This chart can be used as a pendulum chart, a gyromantic chart (where you set loose a spinning object, such as a top or a coin), or as simply a spin-and-point chart (where you place the chart on a spinning surface, set it spinning, then blindly point). You could use some combination of all three methods. You can either color it, if colors will aid you in your use of it, or just leave it black and white.

I have tried to design this chart to answer such question as:

  • In what political direction should we, collectively, head in relation to (fill in the blank with the specific political issue)?
  • In what general political direction is the (locality/region/nation) headed in the next few years?
  • In what general political direction is (elected official/politician) headed in the next few years?
  • What is (fill in the blank)’s conscious political orientation?
  • What is (fill in the blank)’s subconscious political orientation?
  • What is the basic political orientation of the candidate who is most likely to win the election?
  • In what political direction would (elected official’s name) head, if they thought they could get away with it, and still get re-elected?
  • In the legislation being considered, what political viewpoint needs more incorporation into the proposed bill in order for it to pass?
  • It feels like (fill in the blank)’s fundamental political persuasion is shifting. In what direction are they heading?
  • Where will they ultimately end up?
  • Which political orientation on this spectrum chart represents the compromise position on this issue? To what degree are they willing to meet us half-way?
  • What should be our primary focus in addressing this issue?
  • What is the other group’s/political party’s primary focus in this issue?
  • Will this be a permanent change?
  • Will this be a temporary change?
  • Are we likely to reach an acceptable compromise on (fill in the blank with issue under discussion)?

The list of questions above and in the PDF is just to get you started. You may well think of other questions to put to this chart. Obviously, the last three questions are yes-no-maybe questions and likely need a pendulum. But if you’re using the spinning top or the spin-and-point method, and it lands-on or passes over a yes, no or maybe in connection with one of the other terms on the chart, that can be taken as a definitive confirmation or denial of whatever that associated term represents. You’ll notice the chart includes four ‘focus’ boxes flanking the circle, and these can be in-play as an answer too, particularly the two ‘focus’ questions above.