The Vitruvian Square | The Rule of Thirds (Part 2)

If you choose to cross the line, you pretty much choose to do so at your own risk. So why is it that the bigger the line, the greater the temptation to cross it? – Dr. Meredith Grey (Grey’s Anatomy)

Last week I provided you with some robust breakthroughs for your continued and powerful use of The Vitruvian Square. I introducing you to the Points of Power and the Lines of Consequence contained within the matrix. You will want to read that prior article before tackling today’s method:

The Vitruvian Square | The Rule of Thirds (Part 1)

In last week’s article, I showed you how to deftly bring the four Points of Power to bear in any reading. Today – in this very advanced Vitruvian Square class –  let’s have fun with the Lines of Consequence. (Don’t worry if this appears a bit heady, at first. You can always go back to last week’s article and then read this one at your leisure.)

Just as there were four Power Points, there are four of lines, as well; two vertical ones and two horizontal ones. You can readily see them in red in the following diagram:


The intersection of any two Lines of Consequence creates a Power Point (illustrated in blue)! Each Line of Consequence, on its own, can be thought of as either that which you are constantly drawing (e.g., your line in the sand) or that which is constantly being crossed. In other words, each Line of Consequence represents a repercussion, a ramification, or a principle. It is either that symbolic point where no further advance can or will be made by you, or it is that line that, once crossed, results in what you believe will be irrevocable changes. Our Lines of Consequence, then, are essentially the passionate parameters we use to box ourselves in and create boundaries.

If, in a reading, you believe a particular Line of Consequence is something that the person you are reading allows others to cross, it signifies how others are perceived as acting in a way that is not socially, emotionally, nor logically acceptable to the person being read.

So, you can now  see that the various Lines of Consequence firmly signal the heartfelt divisions we create in our lives; an enthusiastic parceling out, if you will, of the way we allocate the various aspects of our being. It is no wonder, then, that these Lines of Consequence can so easily be used in a reading; either by themselves or as a complement to your use of the basic Vitruvian Square layout.

In order to fully understand how to skillfully blend the Lines of Consequence into a reading, you must first look at the matrix, itself, and start asking what each segment of a particular line means or represents. For example, there is a vertical segment running between Square 1 (Beginning) and Square 2 (Connecting). What line has to be crossed for someone to move between starting out with an idea and attaching something substantial to what, moments before, was only imaginary? If this segment of line is indicated in a reading (e.g., you have a card or cards in either Square 1 and/or Square 2), you can pull another card to decipher either what needs to happen to move this person from mere creativity to interdependence with the world around them (if they appear to be moving from Square 1 to Square 2) or what needs to happen to move this person from their bond with the world to more individuality (if they appear to be moving from Square 2 to Square 1). In using this segment of line, by the way, you will remember that it separates out the mental process that draws a distinction between the Future (The Plane of Outcomes) and the Present (The Plane of Values), and the difference between mentally focusing on outcomes and values (The Plane of Thought).

Another fun way to look at this segment is to ask yourself: What does The Magician have to do to become The High Priestess? Or, what does The High Priestess have to do to become The Magician? This type of exercise has been little used and certainly under-reported by others, and I want you to have this technique available to you now!

Let’s look at another example. What if you wanted to use the segment that separates Square 4 (Building) and Square 7 (Defeating)? What can that division mean? Well . . . if we are going to progress from Square 4 to Square 7, we have to find what line must be crossed that will pull us from erecting a foundation to conquering something else. If we are moving from Square 7 to Square 4, conversely, we must find what will occur that will inspire us to change from a vanquishing mindset to one of improvement. You will also notice that we will be moving either from the material world (The Plane of Action) to the emotional world (The Plane of Passion) and vice versa.

Once again, you can also ask yourself: What does The Emperor have to do to become The Chariot? Or, what does The Chariot have to do to become The Emperor?

Take the time to study each of the Lines of Consequence segment by segment and you will uncover many, many secrets about the way people approach their lives. Perhaps it is no coincidence at all that there are 12 different segments that comprise the Lines of Consequence, and the number 12 has such significance in the ancient world (for example, there were 12 principal gods of the Pantheon in Greece) and among the various religions (the 12 Tribes of Israel, and the 12 days before Christmas, among others). Most juries are comprised of 12 layperson judges of the outside world. There are 12 signs of the Zodiac. And, when  I work with people individually, I show them how there are 12 main categories of their life to consider and improve upon.

Now, in addition to recognizing the Lines of Consequence that are implicated in a reading using the larger Vitruvian Square layout, you can also simply use the Lines of Consequence and the Power Points for a reading using only 16 cards (12 cards for the line segments, and 4 cards for the points). Simply lay out the cards on the individual segments and points, rather than using the squares. You would then read each segment and point and give your interpretation as to the energy and passion that needs to happen in order to move across the lines and from the points.

For a great meditation tool (and, yes, this too can be used for a reading), take any conjunction of four segments (e.g., the segment between Square 1 and Square 2, the segment between Square 2 and Sqaure 5, the segment between Square 5 and Square 4, and the segment between Square 5 and Square 1), and lay out one card for each segment and see what it tells you. After you consider this context, add a fifth card (the Power Point) to give a final lesson to be learned or energy to focus upon.

Enjoy this very rare and esoteric reading technique. I know it is a bit intricate. Be patient and work your way through the lines and points; you will pleasantly find some added significance and, indeed, vitality in your readings that were not present before.

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