These classic tarot card layouts are not too difficult to handle and are an excellent starting point to further learning.
If in doubt, consult our website or print these pages for reference and remember that practice makes perfect!
Learning to read tarot cards involves a lot of practice, do it for yourselves, friends and family.
It will be a refreshing moment of meditation of you and others will appreciate the attention you give them.
General Tarot Card Layouts
Here is a simple spread, ideal for most situations.
1 Present: How you feel about yourself now
2 Hopes: What you most want at this moment
3 Fears: Your fears
4 Pro: What is going for you
5 Con: What is going against you
This is a favorite among the astrology
aficionados. It makes a good spread for a general reading and an
excellent icebreaker if you are reading the cards for a friend and you
are tuning into each other.
In this tarot card spread, each card is placed in the position of the twelve houses of the horoscope.
Each position relates to a specific area of life. Here is the description of the meaning of each tarot card.
When you'll be more confident you can place a second card in each position for further information.
1. The Self
This position represents the querent, his or her feelings, thoughts, needs.
2. Money, resources
This card describes the financial situation, the material goods and resources.
Exchanges, letters, calls and local environment.
Emotions related to family, parents and relatives.
Creativity, hobbies, love and romance.
The daily routine, work, health.
Marriage, spouses, partners.
8. Sex, money and death
Sexuality, legacies, major changes and financial resources.
Long distance travel, future and hopes.
Ambitions, career, status.
Social activities, friends, clubs and groups.
Hidden fears, unconscious wishes, hidden matters.
13. The significator
The core question of the spread.
The Twelve Month Spread
The layout is the same as the horoscope spread but here the card number
one represents the current month, the number two shows the influences
that will effect the following month and so on.
The card in the middle gives you a general tarot card interpretation of the coming year.
The Tree of Life
This layout is loosely inspired to the cabalistic Tree of Life that represents the path to God and the creation of the universe.
The Tree of Life spread is used to have an overall view of the querent's situation and it's a great way start to a consultation.
The attitudes and feelings of the inquirer at the time of the reading.
The level of energy and drive toward goals.
Blocks or limiting factors.
Abilities, income and financial resources.
The opposition that must be overcome to attain success.
The effect of the querent on the situation.
Love and emotional life.
Self-expression, business and career.
The unconscious mind and health matters.
The inquirer's close relationships and family.
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