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Tarot Cards : 3 Different Tarot Reading layouts explained
Tarot is not a common play thing. It is also not something that every one feels comfortable handling. So why is there an increase in the number of people looking for tarot cards and tarot readings from professionals?
It is simple. The tarot offers guidance in times of need. When you are stuck in a particular situation and don't know how to handle it you look for correct guidance. This is what is available from the tarot deck. It is easier to handle well meant advice from something as impersonal as a deck of cards than it is to take it from a friend or family member.
Throw in the mystical connection of the all pervading knowledge of the universe and you are hooked. While I was quite cynical in the beginning I decided to keep and open mind when I had my first tarot reading done. The lady, who later became my teacher, barely knew me. She set up the tarot cards on a silk cloth and asked me to sit facing north in front of her.
The tarot reader is supposed to ideally face south during a reading. There are better vibes from the universe, I believe. As you can see I'm still some what cynical, but the reading that she did for me changed quite a bit. She told me about my basic nature, about the general situation I was in and what frustrations I might have at present. I was amazed to say the least.
She did mulitple layouts for me that day including a 7 cards general reading, a 3 card past - present - future reading, and a single card reading, but the Situation- Obstacle and Solution reading really was great. It told me what was wrong with the situation, and the nature of the obstacles I was facing plus in what direction the solution lay.
I sat through that tarot reading mum and I was hooked. That's how I began to learn the tarot and I still find that tarot layout the best to work out a problem situation with.
Three Card Tarot Layout
Situation, Obstacle, Solution -
The simple "Situation - Obstacle - Solution" three card layout is a common one in Tarot readings. It is performed using only three Tarot cards from the deck. It is a clear direction and guidance layout which even inexperienced tarot readers can handle very well.
These three cards are choosen after shuffling the tarot deck and asking the questioner to pick three cards from the tarot deck. As these cards are handed to the tarot reader facing downwards, they are laid out on the table.
The first card is placed on the left and is the Situation card. The second card placed in the middle is the Obstacle card and the third card on the right hand side is the Solution card.
Starting with the first card all the cards are turned facing up on the table and the tarot card reader will then evaluate them. The exact divination of the meaning of each card can vary from tarot reader to reader. So it is important to take all cards into consideration when giving the guidance reading.
"Yes or No" Questions Tarot Layout
This is a spread when the question needs a clear cut answer. For a simple Yes or No answer this is the easiest spread to do. In fact the person does not even need to say the question out aloud to you. It is actually done with no divinition from your side at all.
Here's how it works. You get the cards and shuffle them asking for help to answer the question correctly. The you have the person shuffle the cards and ask the question thrice - either aloud or in their mind. Now ask them to place the cards on the table. Using their non-writing hand have them cut the deck into three.
Now you must pick up each section of the deck and start opening the cards till you either hit an ace or reach the 13th card. Then stop and pick up the second section of the deck and repeat the process. Once you have done it with all three sections of the deck here is how you determine if the answer is yes or no.
If you have reached an ace in all three sections the answer is a resounding yes.
If you have two aces it is a yes, but not too easy.
If you have one ace only, the answer is not very likely, or rather difficult to happen.
If you have no aces in all three sections then there are still factors at play that will affect the final outcome. So the tarot deck can not answer the question at present.
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Past, Present, Future - Three Card Reading
This is the simplest of the tarot layouts. All you do is assign one card to the past, one to the present and one to the future. The question is usually based on a situation and the person wants to know what to expect in the future.
How to do it is described here. Shuffle the cards as you ask the person to say the question out aloud to you. Now make the person shuffle the cards and repeat the question thrice as they do so. They can say it out aloud or in their mind. Take back the cards and lay them facing down and fan them out. Now ask the person to pick out three cards from the deck and hand them over to you.
Now take the three cards still facing downwards and place them in a line in front of you. The left most card is for the past, the one in the centre is for the present and the right most card will represent the possible future.Now based on your knowledge of the cards you will be able to tell the person a bit about the situation in the past, and how it is at present. Plus you will be able to guide them about what to expect in the future.
The above hub is a modified version of two hubs that were originally published in 2009. Since then I have grown greatly as a Tarot reader and am doing regular readings for family, friends and even online on my website. Link to which is given below.
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