Shustah on Rainring
I guess I should start with a little bit of background information regarding this unusual reading. A few weeks ago 94stranger did an interesting reading with the Rainring cards called Rainring analyses Tarot on his Rainring blog. The reading inspired Madame Seaqueen to posted a Tarot reading on Rainring on her Ask My Cards blog. Then in a recent comment 94stranger suggested that I ask the playing cards about Rainring. I thought the Shustah would be better suited to handle this kind of reading, and so here follows my Shustah reading on Rainring.
If you are not familiar with Rainring, check out the interactive Rainring website where you’ll find all 81 cards available for study, practice, and play.
Rather than attempt to analyze Rainring, I thought I would take Madame Seaqueen’s lead and look at the challenges Rainring will face in the next 6 to 8 months. For this reading, I’m using the Occult Cross spread which is the Shustah version of the traditional Tarot Celtic Cross layout. I shuffled the complete deck of 70 cards, and then spread them all face-down on the table. Then I asked my question aloud before choosing six cards.
Question: What challenges will Rainring face in the next 6 months in meeting its full potential?
Green 10 – Legal Papers
Yellow 11 – The Strange Page
Green 11 – The Playful Page
Red 8 – The Serpent
Black 1 – The Card of the Ram
Blue 4 – The Swamp
The Card That Crosses:
The card that crosses is Yellow 11 (The Strange Page). The card in this position reveals the main challenge that must be handled during the time frame of the reading. The Strange Page represents the unknown, or something new, different, or unexpected coming into the picture.
The Strange Page represents Rainring as a new, breakthrough tool for exploring the self. This card in this position suggests that the greatest challenge Rainring faces right now is gaining acceptance as something totally new, unexpected, and non-traditional. The image on the card is of a messenger on the front stoop reaching out to knock on the front door. This imagery suggests to me that Rainring is knocking at the door, ready to make its grand entrance.
The Center Card:
The center card indicates the best way to deal with the challenges revealed by the card that crosses. Here we find Green 10 (Legal Papers). The combination of these two cards can denote that a legal or business contract will soon be in the works for further promoting Rainring.
In a general sense Green 10 refers to any kind of written communications, and in this position suggest that the best way to deal with the challenge of “newness,” is to get the word out. Of course this would seem obvious, and 94Stranger is already promoting Rainring with his excellent Rainring blog, and his Rainring master classes, but perhaps something more formal is being suggested such as a manual or book, or maybe even some kind of advertising.
The other idea this card brings to mind is the written information currently available on the Rainring cards. I understand that the meanings for the cards on the Rainring interactive website are kept purposely vague so as not to influence the seeker’s intuitive responses to the cards. For someone comfortable with reading intuitively it’s a great benefit, but a bit more structure would make the system more appealing to greater cross section of people. In any case, Green 10 suggests that the written word will play a large part in helping Rainring reach it’s full potential.
The Card on the Left:
The card on the left denotes past influences, and here we find Blue 4 (The Swamp). This card represents a difficult patch of ground that must be crossed before forward progress is possible. In the position of past influences, this card indicates a slow start, or difficulty getting a project off the ground. Delays and frustrations are likely, and Rainring may not be moving forward as quickly and easily as originally expected.
The good news is that The Swamp is a card of the Blue Suit, which represents healing and constructive endeavors. For this reason, The Swamp is often interpreted as “recuperation,” and the stagnant energy of this card is always temporary. Once this difficult patch of ground is traversed, it should be smooth sailing the rest of the way. The Swamp in the position of past influences makes me think of “growing pains.”
The Card Above:
In the position above indicates outside influences that should be considered. Here we find Green 11 (The Playful Page). I think it’s significant that two of the pages appear in this layout. They denote working from the lower self, as opposed to a higher or more spiritual level. It may be that a more ordinary approach is important because it’s the quest for lower-self guidance that prompts most people to reach out to an oracle. The inner wisdom usually comes later as a result of working through the oracle, and tapping into those higher sources of knowledge.
Although Rainring was developed primarily as a guide for looking inward, and not for predicting everyday events, often it’s the outward expression of inner struggles that contributes to what is experienced in life. The Playful Page seems to be saying, “let’s keep the approach fun and uncomplicated,” and stress the ways in which Rainring can be used to help with more mundane matters as well. Otherwise Rainring may be perceived as lofty and inaccessible to the average seeker looking for everyday guidance.
The Card Below:
The position below reveals the strengths that can be brought to bear on the problem or challenge. Here we find Shustah card Red 8 (The Serpent). The Serpent can warn of a potential enemy, or of a trap that is about to be sprung. In its highest form, the serpent represents wisdom and understanding. As the symbol for the rising Kundalini, and the ancient Egyptian Uraeus, the serpent also denotes spiritual power, and cosmic awareness..
The Serpent is a great card to have in this position because it suggests that Rainring’s strength lies in its spiritual power, and ability to overcome adversity. The Serpent is here as a reminder that although Rainring needs to be accessible, it is not a fortune-cookie oracle. Rainring is based on sound spiritual principles, and it’s a genuine tool for psychological and spiritual growth. This Serpent represents the energy that will sustain Rainring through its growing pains.
The Card on the Right:
The final card on the right reveals the outcome, or how the challenge is handled and resolved. I think it’s significant that Black 1 (The Card of the Ram) falls in this final position. Black 1 represents the energy of the Zodiac sign Aries, which is ruled by the planet Mars. In Madame Seaqueen’s Tarot reading, The Tower fell in the final position of the Celtic Cross, and the Tower is also ruled by Mars. So clearly there is an important message here.
Aries heralds new beginnings, but the influence of Mars brings an excess of energy that is not always easy to sustain. This card can represent “a flash in the pan,” or something that starts out with a burst of fire and passion, but then burns itself out quickly. Of course this card does not predict Rainring’s ultimate fate. It merely highlights the culmination of the energy working through Rainring during the time frame of the reading. As with the Tarot Tower, implied in The Card of the Ram is a renewal of energy, and a rebuilding better and stronger than before.
In the final position, this card suggests that some restructuring may be necessary to promote future growth. I don’t think this refers to any major changes to the Rainring system, or compromising the integrity of the process, but changes in how the system is presented can make a difference in how Rainring is perceived.
The cards suggest that the main challenge for Rainring during the next 6 to 8 months is to overcome the perception of being something strange and new, and foster an image of trust and familiarity. This may be best accomplished by providing more practical information on how to apply Rainring in a practical way, while keeping the approach fun and uncomplicated. Rainring is a powerful system for illumination and self transformation, and Rainring’s primary strength lies in its spiritual foundation. The final card suggests that an initial burst of popularity and acceptance during this period may fizzle before the real progress is made, and a restructuring may prove necessary before Rainring can express its full potential.
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