This is a good technique if you are reading for yourself or for someone who is willing to be interactive with you and the cards.
I've been working with the idea of adding signposts to my readings in various ways. I call them signposts because they mark something specific that you are looking for in a reading.
Here's one way I use signposts. If a client wants to know if something is going to happen, I have them go through the deck and select a card that represents their goal. They put the card back in the deck and we shuffle. Then I flip through the cards one by one until we find that card. I place the three cards that came before it on the table in a line. Then I place the signpost
Most tarot readers agree that any card can have many meanings. Determining which meaning apply to any specific reading depends on several factors, such as the deck used, the question asked, the reader (including her/his intuition), and spread position.
Some spread positions have what we might think of as "negative" meanings, such as "challenge," "problem," "roadblock," or even the "crossing card" in the Celtic Cross.
What happens when a card that we generally read as a "positive" card falls into a negative position? How do we interpret it? For these examples I will use the "stable family life" interpretation. Yes, I know there are many other possibilities!
Here are some tips:
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
Before digging into the details of a reading, I like to get an overview. Looking at the big picture helps me relate the details in a reading to each other, creating a more coherent message. I think of it as an artist first sketching in a composition and then going in a filling in the details. The sketch helps keep everything in perspective and in right relation. The details give the image nuance and bring it to life.
1. Look for Major Arcana cards.
The Majors make up fewer than one-third of the deck. If there are more than that in a reading, it tells me that there is something bigger going on than perhaps the querent thinks. There are life lessons and probably many forces beyond the