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What kind of spread to use?

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 28 May 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.



star17  28 May 2002 
Hi I'm new to tarot reading only been at it for 2 months. I have the classic Rider-Waite deck. My question is how do you know what kind of spread to use for whatever question is being asked?

star17~ 


Umbrae  28 May 2002 
Begin with three card spreads. Do them for-ever. Buy a spiral notebook. Use it as a Journal (very important). Write down every reading (both cards and your interpretation).
Three card readings are versatile, and accurate. More cards do not always mean better readings (but they look good on tv).

Hunt down the “learn tarot online” website. Read books (but remember they are a reference tool, not a reverence tool).

Read old posts on this site.

Welcome.

also, for spreads: http://anjastarot.dk/index.htm 


shinta  28 May 2002 
i think the celtic cross is more or less a good place to start as well as the three cards spread previously mentioned. the cross in particular is easy to adopt to and gives a holistic understanding of the situation. hope this helps. 


Umbrae  29 May 2002 
Celtic Cross has 10 cards. To many for this early in the game.

Hunt down Tarot Reversals by Mary K Greer.

Turn to page 215...Lots of variations of the three card spread.

BTW: If you were to buy only one book on Tarot, that's it. 


wavebreaker  29 May 2002 
I agree with Umbrae about the Celtic Cross. It was the first spread I tried and I found it far too complicated. It nearly put me off using the cards...
So I switched to 3-card spreads and took it from there.

Good luck and have fun! 


Jenny-Li  29 May 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by Umbrae
More cards do not always mean better readings (but they look good on tv).


Umbrae, your ideas and input is truely priceless. This one I'll cherish for a looooooong time! :D *ROFL* :D

Jenny :) 


Jenny-Li  29 May 2002 
On a more serious note to star17 - I agree, do 3-carders and lern to listen to the cards. They will tell you all you need to know, regardless of how many of them you use at the time.

Today, I do the CC-spread for some readings, and less-card-spreads for some. Honestly - they usually all turn out equally informative and extensive.

How to pick the right one? Analyze the question. What do you need to know? Look around the net (anja's tarot, the link someone posted before, is a really good place to start!) to find existing spreads, and find one that fits your analysis of the question. If you don't find one, when you're more experienced perhaps, make one. As long as you make the spread FIRST and finish that process before you initiate the reading, you can't "make it up as you go along" - doesn't work.

Hope I didn't add to your confusion, if you're new to tarot, and want to learn a lot - you've definitely come to the right place! Welcome and I'll see you around!

Jenny :) 


aeonx  29 May 2002 
Greetings star17.

We have a thread with lots of spreads, our favorite spread. You'll find it here: Aeclectic Members Favorite Spreads.

We've also a thread on spread with the Majors only: Major Arcana Spreads.

And spreads for your new deck: New Deck Spreads

I learned a lot browsing the different forums here. Make sure you get all posts from the beginning, not only for the last 30 days. If you have specific questions, just post them in the section where they fit best. :)

Hope you'll find something you can use from the links above. ;) Good luck!

~aeonx~ 


MeeWah  29 May 2002 
Star17: Welcome! As others have said, you have come to the right place.
Shinta is correct in stating that the Celtic Cross is good (even excellent IMO) for a wholistic or general overview.
If you are a beginner, it will be easier for you to work with less cards, such as 3 & then work your way up to more cards.
It is possible to get a lot of information from fewer cards. Too many cards can be confusing & detract from the issue.
Also: practice, practice, practice!
Umbrae: I always enjoy your postings & your directness of approach! 


aeonx  29 May 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by Umbrae
BTW: If you were to buy only one book on Tarot, that's it.


star17: don't listen to him! :P }) Buy the 78 Degrees of wisdom by Rachel Pollack. Here's a link to Amazon in England, where you can order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon in the US: Amazon.com. (At the US page you can view the book from the inside as well. :D )

~aeonx~

Btw, you can view a poll and a discussion on the two books here: Tarot for Yourself or 78 Degrees of Wisdom?


star17  30 May 2002 
[quote]Originally posted by Umbrae
[b]Begin with three card spreads. Do them for-ever. Buy a spiral notebook. Use it as a Journal (very important).

Hey...thanks for the info! Yes I have a journal for my readings and started recording it. I like 3 cards at a time. I don't know if I'm doing this right or not, but what I do is ask a question, shuffle the cards and pull out three cards from different places in the deck, which I fan out. Then I just interpret the 3 cards that I picked......is that how you guys do a 3 card spread?
Thanks for the website......looks cool :)
star17~ 


star17  30 May 2002 
[quote]Originally posted by aeonx
[b]

star17: don't listen to him! :P }) Buy the 78 Degrees of wisdom by Rachel Pollack. Here's a link to Amazon in England, where you can order

Hi....I don't have this book. I do have a few books on Tarot, have the Joan Bunning book Learning the tarot, Power Tarot by Trish MacGregor & Phyllis Vega and Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Louis. Will have to check out 78 degrees of wisdom. Thanks :)
star17~ 


star17  30 May 2002 
[quote]Originally posted by aeonx
[b]Greetings star17.

We have a thread with lots of spreads, our favorite spread. You'll find it here: Aeclectic Members Favorite Spreads.

We've also a thread on spread with the Majors only: Major Arcana Spreads.

And spreads for your new deck: New Deck Spreads

Thanks for all those links :)

star17~ 


Phoenix  30 May 2002 
Now don't laugh, but I found the book 'the Complete Idiot's guide to Tarot and Fortune Telling' by Arlene Tognetti, and Lisa Leonard to be quite informative. Haven't had a chance to look through it indepth yet, but I hear that 'Tarot for a New Generation' by Janina Renee to be quite excellent also!

Good luck, and welcome to the community!!! 


phirefly  30 May 2002 
while i agree with the bit about three card spreads, i disagree on the celtic cross issue. it's what i started with and i still love it. much luck :} 


Keslynn  31 May 2002 
Quote:
Originally posted by star17
I don't know if I'm doing this right or not, but what I do is ask a question, shuffle the cards and pull out three cards from different places in the deck, which I fan out. Then I just interpret the 3 cards that I picked......is that how you guys do a 3 card spread?
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I've definitely heard of that as a way to do three card spreads. The important thing is to do what makes you able to interact best with the cards. If doing your three card spreads that way has worked so far, then by all means, keep doing it! If you want to change, feel free to experiment. There are tons of different opinions on this forum but that's what makes it so great! Find out what you like.

Personally, I hardly ever do 3 card spreads. I do a daily one card reading, and I usually do a Celtic Cross or a Work Spread (from Pollack's 78 Degrees of Wisdom) for questions. I started out with Celtic Cross. 


mauishelle  31 May 2002 
Figured I'd have to come out of lurk mode at some time :-)

I agree on the recommendation for Rachel Pollack's 78 Degrees of Wisdom btw. It is a great book, but all books are a reference only. It is an evolving art, IMHO. You learn the basics, you understand the journey through the majors, the basics behind the minors and then you have to add what the cards say to you. I’ve not picked up Tarot Reversals by Greer yet, although it is one I keep meaning to…

While I used the celtic cross a lot when I was first learning (about 7 or 8 years ago) I rarely use it anymore, although I’ve not done a lot of readings in the past few years. I don’t have anything against it, but definitely at the beginning I’m a firm believer in 1 or 3 card spreads. I do a lot of variations on the 3-card spread where I let the first card (set in the center) restate my issue (or clearly define what my issue should have been), the second card (L) point to my part and the third (R) point to what is needed for understanding or resolution. It also grows easily…i.e. relationships the first three cards can be you, the second set the other person and the 3rd the combined…possibly followed by 3 more for understanding. I also like 5 cards set up in a cross - center the issue, L what is hidden, R-external that you are aware of, B-needed for resolution and T-understanding. As long as you know what the spread means, your higher self/the universe will work with you. J

If I am still needing more resolution or if I'm not pulling any majors in the spread, I will often pull up to 4 more cards which I lay top to bottom for better clarification on the overview. Big issues usually will put a Major in here...If I hit a major before 3 or 4 cards I stop there. If I don't hit a major I still stop :-)

This seems like a great community with a lot of information, although I’ve not participated until now. Have fun on your journey!

Hugs, Shelle 


The What kind of spread to use? thread was originally posted on 28 May 2002 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the active threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

 
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