HOW TO READ SPREADS?
1. I strongly suggest using specific spreads while working with cards rather than picking random ones to answer your question. You can start with simple spreads containing not more than 5-7 cards. The more you practise the easier it becomes for you to see the story the cards convey and you can move to bigger and more sophisticated spreads.
2. When you fill all the places in the spread, have a look and analyse their meaning on a certain position (it makes the difference if the card signifying money lies on the position of a problem or an ultimate outcome). You should also associate the meanings of neighbouring cards to see the connections between them and view the cards from ‘a flying bird’ perspective to catch the whole of the spread.
3. Whenever you feel you are not sure about your interpretation, you can add another card to clarify the meaning.
SHOULD I USE REVERSE CARDS?
It is up to you. There are various interpretations what exactly the upside down position means: some treat it as a negative meaning of a card while for others it only suggests delays in accomplishing the aim. Personally I don’t use reversed cards because this way of using them decreases spreadings to maths: normal position=good, reversed position=bad. It’s not so easy. Life is not black and white and neither is any situation we ask the cards about. I usually simply try to read the story the cards tell me without changing their position. Also I don’t recommend reversing them from the technical reason because you simply are not able to see what’s on the card when it is reversed.
HOW TO START READING THE SPREAD
I always start with shuffling the cards and posing the question. Then I apply the technique called the shift. I place the deck on the table next I take a part of it and place it on the table again and from the remaining part I also take a part and place it as the third row.
Then I turn over and uncover each row.
This easy technique provides me with basic information about the situation inquired (especially the present). In the example you can clearly see that the person is thinking of starting anew in another place (most probably abroad). Then I spread the cards according to one of above mentioned patterns to provide further information whether this plan will succeed or not.
WHAT SPREADS TO USE?
It is not a regular spread but may sometimes be the simplest way to find out the answer: you form the question and pick just one card.
A SIMPLE CROSS
1. Reason of the situation you are inquiring (often showing past event, situation or people)
2. What you cannot avoid/what you have no influence on
3. What you can do/what you have influence on
4. What measures to take/what to do to resolve the situation, also what obstacles you may come across
5. The final outcome
A CELTIC CROSS
1. an event, situation or person which describes what the inquiring person is asking about, present situation and their conscious attitude to the probem
2. the real source of problem or blockade, situation how it really is, not how it is perceived by the person inquiring
3. consciousness, intentions, what the person inquring concentrates on, the position showing rational thinking and planning
4. subconciousness, codes from the distant past, inner limitations, experiences which the person inquiring does not even remember, behavioral patterns which s/he is not even aware of and tries to rationalise them, the ways of dealing with problems whch s/he learnt in the past; karmic influences are also shown here
5. near past, around 1 year time
6. near future, the immediate and direct result of how the person inquiring decided to resolve the problem, information whether the plans will be carried out or obstacles will appear
7. the inquiring person’s perception of their own potential and possibilities to resolve the problem; a partial response to the card number 3 which tells about our plans and intentions, card number 7 tells us whether the person perceives himself/herself to be capable to carry it out to the end
8. the inquiring person’s environment: family, friends, colleagues but also authorities, debts, enemies and all the outside influence on the situation; this position also shows how the person is perceived by the outside world and whether s/he will get any help from it or not
10. the ultimate outcome; it shows not only how this situation will be resolved over time but also how the person will feel about it, it may turn out that the near future outcome from position 6 will not neceessairly be positive in a couple of years time and the person may feel disappointed; it shows the far reaching consequences of decision shown in card 6
Positions 1-5 are the central part of the spread and show the person himself/herself while positions 6-10 present what will be happening with the him/her. It is also good to compare card 3 (consciousness) with card 4 (subconsciousness); with wrong codes shown in the area of subconsciousness it is difficult or even impossible to carry out the plans and intentions. When time comes to execute the plan, consciousness reaches out to subconciousness to get the behavioral patterns so inner distortions and limitations may thwart the plan (it will also be shown in cards 6 and 10 which show what decision the person whill make based on the combination of conscious and subconscious influences). Position 5 should also by analysed with position 9 which informs us about the person’s hopes and fears because past events leave their mark on our expectations and attitudes.
(For the explanation of the Celtic cross spread I used the analysis of Danuta the Tarot Reader).
For my own purpose I combined some spreads into one which I call ‘Eleven’ and perhaps I will present it on the blog one day.
TO BE CONTINUED