Write Your Own Tarot Card Spread

Learn to author your own Tarot card spread for more direct answers from your cards.

A Tarot spread is a pattern in which the cards are dealt for a reading. These are used for purposes of divination or guidance from the cards.

When you begin reading Tarot, it is often difficult to find a spread which will answer your questions. The spread may not have been created to address the points in which you are interested, or the individual card designations may be a bit too vague. Sometimes it is best to write a spread designed specifically for your situation.

Before you author a Tarot spread, study the Tarot. Learn Tarot symbolism, and get to know your individual deck. There are many good books on the market, and more are released each month. There are also many good teachers of Tarot. Some of these are available via the Internet.

Also keep in mind what the Tarot can and cannot do. The Tarot CAN tell you what to expect if you do not make changes in your path. It can also give you the trend of a situation for purposes of planning. Tarot can be used as a spiritual guidance tool as well. The Tarot CANNOT tell you names, dates or locations of objects or people. The Tarot generally does not answer yes/no questions. There are spreads floating around that were designed to answer yes/no questions but the results are vague. Tarot shows possibilities, not concrete predictions or answers, because each individual has the power to change the path they are upon.

The topics a spread can cover are limited only by your imagination. You can author a spread to outline your romance, or give you insight to your spiritual direction. With the abilities of the Tarot in mind, you should choose the points you wish your spread to address. Each card should give information or answer an individual question about the situation. You should write these out as you author your spread. Writing the card designations helps you connect the cards to the spread. Here is an example of a spread focused upon a specific relationship:

1. What do I bring to the relationship?

2. What does my partner bring to the relationship?

3. What are our obstacles to a good relationship?

4. How do we meet these obstacles?

5. What are the strengths of our relationship?

6. Where is this relationship leading?

Remember not to use questions that begin with the word "does," such as, "Does my partner love me?" This type of question requires a yes or no answer, and cannot easily be answered by Tarot. A good substitute would be "What is my partner's emotional response in this relationship?"

After you decide what points you want your spread to cover, you should decide your spread's pattern. Spreads are usually dealt in a symmetric pattern. This would be a cross, a row or rows of cards, a square or rectangle, or a triangle. Diagram this spread. The pattern is not as important as the card designations. However, once you have decided upon one, be consistent. Your subconscious connects the pattern and card designations to the actual cards as you shuffle.

Now you are ready to use your spread. First meditate upon the issue at hand, then shuffle your cards until you feel they are ready. To your left, place three stacks of cards. Choose a stack, and lay the cards in the pattern you designed. Does the answer make sense to you? If it does not, perhaps you need to reread using this spread, or write another. Pay close attention to the questions you pose the cards. Also keep in mind that consulting the Tarot too often about the same topic can yield confusing results. Wait three days between consultations on the same subject.

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