What's my problem? A Tarot spread
BeCAUSE: A tarot spread

The last shall be first: A tarot reading technique

We don't have to stick to conventional tarot reading techniques. Here is one that will deepen your introspection exercise. It has three steps:

  1. Choose any of the three spread versions below and read your cards as you usually do. Write up your interpretation in your tarot journal or notebook.
  2. Gather the cards in order, then lay them out again, this time in reverse order. Card 1 should now be last and card 4, first. Card 2 becomes Card 3 and Card 3 becomes Card 2. 
  3. Read the cards in this reversed order and write up your interpretation in your tarot journal or notebook.

Here is a crucial rule

You will now have two interpretations for each card position. The way to reconcile these statements is to combine them with AND

An example

For “Present,” I draw the Six of Cups and in the reverse order, The Magician. My question is how best to approach a current project that has been on hold for two weeks while I was on holiday.

My two statements read:

I have pleasant memories of a holiday by the sea but the project has been on hiatus.


I have had complete control over my project while on holiday.

I reconcile these paradoxical statements with: Through the ‘magic’ of technology; I was able to be present for any unanticipated events.

Like the combined interpretation above, you may find paradoxes in two of your interpretations of the same position. It will take a creative approach to reconcile the statements, but tarot readers are creative people, aren’t we?

Here are the suggested spreads:

Spread 4 cards in a row

  1. Problem
  2. Cause
  3. Effect
  4. Solution
  1. Past
  2. Present
  3. Future
  4. Best thing to do
  1. Present
  2. What should I know?
  3. What should I do?
  4. Accept this blessing

You don’t have to use any of these spread suggestions. Any spread with an even number of cards will work. (An uneven number of cards will leave the middle card the same.)

Let me know how the technique works for you!

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