Various Tarot spreads with analytical examples


The Love Triangle Spread
 
Read more... The Love Triangle Spread is suitable for those who are involved in a situation where they are not the unique protagonists.... Love (and sometimes lust) can easily make us cross our personal lines in a world where every human being is simply seeking his/her own happiness... When certain situations tend to be complicated and cause doubt, fear, worry and anxiety, this spread can provide valuable information about the central person in the love triangle, especially about his/her feelings and intentions. So, using your intuition, you can have a pretty clear picture of what is REALLY going on, regardless of your own ideas and notions, and thus make the correct decisions for your life.


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Love Search
  


Read more...This spread can be very useful in times of loneliness and love search. Sometimes, we ignore the reasons why we are alone. We tend to blame our bad luck or the others for not approaching or for rejecting us. This spread can give some very insightful answers as to why we still haven't found our other half as well as useful suggestions for breaking the vicious circle of loneliness. 

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One-Card Spread
  Read more...Sometimes, when things get really complicated and we need immediate guidance, it is advisable to rely on a simple one-card spread. Large spreads provide lots of information but they may be a bit confusing in times of great tension.

Avoid asking "yes or no" questions. Sit in a quiet place, relax and think about what's bothering you. Then take a deep breath and draw a card. Examine the card and think what this card symbolizes for you, before looking for its "official" meaning. Allow your subconscious to give you the guidance you need. Then you can check the card's interpretation. 

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Two-card Spread
  
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Two-card spreads can offer some very interesting answers, especially if you choose to represent opposing forces. For example, you may choose one of the following sets: 


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Three-Card Spread
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Three-card spreads are widely used because they can offer useful guidance depending on the positions you name. Some of the positions most often used are the following: 



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5-card Cross
Read more...A popular spreas is the 5-card cross. It is quite detailed and can give helpful advice in dealing with a situation. Before selecting this spread, just think of the law of cause and effect. All cards are interdependent and stand for what can happen under certain conditions. To put it more simply: you do not need the Tarot to understand, for example, that blind arrogance and stubbornness will not havepositive results in your life. Interpret the cards as a whole.

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Six-Card General Spread
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This spread can be used when you wish to have a general insight on all the basic aspects of your life. It is understood that you can add or remove positions to match your needs. 


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The Pyramid / Yes or No
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The pyramidal shape, dignified or not, is commonly used with the tarot cards. In the spread I'm using here, I have arranged the cards so that they answer a question with a straightforward "yes" or "no", as well as give valuable information about the problem. 

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Yes or No? 7 card spread
Read more...Sometimes one simple  "Yes or No" answer is not enough to answer a question. What makes the difference is to know the factors or causes behind an affirmative or negative response. In such a case, a spread like this can significantly help.


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Celtic Cross

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 The Celtic Cross is a popular, traditional spread with many alternative positions. Here we're going to present one of the most widely used. Even though many people use it for advice, the Celtic Cross is a complicated spread, the information of which should be handled with care and deep reflection. 


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One-Significator Spread
Read more...This is a variation of the classic Celtic Cross Spread which can provide useful advice about a person (yourself, a client, or someone you are interested in - but never a person you have never met!)


Sample Reading

Question: I feel very confused. Even though everything runs smoothly at work and home (I'm happily married with a wonderful woman) I feel restless, worried and unsatisfied. Some piece of the puzzle seems to be missing from my life but I don't know which. I'm perfeclty healthy, popular with my friends and colleagues and in a warm relationship. So, what's wrong with me? Why do I feel so empty sometimes? 


  Position 3: Basic influence /Nine of Wands Rx
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Position  5: The Past/ Queen of Cups
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Position  1: Significator / King of Wands + Position 2: The present / Nine of Cups Rx 
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Position 6: Immediate future/ Seven of Pentacles
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Position 7: Later in the future / Ace of Swords
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  Position 4: What's in the darkness / The Devil
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Answer
(Note: The Significator was chosen randomly for this sample reading)

In this reading, there are two Nines, and they are both reversed. Judging from this, I can tell you have a feeling of incompletion in life. Number Nine in the Tarot represents the final step before the ending of a circle (for better or for worse). In your case, they are boht ill-dignified which makes it very obvious that either you feel deeply dissatisfied with your accomplishments, or that you overreact over your condition.

More analytically, the Nine of Cups reversed suggests that your dissatisfaction may arise from the fact that you would rather avoid disputes and quarrels at work or home, rather than express what you really think or need. Don't be afraid to express your opinion or feelings. By playing blind or deaf to whatever bothers you just because it shouldn't, you're only making the situation more intolerable for yourself.

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Nine of Wands, reversed again, seems to stress the aforementioned. You may have gone through may trials to acquire what you have today and it's probable very hard for you to admit that not everything was worth the trouble but lying to yourself will not make the situation any better. Defend your choices if you feel like it but don't be afraid to change your plans, methods, habits, environment if this is what you really want.

The Devil in the fourth position indicates that the underlying forces at this time are related to the material aspects of you life. You desire to break free from convention, no matter how secure it is. You crave for all types of delights, which is not necessarily bad. The Devil is a very powerful card. I would say you shouldn't suppress you desires and aspirations any more (sexual, material, antagonistic). Dare to make some of your dreams real but take care that you don't hurt other people.

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Queen of Cups symbolizes a woman who is sensitive, loving and caring, probably your wife. You should be cautious with her because she understands more than you think. Is it really worth to lose her? If you think your relationship is a bit boring, try to invigorate it as it may be too difficult to replace it. Hurting others will not offer you anything.

In the near future, the Seven of Pentacles indicates that you will be called to re-examine your values and goals. A time of uncertainty lies ahead. Take your time to evaluate from scratch what's important for you. It's the only way to a fulfilling life.

Finally, the Ace of Swords shows you will soon regain consciousness of your potential and you will seek to take decisive action of change. In general, all the cards in this spread indicate you have to go through a period of re-evaluation. You will need to show courage and absolute honesty to yourself and to others. Don't be afraid to make decisions but make sure you know why you're changing things.

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Two-significators Spread
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This is a spread I personally use quite often, when a relationship problem appears. The two Significators are chosen to represent the two people involved in a relationship. You must keep in mind that this spread cannot be performed for people who are not related. 


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Horse Shoe Spread

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The Horseshoe spread consists of seven cards. It is suitable for guidance on a particular problem. Its positions include the best attitude to adopt when dealing with a problem and the role of other people in the situation. 

The positions are as follows:



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21-Card Complex Tarot Spread

Read more...Complex tarot spreads can provide detailed information about every aspect of life or any side of an issue, depending on the positions chosen. You should have something specific in mind when choosing a complex opening. The more specific the question, the more precise the advice you'll get. Be receptive and don't expect unequivocal answers.

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Tetraktys
         
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The Tetraktys spread, which displays clear connections to the Pythagorean theory of numbers, is a very powerful spread, featuring positions indicating forces that operate creatively or destructively in our lives. Thus, the information we can obtain from this spread is invaluable for our self-awareness and our path in life.

 


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The Guidance Spread

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This is a spread with eight advisory positions that can be used for guidance when you feel confused about what is happening around you. This spread can provide some good advice about what to do and what to avoid doing in a given situation. 


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Mirror Relationship Spread


Read more...This Mirror spread is very popular with Querants who need an insight of their current relationship. This spread cannot be performed about perople who do not know each other or people who are not somehow related. The Mirror Spread is best used to compare the feelings and intentions of both partners and thus provide the general outline of the affair. Be receptive to any outcome.

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Complex Spread for Inspiration


The Tarot cards are ideal means of stimulating our imagination owing to their rich symbolism. You can use this spread when you're faced with the infamous "writer's block" or when you just need to draw inspiration for any artistic work! I'm sure the results will come as a pleasant surprise, opening endless worlds of creativity!

In the following sample spread, I have chosen to represent some positions for a novelist or a script writer who's unsure where to start. Thus, the positions are liable to change, according to your creative needs and goals. 

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Multiple Version Complex Spread for Writers
 
This is an alternative of the Inspiration Spread and it can be used by writers when they face the famous "writer's block". The Tarot cards can stir your imagination and help you return on your creative path.  
 
Sample Reading 1
Draw three cards and read their interpretations carefully. Think which of these could give your story a new twist and experiment!
 
Sample Reading 2
You can ask a specific question concerning your story, like "What would happen if..." or "How would my character feel after...". Use the cards and rediscover your lost inspiration!
 
 
 
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The Alchemist's Spread

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The Alchemist's spread is a highly mystical spread, claimed to have been devised by Nostradamus himself. In her book “Tarot” (Collins/Gem publications) Rowenna Stuart says that this spread should be drawn only once for each Querant during his or her lifetime.

My advice to anyone who wishes to perform this spread is to use only the Major Arcana cards and strictly avoid any reversals. If a card appears ill-dignified, the readed must turn it to its upright form.


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Annual 12 month spread


Read more...You can use the tarot cards in order to have an idea of the major influences in your life, during the following months. I personally use only the Major Arcana for such readings and I don't allow reversed cards. You can choose between spreads featuring three, six or twelve months. What you need to remember about these spreads is that the cards are interpreted in chronological order and one presupposes the other. They can't be interpreted seperately. Be receptive and optimistic, no matter what the outcome is. If you carefully intervene in affairs during a "negative" month, the final spread result can be atlered. 
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