10.11.2014

Tarot spreads and meanings

Although many people regard tarot reading as a tool for divination, it can also be extremely helpful tool for exploring psychological issues. The Self-Healing Tarot Spread can be a powerful tool for exploring our past traumas that may be preventing us from growing in the present. When attempting this tarot spread, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings. First Card – What is my greatest emotional block, trauma or issue from the past that is preventing me from moving forward?
Third Card – How is my emotional block currently affecting my personal growth and my relationships with others in the present? Fifth Card – What actions, emotional or otherwise, can I take to get past my emotional blocks to encourage growth and self-healing?
Sixth Card – What is the guiding spiritual lesson I have learned through this exploration? This entry was posted on Sunday, March 21st, 2010 at 6:13 pm and is filed under Tarot Spreads. The second card is for the immediate present and reveals information about the current situation.
The third card represents the influences and helps you analyze how various factors have affected the situation.
The fifth card reveals external influences and the attitude of the people that surround the qurent and how they can affect the situation.
The sixth card explains the best course of action that the querent can take to overcome the obstacles. The seventh card predicts the possible outcome and discloses how the present situation might turn out to be. Once the cards are shuffled and the deck has been cut, the reader lays out the cards in a pattern called the spread. There are many more spreads for Tarot card reading, and readers can even make up their own. Below, using the Celtic Cross spread as an example, you can see that there is an order in which the cards are laid down for the spread and that each card position within the spread has a meaning. In the next section, we'll step through a reading to show how the card meanings can be combined with positions and pairings to reach an interpretation.
One of the many spreads available is the Pentacle Spread, which delivers clarification and insight into your projects. The Pentacle Spread, developed by isthmus nekoi, is a five-card pattern with the cards representing the elements of earth, fire, air, water and spirit. My name is Kate Hill (also known as Solandia) and I'm a Tarot reader, deck collector, and lifelong student of the beauty and diversity of Tarot cards.
I created Aeclectic in 1996 to share my passion for Tarot with the world, and I've added 1600 decks over the years.


What can the querent do to help (or be ready for) this person (to) become part of their life? What does this person need to do before they are ready to become part of the querent's life?
A friend whose cards I read recently was querying why her reading hadn’t warned her about the problems with her relationship, which appeared a few weeks after her reading. After thinking about this, I wondered if perhaps we should have asked a few more searching questions – one of them being the likely outcome of the next few months.
Update on this spread – trying it out on a couple of willing guinea-pigs, it has continued to be very powerful.
This is a big spread – both in terms of numbers of cards and its subject-matter, which is a pretty comprehensive life path spread.
Learner readers set great store by different spreads, but in fact the more you read, the more you’ll find that one or two spreads will do. As a professional reader, I mainly use two spreads – the Celtic spread (both full and truncated), and a three card spread, the positions of which are identified beforehand (usually covering relationship, career, family or health). I use the Celtic spread for invaluable background information on the main issue or issues the client brings to the reading. The Celtic Cross is an old and trusted spread which gives a good background to a second spread.
This spread can be followed by the Three by Three spread – which I use to offer the client a choice between specific questions, or different aspects of his or her life. With the Three by Three Spread, people often will place three cards down and read them as Past, Present, Future. The second row will be ‘Anything you need to do right now about your relationship, or your work’ etc. The third row can be ‘Helpful influences’, or ‘what you should not do now’, or anything relevant to the client – use your discretion but make the intention clear before you draw the cards. Extra rows can of course be added in if you think of other aspects of the question… In the diagram (above) I’ve given two alternative rows 7,8,9, but nothing is fixed in this spread, just go for it. Each position in the spread has a meaning, and there are many different types of spreads, ranging from those that incorporate a single card to spreads that include all 78 cards of the deck.
There are many different meanings that each position can have -- it all depends on who you ask. These spreads and layouts will help reveal more about your love relationships, your career and money solutions, your spiritual path and so much more. The spreads have easy-to-follow instructions, interpretations and diagrams for you to use with your own tarot cards. Querying what she needed to do with the relationship, and getting the answer that it seemed really good, must indicate a limitation in my reading (relationship readings are not my speciality), but we were perhaps playing it safe by avoiding a card for the likely outcome. You can also create your own spreads – as long as you identify the positions clearly (and remember them), the cards will fit those positions.


Positions such as ‘yourself at present’, past influences’, ‘hopes and fears’ all help to focus your own judgement.
Don’t worry if you don’t wish to try formulating your own intuitive spreads, but prefer to work with tried and tested layouts. At the end of his reading he despairingly asked me why, as humans, we behave the way we do.
These are the circumstances that occurred in our past that remain unresolved and remain as emotional blocks. It’s also important that you have allotted enough time to practice this tarot spread without any interruption.
The person receiving the reading should also be concentrating on the question or area for which they want guidance while he or she shuffles the deck. A few weeks later it became apparent that her man was unbearably insecure and was capable of complete meltdown when things didn’t go his way. As you grow more confident, you can invent your own intuitive spreads, examples of which will be posted over the coming weeks.
I often begin with the Celtic spread to give a general overview of the issues at hand, and follow up with an intuitive spread to focus in on a specific situation where required.
Often, these are the scars that we carry from painful experiences from our past that shape how we perceive the world and interrelate with those around us. Be sure to give yourself time for introspection and to process through any emotions or memories that may come up during your tarot reading. In some more traditional circles, a more elaborate sorting and separation of the cards is performed (see The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn Web site for this version).
The card meanings (see Individual Tarot Cards and the next section) are combined with the position meanings. She wondered if the limitation had been her own thoughts – that is, that the reading gave her a reflection of her hopes, not about what was about to happen. If you find yourself in repetitive painful relationships for example, the Self Healing Tarot Spread can help to identify the cause as well as provide a path towards healing, growth and spiritual awareness. For example, one spread might focus more on emotional matters, while another might bring in more information about the influences of others. I have seen it predict accurately on many occasions, though I usually warn against taking a reading as a certainty (given the complexity of the future, all we can do is predict possibilities), but in the reading I did for my friend, the man’s insecurities would have been there, albeit hidden.




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