All Purpose Tarot Spread for Full Moon Readings

Tight on time this full moon, but want to do something?  Got a question about this next moon cycle, or what to expect in the coming month?  Try this fully customizable spread for some quick insight into the next steps on your path.

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For this spread, I chose the Deviant Moon Tarot.  The quirky art and strong lunar themes fit nicely with the celestial context of this spread.

Position 1:  Light of the Moon.  Represents the things in your life which bring clarity, appear obvious to you, or are seemingly under your control.

Position 2:  Shadow of the Moon.  Symbolizes your cycles, blockages and repetitive thinking.   Pay careful attention to the details of this card and see if anything jumps out at you, particularly if they call attention to underlying issues or subconscious thoughts you ordinarily pass over easily.   Habitual tendencies often fly under our radar, even when we engage them every day.

Position 3:  The Fullness of the Moon.  Represents things in your life coming to fruition, including the results of past efforts as well as a lack of past efforts.  Take this card impersonally.  Karma neither rewards, nor punishes, but merely acts through the principle of cause and effect.

Position 4:  The Waning of the Moon.  Signifies those things, people, ideas, situations or feelings phasing out of your life at this time.  Note what feelings their departure stirs in you.  A sense of loss?  Relief?  Indifference?  We often think of transition and change as tumultuous, but not always.  Some things escape you long before you even notice their absence.

Position 5:  The Newness of the Moon.  Indicates recent changes, a new person or the seeds of an emerging talent in your life.  This change may be either positive or negative or neither.  A new love interest brims with the possibility of an exciting life change—-or the wayward road of a dangerous liaison.  The recent addition of a glass of wine in your evening ritual perhaps progresses to a finer palette—–or a bout with alcoholism.  Rather than making assumptions about where this new path leads, simply note its current direction.

Position 6:  The Waxing of the Moon.  Look to this card for those relationships, talents or situations with which you have history or experience, but also that hint of unrealized potential.  Take a moment to check in with yourself and ask what you might do to advance to the next level . . . and whether or not you actually want to.


Chaos Tarot Spread

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Have things gotten a little crazy lately?  Don’t know which end is up?

Perfect for the seeker feeling a little out of sorts, this spread is designed to help tame the mess and make sense of your surroundings.

1.  Your foundation.  This card represents the most stable force in your life.

2.  The “disrupter.”   Signifies the catalyst of your current situation.

3.   Hidden agenda.   The underlying motives that make up the root cause—whether they   are yours or someone else’s.

4.  The obstacle.  What stands in your way right now.

5.  What your meant to learn.  Represents the test you must pass in order to restore calm.

6.  Who or what will help you.  Signifies who or what you should seek help from.

7.  Final outcome.  How things will ultimately play out if you continue on the current path.

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3-Fold Path Spread

You may be familiar with a spread called the “Two Fold Path” spread, which considers two major life decisions.  The Three-Fold spread is a variation on this, drawing additional cards for a third option—The Path Unconsidered.

This is where the Tarot can be especially helpful in decision making.  Sometimes, when we are faced with two options, it can be easy to forget that life gives us infinite options, and while it is impossible to consider or even think of them all, taking the time to look at least one that fits outside the box can be helpful.

3 fold path spread

Position 1:  Where you stand now.

Position 2:  The next step forward on your current path.

Position 3:  The primary obstacle that stands in your way on this path.

Position 4:  The general direction you’re headed if you stay with it.

Position 5:  The first step on a new path.

Position 6:  The primary obstacle that stands in your way.

Position 7:  The general direction this path is headed if you chose to go this way.

Position 8:  The first step on a path you’ve not yet considered.

Position 9:  What stands in your way.

Position 10:  Where this path is headed.

I hope this spread is helpful to you in your divination inquiries!  Enjoy!

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Tarot Spread of the Week: 7 Chakra Spread


This is a clever little spread useful for identifying emotional and spiritual imbalances.

You may know that in the Hindu belief system, chakras are points of energy on the body.  The seven main chakras each represent an aspect of spiritual life.   Each of the chakras have richly complex meanings that could be debated at length, but for the sake of this spread, we’ll stick with some very basic definitions.

Here are the card positions—one card for each chakra.  To avoid confusion, the seventh chakra is actually on top (Crown Chakra), and the first chakra on the bottom (Base Chakra), but we read this spread from top to bottom, so I reversed the numbering, labeling the Crown Chakra one, and the Base Chakra seven.

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1.  Crown Chakra:  Highest point of consciousness.  The soul’s point of communication with the divine.

2. Third Eye Chakra:  “Instinct,” “intuition,” and “psychic awareness” are all words that are loosely associated with this chakra.  You might think of this point of energy as the place where you “see” things that are invisible.

3.  Throat Chakra:  The seat of communication and self-expression.

4.  Heart Chakra:  This chakra rules complex emotions like love, compassion and rejection.  When we talk about our “hearts” in the figurative sense (“he broke my heart” or “I knew in my heart she was telling the truth”) we are talking about this part of ourselves.

5.  Solar Plexis Chakra:  The seat of your intellect.  What we think of as “the mind.”  The essence of your cerebral reasoning.

6.  Sacral Chakra:  This energy point drives your sexuality, creativity and “lust for life.”  Key points here are the need for an individual identity and self-governing behaviors.  An imbalance here may indicate addiction or a loss of self-control.

7.  Base Chakra:  Rules your innate drive for survival and your most primal instincts.

When reading this spread think about how each chakra relates to the card drawn for it.

For example:

-The Hermit (solitude, introspection) on the Crown Chakra position may indicate a need for quiet spiritual reflection.   Consider participating in a retreat, spending a few days in an ashram or taking a camping trip where you can be alone with your thoughts.

-Or, the Page of Swords (usually represents a young, intelligent man) on the Heart Chakra may indicate a new romantic relationship with youthful, bright-minded man.

-The Fool card on the Throat Chakra might be interpreted as oblivious or naive speech, saying things without thinking or giving away a secret without realizing it.

And so on.

I hope you try this spread and enjoy using it—it really is very insightful!

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Tarot Spread of the Week: Advanced Relationship Spread

I’m coming up on almost ten years of tarot reading.   I’d like to share a little bit of what I’ve learned.

Over the next month, I plan to post a tarot spread once a week.

I will to try to avoid spreads you’ve already heard about (the Celtic Cross, 3-Card spread, ect) and focus on spreads that are unique but applicable to common situations.  The most frequent inquiries in the tarot usually fall under one of the following categories:  Relationships, Money or Career.

This week, our focus will be on relationships.  Here is an example draw of this spread:

Let’s go over the positions.

The left side represents Person A.
The right side represents Person B.
We’ll go over the ones in middle in just a second.

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Position 1:  Represents the feelings, emotions and facts that Person A wants person B to know or be aware of.

Position 2:  Represents the the feelings, emotions and facts that Person A does not want Person B to know about.  These are the underlying issues that may or may not be obvious to Person B, but either way, Person A is doing her best to conceal them.

Position 3:  Same as Position 1, but reversed.  Represents the feelings, emotions and facts that Person B wants person A to know or be aware of.

Position 4:  Same as Position 2, but reversed.  Represents the the feelings, emotions and facts that Person B does not want Person A to know about.  These are the underlying issues that may or may not be obvious to Person B, but either way, Person A is doing her best to conceal them.

Position 5:  Represents the emotional and spiritual point of intersection between these two people.

Position 6:  Represents the emotional and spiritual “block” that is preventing further growth.

This is where it gets interesting.  What I really like about this spread is the way it reads.  In order to reconcile or resolve the underlying issues of the mutual parties involved, they have to “pass through the point of intersection.”
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Let me give you a (fictional) example.

Position 1:  The Empress (maternal love, grace, beauty, elegance)

Position 2:  Three of Swords (infidelity, heartbreak)

Position 3:  7 of Cups (Wishful thinking)

Position 4:  8 of Cups (A readiness to move on)

Position 5:  Judgement  (Atonement)

Position 6:  Seven of Swords  (Betrayal, “back stabbing” behavior)

In this example, Person A outwardly pretends to be the picture of a graceful, devoted, maternally-minded partner  (The Empress).  She is graceful.  She is lovely.  She is the picture-perfect “Stepford” wife.   But this image she has created for herself is an illusion.

Underneath the surface, Person A is actually miserable in her marriage, and has been involved in a long-term affair (Three of Swords).

Person B has known this for many years.  He is exhausted and has been ready to move on for a very long time (8 of Cups).

But on the surface, Person B maintains a blissful denial (7 of Cups).  He confuses this self-delusion with optimism, and hopes that by ignoring his wife’s infidelity, it will go away.

In order to resolve this situation, the partners must pass through the trial of the two cards in the middle.  So, in order to resolve the underlying issue of Person A’s infidelity (Position 2) with the surface mentality of Person B’s denial  (Position 3), Person A must atone for her wrong (Position 5) and “unblock” their relationship by no longer engaging in backstabbing, deceptive behavior.  Equally, Person A must stop pretending to be a perfect person beyond reproach (Position 1) and atone for her fraudulent persona (Position 5) so that Person B is able to move on (Position 4).

It takes some practice to get the hang of concepts like this in the tarot.  This spread is deep and complex, but so are the nature of relationships.  It is well worth the effort to advance your practice by enriching your technique and expanding your spread vocabulary.

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