Any Tarot card spread is basically a combination of different cards in the deck. These different Tarot combinations provide the variety and insight that allows you to derive meaning from your spread.
There are a near-infinite number of potential Tarot combinations. The complexity of your spread and the different cards that you pull can produce a wide variety of different answers. This article will give you some evidence about the basics.
What Are Different Tarot Combinations?
Understanding the different combinations of Tarot cards is important if you want to learn how to interpret your readings.
Different Tarot Spreads
The way that you set up the cards themselves has a huge impact on what your reading will mean.
- Three-card spreads are simple enough. Each card will be designated for a specific meaning, for example, past, present, and future. The cards that you pull for each will thus relate to that meaning.
- One-card Tarot spreads are simple. You just pull one card.
- More complicated spreads like the Celtic Cross can provide you with intense and very specific details.
Different Tarot Combinations & Card Interpretations
These are some different ways to look at Tarot cards.
Comparing the Elements
You probably already know that each of the minor arcana cards are separated into one of four suits. Each of these suits also reflects one of the basic universal elements: earth, air, wind, and fire.
Understanding the meanings of each element can add a further layer of depth. For example, if you pull a number of fiery cards (Wands) then your reading may relate to passion and action, or the lack thereof.
Major Arcana & Minor Arcana
Major arcana cards generally refer to a larger or more consistent theme, quality, or energy. Minor arcana cards may refer to smaller details, less potent energies, or temporary issues or qualities.
The combination of minor arcana (surface-level) and major arcana (depth) can provide insight into your reading.
Using Your Words
If you have trouble deriving the meaning of Tarot combinations, one simple trick for beginners is to assign a basic word to each card. For example, you may associate the word “reflection” with the Hermit, and “adventure” with the Fool.
Pulling these two contradictory cards in the same reading might suggest that you need to find a healthy balance between your me-time and your sense of adventure.
Another thing that you can do is try to combine symbols. Symbols are subjective and can have multiple, even contradictory meanings depending on their context.
If you notice similar symbols in the cards that you pull, try to understand how these symbols could play in to the over-arching meaning of your reading.
To Wrap It Up
The combinations of Tarot cards that you pull will define the meaning of your reading. The order that you pull your cards, as well as the specific spread that you’re using, will add further clarity and detail.
If you’re still hesitant about all of this, then don’t worry — it all just takes time. The first thing you can do is learn the meanings of the different cards, such as Death.