THE TAROT SPREAD
Before a reading takes place, the person receiving the reading shuffles the cards. If I am reading remotely, I shuffle while just hearing your voice. The person receiving the reading also should be concentrating on the question or area for which they want guidance while the deck is shuffled. In some traditional circles, a more elaborate sorting and separation of the cards is performed.
Once the cards are shuffled and the deck has been cut, the reader lays out the cards in a pattern called the spread. Each position in the spread has a meaning, and there are many different types of spreads, ranging from those that incorporate a single card to spreads that include all 78 cards of the deck. Which spread is used is up to the reader and the specific type of question or reading.
Some spreads focus more on a specific type of information. For example, one spread might concentrate more on emotional matters, while another might bring in more information about the influences of others.
One of the most common spreads is the Celtic Cross which I use to help me really tune into the client. However, there are many more spreads for Tarot card reading, and readers can even make up their own.
Using the Celtic Cross spread as an example, there is an order in which the cards are laid down for the spread and each card position within the spread has a meaning. There are many different meanings that each position can have — it depends on who you ask. The card meanings are combined with the position meanings. In addition, combinations of cards or card pairings also affect meanings along with my natural intuitive abilities.
Once the cards are laid out, their meanings are interpreted based on their positions and their neighbouring cards.