (FAMOUS LINE: Off with her head!) – MEANING: That which you react to with blind fury and calls for more self-control.
White Rabbit (FAMOUS LINE: Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!) – MEANING: That which you believe you are running out of time to complete.
You are not restricted to selecting or reading the cards in any particular order. In fact, just like Wonderland there are no rules to attend to. For those of you procedural types, you could, of course, just follow the King’s advice: Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
Remember, in reading these positions, these all refer to the delusions or hallucinations we tell ourselves. Using this spread, you can demolish those delusions and shatter those mirages that live only your head.
I trust you have enjoyed this initial primer on the Six Impossible Things spread. If there is enough interest, I will provide you with some delightful reading add-ons and magical distinctions in another article.
Just some thoughts. Enjoy.
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