Tarot spreads are the patterns in which the 78 cards in a Tarot deck are laid out for a reading. Each layout has a unique energy, and each card within the spread represents one aspect of the reading as a whole. Common positions include:
• Self/Situation: Who you are or where you find yourself, right now
• Challenges/Opportunities: The obstacles facing you, and how you can use them to your advantage
• Near Future: Which way the wind is blowing, and how you can direct it toward the outcome you want
Celtic Cross: The Gold Standard of Tarot spreads
There are hundreds of Tarot spreads, with new ones being created all the time. In fact, spreads are probably being created as you’re reading this. The Celtic Cross Tarot spread, which has been used for hundreds of years, is the most common, and with good reason. The positions of the 10 cards offer enough detail to give you past, present and future insight into fairly complex situations.
Other traditional spreads
• Tree of Life: This 5-card spread is based on the mystical Hebrew Kabala. It focuses on the body’s chakras, or energy centers, and is more spiritual than predictive.
• Astrological Spreads: These spreads usually feature 12 cards, which correspond to the 12 astrological houses. By combining Astrology and Tarot, you get a double dose of insight in one reading. Try our Horoscope Tarot or Mandala Tarot readings.
The Celtic Cross spread is a great introduction to what Tarot has to offer, as well as a reliable standby. But it’s not the only game in town! Try one of these unique spreads, exclusive to Tarot.com:
• Life Cycle Tarot Reading: This 9-card spread illuminates your personal patterns, serving as a powerful tool for overcoming obstacles.
• Karma Tarot Reading: This reading focuses on the karmic energy surrounding your current situation or concern so you can manifest more fulfillment in your life.
• Love Quest Potentials Tarot Reading: This 7-card Tarot reading offers an in-depth view of where you are on your quest for love, empowering you to make the most of your romantic prospects.
There are a wide variety of problems and concerns, which is why we’ve created many different types of Tarot readings. Don’t see a spread in the lists above that matches what you’re going through in the moment?