How To Read Tarot Cards - Horoscope Spread
People have been trying to see into the future since time immemorial, but the popularity of Tarot cards is rising. In the current economic climate, life can be uncertain and mistakes costly, so it’s natural to seek answers to some of life’s uncertainty.
This is one of a series of articles about different aspects of the Tarot, such as how to choose a deck, how to store Tarot cards and Celtic cross spread (click on the highlighted links to read the articles).
Before explaining the horoscope spread I’d like to tell you about a very simple spread that is useful if you have a direct question with a yes/no answer. I’ve never known the name of this spread, but it is very useful.
Firstly still your mind and allow the question to form. It needs to be asked in a way that requires a yes or no answer, such as “will I make money with this article.”
Shuffle the cards and cut them.
Deal out cards and place them on top of each other in a pile. Stop when you have either reached an ace, or have thirteen cards in the pile. Repeat the process twice more so that you have three piles of cards.
3 upright aces – a definite yes.
2 upright aces – a yes, but the outcome could be influenced. Take note of the other top card
1 upright ace – the situation is uncertain
3 reversed aces – a definite no
2 reversed aces – no, but you may be able to influence things by taking note of the third card.
1 reversed ace – uncertain
If you have a mix of upright and reversed aces, then the matter is uncertain.
The suit of the aces and the top card on a pile of thirteen have a bearing on the situation.
For example when I asked my rather trivial question “will I make money with this hub” I received a definite two-ace yes:
The Ace of Cups – which is all about launching a new and profitable endeavour, but it is an endeavour that needs nurturing, and there’s a warning to pay heed to intuition.
The Ace of pentacles – which also points to a new money making venture.
The three of pentacles, which warns of uncertainty and suggests that I be content with small, incremental growth. This card suggests that there may be more than one way to earn money from this article.
The Horoscope Spread
In this spread, twelve cards are laid out in a circle to represent each of the houses within a natal horoscope. It gives a long overview of a person’s life and is a good thing to do once a year, perhaps on your birthday, or the New Year; whatever date is significant to you. It’s a good idea to write down what the cards forecast, so that you can refer back as the year progresses.
Shuffle the cards and allow your mind to become quiet as before. Cut the cards, then place them one at a time face up in a circle of twelve. Each card should be interpreted with the astrological house in mind.
Relates to your physical appearance, your ego and how you present yourself to others. This is how other people see you.
This relates to your finances, values, personal resources and earning money.
This relates to siblings, neighbours, early education, short journeys or mundane, practical knowledge.
This relates to your home, your childhood, your parents, how secure you feel and your roots.
This relates to your creativity and self-expression, your children, hobbies, recreation and your lovers.
This relates to your workplace, work colleagues, duties and health.
Anything to do with partnerships, love, business, agencies, consultants.
This relates to your partner’s resources, their money, other people’s money, inheritance and legacies, death/transformation, the occult and hidden power
This relates to higher learning and knowledge, advanced education, religion, philosophy, long distance travel or journeys and publishing.
This relates to your public image, specifically, your reputation, career and business relationships
This relates to your friends, group activities, professional organizations, goals and objectives.
This relates to your hidden resources, your undeveloped self, your shadow side, secret enemies and how you undermine yourself.
If your spread includes reversed cards, this could mean that the energy of that card is blocked, or it could have the reverse meaning of the card. A reversed card may also mean your true hidden feelings, your shadow side; things you don't want to acknowledge or deal with. Some Tarot readers ignore reversed cards completely, though, so you will have to see what works best for you.
These are two basic spreads that show you how to read the Tarot. Most Tarot decks come with a little booklet that explains how to interpret the meaning of each card, but I have written a series of articles on what each Tarot card means on www.helium.com, where I write as Georgina Crawford if you want to read more.