For newcomers and veteran tarot readers alike, understanding tarot cards can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you out.
Tip #1: Context is Key
Newcomers to tarot believe that the meaning lies in the cards, sometimes focusing on the Major Arcana — yet the deeper meaning lies in the tarot spread.
A tarot spread is a pattern, the way the cards are set on the table. This impacts the tarot card reading and interpretations you can derive from the deck.
Individual meanings for the cards still exist, but in each spread, their positioning can gain a unique interpretation.
There are several types of tarot readings and spreads to consider. An example is the “Fire of Creation” spread, in which the card in the “kindling” position represents a starting point for your journey or project.
And a classic tarot spread is the “three-card” spread, in which you draw 3 cards and each position has a meaning. Positions can be interpreted as “past/ present/ future” or even “situation/ obstacle/ advice”.
A more advanced spread would be the Celtic cross spread. The Celtic cross tarot spread consists of 10 cards that form the shape of a cross, covering past, present, future, strengths, hopes, and so on.
Tip #2: Specific Spreads Provide Guidance
Sometimes, a life situation requires specific guidance.
Fire of Creation
The Fire of Creation spread we mentioned earlier helps the tarot reader find guidance when you’re stuck on a creative project. Think for example writer’s block or when you simply can’t pin down an idea for the next boardroom meeting. Incorporate this into your next tarot card reading to get your creative juices flowing.
The Year Ahead spread is a classic for tarot readers every new year, in which a forecast of what might come in the following months is displayed.
And even if you’re in the middle of the year, this spread can still be played to see what remains to be seen.
For those facing disease or trauma, the Inner Healing spread provides guidance on how to move on towards a healthier life.
For inspiration on your love life try our Romance/Something Old, Something New spread with a list of inspiring questions.
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