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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 05 Nov 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.

Demonesse  05 Nov 2002 
Can anyone tell me if significators should be randomly selected or chosen? If it's the latter, on what basis should it be chosen?

Secondly, what significance do they have to the querent, and how do they usually figure in a spread (basically similar to my third question)?

Thirdly, would it be advisable to put the significator in as PART of the spread,

- or a card which merely shows the querent's caracteristics as well as how he/she is in her current situation,

- or to assume it influences the whole spread?

Lastly, what's a Soul Card? How do I figure out what my Soul Card is?

Sorry - basically novice questions, I know...forgive the newbie. 

Keslynn  05 Nov 2002 
Significators are a tough issue and there are tons of different views on them. Personally, I don't buy into the Soul Card/Personality Card thing though I know it's pretty popular. It's explained in Tarot for Yourself by Mary Greer and The Tarot Handbook by Angeles Arrien.

As far as significators go, I usually use the Queen of Swords to represent myself but I don't take it out of the deck. That way, if it shows up in the spread somewhere, it gets added weight. At one point, I did a reading where I let the querent pick the significator out of all the cards (majors, minors and courts). I then put it back into the deck. He picked a minor card which ended up being in the spread. It was really interesting. I don't usually even use significators when reading for others, but that would be the method I would use, I think.

:) Kes 

RingTheory  06 Nov 2002 
Alot of times, I don't use a significator, either, even with the CC, because it takes a card out of the deck that could have a better use elsewhere.

But, when I read for others, I notice they prefer a significator. Usually, I just ask them to pick it out themselves, and they usually seem satisfied. If not, I usually revert to the querent's astrological sign-cups for water, swords for air, coins for earth, wand for fire. Sometimes I interchange wands and swords, depending on the querent.

All a significator means to me is the central person being inquired about-like the center of the universe or something. All the other cards modify the significator.

To find your soul number, simply add up the digits of your birthdate, then reduce the number...that gives you the soul number and the tarot card that corresponds to it is your soul card. 

Silaria  06 Nov 2002 
I've been wondering about this myself. I've seen a few spreads which use a significator card as the starting point of the spread, specifically directing you to find the card representing the querent and placing it on the table.

Personally, I tend to let the cards pick the significator - and so far they've been right as far as providing the right card for the person's current mental state on the situation they are asking about. To me the person's state of mind on their question is more important than the card that "is" that person. I may consider using the Personality/Soul card for this purpose in the future if I feel it's necessary - so far I haven't felt the need for it. 

Jewel  06 Nov 2002 
There are a couple of good threads on this topic somewhere here on Aeclectic ... unfortunately I do not know how to post links to them :(

I some times use them, other times not. When I use them I sometimes let it be random other times I select it based on the querents astrological info or coloring, or a card they really feel is them. For myself I often times use the Queen of Wands based on my coloring and my moon sign Leo. Personally I feel the use of the significator, and the significator chosen is really a personal choice made by the reader. Like all things Tarot there is no real right or wrong way. 

truthsayer  06 Nov 2002 
i've tried all different ways of choosing a significator. the best seems to be letting the cards choose it. the patterns that i can see then usually fit together like puzzle pieces. other ways of choosing a significator seem more disruptive than helpful. 

Sulis  06 Nov 2002 
I only use a significator when I`m using the celtic cross (which isn`t very often). I tend to choose one of the court cards which I think matches the querants personality at that time.

Love and light

Crystalmynx xx 

The Significators? thread was originally posted on 05 Nov 2002 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

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