A temporary holding zone for spreads that catch my eye. I did not design any of these spreads – if you use one of them, please credit the creator!
- Problem and Solution Tree – Weird Shit not Bullshit
- 21 Card Spread, with example reading – andybc
- Mah-Jongg Spread – cleck to view source with spread and explanation
- Hero’s Tale Spread by Alamaris
1 2 3 4 7 8
The Beast (1): that which you must slay within yourself.
The Maiden (2): that which you must seek and bring into the light.
The Briars (3): that which will snare you and hold you back.
The Tower (4-6): that which will test your resolve and stand in your way.
The Sword (7): that which will help you be victorious.
The Treasure (8): that which will reward you.
From psychological theory unconscious can not be accessed directly, we have to wait for it to manifest through associations, dreams etc, this spread is meant to encourage those manifestations from the unconscious.
Is shaped as a bridge from conscious to unconscious.
1- (90 degrees rotated clockwise) “The Resistance”
What is impeding the unconscious to manifest?.
2- What does “Resistance” looks like from conscious point of view?.
3- Image/Asociation to create an instant rapport with unconscious
4- What does “Resistance” looks like from unconscious point of view?.
5- Image for later manifestations: This card message is meant to go directly to our unconscious, we can read it with the group but it’s OK if you feel this card has no relation at all, its effects are expected in the near future.
The difference between positions 2 and 4 readings is amazing, you can discover lying to yourself, unlocking an emotion or idea you can work later. Position 3 musn’t be read so deeply, work with your first toughts.
The focus of this spread is find ways to paint upon your empty canvas of creative pursuit to realize the possibilities and obstacles of seeing a project through from beginning to end.
The card layout represents different aspects of the Artist’s Palette.
1. The Grip – What hold does the creative process have on me at this time?
2. My Brushes – How can I best utilize the tools at hand?
3. Primary Color – What sparks my creative impulse?
4. Secondary Color – What fuels my motivation?
5. Tertiary Color – What drives my long term commitment to the project?
6. Painting Medium – What can I add to extend and develop my creativity to bring it to a finished result?
- Shadow Work Spreads
(3 themed star spreads for self-discovery)
- Family Triangle Spread by Teheuti (Mary K. Greer)
For each question draw two cards – one for your father and one for your mother (keep face down). Read only the cards for one parent first and only after that for the other parent. The key is to realize that this is not about your actual parents but about your perception of them. The interpretative process should be more about brainstorming possibilities than applying set meanings. What memories do the cards trigger?
• What did your father/mother stand for and believe in? (Cards 1 & 2)
• In what way(s) did your father/mother achieve this? (Cards 3 & 4)
• What kept your father/mother from doing it perfectly? (Cards 5 & 6)
• What meaning or truth did YOU learn from the above experiences of your father/mother? (Cards 7 & 8 )
• What would you have changed about your father/mother that would have enabled him or her to have a better life? (Cards 9 & 10)
Use the same cards as above and apply the same conclusions you’ve already drawn (although feel free to add new ones). You’ll be looking at the same cards from a new perspective.
• What is the Higher Synthesis or Truth for YOU based on what you learned from your parents? You derive this by blending Cards 7 & 8, as well as your prior thoughts about them.
For instance, a summary might be: My Higher Synthesis or Truth is that I believe in 7:”standing up for” 8:”the beauty of life.”
• What do you want to find out how to do? This is based on your being able to integrate and do what you believe your father and mother SHOULD have done to live a better life (Cards 9 & 10).
Summarize this as:
My Life Quest is to find out how to ________ (a blend of 9 & 10—i.e., a combination of what you think they each should have done).
I’ll always be grateful to James Redfield and The Celestine Prophecy for this process.
- Medicine Wheel Spread adapted from Animal Spirits Oracle
5 …. 1 … 3
1. Center: The card that appears in the center of the Medicine Wheel reflects who you are at this point in time.
2. North: The card that appears in the North shows you how to walk your talk. Here lies your connection with your Higher Self.
3. East: This card reveals the direction you need to take in order to gain clarity about your present situation.
4. South: This card explores issues dealing with your inner child, and shows the energy needed to trust your own process.
5. West: The animal that appears in the West holds the answer to your present challenge.
Refer to link for full explanation.
- The Four Agreements Spread by Asher, based on Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book“
1. Be impeccable with your word. This will help you to speak your Truth
2. Don’t take anything personally. This will help you rise above the negative thinking of others
3. Don’t make assumptions. This will help you communicate effectively
4. Always do your best. This will help you to live fully
The spread is based on Jung’s concept that the dark shadow has an equal counterpart: the golden or bright shadow which contains your highest potentials and abilities, the inner aspect of yourself which is your best and brightest aspect, your finest potential. These potentials may not yet manifest themselves in your life, and this spread is meant to guide you to where these higher abilities reside.
To begin, you shuffle your deck and divide it into 4 piles, one each for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms. Look in each pile until you find the Sun card. Shuffling this pile, divide it into 3 piles and read each pile using the three questions. I choose to simply pull 3 cards. The questions are:
1. What aids me in developing my golden shadow?
2. What hinders me in developing my golden shadow?
3. What is the possible outcome once I have found and developed my golden shadow?
1. PROTECTION – where you give your power away
2. PATIENCE – where you need to take it easy and not force things
3. ACCEPTANCE – what you need to accept
4. PEACEFUL ENDINGS – where you need to let go
5. CLAIRVOYANCE – how to nurture your psychic gifts
6. PERSPECTIVE – the A-ha! card; the big picture
7. SPIRITUAL HEALING – where you’ve been hurt and need healing
8. CRONE’S WISDOM – the Goddess’ advice for you
9. TRANSFORMATION – the possible future
- South Park Self-Discovery Spread by ncefafn
Trying to figure out why you keep running into brick walls, making the same mistakes over and over again, or just who you are? Try my recent invention, the South Park Spread:
1. Kyle – Your superego, your good side who always endeavors to do the right thing.
2. Cartman – Your id, the bad seed, your dark side, your shadow
3. Kenny – what keeps dying in your life, or slipping through your fingers
4. Mr. Garrison – what you’re in denial about
5. Chef – your guide, your Higher Self
6. Timmy – what you have difficulty expressing
7. Jimmy – how you really annoy people
8. Stan – what you’ve learned, or can learn, about your situation.
- The Cake Spread by Annie Steele
1. The Ingredients: What I have to work with
2. The Batter: How well will it all come together?
3. The Preheating of the Oven: Where do I need to get ‘fired up”?
4. The Baking: What may be an obstacle (undercooked or overcooked)?
5. The Cooling Off: Should I pursue this course of action?
6. The Icing: What I will gain when the baking is done?
7. The Candle: My highest hope for this endeavor
- Talent Processor by Lyones
“I believe there are a lot of gifted people at AT and thought it might be fun to put together a spread that would tell what their talents are and how they can put them to good use:”
1. What gift/talent do you have you can put to good use?
2. How not using this gift/talent would/does affect you.
3. How does it manifest in your life presently?
4. How you can build on it and make it grow.
5. How allowing it to grow will help you personally.
6. How allowing it to grow will help others.
7. The direction you should take with it.
- Chaos Tarot layout
Another that’s too complex to reproduce here, but looks really interesting, combining the yin-yang cycle with quantum probability and the i-ching. Good stuff!
- Pond of Reflection by faerylvr
Welcome to my pond of reflection… if you dare look down and see deep into your soul…
What Do I Hide and How Do I Face It?
Who do I see when I look in the mirror?
Who do others see when they look at me?
Who am I beneath the surface?
What do I try to hide from myself?
What do I hide from others?
What do I have in the deep shadows?
How do I face what I try to hide?
How do I show the world what I hide from them?
How do I look into the shadows of my soul?
- Black Dog Spread by Elnor
“I often suffer with depression, and it’s something I’m working at; trying various ways of attempting to healing myself. I’ve used quite a few different spreads for insights into how to cope with it, and last night had a go at designing one of my own…. this is the result, and I call it the ‘Black Dog’ spread, because that is one term I’ve heard applied to depression, (I think Winston Churchill was the person who first called it that.)
Anyway, I laid the cards out like this-”
1. What is the trigger for a depressive phase?
2. What could I focus on to get me through it- or what card might contain imagery that would give me some idea of what sort of attitude to try to adopt?
3. What am I not seeing… what is the attitude I unconsciously have?
4. What am I clinging to that is making the situation worse?
5. What could help me to overcome this?
6. What kind of actual steps could I take to help me began to heal?
- Sacred Days of Yule by June Kaminski
To help you to walk a sacred path through the twelve days of Yule from December 20th, the Mother Night of Dreams to December 31st, New Year’s Eve or Hogmanay. The meaning of each card in the spread reflects the energy of the festivity associated with each of the twelve days.
This spread is unique from other spreads – it is done one card at a time, over the course of twelve days. Each card is meant to be drawn and reflected upon as a separate entity, with a special unique message for the particular sacred day. Each day, draw one card from your tarot deck and lay it on the appropriate spoke of the wheel. Reflect on each card and glean the message it has for you, according to the meanings given above. By New Year’s Eve your wheel will be full with the drawn twelve cards. Reflect on the overall meaning of these twelve cards as a whole and write down your impressions of the message being given for the coming year.
1. Mother Night of Dreams: – Dec 20th This card reminds us to look for a particular message in our dreams tonight. The ancients believed that our dreams on this night foretold some of the important events in the coming year.
2. Yule – Winter Solstice: – Dec 21st This card shows us how best to connect to the Light within and without – it symbolizes the Birth of the Sun.
3. The Time of Beth: – Dec 22nd This card points to the inner blocks and resistance that is holding us back from following our dreams.
4. Hopi Time of Renewal – Dec 23rd This card indicates the best way for us to seek purification and renewal, and to build tolerance for others.
5. Feast of Mothers, Christmas Eve: – Dec 24th This card shows how we can connect with the spirits of our ancestors for communion and to ask for wisdom and guidance. It is also a time for Christians to reflect on the birth of Christ.
6. Festival of Life, Christmas: – Dec 25th This card shows us how to connect directly with Spirit.
7. Yuletide, Kwanzaa: – Dec 26th This card shows us how to express nurturance, to attend to our families and to express the protective energy within us towards others.
8. Birth of Freyja: – Dec 27th This card points to issues of love, luck, artistic and creative expression and female wisdom.
9. Feast of Alcyone: – Dec 28th This card gives us a personal inner message – one that speaks directly to our heart and spirit.
10. Day of Nymphs: – Dec 29th This card encourages us to connect to our playful side, our inner child and how best to cultivate this aspect of ourselves.
11. Day of Rest: – Dec 30th This card shows us how to walk our path in a relaxed and confident way….with the ability to deal with stressful situations in a philosophical, detached way.
12. New Year’s Eve, Hogmanay: – Dec 31st This card shows us how to release the old and let in the new. This relates to both our external lives and our inner being.
This spread is too involved to reproduce accurately here. Please visit the website linked in the title!
- Majors Only Spread posted by KafkasGhost
I came across this spread from Mary K. Greer’s blog, originated by Alejandro Jodorowsky. I like this because it is simple in layout, incorporates numerology, but can elucidate some major life path options and insights.
Cited material follows…
• Ask a question (to my mind this is optional—see below*), shuffle and lay out the three cards left to right (A B C). I find it visually helpful to lay out the rest of the cards differently from Jodorowsky’s layout—(I’ve used my layout but mention his below). Interpret these cards in relation to your question or life situation.
• Add the numbers of these three cards as indicated to get four more cards for this spread. Reduce any sum over 23. 22=the Fool. For instance: 6 + 17 +10 = 33 = 3 + 3 = 6—The Lovers (this card is read in both positions in which it appears); or 2 + 15 + 4 = 21—The World (don’t reduce further). Regarding 8 & 11, I follow the system of whatever deck I’m using.
A + B + C = Underlying aspects of the question. Place the resulting card under B.
A + C = Exterior aspects of the question. Place this card at the top leaving space below for the next two cards.
A + B = Receptive or maternal influences (what you are receptive to). Place this card directly above A/B.
B + C = Active or paternal influences (likely actions). Place this card directly above B/C.
The layout should look like a Christmas tree or arrow (see sample spread illustration). One or more cards may appear twice.
*Personally, I find that the three cards (A B C) reframe the situation from the tarot’s point of view. If you haven’t asked a specific question, they reveal the issue. I like to understand these three first before moving on to the sums.
Visually, Jodorowsky lays the first three cards out from left to right (A B C) and then a column of four cards (descending) to the right of them. In the two examples in his book, Jodorowsky doesn’t read the initial three cards at all but only the four cards that result from their sums.
Optional: Sometimes I add one more card that results from adding all seven cards: A+B+C+1+2+3+4 (count any card twice that appears twice). This final, eighth card is only to be read, if desired, after all the other cards are thoroughly understood. I see it as a long term result or psychologically deeper understanding of all that’s come before.
- The Escaping Card! by thirteen
(When a card continually pops up in readings or escapes while shuffling etc.)
Ask the cards what it means.
I really, really do have to make a sticky of this…when you get a card turning up over and over again, here’s what you do:
1) if you don’t know what it might be referring to in your life (is it work? is it family?), shuffle the deck and cut it up into four piles according to the 4 suits: communications/study (swords), work/health (pents), passions/career–or moral dilemmas (wands), and family/romance (cups). (Those are very general).
Now go through each pile and find the Page/Cups. THAT is what the message is about. Something having to do with the things ruled over by that suit.
(2) Take out the Page/Cups and put it down. Shuffle the deck. Ask the Deck “What message about _____________ are you trying to tell me with this card?” Lay down a few cards as you like to help you understand. You can do whatever works. Just one card down for clarification, or one card to the left and one to the right of the Page/Cups to make it into a Past-Present-Future spread, or a full-on Celtic Cross if you like with the Page as the signifier.
The cards have been flashing this at you to get your attention–like a flashing red light on a phone. It’s time to retrieve your messages, and you can’t do that from us. You can only do that by consulting the deck. So consult the deck.
- 4 Elements Spread by Indigo Rose
I made this spread to try and look at an issue from various points.
Start by selecting a Significator for the issue you are asking about. This can be ANY CARD from the deck. It does NOT have to be a court card, unless that is what the Querent chooses. The idea behind the card is that it represents the essence of the issue to the Querent. I have labeled that S and this card is placed in the center. Then lay it out as follows:
1)Stone(or Earth)….This represents that which is fixed, solid, tangible and concrete in the situation.
2)Water….This represents that which is fluid, changeable, illusive, and or based on the emotional undercurrents of the situation; may represent a “hidden” component….just under the surface.
3)Air….This represents your thoughts and specific ideas on the situation; may indicate ideas or thoughts you need to consider.
4)Fire….This represents the action or movement possible in the situation. It can also indicate the actions which have lead to the issue, which must be modified.
The spread offers layers of meanings….from a simple overview, to an in-depth look.
Here are some ideas for using this spread and getting more meaning from it:
I use a method of adding the numeric values of all the cards together to come up with the quintessential card or QC. I do this by taking the total and reducing it, corresponding it to a Major Arcana card. This card communicates the overview for the reading….kind of like a summary of meaning.
Assigning a QC
Numbers 0 and 22 = The Fool
** 1-21 correspond to their respective Major Cards.**
Numbers 23 and above get reduced…(i.e. card totals =23….2+3=5….the Quinessential Card would be 5-The Hierophant).
Court Cards are NOT assigned numeric value in my method, and thus are a 0.
For this spread, I actually use 2 QC’s:
1) I add all the digits from cards 1-4; excluding the Significator.
This is my 1st QC and represents overall meaning or ‘Umbrella’ covering the reading.
2) I then add the sum of the 4 cards to the numeric value of my Significator.
This is my 2nd QC and represents the deeper meaning of the reading.
Looking at these 2 cards separately and in conjunction adds layers to the overall cards and meanings.
Elemental Dignitaries or ED’s
Using these adds more depth to the interpretation of the reading; especially as Elements are built into the reading. I have posted a quick list of the basic rules to this process:
ELEMENTAL DIGNITY RULES
The Four Elements interact with each other using rigid rules:
1. Fire and Water are enemies; they weaken each other
2. Air and Earth are enemies; they weaken each other
3. All other combinations are friendly; they strengthen each other
4. Fire and Air are active
5. Water and Earth are passive
That is all there is to the rules.
- Little Superstitions Spread by doormousey
“Right now I was listening to one of my favorite bands, The Rakes, and they inspired with their song ‘Little Superstitions’ to create my own little spread. I tried it just now and it actually seemed to work pretty well!
So here it is…
1. Rubbish: Beliefs to Disregard
2. Reason: Why it hinders/harms growth
3. Contributions: Action to take
4. Forever: Changes you acquire/Result
5. Whatever: Unexpected Gifts
6. Together: Special Gift from Universe
7. Little Superstitions: Belief to Adopt!
I’ve been feeling really spiritually stifled lately, so I thought this was absolutely necessary.”
A goal that I need help reaching:
Pull each of the Ace cards from the deck and spread them out in front of you.
1. Under the Ace of Cups, place a card that shows how the goal will fulfill your heart—what your heart has to gain from reaching this goal.
2. Under the Ace of Swords, place a card that shows how the goal will fulfill your mind—what your intellect has to gain from reaching this goal.
3. Under the Ace of Pentacles, place a card that shows the practical benefits to be gained from reaching this goal.
4. Under the Ace of Wands, place a card that shows how the goal will fulfill your creative spirit—what your creative spirit has to gain from reaching this goal.
5. Choose a card with a figure that represents your Saboteur. List signs that will warn you when your Saboteur is in charge.
6. Choose a card with a figure that represents your Liberator. List signs that will show you that your Liberator is in charge.
7. Consider the possibility that your Saboteur has good intentions and wants to protect you. Imagine your Liberator saying that you don’t need that kind of protection any more. What agreements might they come to?
8. Imagine that each Ace is a gift from your Liberator and/or your Saboteur. Look at the imagery of the card. What might it symbolize? A seed that needs planting? A tool? A reminder of your strength?
9. Choose a card that represents an action you want to take.
- SWOT Analysis Spread by blue_fusion
“I had nothing better else to do last week, and a lotta time to kill as well, when this idea came up. Why not apply SWOT Analysis to a tarot reading?! For those unfamiliar, SWOT (which I learned from my organization management classes) means Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats. Its basically used to analyze, identify, and assess an organization internally (Strengths and Weaknesses) and externally (Opportunities and Threats).
What I did was I applied this with the standard Past-Present-Future spread so it actually becomes an extended version of that, with 12 cards. I laid them out as such (the numbers indicating the sequence of the cards as I laid them down):
The good thing about this is you can also do some cross-sectional analysis (like comparing your weaknesses in the past and present, and perhaps see if there’s a trend with how the future ones will come up). On the downside, it becomes a thinker when ya have a very positive card for a threat (but then too much of a good thing is bad, no?). So one has to be creative with interpreting as well.”
I figured a neat idea to learn about yourself through the Tarot would be to base a spread off the D&D character attributes. You may remove attributes if they’re useless to a situation.
Strength – How physically powerful are you?
Dexterity – How physically clever or quick are you?
Constitution – How physically healthy are you?
Charisma – How good are you at talking?
Wisdom – Are you good at making the right decisions (or how much experience do you have in certain matters)?
Intelligence – How smart are you?
- Animal Totem Connection Spread by TractJM
“I was sitting meditating with my guides and totems the other night and got this flash of inspiration for a loosely worked spread to connect to your animal totems; and it keeps popping into my mind every morning when I come on here, so I’d like to know if anyone would like to try a reading for our animal totems with me!
You can ask for an answer from a specific totem for a topic, or maybe something in general if you don’t want to or don’t know what they are. This spread probably won’t help you reveal who they are so I’m not even going to attempt that!
I just want to try seeing what happens if we intend to connect to our animal totems for a message; rather than to our guides/angels and see what comes about from it.”
2 3 4
6 7 8
1. The theme of the message
2, 3, 4, What does my totem wish to tell me/answer?
6, 7, 8, What does me totem wish me to do?
5 and 9, is there some wisdom or a lesson our totem wishes to impart that would assist us in this?
(Alternatively, 5 and 9 can be part of the cards above them.)
Note: This spread is copyrighted to Monicka Clio Sakki, taken from the Sakki-Sakki Tarot booklet with her permission. The layout should resemble an arrow:
5 7 6
This is a spread for all of us – not just the artists among us that weave paints or words into telling pictures. Our choices and actions are the paint that we use on the blank canvas of life. This spread can help all of us explore and better understand our individual paths. I have to say, I found this spread when I was flipping through the LWB (Little White Book) – and it stopped me in my tracks. My eyes fixated on the definition of position number eight – The Price. This is what we need to give up in order to follow our personal artists path. This hit me in the gut – because I feel that we all pay a tremendous personal price when we choose to follow our intended paths. From the LWB:
1. The Self-Portrait: What is your self image as an artist? What is your relationship with this identity?
2. The Now: Where are you now, while looking at your path with an Artist’s eye?
3. The Driving Force: What is the driving force; what feeds the internal springs of your creativity?
4. The Muse: What external factors or forces inspire you? What gets you going?
5. The Block: What blocks your creativity?
6. The Block at work: When you are blocked, what do you do instead of creating? How do you spend (or squander) your time?
7. The Money: What are your views on the relationship between creativity and money?
8. The Price: What you need to give up in order to pursue your Artist’s path?
9. Next Step: What you need to do next, to make sure you walk forth down the creative path that you have chosen?
10. The Artist Card: After dealing the nine cards of the Artist’s Path spread but before reading it, place the Artist card as a Significator at the end of the spread (S). This card is You. Accept your creative powers and responsibilities, and your Artist’s Path ahead will be clear.