How to "Read" a Tarot Spread
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How to "Read" a Tarot Spread

It doesn't matter how complicated or simple the spread that you choose is, what is more important is how the story plays out in front of you. Following that with the traditional mythology of tarot symbolism, it won't matter which way the spread plays out, because the universe will make sure that the story appears to the reader in the correct sequence.

It doesn't matter how complicated or simple the spread that you choose is, what is more important is how the story plays out in front of you.  Following that with the traditional mythology of tarot symbolism, it won't matter which way the spread plays out, because the universe will make sure that the story appears to the reader in the correct sequence.

As the tarot reader, it is your primary task to uncover the story that the cards revealed to you, which she is basically how you "read" the spread.  That's another thing we should quickly go over, in case you didn't know, when you see are inexperienced your reader talk about their "spread", they are basically just talking about the way they play out the story, so that they can best receive the insight from it.  There are basic spreads were you just lay the cards out in front of you in whichever way it comes naturally, which is what I prefer, and there are other spreads that are more complex such as the Celtic cross.  Though was whichever feels more comfortable for you, as that will make the spread easier to read, and the story easier to understand.

In order to get the real story, you really need to be as calm and relaxed the state as you can be.  It's okay to be excited, just make sure you're not distracted.  Once the cards are laid out in whichever way you choose to lay them, or they choose to leave themselves out as the case may be from time to time - taking immediate moment to examine each card as you laid down, or turn it over. Take a moment to see if you recognize any particular characteristics, symbols or intense feelings you receive while observing the cards.  As each card is laid or turnover, take in the combination of the meaning of the previous card along with the new cards.  Put together your knowledge of tarot symbolism, and your natural intuition, and then build from there into what is the most logical story.  If you get the Knight of Cups, the 2 of Cups Reversed, the 7 of Wands reversed and the 7 of Pentacles reversed, you can easily see the story beginning to play out.  The Knight rides in, feeling good and bringing good social vibes, but then the cups are tipped, and an emotional imbalance appears.  Following that, we see that the story turns towards competition and indecision, it is clear that the querrent has a choice that needs to be made quickly and potently.  The 7 of Pentacles then comes in and reminds us, that being thrown off balance happens, sometimes more often than we would prefer, and that the only way to get out of that imbalance, is to get off our butts and get back into shape.

So if you happen to get these cards lay down your spread, you could stop and tell your querrent the story that you see, about them finding a way to quench their anxiety and climb up from the ashes of their misery and confusion, to build something bigger and better.  Though you won't forgive to also remind them of the advice from the wise man of the seven of pentacles reversed, which reminds us that even when we are accelerating quickly, time can still seem to pass way too slowly.

Whichever cards happen to leave themselves out for you to interpret, you would read them in a similar way.  Consider everything that sticks out to you on the cards, maybe it's the cups, or the dolphins, or the clouds, or the red color that reminds you of the root chakra, of families and homes, fight or flight, and of certainty and fear.  It might be the posture of a certain character in a certain card, or the wage two characters seem to be interacting with each other. It might be the way someone has laid down their sword, or ridden into the tarotscape.  It is these symbols, and whenever they mean to you were to your querrent, that will help you interpret and understand the wisdom that is being passed on from you to the question seeker.

This is why so many tarot readers spend decades studying the various meanings and attributes of symbols around the world.  The skilled tarot reader understands that there is no limit to how much we can know about a certain symbol, and there's no more certain interpretation, than the one given from the reader who is certain that they will be given the correct knowledge, and the ability to truly and meaningfully connect and help their clients.

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