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Pulling Threads: an original tarot spread for getting to the bottom of an issue using root-cause analysis

Card Positions:
1. The issue at hand.
2. What is the cause of the issue?
3. What is the cause of the issue discovered in #2?
4. What is the cause of the issue discovered in #3?
5-11. Continue on in the same manner.
12. What is the cause of the issue discovered in #11? This is the root cause of the issue identified in #1.
13-15. Suggestions and advice to overcome the root problem identified in #12.

To use this spread: Shuffle the cards while keeping in mind an issue you want to address. For example, “I don’t have a job.” When you’re ready, lay out the cards face down in the order pictured. Turn over the first card. This card will either give you a more nuanced view of the issue you want to address, or, as tarot often does, will show you the problem that you actually need to focus on. Then, flip the second card. This will identify the reason why your issue exists. If your issue was your lack of employment, this card will explain why that is. Perhaps, “I’m too afraid to put myself out the…

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