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Reading a Single Card

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on September 15, 2011 | Comments (5)

There several ways that working with a single card to reveal a surprising breadth and depth of information. In addition to creating unique and interesting readings, these practices will also help you learn that particular card very deeply.

A Card as a Spread

For an interesting take on the popular 3-card Past Present Future reading, pull a single card and read it as the entire spread. Look at the card and mentally divide it into thirds. The first third is the past, the middle third is the present, and the final third is the future.

This technique works well as a vertical reading, too. The bottom of the card represents the root of the matter, the center is the querent’s challenge, and the top is the advice.

One Card for All Questions

Before starting your reading, write down a list of all your questions or the positions in the spread you would normally use. Pull one card and read that card as the answer for all of the questions or the card for each position.

Everything Means Something

Ask your question and pull a card. Write out every element/symbol of the card in a list. Then go back and interpret what each element represents or means. Arrange all the small interpretations into a larger, cohesive message.



Reader Comments

Written By Ty
on September 16th, 2011 @ 8:53 am

This is one of the most evocative techniques you’ve ever posted Barbara! I can’t wait to get home and try it. I am especially intrigued to divide the card into horizontal bands.

Written By Fiona
on September 16th, 2011 @ 11:16 am

Wow! I love this. This is a whole new way of reading a single card to me. Seems like a great way also to deepen your knowledge of the cards and for keeping things simple sometimes.

Did you come up with this technique yourself or learned elsewhere?

Written By Blackbird "BB"
on September 16th, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

I’ve always struggled with Single card readings, as my natural reading style; viewing a spread as a story, rather requires at least 3 cards – but I do find this idea intriguing BB.

Written By Rachel
on September 19th, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

I also can’t wait to go home and try dividing one card into thirds. It is simple and complex all at the same time. Brilliant!

Written By Autumn Brown
on September 21st, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

Love it! Never thought about reading the card horizontally, so detailed, complex and leaving out the ‘stigma’ of asking so many questions!
But again, I’ve asked a multitude of questions before I’ve read a spread, without wanting to, and of course, I get the affirmations I need. Ty for the suggestion! BB!

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