When it comes to Tarot, there are just about a billion different ways that you can have your cards read. Tarot spreads range from including just one card to more than a dozen. When there are such complex and in-depth readings available, you might wonder what the point of a one card Tarot reading would be.
That’s what we’re going to explain in this article. We’ll also give some information on other types of spreads so you can compare their usefulness.
Quick Examples of Tarot Spreads
These are a few examples of the most common Tarot spreads.
- Past, present, future. This is, far and above, one of the most popular Tarot spreads. In the most common versions, the three cards that you pull symbolize your past, present, and future. The cards that you pull for each of these will reflect your approach or experiences based on these different times in your life. In doing this, you can understand how your behavior or life has changed in comparison to the past and get a grasp of how you can move forward into the future.
- Blessings, challenges, action. This is another three-card Tarot spread. One card reflects the areas in your life that you are blessed, the next explains where you will face challenges. The action card will help you understand how you can conquer these challenges and use your blessings.
- The Celtic Cross spread. This is another popular spread, albeit one of the more complicated to summarize. However, the Celtic Cross is unique in that it can be immensely useful even if you don’t have a specific question to ask. The Celtic Cross uses 10 cards and a more detailed explanation can be found here.
Why Choose a One Card Tarot Spread?
There are a few reasons that you might just opt to use a one card Tarot spread.
- A one card Tarot spread is simple and easy. It doesn’t require much set-up and you can just pull a single card from the deck.
- If you have a simple question and want a quick answer then a one card reading can be very useful.
- A one card Tarot can be useful for the One a Day practice, in which you pull a single card every day. This helps to keep your intuition check and encourages guidance on a day-to-day basis.
A one card Tarot spread may not provide you with answers as detailed as you might find in a three card spread (which you can learn to do online here). You certainly won’t get the same detail as you would using the Celtic Cross. However, pulling a single card is also one of the best ways to learn the meanings of the Tarot cards.
A one card spread isn’t the most detailed or in-depth way to answer your Tarot questions. However, it’s the simplest reading and also one of the best ways to learn about the different cards.
Speaking of learning the cards, you should take some time to learn the meaning of the major arcana card Judgment. Here’s a quick guide on how to do that.