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How Tarot Card Combinations Influence A Tarot Spread

There are many different ways to interpret the Tarot. The simplest is to memorize the meanings from the little packet that comes with the deck. That is fine if you are first starting. Yet, memorizing meanings can only take you so far when you read the Tarot. It is also limiting when it comes time to interpret the cards themselves.

How would you describe Sean Connery to a friend? 

You might start by saying what he looks like: fit and tall. Then, you could list the movies he’s been in, such as The Hunt for Red October, Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. You could also list his notable achievements as well. He’s the 24th Greatest Movie Star of All Time and the Best British Actor of All Time. He is also a recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. But, these descriptions are not the total of who Sean Connery is. No one person or thing can ever be completely summarized and categorized. The same is true of the Tarot. That is why I am in favour of learning a more flexible system called Tarot Card Combinations.

Tarot card combinations are any grouping of cards that show a pattern of some kind. The approach of discerning Tarot card patterns is specific to a single spread. One card appearing in a spread means one or two things in a specific position within that Tarot spread. Relying on the position of a Tarot card within a spread to interpret the Tarot card can limit your Tarot readings.

Do not become limited by the Tarot spread you use. Instead, look for patterns in general among the Tarot cards. A good Tarot reader learns and uses flexibility when reading the Tarot. Not all clients are alike, and not all Tarot spreads are the same.

The best way to start recognizing patterns is at the beginning. Look at the Tarot cards. Which card suits are present? Which card suits are absent? Is there more of one suit present in the spread? How many court cards are present? How many Minor Arcana cards are in the spread? Are there any Major Arcana cards? If so, how many? These questions will help you to gauge the scope of the spread. It will help you to recognize the energy present within the spread.

A spread with many Wands might show the client is great at creating a business out of ideas. Wands are active; they do not like to be still. Like fire, they are always changing. The client may be job-hopping, in a growing period or participating in the expansion process of starting fresh in a new city. Learn a couple of keywords that describe each suit. Doing so will help you recognise what any given suit’s absence means in a particular Tarot spread.

An easy way to look for patterns is for pairs, triples and quadruples of one card within a spread. Please think of this like playing poker; watch and wait for the sets to appear and notice what they say. Each pair, triple or quadruple, has its’ own meaning and significance in a Tarot spread.

For example, we will look at the Aces. Four Aces might mean great power and a large degree of force or influence. Three could show competency and a degree of success. Two Aces may signify a relocation or a career change.

In time, you will see patterns emerge in your Tarot spreads. The way that the 7 of Wands interacts with the 7 of Swords is different from how it interacts with the 7 of Pentacles. Make notes about these relationships. What do they mean? How are they relating? Which card appears the most striking? It will all come together if you let the cards talk to you.

Besides looking at pairs and multiples of one kind, you can also look at the patterns presented by different cards. A suit full of fiery Wands would show lots of motion, passion and creative genius at work. Focus first on the spread as a whole, and then zero in on groups of three Tarot cards.

Looking at the grouping of three cards, called a triad, in a spread can show you how powerful or weak a certain triad is. How do the cards on the outside support or enhance the central card? How do the outer cards weaken or disable the central card? There is no right or wrong answer here. Trust your intuition, your feelings, and your thoughts.

Certain cards have an affinity for other cards. The suits of Cups (aligned with Water) and Pentacles (aligned with Earth) are friendly toward each other. The suit of Swords (the Air element) and Wands (the Fire element) are also friends. It follows that certain suits are opposites. Cups and Wands do not like each other. Swords and Pentacles are not best buddies. Having an affinity for a card can help to strengthen the triad, just as being an opposite can contribute to the triad weakening.

Where do the Major Arcana cards fit within this elemental alignment? The Major Arcana fall into the four elemental alignments when you consider the major themes of each of the 22 cards. I find it helpful to consider each Major Arcana card a member of the suit in the element it fits.

The element of Air contains these cards: The Fool, The Magician, The Lovers, Justice, and The Star. Look at these cards. Air is all around them. It surrounds these cards. The Fool is ready to dive off of a cliff. The Magician wields his wand, willing things into being from nothingness. The Lovers receive help from the sky itself above. Justice thinks about the decisions before her. The Star shines in the night sky. The commonality within this card group is that there are problems. Air means problems exist.

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