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PATTERNS

Cards in a NOC spread are ideally read from left to right but can be read in random order. Allow your intuition to guide you. Pay attention to numeric patterns in the process. They can help you understand the “chain of events” that affect the subject.
 
Let’s explore a few of the possible patterns in a NOC spread:

Ascending (1,2,3)
An ascending pattern in a NOC spread occurs when the numbers on the cards appear in consecutive order and are increasing. 
This pattern confirms that the subject of the reading is moving forward. Please keep in mind that moving forward does not necessarily mean moving in the right direction. Let’s consider a 3-card spread for example:


The ascending order of the NOC spread above is 1, 2, 3. 

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Descending (3,2,1)
A descending pattern in a NOC spread occurs when the numbers on the cards appear in consecutive order but are decreasing. 
This pattern confirms that the subject of the reading is moving backward. Please keep in mind that moving backward does not necessarily mean moving in the wrong direction. Let’s consider a 3-card spread for example:


The descending order of the NOC spread above is 8, 7, 6.  

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Progressive - For Better
A progressive pattern is the best indicator that the subject of the reading is moving in the right direction and will achieve a better outcome. The pattern typically unfolds when the card on the right is just as or more favorable than the first and middle cards in the NOC spread. The card on the right is often a positive aspect of a number, compared to the preceding cards. Let's consider a 3-card spread for example:

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Excerpt from Complete Guide to NOC (First Draft) by Yvonne Sullivan
NOTE: Information provided above is partial, not the complete section on patterns, as indicated by the . . . symbol. Also, the redesigned NOC illustrations will be used in the final draft of the guide.