Drawing just one card from the tarot deck is the easiest and probably the most common method of all readings. Without a storyline like when interpreting a full 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 method can be like having an open conversation with your higher self through the tarot cards.
This psychological tarot spread is meant to inform you about your own mind. This reading is meant to provide clarity so that you have a better idea of what you want out of life. Cards #3 and #4 represent 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 4-card layout is one of the most useful of all tarot spreads. The first card represents the significator, and the last reveals the outcome, provided you follow the advice given in this reading. 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 recommends the path you should take.
This spread can also be used to ask about the meaning of a card from previously executed tarot readings that may have been confusing. In this usage, Card #2 clarifies what it did not mean, while #3 hints at the true 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 indicate 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 is about 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 of this reading, meaning the distant or ultimate future.
Use this spread 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 of this tarot spread indicates 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 compare and contrast the Past and Future Influences that effect your journey to the top. Finally Card #6 speaks on the future in the outcome of your efforts.
This in-depth 8-card tarot layout follows 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 tarot spread progresses through 8 stages similar to the 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 tarot layout for reading into 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 investigate how each person relates to the other on the 3 levels described above.
This is a specified relationship tarot 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 this spread) a cup forms. Cards #4 and #5 reveal 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 flavor of the relationship to each person, which represents 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 in most spreads, this tarot 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 symbolizes 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 one of the convenient basic tarot spreads 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 or a hurdle, symbolizes 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 represents 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 in this tarot spread represent the past and present, but then the cards switch to a different focus. Card #3 warns you about possible side effects that could possibly rub off on 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 tarot layout follows the present situation as it goes into the future. As with most readings, the first card here is the significator, meaning the overall theme and mood of the question posed. The significator in this reading is compounded by the next 2 cards of the spread, pointing to the current roadblock and a clue to what will offer a helping hand to overcome this problem. The 4th and 5th tarot cards are about the near future, leading into what will be the longer term outcome.
The Path Reading #1 is laid out in a grid utilizing 2 columns and 3 rows.
The first of the 3 rows in this spread stands for your rational or intellectual thoughts concerning your question. The second row is regards your emotional attitudes, meaning your feelings. The bottom row is about your posture or stance, meaning how you project yourself outwardly, how the world sees you.
The left column indicates how you currently think, feel, and act regarding your question or concern. The right column of the spread 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 layout that yields insights that you will want to become more aware of in order to achieve a high level of personal and spiritual growth. The roots of the tree, meaning the first 2 cards of this spread, tell you about what you need to learn and where the challenge lies. Growing upward, the next 2 cards in this reading are about the forces that guide you and what will help boost your growth. The next 2 cards are 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.