You can then place a card in the centre of the circle, which sets the tone for the whole of the year.
You can go around again, adding a new card to each of the months.
As you have 78 cards in a tarot deck, you can go around 6 complete times (using 72 of the cards).
You can add a 13th card to the other one in the centre of the circle with each round of cards if you wish. In that way, you will use up all of the cards in the deck.
You will have 6 cards for each month or for each house and that will give you quite a lot of information.
Place the cards side by side, going outwards from each card, as you go around each time, so you will end up with 6 cards beside each other for each month. You can read each month from right to left going outwards.
You can go around the circle as few or as many times as you wish. It is entirely up to you and there is no right or wrong. Use as many cards as you feel comfortable with.
This is a good spread if a person would like a general overview of their life. You can then use other spreads to add more detail in particular areas or to ask more detailed questions about certain areas of your life.
This spread can also be used to represent the 12 houses of a person’s life in Astrology. This is useful to gain more information into a particular area. Again you can add more cards to each house for more detail.
The 12 houses in Astrology are as follows;1) Personality, environment, how others see the querant*, the Self (Aries).
2) Money, possessions, earning power and financial values (Taurus).
3) Travel and Communication, day to day activities (Gemini).
4) Home Life, siblings, family, parents (Cancer).
5) Pleasure, romance, love affairs, holidays, self expression, creativity (Leo).
6) Work and Health (emotional and physical) (Virgo).
7) Partnerships (professional and personal) and Marriage, legal matters (Libra).
8) Inheritance, death, sex, other people’s money, endings and beginnings (Scorpio).
9) Philosophy, education, dreams, travel and long distance journeys (Sagittarius).
10) Career, profession, fame, reputation (Capricorn).
11) Friends, organisations, hopes and wishes (Aquarius).
12) Burdens, restrictions, secret fears, enemies, dangers, subconscious (Pisces).
* The Querant is the person seeking a reading.
If, as you are going around, you get Major Arcana Cards, these represent important influences in your life. These may be people or they may be beliefs or character traits that are impacting you in a positive way or a challenging way. Major Arcana cards can also be very significant events or situations in your life.
If you draw a lot of people cards from either the Major Arcana or the Court Cards of the Minor Arcana, they may be certain personalities or types of people who are having a big impact on your life, either in that month (if you are doing a 12 month spread) or in that area of your life (if you are using the Astrology Houses).
If the personalities of the people don't mean anything to you or you can't relate to those type of people, than the court cards can also represent aspects of your own personality that may be useful to you, (if the cards are upright) and you need to develop more of, or may be hindering to you (if the cards are reversed) and you need to be careful that those aspects do not get in your way.
Combination of the two types of Astrology SpreadYou can, if you wish, combine both uses of the spread. It can be very useful to lay the cards on the first time round as an overall 12 month spread and then on the second and subsequent times, use the houses.
This is very good for answering questions such as "What will my finances be like over the next 12 months?", you can look at the cards against the 2nd house or "What will my health be like over the next 12 months?" you can look at the cards you have down in the 6th house.
This can be very general for each area of your life and you may then want to do other spreads with more specific questions to look at each area in more detail.
However you use the spread, it is important to decide in advance what the positrons are going to mean for you. When you do that, make your intentions clear to your cards and you will find that the cards will fall correctly for you.
Once you decide what the positions are going to mean for you, stick with that. Don't change your mind part way through the reading.
The Horoscope SpreadThis article was written by Llewellyn
The horoscope spread is a favorite among astrologers. Because the horoscope is a mandala symbolizing the entire life of the individual, the horoscope spread is excellent for a general reading. Starting with the first house of the horoscope, lay the cards in a circle, placing one card in each of the twelve houses. Many readers place a final thirteenth card in the center of the wheel as an overall indicator or summation of the entire spread. On the other hand, some readers prefer to start with a central card signifying the core question and then lay out twelve cards in the twelve houses of the horoscope surrounding the central card.
Here is a schematic diagram of the horoscope spread:
Each card symbolizes matters specific to the house in which it lies. The following list briefly describes the matters each house signifies:
|First House||Physical body, Self, sense of identity, personal needs, appearance, health, vitality, the start of an enterprise, mother’s father, father’s mother.|
|Second House||Money, income, finances, wealth, values, possessions, movable goods, resources.|
|Third House||Siblings, neighbors, close kin, local travel, short trips, conscious mind, writing, early education, communications, letters, phone calls, examinations, local environment.|
|Fourth House||Father, elders, home, family, real estate, land, roots, foundations, internal needs, emotional security, the grave.|
|Fifth House||Children, speculation, risks, hobbies, gambling, games, self-expression, romance, affections, pleasures, creative endeavors, fun, vacations, love affairs.|
|Sixth House||Illness, work, duty, daily routine, pets, perfection, tedium, drudgery, service, employees, father’s siblings.|
|Seventh House||Spouse, mate, partners, marriage, committed relationships, contracts, law suits, open enemies, opponents, personal consultants, those on an equal footing with us, father’s father, mother’s mother.|
|Eighth House||Sex, death, taxes, other people’s money, loans, legacies, goods of the dead, others' resources, insurance, partner’s money, research, personal transformation, deep understanding, occult interests.|
|Ninth House||Long distance travel, religion, the law, higher education, philosophy, religion, higher mind, foreign interests, broadcasting, publication, forecasting, spouse’s siblings.|
|Tenth House||Mother, career, profession, ambition, superiors, governors, success, public standing, reputation, status, society, discipline, structure, destiny.|
|Eleventh House||Friends, groups, clubs, social activities, societies, advice, detachment, hopes and wishes, humanitarian concerns.|
|Twelfth House||Solitude, confinement, hospitalization, retreat, sacrifice, hidden matters, secret liaisons, psychological problems, undoing, secrets, meditation, the unconscious, the subconscious mind, mother’s siblings.|
12 Houses Zodiac Tarot SpreadThe 12 Houses Zodiac Tarot Spread also works really well together with your Tarot Year Card. Once you know your Tarot card for the Year ahead, you can either look for numerologically significant cards in your reading, or even place the year card in the centre of the Wheel. If you choose to do the latter, the 13th card you pull will represent the main challenge to the energy of your Year card. You can also choose to pull an Oracle card as your theme card, either on its own or read in conjunction with your theme card for the year.
If you are not familiar with the Signs/Houses of the Zodiac, the learning curve may be a bit steep for this Tarot spread but it will be well worth your while to persevere.
Before we delve into positional meanings for each of the 13 cards, I would like to make sure we proceed with a holistic view of the Zodiac Wheel. It is greater than the sum of its parts and there are many aspects and groupings to consider…
For instance, the angular houses (Cardinal signs) – first, fourth, seventh and 10th – contain the most active energy. The succedent houses (Fixed signs) – second, fifth, eighth and 11th – show you how security is challenged or enhanced. The cadent houses (Mutable signs) – third, sixth, ninth and 12th – have a focus on learning experiences.
Then we have the elemental groupings. In the Fire houses (1,5,9) you can discern clues about your identity and zest for/attitude toward life. In the Earth houses (2,6,10) you find out about your physicality, material needs/values, and abundance. In the Air houses (3,7,11) you learn about sharing of concepts and relating. In the Water houses (4,8,12), aka ‘the psychic trinity’ you learn about matters of the soul, emotional yearnings/obsessions and the past.
12 Houses Zodiac Tarot Spread – Positional Meanings1 – First House (Aries): This card tells you how others will perceive you and what persona you project into the world in the year ahead. Confidence levels are reflected here, as are vitality levels. The corresponding Archangel is Camael.
2 – Second House (Taurus): Here you see what you will value and what makes you feel secure (or how you are challenged in feeling secure) in the next 12 months. Financial windfalls can show here too. The corresponding Archangel is Anael.
3 – Third House (Gemini): A mentally active house, this shows what my may think about, explore and communicate about with others in the year ahead. It can also show relationships with siblings and short journeys. The corresponding Archangel is Raphael.
4 – Fourth House (Cancer): This card shows home/family life for the year ahead. A potential house move would show here. The corresponding Archangel is Gabriel.
5 – Fifth House (Leo): This house deals with playfulness, hobbies, celebrations and our ability/willingness to take centre stage. Creative pursuits are shown here, as are possible pregnancies or relationships with children. The corresponding Archangel is Michael.
6 – Sixth House (Virgo): Here you can find out about your physical health and wellbeing, as well as work in the sense of the daily grind (career issues belong more in the 10th house). Exercise, nutrition and any suggestions about self-care would show in this card. The corresponding Archangel is Raphael.
7 – Seventh House (Libra): Your closest relationships, both loving and ones with enemies. Possible new love, engagement and marriage would show here. The corresponding Archangel is Anael.
8 – Eighth House (Scorpio): Endings, death, taxes and other people’s money show in this house. On a soul level, it can show deep emotional transformation and spiritually, you could see an initiation in this house. The corresponding Archangel is Azrael.
9 – Ninth House (Sagittarius): This card will reveal if you are destined for any form long distance travel, higher learning or getting published. Your beliefs in general are also reflected here. The corresponding Archangel is Sachiel.
10 – 10th House (Capricorn): Your status/reputation in society and any major career/life purpose changes will show in this card. This is where we can really make a difference in the lives of others with the work we do (if we have the required clarity of vision that can be gained in the preceding house). The corresponding Archangel is Cassiel.
11 – 11th House (Aquarius): This is the house of friendships, large groups of people and any humanitarian pursuits. Interaction with groups of people (or challenge to the same) is shown here. The corresponding Archangel is Uriel.
12 – 12th House (Pisces): Here lurk all the things we’d rather sweep under the carpet… the stuff that comes out in dreams and nightmares. Possible addictions or other self-destructive behaviour can be seen here. This house traditionally relates to institutions like prisons, insane asylums and hospitals. However, on a more positive note, massive leaps in psychic ability would typically show here too. The corresponding Archangel is Asariel.
13. Theme card: Shows the main lesson in the year ahead.
You can either pull a 13th Tarot card off the top of the deck you are working with for the 12 houses, or you can choose a separate deck (allowing for repetition). If two of the same cards show, you need to pay extra attention to the house where the theme card is mirrored in the year ahead. As mentioned above, you may also choose to place your Tarot Year Card (from a separate deck, allowing for repetition) in this position, and either leave it as is or pull one more card for the main challenge.
If you do NOT place your year card in the centre of the spread, any house where it shows up is also heavily emphasised. A third possibility is to choose an oracle card from your favourite Angel deck for a blessing for the year ahead. I know this softer approach will suit many of my HSP readers and I’m seriously thinking of doing just this as I have a XIII Death personal year in 2016.
Read all other cards in light of the theme card. Really take your time with this spread and go over the two different groupings mentioned above as well. There is SO much information to be had from a spread like this, and if you do it properly, you will have some massively helpful heads up on the highlighted areas.