Party Spread

A question on the Tarot Talk Google+ community inspired this post. One of the members wanted to know if he could read more than one person at a time, like at a party, using the same spread. I think this is a great idea given the right party and people. I think it should be kept rather lighthearted and focused on the group dynamics and individual personalities, rather than trying to be predictive.

Let’s say there are nine people at the party. You choose one card to represent each person and then look at the layout to see how everyone interacts based on the visual cues. Here’s a real reading using imaginary people. I only used the court cards but you could use the whole deck or maybe just the Majors.


Over the Moon Tarot deck
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The party goers:

Jerry (Page of Wands)

Steve (Queen of Pentacles)

Katrina (Queen of Swords)

Daphne (Page of Cups)

Debbie (King of Wands)

Mark (Knight of Wands)

Patti (Queen of Cups)

Stacey (Page of Swords)

Bill (Queen of Wands)

What do you observe about them and their interactions? Who came to the party together? Who has mentally checked out of the party? Where are the conflicts? Who is the life of the party? These are some possibilities….

There is a couple at the center of this group — Debbie and Bill — The King and Queen of Wands respectively. Debbie keeps the group in harmony (this King plays music). Debbie wears the pants in the relationship — Bill simply dances to whatever music Debbie plays. They came to the party with Jerry and Mark (the other Wands).

There are three people who are not really engaged in the festivities. They are all facing outside the spread. Patti, who is constantly looking at herself in the mirror, brought sidekick Daphne, who doesn’t want to be there and definitely isn’t having any fun. Mark, a natural salesman, is actually outside, selling bootleg CDs from his car trunk.

Jerry who always looks busy running around and often misplaces things (Page of Wands is missing a shoe), has to run interference between Steve and Katrina. Notice how the Queen of Pentacles and Queen of Swords are having a face off. Everyone at the party knows Steve and Katrina don’t get along…perhaps it’s just some misplaced sexual tension.

Stacey doesn’t notice anything that’s going on with the people at the party. An animal lover, she spends her time trying to get the pet parakeet to repeat her name.

What do you see?


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