many Patterns into which the cards are laid out to create
a reading. These Patterns, called 'spreads', can be
general or specific. If general, no question is asked and
the reader gains an overall impression of the enquirer's
life and the events which will shape it in the future. The
more specific type of reading requires a direct question
to be asked by the enquirer while shuffling the cards.
The Three-Card Spread
This must be the simplest of all Tarot spreads. It
involves laying out three cards to represent
past, present and future.
The Calendar Spread
thirteen cards are laid out with one in the center and a
further twelve in a circle around it. This spread is
excellent for timings events and for foretelling the
enquirer's fortunes throughout the twelve months following
the month in which the reading is done.
The Horoscope Spread
of the card represents an area of the enquirer's life. If
you use this option, decide first whether you are using
this spread as a calendar or as a horoscope.
Card: General influences on the enquirer.
Card I: Personality of enquirer.
Card II: Money, possessions and material concerns.
Card III: Short journeys, brothers and sisters,
Card IV: Home life, childhood.
Card V: Romance, leisure, fun and children
Card VI: Work, habits and health matters.
Card VII: Partnerships of all kinds either business
Card VIII: Sexuality, shared resources, inheritance
Card IX: Distant travels, religion and philosophy.
Card X: Career, status and direction.
Card XI: Friends, social life and hopes for the
Card XII: Secrets, hidden enemies and where you are
own worst enemy.