Tarot card layouts


The layout, or spread that you use must be one that you feel happy with.

It should also look good, and even sound good!

Six or ten cards laid out carefully in a geometric pattern, and described as 'The Celtic Cross', will be much more impressive than just dealing the cards rapidly off the top of the deck into a straight line without any comment or description.

And your Tarot card layouts must also be practicable!

In other words,

- How much space will it take up?

- Is there a risk that cards will be blown away?

- How long will a full reading take?

- Is there a risk that little (or not so little) fingers will snaffle away cards left exposed at the edges of the spread?

Always plan ahead, and try to consider every possibility. As they say in the Army, 'P.P.P.P.P.P.', or 'Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance!

Here are some conventional examples of Tarot card layouts for you to look at, as well as some of my own devising including a 30 + 10 + 1 = 41 card layout based on the sarsens, Trilithons and 'Slaughtering Stone' at Stonehenge!

The Stonehenge Tarot

After a time, you may well decide to experiment with some of your own - try experimenting with shapes based on runes, star signs, geographical figures - whatever takes your fancy.

I'm not aware of any rules, regulations or other diktat that prescribes any One True System. If something feels right, and seems to suit your style, then give it a road test and see how it handles for you.

It is okay to be inventive and creative. Just don't be bland.

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