Did You Know?
Jean-Baptiste Alliette, the French occultist who was the first person to introduce tarot card reading to the general public, went by the pseudonym Etteilla.
Some people believe that tarot card reading is the best means of knowing what the future has in store for you. Others believe that it is just a guide to help you make the right choices to make your future better. Either way, the practice has gained tremendous popularity, which shouldn't really come as a surprise, considering that everybody is eager to know what the future has in store for them.
The pattern in which the cards are laid after the deck is cut and shuffled is known as the 'tarot spread'. Like the various types of tarot cards, there are various types of 'spreads', ranging from single card spreads to spreads including all 78 cards. The choice of tarot spread primarily depends on the reader and the questions that need to be answered. Some spreads are specially targeted to answer the questions on a specific subject.
Tarot Card Spreads for Beginners
With determination and presence of mind, you will learn to read tarot cards with ease. Before you begin with the tarot spreads, you will have to memorize the meanings of various tarot cards. Once you are perfect with the theoretical knowledge, you can start practicing with the simple spreads first.
Three Card Spread
This is one of the simplest and easy-to-understand spreads. In this case, you have to shuffle the cards and divide the deck into three equal parts. Make sure that you are concentrating on the question while you arranging the decks. One card from each pile has to be chosen and laid on the table with the face upwards. The card on the left represents the history associated with the question. The card in the center represents the current scenario pertaining to the said topic. The card on the right represents the possible future.
Note: Tarot readings don't give answers in a 'Yes' or 'No' format, so you will have to concentrate on the reading to get deeper into the subject. Once you are well-versed with the meanings of all the tarot cards, interpreting them will be quite easy.
Four Card Spread
In the four card tarot spread, you will have to shuffle the cards whilst focusing on the question for which you seek the answer. Continue shuffling until you are confident that you are focused. Starting from the top of the deck, choose four cards and spread them on the table, face down, from left to right. Flip the cards to reveal their face and interpret their meaning. The first card from the left represents the past, the second, the present, the third, the future, and the fourth, the answer to your query.
In a four card tarot spread for relationship, for instance, the first card from the left will represent how the past affects the relationship, the second, how the present affects it, the third, how the situation will be in the future, and the last card will indicate the measure to bring about a positive change. You can modify these spreads, thus helping people from various walks of life, including sportsmen, to see their performance, and actors, to see the fate of their movies.
Simple Cross Tarot Spread
Yet another simple four card spread is the simple cross. In this spread, you arrange the cards as shown above: first card to the left, second card to the right, third at the top, and fourth below. The third card represents your question, while the fourth card represents the answer. As for the first two cards, they represent the obstacles and chances respectively.
For starters, you can practice these tarot spreads, which are quite simple, and then move on to the more sophisticated spreads. With time you will become an expert at tarot reading. In fact, you will be able to create spreads of your own and interpret them. That, however, will take some time. In the meanwhile, you can practice the aforementioned simple, yet effective, spreads. As they say, practice makes a man perfect.