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Drawing just one card from the deck is the easiest and probably the most common method of doing a reading. Without a storyline like when interpreting a spread, there are no cards to compare and contrast. You can simply interpret the card as the answer to your question.
Alternatively, you may use this method repeatedly in succession to let the cards tell you a story.
This psychological spread shows you about your own mind. It is meant to provide clarity so that you have a better idea of what you want out of life. Cards #3 and #4 show very similar ideas, the difference being that #3 is more about fun things, and #4 is more about ambitions and what you want to achieve.
This easy-to-read 4-card layout is one of the most useful of all the spreads. The first card is the significator, and the last shows the outcome, provided you follow the advice given. The advice is broken down into 2 cards which can easily be compared and contrasted. Card #2 tells you what you should avoid, while #3 shows you the path you should take.
This spread can also be used to ask about the meaning of a card from a previously executed spread that may have been confusing. In this usage, Card #2 shows what it did not mean, while #3 clarifies the meaning.
The Celtic Cross is the most well-known of all the tarot spreads and also the largest available here, involving 10 cards. This spread begins with a pair of crossing cards at the center of the issue, essentially being 2 significators. When 2 significators are involved, they may strengthen or oppose each other, which speaks of the nature of the situation. Above and below the initial cross, we have 2 cards which are symbolic of the intellectual (top) and emotional (bottom) basis of the issue. The Before and After cards show the past and immediate future.
At the right, 4 cards are laid going upward. At the bottom you have a card representing yourself, and the next card shows how others may effect the question. Card #9 indicates what you may be hoping for or possibly what you hope will not happen. Finally at the top we come to the outcome, meaning the distant or ultimate future.
Use this reading to assist in reaching, or possibly even defining your goals for the future. This reading explores your strengths and weaknesses, suggesting areas in which you will have to make some effort to ensure you reach your goals.
This layout forms the shape of an arrow pointing upwards, symbolic of the focus of any ambitious, career-minded individual. The first card shows where you are at now in your career. The second shows the challenge that you will need to overcome on your way up the ladder of success. You can rely on your strengths, hinted at in Card #3 to help you along your way. Cards #4 and #5 show the Past and Future Influences that effect your journey to the top. Finally Card #6 shows the future in the outcome of your efforts.
This in-depth 8-card layout shows various aspects of your personal journey. It is good for exploring generalized personal questions, but can also be used to explore relationships if the couple is viewed as a whole.
This spread progresses through 8 stages similar to the tarot deck's Major Arcana, beginning with birth and the area of fertility. After birth comes the initial growth which leads to a period of adaptation, change, and re-balancing oneself. Once the process has grown enough, security comes into focus, as it is necessary to protect what we've earned. After this, once again growth is important, but on the level of the mind and creativitity this time, leading to another phase of personal changes. Finally upon completion of the journey, the rewards become evident, and beyond that the person's spiritual development can also be noticed.
This is a wonderful specialty layout for analyzing a relationship on 3 levels: the intellectual or rational thoughts, emotional attitudes or feelings, and the postures, meaning the way each person acts in regards to the relationship.
The first card, as usual is the significator, meaning the overall personality of the relationship as a whole. On either side of the significator are 2 columns. The columns show how each person relates to the other on the 3 levels described above.
This is a specified relationship spread that uses 9 cards to analyze where a romantic relationship is at and where it is headed. The first card shows where it is at now, and can be considered the significator. The second and third cards determine where your partner stands and how it relates to where you are at personally.
Above the stem, the 3-card base of the layout, a cup forms. Cards #4 and #5 show each person's desires, meaning what they want to get out of their coupling. Above this, Cards #6 and #7 show the challenge that this pairing presents to each individual. The final 2 cards at the top form the rim of the cup, symbolic of the taste of the relationship to each person, which shows how things will turn out on each side of the pairing.
The Astrology spread yields insight into a number of several aspects of the current state of your life, reading into the planets' influence on your psyche.
As usual this reading begins with the significator and ends with the outcome. Between the ends we analyze cards which stand for the planetary influences, one by one. The Moon card represents the influence of the home. Mercury shows the side of the intellect regarding one's skills to interact. Venus or course is the planet of Love, and Mars is the planet of war. These 2 also represent the female and male energies respectively. The final 2 planets both relate to Mercury. Jupiter shows the financial side of business, regarding personal gains. Saturn represents the purely intellectual aspects of a person's life, or what you think on a more personal level.
The 7-card Horse Shoe is a convenient basic layout that can be used to answer different types of questions, especially concerning questions where a little insight would be helpful. Like several other spreads, it has cards representing the past, present, and future.
The pinnacle of the Horse Shoe, looking like the top of the mountain, shows the obstacle or challenge that needs to be addressed and overcome. Card #6 suggests a course of action to meet this challenge. The final card shows the outcome or future should you take this advice.
Other clues are provided in Cards #3 and #5, which indicate hidden and outside influences that come into play effecting the journey to your goal.
Similar to the Horse Shoe #1, this variant provides insight on different levels. The first 2 cards begin the reading with the past and present, but then the cards switch to a different focus. Card #3 warns you about possible side effects that could accompany the future outcome, #7. The base card, #4 points out actions you may or may not wish to take concerning the issue. The external environment is shown specifically as the people around you and how they feel about what you have going on here. Things that might come into play which could cause setbacks are indicated in Card #6, another more specifically focused card than what is generally labelled the Obstacle or Challenge card in some other layouts.
This spiraling 5-card layout shows the present situation going into the future. The first card is the significator, meaning the overall theme and mood of the question posed. The significator is compounded by the next 2 cards, showing the current problem and a clue to what will offer a helping hand to overcome this problem. The 4th and 5th cards show the near future, leading into what will be the longer term outcome.
The Path #1 is laid out in a grid utilizing 2 columns and 3 rows.
The first of the 3 rows shows your rational or intellectual thoughts concerning your question. The second row is concerned with your emotional attitudes, meaning your feelings. The bottom row represents your posture or stance, meaning how you project yourself outwardly, to the world.
The left column shows how you currently think, feel, and act regarding your concern. The right column gives advice on how you would be better served if you changed your attitudes on these 3 levels. The trick is to compare and contrast the 2 columns, which will give you hints as to what the cards mean and how you should make certain changes, small or large.
The second Path spread is a 7-level design that yields insights that you will want to become aware of in order to achieve a high level of personal and spiritual growth. The roots of the tree, shown in the first 2 cards, tell you about what you need to learn and where the challenge lies. Growing upward, the next 2 cards are about the forces that guide you and what will help boost your growth. The next 2 cards show the lower branches of the tree, which provide warnings and tell you about what you need to let go of in order to maximize your progress. Finally at the top of the tree we come to the outcome, showing where this growth process will ultimately take you.