Getting Creative With Tarot Spreads

Getting Creative With Tarot Spreads
Learn Tarot: How To Design Your Own Tarot Spreads

While there are literally hundreds of  tarot card spreads to choose from, there are certain times where there are situations that require spreads of our own design. There may also be specific spreads that work better for you than others. By designing your own Tarot spread, you can frame a Tarot reading towards your particular style. More importantly, a personal spread connects you to the Tarot. It does this by allowing the Tarot to speak to you in your own language and philosophical viewpoint. Regardless of your motivation, there a number of approaches that can help you design your own spread.

There are times in which a specific problem calls for a certain type of spread. In these cases you need to examine the true nature of the problem. It’s important to understand the underlying issues that are at hand. For example, is the Tarot reading about love, spirituality, money, career, or health? Tarot spreads are largely dependent on the types of areas you wish to focus on. There are times when certain areas of focus can overlap and, in these cases, it’s important to remain flexible.

Tarot spreads can be broken down into as many components that are necessary. For example, if you choose to do a health Tarot reading, you could include as part of your spread a design that focuses on how the health issue in question are effecting the nature of relationships with others. To do this, you could place a card within the Tarot spread that highlights how those around you may be adapting or influencing your health issues. Ultimately, your own designs can be both practical and intuitive. You need to be aware of the issues that need to be addressed from a practical point of view and allow your intuition to guide you towards the issues that you feel require attention.

As you develop your own design for a Tarot Spread, you need to determine a meaningful pattern. In other words, which cards get placed in which positions? Which card goes first and which card comes last? This is the most personal element in designing your own Tarot spread. This process depends on your own associations to the design you choose. For example, do straight lines refer to time? Do circles refer to cycles? Below I have noted some quick references that may help you in your process.

  • Squares: Order, Stability, Practicality
  • Diamonds: Divinity, Four levels of consciousness, Four elements
  • Circles: Cycles, Seasons, Phases
  • Lines: Time (past, present and future), Movement, Causes
  • Below: Unconscious, hidden influences, Core beliefs
  • Above: Spiritual implications, Guidance
  • Right: Outcome, Future, Expectations
  • Left: Past, Influences

The most important thing to remember when designing your own Tarot spreads is to allow your creativity and intuition be your guide. There is no right or wrong Tarot spread. The goal is to design a Tarot spread that reflects your own approach to problem solving and self-discovery. Get creative and allow the Tarot to work for you.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.


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