Sunday, June 7, 2009

Learning the Different Spreads in Tarot Layouts

By Christopher Murray

If knowing the meaning of the symbols on tarot cards
is an important part of tarot card divination, then knowing the
different spreads in tarot card reading comes a close second in

The first important aspect to know about is what a
spread is. The spread in tarot card reading is the layout in which
cards are placed by the tarot card reader after the cards are shuffled
and cut. There are basic layouts are often used by tarot card readers
have thousands of variations which help to give specific answers to the
querent's question. One of the cards or an extra card is used when the
spread is laid out and called the significator. The importance of the
significator card is that it signifies and represents the querent and
the person the querent is on the date of the query.

There are a
few basic card spreads from which variations of different spreads in
tarot are made which are used to answer specific questions. The Celtic
cross is the most commonly used card spread. It consists of ten cards 6
laid in the shape of a cross and 4 vertically beside the cross and the
central card is the significator. The cards at the crossing show the
obstacles in the answer to the question posed. The horseshoe card
spread has cards laid in a v shape. The cards from left to right
signify the past and present obstacles to the question of the querent.
The 3 card tarot spread is a simple spread where three cards signifying
the past present and future are laid out. The astrological spread is
laid out in a twelve card circle representing the signs of the zodiac
and a thirteenth card is placed at the center to represent the
significator.  Sometimes one card is dealt and this single card
constitutes a spread in tarot reading. The Tetractys spread is one
where ten cards are arranged in a four row pyramid each   row
represents the earth, air, fire and water. Each card has a meaning and
the top card is the significator. 

The importance of the tarot
spread is that each spread assigns a specific meaning to the cards.
General questions can be answered by using basic tarot card spreads. If
an in depth analysis is required, knowing the meanings of different
spreads in tarot will help the tarot professional focus efforts on a
single problem or a particular area of interest in answer to the
question of the querent.

There are guidelines given on what you
must consider before choosing a tarot spread among the different
spreads in tarot.  You must first decide a spread based on what the
question is. The tarot spread should be laid out based on whether the
querent wants a general or specific question answered.  You must also
consider how much detail the querent wants you to give before picking a
tarot spread. If you don't have much experience, it is wise to choose
the spread you are familiar with.

You may know all you need to
know about the symbols on tarot cards. If you don't know the
significance of the different spreads in tarot or layout of the tarot,
you cannot accurately practice divination through tarot cards.

Chris M. is a writer for Visit, the online home of America's Top Psychic, Sylvia Browne. Get a psychic reading for free at

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