Tarot Spreads

A tarot spread is a ritual way to lay out the tarot cards when you perform a reading.  The simplest spread is a one card reading, usually done to answer yes or no to your question or to get an insight about a situation, or simple guidance for your day.

Spreads can range from as little as 1 card to all 78 cards, should you so choose to use the entire deck to answer a question, which can be done if you consider that the impact of any question really applies to all areas of your life. 

However, most readings range from 3 to 10 cards and generally focus on just a few areas of life, like romance, career, family, and self-development.  AskAstrology provides a sequence of card designations you can use to make your own spreads.

Using the Cards Properly

No matter what tool you use in life, whether tarot cards, a psychologist, or a hammer, you need to use the tool with integrity and properly.  You should not use a hammer to drive a screw into a board and you should not use tarot cards to “invade” someone’s private thoughts or feelings.

Of course, we want to know if he or she really loves us or if our boss will give us the raise, but those are not questions for the cards, those are questions for your lover or your boss.  Proper tarot questions are self-focused even when they involve another person.

The best question for the cards involving your partner would be, “how do I feel about the way my partner treats me?” and the best question for a promotion is, “what do I need to know if I get the promotion (or do not get the promotion)?”

Positions and Assignments in the Spread

Cards can be laid out any way you want.  If you want to make a heart out of the position of the cards for a romance reading, you can.  It is not the positions that matter so much as what assignment you give to each card draw.  Is the first card “the present” or “what you need to know now?” or should it be “your concern for the matter?”

The AskAstrology card assignments can be used to do 1 or 10 card readings for any question.  You can follow the sequence we provide or mix them up in any way you want.  Be creative!  Tarot is as much an art from, both in the practice and the making of the cards, as it is a tool for spiritual and psychological use.  You can be creative about how you lay the cards out, especially if you decide to do a six to ten-card reading.  Maybe you would like to shape a heart out the ten cards for a romance reading and an arrow pointing upwards for a career question.

As you add cards, you add more information. And, it is not always true that more information is better, sometimes it is just more that is unnecessary, or creates confusion.  When you consider your question also open your intuition to consider how many cards are the right number of cards for your reading.

Card Designations for Spreads

Without a doubt, questions about Love and Romance lead the way when it comes to almost any form of esoteric or psychic practice.  “Will I meet the one?”  “Am I with the right person?”  “What do I need to do to attract my ideal match?”  Questions about career come in second.

Below are several different card designations that you can use to create spreads for your readings, specifically created for you by AskAstrology.

One Card

Card 1 is “what you need to know right now!”

The Question: “Should I go on a second date with him/her?”

The Answer:

Follow your heart!  Or,

No, absolutely not! Protect yourself! Or,

Only if you can afford to or they can afford you.

Two Cards

Card 1 is “what do you need to know right now!”

Card 2 is “future guidance”

The Question: “Should I move in with him/her?”

The Answers:

You really want to throw caution to the wind, but will likely regret it later.

Three Cards

Card 1 is “what do you need to know right now!”

Card 2 is “future guidance”

Card 3 is “past experience”

The Question: “Should I divorce my husband/wife?”

The Answers:

It is a major decision and you should take some time apart to be alone so you can reflect on the times where you were happy in the marriage and it can be saved, or if it is truly broke beyond repair.

Four Cards

Card 1 is “what do you need to know right now!”

Card 2 is “future guidance”

Card 3 is “past experience”

Card 4 is “a message from spirit”

The Question: “How do I improve my relationship with my adult son?”

The Answer:

You need to see him as an equal and discard old thinking for new.  What is a past adventure you shared that you could enjoy again that could become a new way for you to connect.  Spirit reminds you that you can only control your half of the relationship.

5 Cards

Card 1 is “what do you need to know right now!”

Card 2 is “future guidance”

Card 3 is “past experience”

Card 4 is “a message from spirit”

Card 5 is “the unseen revealed”

The Question: “How can I be happier?”

The Answer:

You need to make a radical change that requires you to rise to a higher level of action.  Remember when you were fully in charge of your life, you need to realize that suffering is normal in life, and you need to make it your goal to become aware that your personal material success is key to your happiness now.

6 Cards

Card 1 is “what do you need to know right now!”

Card 2 is “future guidance”

Card 3 is “past experience”

Card 4 is “a message from spirit”

Card 5 is “the unseen revealed”

Card 6 is “the lesson of the matter”

The Question: “How do I bring more romance into my life?”

The Answer:

Accept that you are different and you will have to look far beyond your local environment to meet your soul mate. In the past you worked hard on your quest and need to do so again, with intense focus.  You will have to be honest about what you really want; and be specific, so you can be at peace with your decisions and not look back with regret.

7 to 10 Cards

And here are the remaining options for 7 to 10 cards; you can mix and match as well as lay them out in whatever creative way you choose.

Card 1 is “what do you need to know right now!”

Card 2 is “future guidance”

Card 3 is “past experience”

Card 4 is “a message from spirit”

Card 5 is “the unseen revealed”

Card 6 is “the lesson of the matter”

Card 7 is “the unexpected”

Card 8 is “the impact on others”

Card 9 is “take this action”

Card 10 is “the heart of the matter”

By Philip Young, PhD - a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. He provides spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing).

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