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The Hourglass Spread

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on January 14, 2010 | Comments (5)

One of my all time very favorite spreads was published on the now defunct Tarot Passages website (the site www.tarotpassages.com is still up and filled with great information but has not been updated for quite a while). This spread, called The Hourglass Spread, was created by Teresa Michelsen, author of The Complete Tarot Reader and Designing Your Own Tarot Spreads, and is particularly illuminating when you are both looking back and looking ahead:


The spread is read from
the bottom to top as follows:

Base Level (cards 1, 2, and 3):  This level represents the sands that have already fallen, and the cards in this level represent things to reflect on about the past year: accomplishments, major changes, any significant problems, and overall focus.

2nd Level (cards 4 and 5):  This level represents sands that have recently fallen, and energies that are passing out of your life or need to be released.

Middle (card 6): This is a snapshot in time, as the sand passes through the narrowest part of the hourglass, representing where you are at this exact moment in your life.

4th Level (cards 7 and 8): This level represents sands about to fall, and energies or influences that will soon enter your life in the near future.

Top Level (cards 9, 10, and 11): This level represents the vast potential of the coming year and all the things that may come to pass. Here you will find potentials and possibilities: things that you can accomplish, major transitions that are coming, and issues that are ready to be dealt with in the coming year.

Reader Comments

Written By Joanne
on January 14th, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

This looks like an awesome spread; I am very excited to give this a try. Thanks!

Written By Ty
on January 15th, 2010 @ 6:43 am


I tried it last night and got interesting results- It did indicate what energies/events that have passed and some potential to pass thru that tied in with my daily reading. It also gave me a very optomistic look at the coming year. I liked the way it flowed- I’ll be using it again- offering it to students and clients.

Written By Teresa Michelsen
on January 15th, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

One thing I often do with this spread in the bottom half is to relate two adjacent cards in the base row to the card above them, and in the top half two of the cards in the top row to the card below them, in a semi-causal related manner 🙂 – Teresa


  1. uberVU - social comments  on January 15th, 2010 @ 2:06 am

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