Lately, here at Tarot Pathways, we've been exploring significators: there historical associations, modern methods of selecting significators, how to effectively incorporate them into your practice. Hopefully you've gleaned a few useful ideas and maybe even shared some in the comments.
Today, I'm going to share a technique that can be used one its own or as part of a full reading.
This is based on a technique that Caitlin Matthews taught at this year's Readers Studio. I started with her basic concept and expanded it.
1. Select your significator anyway you like (if you have no favorite method, CLICK HERE for some ideas)
2. Place the card back in the deck and shuffle.
Last week, I wrote about some very traditional ways to select significators HERE.
Those traditional methods have their place and are used effectively by some readers. They never worked well for me. Here are two ways that I like to select significators, when I use them at all.
If I use a spread that has a significator position, I will sometimes simply shuffle the deck as usual and deal out the top card for the significator. I trust the deck to make sure the right card shows up for that reading. This is an easy method that reflects the philosophy that a tarot reading "works" because the right cards will turn up when needed.
This is a method that I like if I'm
What is a Significator?
A significator is a card that is used in a tarot spread to represent the querent (the person asking the question). Not all readers use significators. Some don't use them at all. Some use them only with certain spreads. Some use them in every reading. I suggest trying various methods to see what, if any, work for you. Also, try new methods (or revisit previously discarded methods) every year or so. You never know when something that didn't work in the past will work in the present. This is one way I keep my reading practice fresh.
How do you select a Significator?
There are so many ways! Here are a few traditional methods. Next time, I'll share a few modern
Most tarot students agree that the court cards are the most challenging. Perhaps this is because they represent people and, let’s face it, people are complicated! One of the best books I've read to explore all the complexities of the court cards is Understanding the Tarot Court by Mary K. Greer and Tom Little. They help us jump right in by getting up close and personal with the court cards by having us pick our significators. What is a significator? How do you pick one? Let’s see what Mary and Tom have to say:
One of the most familiar uses of the court cards in divination is the significator. The significator is a card that represents the querent—the person who is asking the