Basic tarot reading spreads to start your adventure with tarot. Check out also more advanced and specific tarot layouts.
Interpreting tarot cards is a creative process that involves your intuition and imagination. It can be compared to story telling. Each spread is like a frame that gives a structure to the story.
The meaning of each tarot card depends on many factors like the position in that particular spread, the question that was asked and the surrounding cards.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to spread the cards.
You can start with the more simple spreads to get a feeling of card reading and start awakening your imaginative powers, then try more complex spreads or simply design your own tarot card layouts to fit a particular situation.
This is a great way to get familiar with tarot reading or a new card deck. It couldn’t be easier.
Ask a question while shuffling the cards and, when you feel ready, pick one from the pack or draw the top card.
Before researching in a book the meaning of the card, study it, look at the image and try to describe it.
Try to see if the card reminds you of someone or a situation in your life. What kind of feeling do you get from that picture?
Carry the card with you during the day and occasionally look at it and, if possible, record in a notebook your remarks about the image and the events of the day.
In the evening compare your thoughts and feelings about the card with the interpretation from this website or your favorite tarot book.
In time, with your notebook, you’ll create your own tarot card guide.
Lay three cards side by side like in the picture.
This card show some significant event or situation of your past.
The second card refers to the present.
The last card gives you hints about your future possibilities.
Or you can read the cards as:
This is a simple but powerful spread especially if you want to answer a specific question.
The first card shows the past and its influences to the present situation.
This card clarifies your present state, feelings and thoughts.
With this card we have a hint about influences that you might have ignored or you are unaware of.
The fourth card offers you an advice.
The last card suggests a possible outcome of the events. This should never be taken with a fatalistic set of mind.
The result is only a likely occurrence, a consequence of events and forces in motion at the moment of the reading.
The actions and decisions of the inquirer can always change the course of events.
Here is a simple tarot reading spread, ideal for most situations.
This is a favorite among the astrology aficionados. It makes a good, generic tarot reading spread 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.
This position represents the querent, his or her feelings, thoughts, needs.
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.
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.
The core question of the 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.
This tarot reading spread 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.
Self-expression, business and career.
The unconscious mind and health matters.
The inquirer’s close relationships and family.
Last but not least, my favorite tarot cards spread, the star. This spread is a multipurpose card layout and it can be used in most situation analysis.