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?


What’s Your Sign?

zodiacTrying to figure out who that Queen of Swords is in your reading? Or that Knight of Cups? Get out your playing cards! You can assign a zodiac sign to each face card in a regular playing card deck since there are 12 face cards and 12 zodiac signs. Shuffle just the face cards and choose one at random to reveal the zodiac sign of the person in question. Of course, this works equally well for playing card divination too! Here are my correspondences:

Jack of Clubs/Sagittarius

Jack of Hearts/Pisces

Jack of Diamonds/Virgo

Jack of Spades/Gemini

Queen of Clubs/Aries

Queen of Hearts/Cancer

Queen of Diamonds/Capricorn

Queen of Spades/Libra

King of Clubs/Leo

King of Hearts/Scorpio

King of Diamonds/Taurus

King of Spades/Aquarius

Timing Technique: Major Arcana

timingHere’s another idea for timing techniques. Use the tarot Major Arcana to represent months. If you want to know when something will happen, randomly select a card from the Majors. Time periods are based on the card’s number. For example, The Wheel = 10 months. The Fool (0) shows something happening immediately. If you’d rather change the time period to days or weeks, that’s okay too.

Timing Technique: Aces

AceQuestioners often want to know WHEN something will happen. This is one technique to try.

Assign each ace to its appropriate season. Here are my correspondences.

Ace of Clubs or Ace of Wands = Spring

Ace of Hearts or Ace of Cups = Summer

Ace of Diamonds or Ace of Pentacles = Fall

Ace of Spades or Ace of Swords = Winter

With your timing question in mind, shuffle and go through the deck card by card until you come to your first Ace. The Ace that appears reflects the season during which the event may happen.

The Suits in Action

actionOne way to understand the suits in a deck of playing cards or tarot cards is to think of each suit as a set of actions. Here’s a brief list….I’m sure you can come up with more!

Clubs/Wands = act, create, move, progress, travel, defend, start, push, wait, expand, rest, motivate, complete

Hearts/Cups = love, feel, connect, embrace, share, commit, give, offer, forgive, dream, pray, wish, desire

Diamonds/Pentacles = earn, have, own, build, secure, purchase, acquire, exchange, increase, spend, receive, plan, prepare, attain

Spades/Swords = block, inhibit, limit, freeze, lose, remove, interfere, destruct, fear, regret, lie, deny, grieve, run away, attack, punish

My Tarot Card for 2013

Did you know you have a tarot year card? This year, my tarot card is The World…yay!!!


The Fellowship of the Fool Tarot image courtesy of The Fools Dog

21- The World: well-being, the end of an era or cycle, reaching your goal, wholeness, oneness, triumph, freedom, liberation, the joy of life, the end of the rainbow, “all is right with your world”. via Tarot Journeys by Terri

You can figure out your tarot card for the year with this method:

Take your birth month + birth day + current year = tarot year card

Example: November 17 =  November (11) + 17 + 2013 = 1+1+1+7+2+0+1+3 = 16 = The Tower

So what does this mean? Your tarot card year reveals the overarching theme for the year. Read Your Tarot Card for 2013 by Tarot Journeys by Terri to find a summary for each card.

5 Questions to Create the Perfect Question

questionOn tarot discussion groups new readers are often asking for help interpreting their Celtic Cross readings. They have this great big spread with all the cards laid out and they have no idea where to begin. There’s usually one thing missinga question. What most new readers get wrong is pulling cards without intention. In your excitement to see what the cards have to say, you don’t formulate a question for the reading. Your reading’s clarity and accuracy is determined by the strength of your question. It’s also a good idea to write the question down so you will remember exactly how it was asked. Here are 5 questions that will help you craft the perfect question for your readings.

(1) What type of answer are you seeking? The question and answer are inseparable.  If you wish to know what actions will be beneficial, a HOW question might be appropriate — How can I achieve greater success in my online business? When you are confused and seeking advice or options you might ask SHOULD I… Should I invest in company A or B? If you want to get to the root of a problem, usually you’re asking a WHY question — Why won’t he call me? WILL something happen means you’re seeking a predictive outcome — Will I pass my chemistry exam? WHAT questions typically show a desire for more information — What’s going on in my relationship with Steven? WHEN… is a timing question and WHERE… is a location question. Also remember, your answer will be given the same way the question was asked. For example, if you ask an advice question, you should NOT read your outcome as a prediction…it should be interpreted as advice!

(2) Is your question specific? If it’s not, you will not get a specific answer. This comes up especially for timing concerns. If you wish to know will something happen during a certain time period, include the time period in the question: Will my boyfriend come back to me in the next 30 days? Asking, what do I need to know? is not going to produce the clarity you’ll get if you ask, What do I need to know about my relationship with Bob in the next 3 months?

(3) Is your question open or closed? An open question will have many potential answers…a closed one has only a few. Open question: What  steps can I take to get the promotion? Closed question: Will I get the promotion?

(4) Are you asking more than one question? Will my boyfriend come back to me and will he be more involved in our child’s life? This is two questions. Ask only one question per reading. If you ask more than one question, your reading will answer more than one question, leaving you confused.

(5) Are you emotionally invested in only one answer? If you will not be able to accept that your boyfriend is NOT coming back or that you WON’T get the promotion at this time, don’t ask the question or alter the question to something that isn’t quite as emotionally charged. If you are too emotionally invested in a particular response, try the reading another day when your emotions have cooled and you can be more rational and objective.